Sonya, who also goes by Sonny, graduated from Ames High School in 1992. She earned a BA in Marketing and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa in 1997 and received her BS in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Sonny has been serving families at Hamilton's Funeral Home since 2003.
Sonny and her husband, Norm, live near Altoona with their two puppies, George and Moose. They enjoy entertaining friends in their outdoor pool oasis and traveling to Texas and Key West.