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Board Officers

Nicole Perry Banks

Nicole Perry Banks

President

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Nicole Perry Banks joined the Board of Directors in 2021. She currently works in Student Life at the University of Michigan and has a wealth of experience in higher education administration, enrollment services, and student support. Nicole graduated from Pioneer High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from Central State University, and masters degree from Wright State University. She has a deep desire to contribute to meaningful service and community outreach, which she attributes to values instilled when she was a youth participant in Peace Neighborhood Center programs from the late-1970s through the late-1980s. Nicole knows first-hand that the positive impact that Peace continues to make on the lives of local children and adults has led to the long-standing commitment and support of the community. Nicole is an active member of the Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Central State University Alumni Association, along with her other service-oriented affiliations.

Alan Mlynek

Alan Mlynek

Vice President

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Alan Mlynek is a senior vice president at Noodle, an education company that partners with colleges and universities to build online degree programs. He previously led the technology teams for a network of K-12 schools in New York City and, before pivoting to education, worked in Washington, DC for members of the Michigan congressional delegation. He shares a passion for education with his wife, Emily Wark, who serves as the Building Literacy Expert at Abbot Elementary School. Emily introduced Alan to Peace Neighborhood Center through her work with Peace families on supporting early readers. Alan has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Alan and Emily have three children and live in Ann Arbor.

Steve Schlecht

Steve Schlecht

Treasurer

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Kurt Schmerberg

Kurt Schmerberg

Secretary

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Kurt Schmerberg is a partner in Affinity Valuation Group where he serves as Vice President and CFO. A lifelong resident of the Ann Arbor area, Kurt became involved in Peace Neighborhood Center through his church, Bethlehem United Church of Christ. He brings an abundance of corporate experience to the Board and executive committee having served as an officer and director of the local and state Realtor associations; Foundation for Saline Area schools; Kiwanis, and Bethlehem Church.  His wife, Dr. Jane Nicholson is an OB/GYN at Michigan Medicine. They have three grown children, all products of the Ann Arbor public school system. Kurt was awarded a BA from the University of Michigan in Speech Communications, holds a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license and lectures locally and regionally on real estate appraisal topics.

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Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson

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Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan

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Amy Peters

Amy Peters

Immediate Past Chair

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Amy works in academic Information Technology at the University in Michigan. She became interested in Peace because of their dedication to the children and families of Ann Arbor and desire to improve the lives of those with academic, social, and financial needs in our community. She and her husband Jim have two children and live in Ann Arbor.

 Advisory Board

Rich Ballard
Dan Brady
William Brinkerhoff
James Corey
Tim Damschroder
Matt Derrenberger
Chuck Hatt
Seth Kopald

Michele Madden
Nancy Margolis
Griff McDonald
Mike McManus
Stan Mendenhall
Kathleen Menerey
Elmo Morales
Roy Muir

Allan Newman
Sarah W. Newman
Amy Pachera
Christy Perros
Kathy Sample
Cliff Sheldon
Delphia Simpson
J. Cedric Simpson

Ani Turner
Don Vereen
Sheila Waterhouse
Ken Weber
Wendy Wellman
Richard Westbury
Gerald Woolfolk