Tonya Karlowicz began her professional career in 1993 as a paralegal in Reno, Nevada, where she supported attorneys practicing various areas of law, including family, criminal, civil, and even public education administration. Moving to Central Oregon with her family, in 2005, she was employed by Bend-La Pine Schools. At her core, Tonya is an advocate and works to help others to get what they need. Most recently, Tonya taught Social Skills to K-6 students at Gilchrist School.
Tonya's education includes an AAS - Legal Assistant degree from Truckee Meadows Community College, a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University - Cascades Campus, and a Master's in Community Education from Goddard College. Tonya is excited to return to a career in the legal field, bringing with her valuable accumulated life experiences and education. In her personal time, Tonya enjoys the outdoor recreation that Central Oregon offers, especially in the warm months. She also speaks out in support of prevention, recovery, and reducing the stigma of substance use disorder.