Our Founders

  Tonya Marie Amos, Founder    Artistic & Executive Director   Tonya received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King & I”, and has been featured in numerous print ads & TV commercials. She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center, for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce’s “100 Women of Influence” in 2010, Women’s Initiative's Concord Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, Concord's Small Business of the Year 2013, Community Focus' Reader's Choice Best Pilates Studio in 2015, and Concord's Best Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2016. The former author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently proofreading her Foot Pain prevention and recovery book, running Pilates retreats internationally, and developing Pilates education programs to help make this impactful work accessible to diverse communities. Shifting Aspire's operating model in 2018 has allowed her to work full time on bridging health and wellness and the arts with low income communities. She's proud to help build cross cultural and cross generational bridges with Grown Women Dance Collective.

Tonya Marie Amos, Founder

Artistic & Executive Director

Tonya received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King & I”, and has been featured in numerous print ads & TV commercials. She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center, for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce’s “100 Women of Influence” in 2010, Women’s Initiative's Concord Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, Concord's Small Business of the Year 2013, Community Focus' Reader's Choice Best Pilates Studio in 2015, and Concord's Best Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2016. The former author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently proofreading her Foot Pain prevention and recovery book, running Pilates retreats internationally, and developing Pilates education programs to help make this impactful work accessible to diverse communities. Shifting Aspire's operating model in 2018 has allowed her to work full time on bridging health and wellness and the arts with low income communities. She's proud to help build cross cultural and cross generational bridges with Grown Women Dance Collective.

  Donald Martin, Jr., Founder    Director of Technology   Donald has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in large, medium, and small telecom and IT corporate environments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Donald co-founded the University of Colorado at Denver's NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) chapter over thirty years ago. He's been proud to help break the "glass ceiling" for several women and people of color during his career, giving back in the same way that older engineers had done for him. As a "Grown Man", he has tapped into previously unexplored artistic skills and merges his computer and technological expertise to produce social impact art.

Donald Martin, Jr., Founder

Director of Technology

Donald has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in large, medium, and small telecom and IT corporate environments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Donald co-founded the University of Colorado at Denver's NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) chapter over thirty years ago. He's been proud to help break the "glass ceiling" for several women and people of color during his career, giving back in the same way that older engineers had done for him. As a "Grown Man", he has tapped into previously unexplored artistic skills and merges his computer and technological expertise to produce social impact art.

 
  Marisa Castillo, Emeritus

Marisa Castillo, Emeritus

  Michelle Ned, Emeritus

Michelle Ned, Emeritus

  Eurydice Ross, Emeritus

Eurydice Ross, Emeritus