Donya Tolbert, born on East Chicago, Indiana, graduated from The Gary West Side Senior High School class of 1980. Participating in Basketball, Volleyball, track and local summer softball leagues which led her to become a member of the high school’s Letterman's club for obtaining letters of special achievements in sports.
In February of 1982 Ms. Tolbert took an oath of honor and enlisted in the United States Army to defend our country and the rights of others. She completed her Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where she quickly proved herself and became the 3rd Platoon Squad Leader after the first week. She then completed her Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia for MOS 94B and 94B20, Quartermaster’s Food Service and Supply Distribution. Permanently stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii with the 347thTransportation Company, attached to the Infantry’s 1st and 5thlight mechanized company, she was deployed to South Korea where she personally served and supplied food service supplies and field equipment to 4-star General Norman Schwarzkopf at I Corps.
After an Honorable Medical Discharge from the Army in 1984, Ms. Tolbert began her civilian career in Loss Prevention and Security in Atlanta Georgia, where she was first employed as a security sergeant at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the direction of then Surgeon General David Satcher. Her career progressed into the field of corrections for almost a decade before advancing herself toward co-owning a private for hire security company. In 2016 she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Business Administration and Operations from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. After her employment with The Department of Veterans Affairs in Supply Chain Management and Distribution with a quarterly budget of $396k, Ms. Tolbert applied her knowledge and business expertise toward continuing servicing her follow veterans by joining forces with New Market Veteran’s LLC where veterans’ health and welfare are priority number one.