Tonya Lewis Lee is a producer, author and advocate for women’s health. In 2012, Tonya co-founded ToniK Productions after working for over a decade as an independent producer through her company, Madstone, Company Inc where she produced scripted and unscripted work for companies such as Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and OraTV. In the four years that ToniK has been in business it has produced three films and has numerous projects in various stages of development. Most recently, in 2016 ToniK finished production on their latest film, MONSTER, based on the Walter Dean Myers novel of the same name. Through ToniK Tonya produces film, television and digital media content working with major studios, digital networks, television networks all the while collaborating with visionary directors, writers, actors, financiers.
Tonya is also an accomplished writer of several children’s books that have sold nearly a million copies, an adult novel and film and television scripts. Most notably, Please Baby Please has entertained pre-schoolers for over ten years since its original publication.
Tonya also founded HealthyYouNow.com(HYN), a health, nutrition and wellness platform designed to deliver health information, inspiration and products to women. Tonya launched HYN after she was inspired by her work as the spokesperson for A Healthy Baby Begins With You campaign out of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Through her health advocacy work Tonya works with Planned Parenthood, Bedsider, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Greater Than Aids, the Kansas Health Foundation and many other organizations aimed at improving the health and wellness of women and underserved communities.
Tonya has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a JD from the University of Virginia. She is the mother of two children, a daughter, 22 and a son 19 and lives in New York City with her husband.