Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chona received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (with distinction) in Printmaking, Painting & Art Theory from the University of Calgary in 2002. After moving to British Columbia in 2006, she studied Foundational Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Vancouver.
Between 2008 to 2018, Chona worked for Bell Mobility, a Canadian LTE and HSPA+ based wireless service provider. At Bell, she gained valuable experience in customer service, sales and account management. Her longest held position was as a Corporate Account Specialist (Corporate Client Care Representative), where she managed accounts within the medium and enterprise business market segments of Bell. Her targeted vertical markets included: construction, retail and oil & gas. Some noteworthy accounts included: Lafarge Canada, Aritzia, The Brick, Enbridge Inc., TransCanada Corporation, Nova Chemicals, Tarpon Energy, Trotter & Morton, Husky Energy, The Jim Pattison Group, Canwel Building Materials Group Ltd, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, The Calgary Stampede and more.
In 2018, Chona left Bell Mobility to re-launch her creative career (see A Work in Progress). She began working for VanWhistle Media, a digital marketing startup company based in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Alongside the company founder and CEO, she helped to develop the agency’s brand identity, marketing collateral, sales-focused core concepts, and growth & awareness strategies from the bottom-up.
Chona now maintains a creative and technical blog (ChonaBLOX.), which focuses on her dual identity as a writer, artist & designer (personal/BLOX) and branding, marketing & sales specialist (professional/Blox. Communications). Blox. Communications is a business entity that Chona develops to help create objective goals for her work. Her primary digital platforms are ChonaBLOX., Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and Snapchat, where she explores a wide range of topics, from research and neuroscience to fashion and advertising. She writes and makes art everyday and is currently looking for full-time employment with a creative design studio/digital marketing agency in the Fraser Valley area (BC).