Tonya Ramsey Abeln

Tonya Ramsey Abeln

March of Dimes Kentuckiana

about Tonya


I’ve always joked that I don’t like to wear clothes, I prefer costumes instead. I love fashion but I refuse to take it too seriously or allow it to take up too much time and head space. I style my outfit solely based on what “character” I want to play that day. I love things that are original and, admittedly, a little over-the-top and sometimes even ostentatious. Some of my most unforgettable fashion moments have been at the hands of local fashion designer and Project Runway alum, Gunnar Deatherage. Collaborating with talents like his and achieving a one-of-a-kind piece feels special and is a rewarding process. I think fashion should be empowering and serve no other purpose than to delight yourself or someone else, even if you regret it in ten years or the next day. It should never define you.
— Tonya Ramsey Abeln

Tonya Ramsey Abeln is the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice-Tribune and the Voice of Louisville Magazine. After graduating with degrees in political science and communication at the University of Louisville, she continued her education at Western Kentucky University, studying journalism. Her professional career has taken her from Chicago, where she was Marketing Director for international architecture and urban planning firm, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, to Los Angeles where she was an event manager for luxury hospitality brand, Viceroy Hotel Group, planning Grammy parties for Sony Music Group, private events for Rachel Zoe and Emma Stone and fashion events for international fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada.

She returned to Louisville in 2011 to pursue her true passion for writing in her beloved home state of Kentucky. While working at the philanthropy publication, Nfocus Magazine, Tonya was social correspondent, features editor and, ultimately, Editor. In 2016, she transitioned to The Voice-Tribune and The Voice of Louisville Magazine, Louisville’s premier lifestyle publication, as Editor-in-Chief.

Tonya serves on the Speed Museum pARTnership board and volunteers for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs committee. She and her husband, Dr. Kris Abeln, have two sons, 3-year-old Luke and 10-month-old Todd.   

Designated Charity

Tonya's charity of choice is The March of Dimes Kentuckiana. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.