In 2007 Yvonna received her first NAACP Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. She says it came as a complete shock to her.
In January 2007, Yvonna and the cast of Guiding Light, traveled to Biloxi, MS to help rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims.
When Guiding Light's executive producer, Ellen Wheeler, decided to age Yvonna's on-screen daughter ahead 13 years, she was not happy about it. Once she realized that meant she no longer had "diaper duty", Yvonna was happy about the change.
Yvonna's hobbies include jewelry making and yoga.
Yvonna appeared in the stage productions of:
- Five A.M.
Yvonna has appeared in commercials for Secret Sheer Dry and Curves Cereal.
Yvonna appeared on the cover of Pregnancy magazine in 2003. She was pregnant for her second child at the time.
Yvonna entered and won a Seventeen Magazine contest at the age of 18. She modeled for two years following that contest.
Yvonna: (about her on-screen daughters sudden age change) I was a little thrown because they didn't tell me they aged her. They introduced it in one of the scripts where I had to say Leah is at boarding school, and I had a fit!
Yvonna: One of the reasons I accepted the job [on Guiding Light] was because I would be a part of a family. It's so nice to play in a family on television and to just have that support of other new actors and actresses. It's nice to come on together.
Yvonna: I bought my first Gucci bag when I signed the contract with Guiding Light.
Yvonna: When I leave the house, I definitely can't leave without lip gloss. And when I go out of town, I can't leave without a good hair conditioner.