Elliott Tonken Educational Scholarship

Deborah (Dee) Tonken

Deborah Tonken

Deborah is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. IAIA is an indigenous arts college representing tribal communities in both the U.S. and Canada. She earned her Fine Arts degree in 2014 at the age of 62.

Earlier in her career Deborah was owner/operator of Sign Systems of Maine a graphic design and manufacturing company. For 18 years she and her late husband John served businesses in the Portland area, with a concentration on the commercial real estate industry.

Deborah has been involved in esoteric study for over 40 years. As a current Morris Pratt Institute student she is working towards her credentials as a Spiritualist teacher.

The co-founding of the Elliott Tonken Educational Scholarship is in honor of her late husband Elliott who was a loved and respected healer in the Maine Spiritualist Churches. The scholarship will provide funding for those seeking training and certification as healers, mediums, ministers and teachers through the Morris Pratt Institute. Funding will be made available to provide a library of Spiritualist literature from our pioneers to the present . Our intention is also to bring in speakers/authors who are in the forefront of Spiritualism today.

Deborah enjoys sculpture and painting at her home in Union with her Maine Coon cat Ari and her granddaughter, Alora. We enjoy making delightful creative messes.