Tonia Herndon, Ed.D.

Adjunct Lead Faculty and Curriculum Builder
Adjunct Professor, BA in Organizational Leadership & MA in Organizational Leadership

Tonia Herndon joined PLNU in 2015 as adjunct faculty and a curriculum builder for courses in the Organizational Leadership and Nursing tracts. She is currently Lead Faculty for the MRD3003 course and greatly enjoys co-creating the learning experience with her students and fellow faculty. Tonia also has a background in doing deep transformational work within the community though her involvement in life and business coaching, executive leadership development training, conducting small claims court mediations at Kearny Mesa and El Cajon courthouses in San Diego, and working with refugees in various empowering capacities. Tonia holds a doctorate degree from University of Missouri Saint Louis in Educational Practices & Leadership emphasizing an interest in applying social emotional competencies into the meaning making process. She is also involved in several community programs that examine issues pertaining to social justice, sustainability, and participatory culture in the hopes to bring awareness and action to important social movements.


  • Ed.D., Educational Practices & Leadership, University of Missouri St. Louis

  • M.A., Nonprofit Leadership and Management, University of San Diego

  • B.A., International Security and Conflict Resolution, San Diego State University

  • A.A., Cultural Anthropology, Mesa College 

Courses Taught

  • Assessing Leadership Skills - LEAD6001

  • Effective Interpersonal Communication - MRD3003

  • Cultural Influences in the Workplace - SCL4001

  • Educational Strategies for Student Success - CEL100

  • Informal Interpretation Techniques - INT202

Experience in Field

  • Moxie Institute, CA: Speaker & Presenter Coach/Mastor Storyteller, 2019-Present

  • National Conflict Resolution Center, CA: Contracted Corporate Trainer/Facilitator/Mediator, 2019-Present

  • Civility Partners, CA: Contracted Corporate Facilitator / Certified DISC Trainer / Executive Coach, 2019-Present

  • San Diego Zoo Global, CA: Training Coordinator/Instructor/Educational Program Developer, 1999-2016

  • Life and Business Coaching, CA: Self-Employed Personal Development Coach, 2008-2014

  • Brighter Side Foundation, CA: Founder/Executive Director/Advisory Board, 2006-2014

  • San Diego Mediation Center, CA: Small Claims Court Mediator, 2005-2007

  • Foundation For Women, CA: Refugee Business Coach, 2006-2007

  • International Rescue Committee, CA: Refugee Student Mentor Intern, 2006