Howard Center Announces Tonya Mason as New Director of Developmental Services

Howard Center is pleased to announce Tonya Mason as the new Director of Developmental Services. Tonya brings over 25 years of agency experience to her new role, with extensive expertise in service to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tonya Mason initially joined Howard Center in 1998 as a substitute in the Developmental Services residential homes. Over the years, she has served in various capacities, including direct service roles, leadership positions across Developmental Services, and a brief period with the Children and Youth Family residential programs. After a hiatus to live out west, Tonya returned to Developmental Services at Howard Center, where she has continued to contribute significantly to the organization’s mission.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development, Tonya’s educational background complements her hands-on experience. She has served on multiple committees over the years, honing her leadership skills and contributing to Howard Center’s efforts to improve service delivery. Tonya is known for her deep understanding of the System of Care and has been instrumental in developing collaborations with state partners and within the community.

As the new Director of Developmental Services, Tonya will join the Client Services Cabinet, lending her clinical knowledge and experience to further Howard Center’s objectives. Her approach, which emphasizes creative and collaborative thinking, will continue to shape Howard Center’s developmental services and foster beneficial relationships across the organization.

Outside of her professional work, Tonya enjoys time with her family, including her husband, three children, and two dogs. Personal interests include traveling, hiking, nature, and attending her children’s sporting events.

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