Tonya graduated at Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelors in Psychology in 2012. After working for over three years as security in a mental hospital she decided to leave the field and explore other options eventually landing on the decision to pursue landscape design. She made this decision after realizing how important beautiful places are to healing and wanted to help contribute to the work of conservation. She enjoys reading, hiking, trail running, painting, and small wood working projects. Tonya was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up near St. Louis.