After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Psychology, Matonya went on to spearhead the growth of a hospitality program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum throughout Tampa Bay. Her unique ability to intrinsically inspire those she works with, paired with her passion to instill a sense of independence and self-confidence in her customers, has attributed to her success rate in placing individuals and is a direct testament to her drive and determination. Through this experience and the knowledge she’s acquired as a native of the Tampa Bay area, Matonya has successfully created relationships with local employers and has acquired a thorough understanding of their hiring needs. Over the last seven years working with The Grow Group, Matonya has developed the Employment Specialist Training and Development curriculum and team and has implemented policies and procedures to enhance the efficiency of the team. In recent years, Matonya has been in the community advocating for equal access to public transportation by actively participating as a committee member on the HART ADA Accessibility Committee Meeting in Hillsborough County. Most recently, she has been appointed to the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities/UCEDD (FCIC), Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Matonya believes each person deserves the chance to work and to be as independent as they choose.
Roadmap to Employment: Destination Success