Board of Directors
Christy Perros – President
Christy is a life-long resident of Ann Arbor. She attended Abbot Elementary, Forsythe Junior High, and Pioneer High Schools. She has been familiar with and supportive of Peace Neighborhood Center for several years. A few years after attending the University of Michigan and receiving a degree in Economics, she opened the doors of her current business, Absolute Title, Inc. with her partner, Scott Broshar. Christy has served on several non-profit Boards in town including: Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation, Builders and Remodelors Associates of Greater Ann Arbor, and Wild Swan Theater. She and her husband, Tom Dewhirst, have two college age children. In addition to running a small business, sitting on various committees and boards, Christy enjoys running, power cycling, and attending various sporting events.
James Corey – Vice President
James Corey is the Director of Development for Major Gifts for Western and Mid-Michigan for the University of Michigan. Previous to this position, he was the Director of Corporate Relations for the Washtenaw United Way and also worked for Google. James brings a wealth of experience to the Peace Neighborhood Center board and a passion for education. His wife, Alison Corey, is a first grade teacher at Abbott Elementary and James previously held positions at the Leelanau Boarding School and Kadima Hebrew Academy. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Michigan and is dedicated to helping Peace Neighborhood Center reach its goals.
William Brinkerhoff – Treasurer
Mr. Brinkerhoff has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry focused in new product planning, corporate development, business development and licensing. He was president of AlphaCore Pharma prior to the company’s acquisition by Astra Zeneca in March 2013. Bill was co-founder and chief operating officer of Cerenis Therapeutics from 2005-2011. Previously, he was vice president of business development at Esperion Therapeutics, overseeing all strategic partnering activities prior to the company’s acquisition by Pfizer. Prior to joining Esperion, he oversaw U.S. business development, market planning and sales operations for Sankyo, a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company (now Daiichi Sankyo). Bill is currently a mentor in residence at the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer and holds a master’s degree in business administration as well as bachelors and masters degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Kathy Sample, have three children and reside in Ann Arbor.
Sheila Waterhouse – Secretary
Sheila Waterhouse works in the development community at the University of Michigan where she manages annual giving and communications for the Rackham Graduate School. Her background in marketing and sales management in the for-profit sector offers a broad perspective for non-profit fundraising. At Peace, she serves as the Secretary of the Board and sits on the business development committee. She has also enjoyed teaching sewing workshops at Peace in after school workshops. She lives in the Peace neighborhood and spends much of her time playing with her family, preferably outdoors in the woods. Her hands are never empty; she quilts and knits as much as she can, teaches cycling at the Y and swims with the masters program in Ann Arbor.
Susan has taught third through fifth grades at Lawton, Haisley, and Eberwhite elementary schools over the past 24 years. It was through her work as a teacher that she became familiar with Peace Neighborhood Center’s after-school tutoring programs as well as other services. She has been a volunteer at Peace for 15 years and is a strong advocate for all of their programs.
Kevin Hudson is proud to currently serve the Ann Arbor community as a Class Principal at Pioneer High School. He has been honored to serve the students of the Ann Arbor Public Schools since 2004. He has enjoyed several instructional and administrative assignments, including School Social Worker and Class Principal. Mr. Hudson served as Program Coordinator with the Peace Neighborhood Center in 1990 where he spent nine years serving students, parents, teachers, and the community at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He and his wife, Laura J., have four children and reside in Ann Arbor. Mr. Hudson is firmly rooted in the belief that the Peace Neighborhood Center offers the highest quality support, continuing its mission of creating an exemplary product for children’s academic, social, and emotional success.
Lamont hails from Detroit, but has been a resident of Ann Arbor for most of his post high school life (beginning with undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan). Lamont has been married to Patricia Manley (a life-long Ann Arbor resident) for 35 years. Lamont is on the Executive Committee of the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP and he recently served on the Board of Directors for the Huron Valley Chapter of the Project Management Institute (as their Vice-President of Finance) for 5 years. Lamont is a PMI certified Project Management Professional and is currently employed at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Lamont has held various technical and management positions at General Motors, Electronic Data Systems, Fry Multimedia, Ajilon and Compuware. Lamont holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Lamont enjoys golfing, bowling and attending Michigan football and basketball games.
Ani Turner is deputy director of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at Altarum Institute, where she studies drivers of health spending and the economic impact of investments in social and environmental factors that determine health and life outcomes. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in mathematics, and more recently returned to Michigan to earn a Master’s in Applied Economics. Ani brings her quantitative skills and experience in management and business development for a nonprofit research center to the Peace board and finance committee. She and her husband Brian Turner have lived in the Peace Neighborhood area for over 20 years, spending many hours volunteering in the public schools and at the soccer fields and 4-H fairgrounds as their two daughters attended Abbot, Forsythe, and Skyline.
Rhonda Walker has been involved with Peace Neighborhood Center for many years, both as a parent with children enrolled in Youth Services and as a volunteer. Rhonda has served as the Program Director for Parents Together in Ypsilanti and as a board member for Washtenaw Junior Football. She brings an enthusiasm for kids and advocacy on their behalf to the Peace Neighborhood Center board.
Rich Ballard; Dan Brady; Letitia Byrd; Tim Damschroder; Matt Derrenberger; Don Faber; Mike Fitzsimmons; Charles Gelman; Chuck Hatt; Michele Madden; Nancy Margolis; Mike McManus; Stan Mendenhall; Kathleen Menerey; Elmo Morales; Roy Muir; Allan Newman; Sarah W. Newman; Kathy Sample; Cliff Sheldon; Delphia Simpson; Lou Velker; Don Vereen; Monty Vincent; Wendy Wellman; Richard Westbury; Gerald Woolfolk