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U of A Rich Mountain’s Meet the Staff: Tonya Boydstun

Tonya Boydstun joined the UA Rich Mountain family as a faculty member in the fall 2013. In her role as the School of Cosmetology Coordinator and Instructor, she provides hands-on practicum experience and classroom instruction to her students.

Tonya is an alumna of Barton High School, obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in Cosmetology and completed the Instructor of Cosmetology program from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.

“Working at UA Rich Mountain is such a rewarding opportunity. Students attending UA Rich Mountain have a whole team willing to help every student succeed. I enjoy watching our students grow in their chosen field. In Cosmetology, we see the results of hard work in action every day. It is great to see students have the “BAM” moments when they understand a task or concept. For students that chose the field of cosmetology, the career possibilities are endless.

She currently serves as president of the Cosmetology Technical Advisory Board for the Arkansas Department of Health. She has served on the board for the past two years and has been reappointed to a second two-year term. Her leadership and advocacy for students and businesses are essential to developing best practices and services in the industry.

Her philosophy about life and career can be summed up in a quote she shared by Dolly Parton, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

Tonya and her husband, Morris have been married for 28 years and have lived in Mena since 1991. They raised their children in Mena and she considers her family to be her biggest blessing! “Mena is a great place to raise a family and call home,” states Boydstun. When she travels, the beach is her favorite vacation destination.

Come by the School of Cosmetology to meet Tonya Boydstun, Cosmetology Coordinator and Instructor at UA Rich Mountain!

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