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educator , Public relations executive

Sonia Winer Young, public relations executive, educator. Certified speech and hearing specialist American Speech and Hearing Association.


Young, Sonia Winer was born on August 20, 1934. Daughter of Meyer D. and Rose (Demby) Winer.


Bachelor, Sophie Newcomb College, 1956. Master in Educational Psychology, University Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1966.


Speech therapist Chattanooga-Hamilton County Speech and Hearing Center, 1961-1966, educational psychology, 1966-1978. Staff psychologist Chattanooga Testing and Counseling Services, 1978-1980. Insurance representative Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, 1980-1984.

Columnist Chattanooga Times, 1982-1984. Community affairs reporter Station WRCB-television, 1983-1984. Public relations and promotions director Purple Ladies, Inc., since 1984.

Columnist MIRRORS; adjunct professor, theatre and speech University Tennessee, Chattanooga, since 1988. Consultant psychology Georgia Department Human Resources, also Cheerhaven School, Dalton, 1970-1978. Adjunct professor psychology University Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1971-1980, adjunct professor department theatre and speech, since 1988.

President Speak Out; board directors M. Young Communications, Volunteer Center, since 1995, Arthritis Foundation, 1995-1998. Special projects director Chattanooga State Technology Community College, since 1995. Board directors Purple Lady, Inc.


  • Certified speech and hearing specialist American Speech and Hearing Association.


  • Other Work

    • Author (columnist): (journal) Lookout Mountain Mirror, Signal Mountain Mirror. Contributing editor: Chattanooga Life and Leisure Magazine.


President Chattanooga Opera Guild, 1973-1974, Chattanooga Opera Association, 1979-1980. Board directors, secretary Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library., 1977-1979. President Little Theatre of Chattanooga, 1984-1990, board directors, since 1974.

Vice president Girls Club, Chattanooga, 1979-1980. Board directors March of Dimes, 1988, Chattanooga Symphony Guild, Mizpah Congregation, Chattanooga Area Literacy Council, Chattanooga Cares, since 1993, Tourist Development Agency, since 1990. Member alumni council University Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Member selection committee Leadership Chattanooga, 1984-1986. Secretary Allied Arts Greater Chattanooga, 1978-1980, residential campaign chairman, 1985. Board directors Chattanooga Center for the Dance, Partners for Academy Excellence, since 1987, Chattanooga Mental Health Association, 1988, Chattanooga Symphony Opera Association, since 1999.

Chairman March of Dimes Mother's March, 1988, One of a Kind-the Arts Against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome-Chattanooga Cares, 1993, 94. Co-chair American Heart Association Gala, 1994, chairman, 1995. Chair Little Theatre Capital Campaign, 1995.

Chairman Galactic Gala fundraiser Chattanooga State College, 1996, Chattanooga Theatre Center Endowment Campaign, 1998-1999, April in Paris fundraiser, Chattanooga St. College, 1997, Chattanooga High School Center for the Creative Arts fundraising, 1999, chairman Broadway Lights Broadway Nights, 1999. Advisory council Hamilton County Magnet Schools, 1999. Board directors Chattanooga Symphony Opera Association, 1999, 2000, (board member 2004-2005), Evening with Blackberry Farm Fundraiser Chair, 2005, Chattanooga Theatre Center Youth Theatre Fundraiser, 2005, fundraiser Evening in Provence, 2000, 2001, fundraiser Evening in Tuscany, 2001, Evening in New Orleans, 2003, Animal Care Trust Board, since 2004.

Board directors Chattanooga Ballet, since 2000, Chattanooga Theatre Center, since 2002, American Institute of Management Center, since 2002, Chattanooga Cares, 2002, Chattanooga Zoo, since 2002, Tennessee River George Trust, 2008. Member James Beard Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa (personnel Chattanooga chapter 1978-1979).


  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading, art.


Married Melvin A. Young, February 24, 1957. 1 child, Melanie Anne.

Meyer D. Winer

Rose (Demby) Winer

Melvin A. Young

Melanie Anne Young