Tonya Bolden-Ball holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned a graduate certificate in Life Coaching from Grand Canyon University and completed Cornell University and University of South Florida Diversity and Inclusion certificate programs. Tonya is a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. She is the owner of the TBB Collective and currently serves as the Regional Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Ochsner Lafayette General.
Some of her awards and recognitions include the Louisiana Association of Educator’s Human and Civil Rights Trailblazer Honoree, LA Statewide Summit Delta Women in Business Honoree, Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine’s Women Making A Difference Honoree, the Daily Advertiser/705 Top 20 under 40 Leadership Award, National Association of University Women (Lafayette Branch) Tribute to Excellence Honoree and the Kiwanis Southwest Citizen of the Year.
Her community and volunteer involvement span over 17 years in the Lafayette area. She serves as the mentor for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Black Women Leadership Association and one of the mentors for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Women’s Basketball Team.
Her leadership involvement includes serving as the Louisiana Chair of Cluster 3 for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana’s Board of Directors as well as Faith House Board of Directors. She is currently serving as the President of the Christiana Smith African American Alumni Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was reappointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission and recently appointed to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Board of Directors.
She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute of Lafayette and the Leadership Louisiana leadership programs.
She is the writer and serves as the host of the Moments of Elevation segments that are aired daily on KNEK Magic 104.7 and 95.5 KRRQ FM radio stations. She is married to Kirk R. Ball, and they are the proud parents of Trevor and Kennedi.