Tonya Player is a Pine Island native and was raised with her 2 sisters by their father, AJ Davis, who was a commercial fisherman. Growing up on Pine Island and then raising her family, and eventually retiring on Pine Island has given Tonya a special perspective and insight on the challenges of the growing community. She brings this lifetime of Pine Island experience to all the organizations she’s worked and/or volunteered with.
Tonya has a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Media and worked at Pine Island Elementary School for 17 years. She then worked at the Pine Island Public Library and Northwest Regional Library and retired in 2018 as the children’s librarian. She currently works part time with Mike Shevlin at Century 21 as his real estate assistant.
Tonya has been a member of the Pine Island Kiwanis Club for almost 20 years and has served as president and board member for multiple terms.
She is the Vice President of the Pine Island Playhouse and has performed in multiple plays and has even directed a few.
She was one of the founding sponsors of what is now known as the Pine Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT), which is an organization dedicated to mentoring and supporting Pine Island youth.
She volunteers at Pine Island Elementary School and is a member of the School Advisory Council.
She is a member of the Pine Island Moose and the Elks.
And last, but certainly not least, she has served as a commissioner for the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District since 2014. She is proud of the work she has done with the Fire Dept and hopes to continue supporting the Department as it grows and changes to meet the needs of the Greater Pine Island community.