Vickie Tonkins was born in Hickory, North Carolina. She and her family have lived in Colorado Springs for over 19 years. Her family has a tradition of military service connecting Vickie to our military bases in Colorado Springs. She was active in her church and worked in the Business Development office in Hickory, North Carolina.
After graduating from high school, Vickie attended Montreat College. She attended Colorado Christian University (CCU) to complete her degree in Organizational Management. She graduated from CCU with honors in 2004.Vickie earned her Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2006 while working full time in school administration.
From 1990 to 2003, Vickie raised her family. In 1997, the Tonkins family started a non-profit charity, The Destiny Project, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO. She helped start James Irwin Charter Middle School, hiring staff, and overseeing student discipline. She has been a licensed school administrator since 2008. Vickie was a professor for the University of Phoenix from 2009-2017 and taught Critical Thinking. Vickie has been a Facilitator/Trainer in Staff Development for corporations throughout Colorado. She serves Colorado Springs children, who are in the foster care system, as a Social Worker for attorneys who represent these children. Vickie unsuccessfully ran for County Commissioner District 5 in 2018. She is active politically in Colorado Springs and was elected the first black Chairwoman of the El Paso County GOP in a special election on October 12, 2019, and she was re-elected fora second term February 6, 2021. Vickie is the President of the Colorado Springs Republican Women's Club. Vickie is also a member of the District 11 Mill Levy Override Committee for over a year.