Awesome, incredible, perfectionist is some of the traits that best describe Coach Yona. She really enjoys coaching and setting positive examples for the youth that she serves. Coach Yona has over 15 years of cheerleading and dance experience. She started cheering at the age of 3 at Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center in Alexandria, VA and continued cheering until the age of 14. She also took tap and ballet at Sudo Dance Company in Langley Park, MD for 3 years and ventured to Footsteps Dance Company in Washington, DC for 3 years. At the Age of 14, Coach Yona wanted to explore other aspects of cheerleading. She asked her mother, Tanya Banks, if it was possible to take over the Junior Varsity squad at Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. Her mother without a doubt granted Coach Yona her first opportunity at coaching. In her first year of coaching, Coach Yona’s creative and innovative routine won her the first City-wide cheerleading championship. She continued to be very successful at the Recreational level, winning two back to back JV championships, and one Varsity cheerleading championship. Coach Yona felt that her Recreation team could handle competing in other cheerleading competitions, so she took them to the "Reach the Beach" competition in Ocean City, MD and pulled out a 1st place win. Her team then advanced to Chicago, IL where they competed in a NCA National Championship and won 1st place.
In 1998, Coach Yona went off to college and her cheerleading career was at a stand- still. After graduating college, Coach Yona was asked to return to Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center as the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity cheerleading squad. That is where she met Brenda Holloway, who at that time was the Head Coach for Nannie J. Lee’s Varsity squad. At that time, she started her recruiting process. Using her dynamic ability and creativity, Coach Yona went back to the drawing board and came back the next season and won yet another City-wide 1st place cheerleading championship. She then had a vision along with Brenda Holloway and Shenika Farmer to create the Hot Topic All Stars. Through determination, drive and commitment, Hot Topic All Stars has continued to prevail and grow larger and stronger every year since 2006.
Currently, Coach Yona is one of the Directors at Hot Topic All Stars (HT). Coach Yona’s motto is "Success is not giving to us, we have to earn it. Practice is our competition, so come to practice with a purpose and at the end the day, we just have to show up and receive our awards." Coach Yona is a graduate of one of the most prestigious historically Black Universities, Bethune-Cookman University. She is also a member of THE Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her personal life Coach Yona loves to shop, spend time with her family and friends, crack jokes and love on her husband and daughter Jersey!