• Worked for SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) as the Supervising Security Receptionist to over 2500 + research and support staff in 22 on-site buildings.  Maintained a DoD Secret Clearance and was a member of the first responder’s team to  emergencies and incidents. Relocation due to divorce led Tonia to Phoenix Arizona in the summer of 1998.
  • Worked for the Maricopa County Superior Court as a floater clerk among the civil divisions while simultaneously being assigned to the Presiding Judge for 13 years.  Enjoyed meeting and assisting everyone from fellow courtroom clerks, to judges, judicial staff, attorneys, pro se parties, and other department staff involved with processing simple civil cases to complex cases.
  • Graduated Mt. Eden High School in 1986, in Hayward CA. Attended Mesa Community College for general studies. Received my Paralegal Studies Certificate and Associates Degree from Rio Salado College.

Tonia is no stranger to stressful life situations and staying calm when problems arise. She views life adversity as opportunities to grow and learn.  Tonia has been through the life-altering and stressful experience of divorce twice.  She says she has found that life is continuously about transition; transitions will come and your response to those challenges make all the difference in your ability to retain your sense of well-being and that of your families.  She prides herself in being able to use her role as a paralegal at Family Law Guys to help clients deal with their stressful situations in a caring and effective way to bring about positive results.

Tonia has 2 adult children and has fostered 31 children in the past 9 years, adopting two of them. She enjoys fostering as it is satisfying to assist families in crisis to regain control of their lives and work out a plan for recovery and reconciliation when possible.

Tonia enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing, doing archery and  going to the shooting range.  She also spends a significant amount of time with her family.