Dr. Sonya Bruton

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Author and nonprofit CEO Dr. Sonya Bruton, in brief.

Dr. Sonya Bruton

Home: Silver Spring, MD.  Birthplace: Chapel Hill, NC.  Organization: CCI Health Services. Title: CEO & President.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Recent recognition: National Association of Community Health Centers John Gilbert Award. Latest accomplishment: Author of Finding Your Way in the Nonprofit Sector: Your Portable Mentor for Avoiding Pitfalls and Seizing Opportunities.  Motivation: Books have been my everything - teacher, companion, motivator, etc., so adding one of my own allows me to give what was given to me.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Received a 2-year federal planning grant earlier this year to develop and launch a community-based Family Medicine Residency program.  If successful, it will produce a pipeline of culturally competent and community involved physicians.  

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Steadfast.  Moral compass: Is it fair and just?  What is your greatest joy? Being surrounded by loved ones, good food, good music and shared activities.  What is your greatest fear? The destruction of division.  What is your guilty pleasure? Romance novels, movies and reality shows.  How do you relieve stress? Spa getaways, fine dining, baking, trail rides or walks; reformer-based Pilates.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Clean and spacious accommodations with an amazing view.

Recently viewed and recommended: The Letter: A Message for Our Earth.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Hamilton.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Some people are better at doing some things, but no one is better than you.  What is your go-to source of news and information? NPR and PBS.  What company or organization do you most admire? Direct Relief.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Attending Outward Bound at age 16.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Health equity.  What change would you like to see in the world? A return to authenticity in the classification of truth and lies.  

What message do you want to send out into the world?

Without all of the parts included, the whole is incomplete.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My great grandmother, Golden Holman.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A journalist.  What advice would you give your younger self? Enjoy the journey and document your memories along the way.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? Summer breaks.

Personal motto: If you don’t ask, it’s an automatic no.  I never tell myself no.  Favorite quote: "If you're going to live, leave a legacy.  Make a mark on the world that can't be erased" (Maya Angelou). Desired epitaph: The story of her life can be seen by the people and things she enhanced along the way.

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