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Chief Operating Officer

Tonita Christmas has been a Project Manager by trade since 1999 and has used her competencies in leadership, communication, critical thinking, and risk management to elevate River City in her capacity as Human Resource Director and Chief Operating Officer since 2012.

Tonita has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and started her professional career in clinical research at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. Wanting to expand her drive for clinical research, Tonita landed at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, a Japanese based company. During her 14-year tenure at Otsuka, she was frequently recognized for her contributions to the clinical research and data management project teams and most notably for the work she did as part of the project team for Abilify, an antipsychotic medication that helps treat several mental health conditions.

Tonita transitioned to River City in 2012 to support her husband’s vision and passion to develop and provide unparalleled services to those experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. As a "Supporting Actor", she influences the workplace culture and business acumen at River City.

Tonita is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and a Level 2 Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She has had the pleasure of sharing these practices with River City Clients and Employees over the years. She loves traveling, reading, music, and most of all spending time with her beloved family including her 15 year old cat, Yumi.

Chief Operating Officer

Employee Personnel
Community Partners

Human Resources
Clinical Research
Risk Management

Tonita Christmas, BS
Client Focus
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