Dr. Adrianne Toney is July's Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero!
Dr. Adrianne M. Toney, Ph.D., CESP.
Working across political party lines, agencies, organizations and denominations all throughout the United States of America, her work has garnered commendations from two seated U.S. Presidents and Governmental Officials, respectively, from numerous civic and educational institutions. Dr. Toney is a sought-after Key-note Speaker, Author and Transition Expert, Nationally Recognized and Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP). She holds and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2003), Master of Arts in Business (2005) From Vanguard University of Southern California and Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling (2021) From Newburg Theological Seminary. Dr. Toney is a powerful Sunday School Teacher, Theologian and Philanthropist, serving both locally and nationally, promoting Literacy, Senior Wellness, Disability Awareness and Competitive Integrated Employment opportunities for youth and adult learner. She has literally “Put Humanity to Work.”
As the Author of Bodacious Ink, The Chitlins and Bespoke Manifesto, and Unvanquished, We Remember April 18,1864 (Poison Spring) and leadership books for youth, she dares to write on the hearts of man. All her books are available on Amazon.com. Dr. Toney states her greatest achievements are embodied in her son and daughter’s innumerable accomplishments, both personally, academically and professionally as Children of God. Her charge, “Read Out Loud and On Purpose, As Literacy is an Antidote to Poverty. Indeed, #Literacyrichgiantsteps #Movedabodyof Christ All Over the World.” -Dr. Toney
With a long list of awards, recognitions, and honors, here are a few of her most recent awards for her work pre, post, and throughout the global pandemic of Covid-19.
Honors & Awards
- Humanitarian Award -Issued by Camden and Ouachita County Church · Dec 2022 Issued by Camden and Ouachita County Church · Dec 2022
- Honored for Leadership, Service, and Dedication to the Establishment of Senior Wellness Program - Issued by Plant a Seed Foundation · Apr 2022
- Recipient of City Proclamation for Establishing National Black Literacy Day in the City of Camden, Arkansas - Issued by The City of Camden, Arkansas · Feb 2021
- Honoree at State Capital for Professional Distinction - Issued by Asa Hutchinson, The Office of the Governor of the State of Arkansas · Mar 2020
- Appointed as U.S. Army Reserve State Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Leader - Issued by U.S. Army Reserve 800th MP CO. Arkansas · Jan 2020
- Honored by David Fielding, State Representative - Issued by Arkansas House of Representatives · Nov 2018
- Phenomenal Woman Honoree Phenomenal Woman Honoree - Issued by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Sigma Beta Omega Chapter · May 2016
- Appointed to the Daisy Gaston Bates Committee Appointed to the Daisy Gaston Bates Committee - Issued by Office of Mike Beebe, Governor of the State of Arkansas · Oct 2015
- Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to University of Pine Bluff Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to University of Pine Bluff - Issued by UAPB · Oct 2015Issued by UAPB · Oct 2015
- President's Volunteer Service Award President's Volunteer Service Award - Issued by The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation: President Barack Obama · Jun 2012Issued by The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation: President Barack Obama · Jun 2012
- President's Volunteer Service Award President's Volunteer Service Award - Issued by President's Council on Service and Civic Participation by President George W. Bush · May 2008 - Issued by President's Council on Service and Civic Participation by President George W. Bush · May 2008
Any of these quotes can be used about Dr. Toney
“Thank you for “Putting Humanity to Work and Advocating for Competitive and Integrated Employment Opportunities for both our youth and young adults throughout the State of Arkansas.” -Governor Asa Hutchinson
“I am very pleased to appoint you to the Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday Committee for the State of Arkansas.” - Governor Mike Beebe
“Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.” -President Barack Obama
“Americans continue to serve and are part of the gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness and decency that are changing America, one heart and one soul at a time. Your actions are part of this change.”
-President George W. Bush
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