A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Sonya Clark enjoys dancing, music and recreational sports. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Ariel and Brianna Clark who now resides in Orlando, Florida. Sonya is passionate about early child development and volunteerism. In her copious free time, she enjoys professional football and professional basketball.
Ms. Griffin is originally from Orlando, Florida. She enlisted into the Unites States Navy in 1987 and completed her Basic Training at Recruit Training Command - Naval Training Center Orlando Florida. After successfully completing Boot Camp she reported to Apprenticeship Training School at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida.
Upon completion of Apprenticeship Training School, she reported for duty aboard the USS Simon Lake AS-33, stationed at Holy Loch, Scotland. During her tour aboard the ship, Seaman Griffin decided she would strike to become a Radioman. After completing her tour, Seaman Griffin went to Radioman “A” school in San Diego, California. After achieving the highest GPA in her class she was allowed to choose her next duty station and Petty Officer Griffin reported to NCTAMS EASTPAC Honolulu, Hawaii in November 1989.
After successfully finishing her tour of five years and nine months on December 10, 1992 Petty officer Griffin received an Honorable Discharge from Active Duty and relocated to Central Florida. On December 30, 1992 Petty Officer Griffin enlisted in the Naval Reserve and was assigned to several Reserve Detachments, including NCS ROTA, WPNSTA CHASN, NAVSTA PANAMA, COMWESTHEMGRU, COMUSNA VFORSOUTH, and COMSUBGRU 10.
Ms. Griffin received her first Navy Achievement for a job well done of PRT Coordinator. NAVSTA PANAMA was one of the largest units of 100 or more personnel for several years and second Navy Achievement for rapidly completed Trident Duty Petty Officer (TDPO) qualification, active duty/cross rate watch station, at the specific request of the gaining command. The very first reservist from COMSUBGRU 10 unit to qualify TDPO significantly ahead of other more senior personnel, selected as units Sailor of the quarter (4th QTR) nominee NRC Orlando, Florida and first runner-up for Reserve Sailor of the year (CY02), COMSUBGRU 10, Kings Bay, Georgia Retired after serving 20 years October 20, 2007.
In civilian life, Petty Officer Griffin has been employed since September 1993 as a Payment Poster Specialist for Physician Associates/Orlando Health in Altamonte Springs. Joannie Griffin is an active member of St. Mark A.M.E. Church located in Orlando, Florida. There she serves faithfully in The Daughters of Praise Dance Ministry. She has been apart of Standing Ovation Talent Group for over 9 years as the Executive Assistant Director.
Mrs. Terri J. Burns, Orlando’s own Hometown Hero, performing artist, dancer, choreographer and mentor to our local communities. Terri J. Burns established Standing Ovation Talent Group in 1997, which is a non-profit organization that utilizes the art of dance to encourage leadership and education for brighter futures through our youth and adults.
As a strong believer in Christ, Terri also serves humbly at St. Mark A.M.E. Church as the Dance Director for over 20 years. Terri, a.k.a. the “Dancing Machine” has performed throughout the United States along with renowned artists.
Her accomplishment includes The Distinguished Service Award from the City of Orlando, presented by Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, Star 94.5 Hometown Hero, and several community service awards.