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Tonya Waite lives in East Texas with her husband and two children along with several farm animals and flourishing gardens. She has been interviewed by and quoted in Readers Digest, New York Times & Newsweek, as well as live interviews on the BBC, NPR, The Today Show, and a 1-hr special on ABC’s 20/20 Primetime.

She has served as an Executive Board member for Texas Coalition for Healthy Families-TCHF and as a Board member for National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education NARME, National Federation for Abstinence Education, The Abstinence Council of Texas-ACT, National Abstinence Association- ASCEND member.

Tonya is President of J. Waite Services, Inc. (JWSI) a consulting firm based in Longview, TX with over 25 years experience in the fields of Information Technology Support, administrative/corporate consulting, and grants management. Tonya has been involved in:

  • Writing grants and directing grant-funded programs since 1999. From a small Title V state grant which served a single county with 2 staff to larger projects such as a 7.5 million-dollar CMHI grant that serviced 23 counties with 25 employees, JWSI has managed state projects funded by the Texas Department of Health, Texas Health, and Human Services
  • Commission, and at the Federal level funded by The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • 2013 – Present President of JWSI. Directs the development and implementation of the ESTEEM youth program, manages community and school partnerships, and serves on various boards
  • 1999-2013 Wellness Pointe, Federally Qualified Health Center
  • 1997-1999 Special Health Resources of East Texas, HIV Clinic
  • Education Coordinator for Strengthening Families Program
  • 1996‐1997 Special Health Resources of East Texas, HIV Clinic
  • Fundraiser Coordinator
  • Consulted for Pal-Tech, to assist 8 “under-performing” ACF/CBAE grantees to strengthen: program development, documentation tools, participant tracking and data collection, program sustainability, budget corrections, curriculum training, and outreach/marketing.
  • Executive Board member for Texas Coalition for Healthy Families
  • Provided educational materials to House and Congress members on a local, state, and national level. She is currently serving as a board member with the ZONTA club of Longview 2017-2021
  • Forever Friends mentoring program 1997‐2004
  • L.A.M.B. program (infants and women) 1999‐2002
  • State HIV adolescent coalition member 1993‐1996
  • Longview Youth Shelter ‐ PATHS; STAR program 1994‐1996
  • Special Health Resources of East Texas-youth board member 1992-1996
  • Presentations‐ National Evaluation Conference
  • Evaluation Conference: Strengthening Programs through Scientific Evaluation, co‐sponsored by the Office of Population Affairs and the Administration for Children and Families, Baltimore, Maryland.

"I believe the JH grades are the most vulnerable times for students. This is a time when the students are wanting to make grown-up decisions without grown-up experiences and judgment. Risky behavior can be curbed with the appropriate type of education and by giving students the knowledge that not every student does or participates in all the activities they may say they do."

-Dr. Bobby Rice

"I loved the constant reminders in each lesson that I can make better choices than I did in the past and making my goals happen is a daily decision that I am responsible for."

-Amy 17 years old