Toneia Mayes

Director of Center Services

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The best part about working for Care Net for the past 8+ years is, beyond a doubt, the time I get to spend working with Center Directors and their teams. There are no words to describe the reward I feel when I can encourage and uplift those front line workers in this ministry. Having been an Executive Director myself, I know what it means to have a likeminded person come along side me and lift me up.

What is your favorite Bible verse/book/chapter/section? Why?

My favorite verses in the Bible are found in Psalm 139. In the amplified version (wordy version) verse 15 says, "My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth." Wow! God knows our every detail. That blesses me!

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I grew up on an island in Washington. After graduating, I moved to Alaska as my Mom's family lived there. She is Alaskan Native (Aleut). I lived in Alaska for a total of 20 years. I currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I moved to Oklahoma to go to Bible College but then met my husband, graduated and stayed. I have worked remotely for Federal Grants, in Consulting, as a Community Developer since 2002.

What is something people don't know about you?

While I spent 7 years working in Mental Health, I realized I could not give complete care to the emotionally disturbed. I decided to go to Bible College to further my education in Ministry. The missing component in mental health work is the Lord. Without Him, it is difficult to completely care for the needs of others. This is part of why I love this Ministry at Care Net so very much.

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