For those who know Tonya Evans, it comes as no surprise when it is said that she is a remarkable woman endowed with truly unique and admirable talent. To them, this is a foregone conclusion. Born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountain west, Tonya has led an impressive career in the marketing and sales industry spanning more than 20 years. And Tonya’s success is no accident. It is owing to her inspirational leadership ability and dedication to both the people and causes she so faithfully serves. Her efforts consistently produce incredible outcomes in virtually everything she puts her mind to. Furthermore, Tonya’s professionalism is second to none.
Following one of her life long passions, in 1992 Tonya started her own award-winning photography business. The name of the company is commensurate with Tonya’s memorable and charismatic persona: Impressions Photography. Impressions specializes in high end photography and has included many well known celebrities in its distinguished clientele. Additionally, Tonya’s love for the visual arts led her to receive formal training under renowned Hollywood make-up artist Joe Blasco.
Pursuing another of her passions, Tonya is co-founder and CEO of AmericanHeroHugs.com, a company that creates memorabilia for the children of deployed service members such as pillows, night lights and teddy bears. AmericanHeroHugs.com products are laser imprinted with images of military personnel stationed overseas to keep their children reminded of what their moms and dads look like. In addition to these noble ventures, Tonya has dedicated countless hours of tireless service volunteering with her church and multiple other community organizations. The majority of her volunteer time has been devoted to helping children and families. And anyone who has seen her in action knows that Tonya has a preternatural ability to make any kid smile!
Tonya’s stellar career and impressive talent have not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Kindness United US Award, the US Western Division Award for excellence in sales and management, as well as multiple awards in photography.Tonya has been recognized in the media for such things as her relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina, developing creative ways for the families of deployed service members to stay connected with their loved ones, and for her outstanding support for overseas service members by leading a massive effort sending Christmas cards.
Tonya also has an extensive background in public relations which has given her superlative skill in media relations. She has been featured on numerous news programs, raising awareness on matters of importance to the American public. By virtue of so much of Tonya’s work being out in front of the public, she has also developed some dynamic public speaking abilities. Tonya has served as a marketing trainer to thousands across the globe, gaining a reputation for being the principle motivator of countless success stories. When Tonya is called upon to speak before an audience, she can electrify any crowd with her charisma and rhetorical skill. In light of all this, it is not difficult to see why so many believe Tonya Evans is destined to do great things.
As the CEO and founder of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation she has been spearheading an effort to erect a war memorial honoring the fallen of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Fallen Warriors Memorial is envisioned to be “the largest of its kind in this country…a true national landmark.”
Tonya is not simply making the world a better place, the causes to which she has committed herself are making history. However, Tonya is grounded and grateful enough to give credit to those indespensible to her success, not the least of whom is God. All who have worked with her know that she is the ideal person to have in your corner, especially when the task at hand calls for going above and beyond. Those who know her best know that Tonya Evans not only follows her heart, she puts her heart into everything she does. Tonya is the mother of three beautiful children ages 14, 10 and 5.
Kathryn Taylor is the co-founder of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial and is the co-founder/co-owner of American Hero Hugs LLC, a company that specializes in making personalized comfort items for the children of deployed military personnel and their families. AmericanHeroHugs.com was founded with the mission of offering products which “Honor the HERO and the CHILD” for the selfless sacrifices they make for our country. Kathryn is the Author of Jimmy’s Challenge Coin.
Kathryn comes from a family that has been dedicated to service, community and country. She has particular strengths in organizing, creative troubleshooting, computer skills, creative writing and managing schedules.
Kathryn Taylor earned her BSN-RN from Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah, in 1993. She served as the secretary for the Westminster Student Nurse Association her senior year and assisted in developing new by-laws for the organization. Kathryn has experience with developing care plans and patient education plans. She worked as charge nurse at the University of Utah Psychiatric ICU. She was the Director of Nursing for Sandy Home Health in Sandy, Utah and has experience with hiring, staff training, supervising, scheduling and implementing policy.
Kathryn Taylor lives in Springfield, Missouri with her husband, Dr. Jesse Taylor and has 3 daughters. When Kathryn Taylor is not working, she likes golfing, cooking, learning new computer skills, and spending time with friends and family.
Randy’s love of serving among America’s poorer ranks developed while working as a youth counselor at an inner city YMCA. From there, he went on to become a case worker for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (Office of Juvenile Studies). Additionally, while in college, Randy founded an award-winning campus organization called Club Zero. During its first semester in operation, Club Zero was honored as “Best Campus Organization” by the university, won the “Outstanding University Service Award” from the Hispanic Student Association, “Most Creative Volunteer Organization” from Volunteer! UWF (University of West Florida), and “Best Volunteer Organization” from Hospice of Emerald Coast. Club Zero reorganized was incorporated with the State of Florida to become Cornerstone Service Group, which continues the legacy of mobilizing volunteers in service under the motto, “America’s compassion is her cornerstone.”
As a result of their Son’s death, the Martins continue to reach out in support of fellow Gold Star Families.