As Miss North Carolina International, my passion and platform focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness and education. My inspiration for my platform came during the summer before my senior year at Wake Forest University. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel abroad to Kenya as an Amani Scholar with the Amani Children's Foundation and work with the HIV/AIDS crisis. The goal of this trip was and continues to be to bridge the gap between Kenya and the United States and to show people that HIV/AIDS is a disease that affects everyone. Shortly after this trip, I was able to get involved with Positive Wellness Alliance, an HIV/AIDS non-profit agency based out of Lexington, NC that provides case management, education and awareness for Forsyth, Davidson, Davie and Yadkin counties. I currently serve as the Board Co-chair for Positive Wellness Alliance, and I am able to serve my community as an advocate, spokesperson and ambassador for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and education. Through Positive Wellness Alliance, I was able to host an HIV/AIDS education seminar at my church to the youth group, and expand the presence of Positive Wellness Alliance and the need for HIV/AIDS education throughout my community.

Along with sharing my passion for HIV/AIDS, I also work full time as the Assistant to the CEO of United Rehab Specialist, and I am a part time Graduate student studying to obtain my Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. I rarely sit still, and I am always searching for a new adventure. God has blessed me with a passion for life and a love and compassion for everyone. My ultimate goal in life is to serve Him to the best of my ability. One of my favorite quotes comes from a song by the wonderfully talented Contemporary Christian singer Francesca Battistelli, and these inspirational words truly express the way I choose to live my life.

"…Live the way that you believe. This is your opportunity to let your life be one that lights the way."

If you would like to donate to Positive Wellness Alliance please visit www.positivewellnessalliance.org.

To learn more about me, and to contribute to my pursuits of the Miss International title in Chicago in July, 2010, please contact me at tobikj3@yahoo.com.