Tonya Thomas

Director of Programs

Tonya Thomas is the Director of Programs at the Tourette Association of America. She oversees the development, coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs for the TAA.

Prior to the TAA, Tonya was a program officer at the Long Island Community Foundation – a subsidiary of the New York Community Trust. She supported the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking by advocating for community organizations and initiatives that improved the quality of life for all Long Islanders. Prior to LICF, as the Director of Partnership Development and Programming, Tonya helped develop, launch, and run the First-Year Community Engagement Program at SUNY Old Westbury – an award winning, uniquely collaborative, course-embedded, community-based, service-learning program. Tonya also worked in the Entertainment industry for over 13 years. She was as a researcher and producer for TV shows like Entertainment Tonight and the Montel Williams Show. She also managed the film marketing research for all studio films released nationally by the Film Marketing Department at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Tonya received a Master of Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communications.