Bonnie Billups, Jr.
Bonnie Billups, Jr. began his career in supportive services for families and youth at a young age. He first became involved with Ann Arbor’s own Peace Neighborhood Center as a child enrolled in the agency’s Youth Programs back in the early 1970s. Proving himself to be a reliable and mature young man, Bonnie was hired on as a Program Assistant at Peace in 1976. He continued in that capacity through 1985, helping the agency expand and establish many long-standing services such as Peace’s Summer Day Camp program in 1982. Bonnie left the agency in 1985 to travel to California and pursue a career in music. While in the Los Angeles area, he continued to work in the youth development field as a Youth Lead Specialist at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.
In 1991, he returned to Ann Arbor and Peace Neighborhood Center as the agency’s Program Director, a role he took on to great success for over 15 years. In 2006, he took over for the retiring Rose Martin as Peace Neighborhood Center’s Executive Director and continues to lead Peace in its role as a pillar of the youth and family service nonprofit community in Washtenaw County. Bonnie also has continued in his musical career as an instructor at Washtenaw Community College in the School of Music and Performing Arts. Bonnie is a member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Blue Ribbon Committee where he advises the school district on decisions and strategies to provide effective service to at-risk youth. He is also a founding member of the Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth, serving on its Steering Committee and helping to define that collaborative’s role in establishing the best possible safety net for young people in Washtenaw County along with the other member youth development agencies.
Bonnie is proud to have served the youth and families of Washtenaw County for almost 40 years and to lead Peace Neighborhood Center into its fifth decade of its longstanding mission to break the cycle of poverty in our community.
MaryAnn Johnson, LMSW
Wellness Program Co-Director & Youth Programs Operations
MaryAnn has been a part of the Peace Neighborhood family since 2010. While in college at the University of Michigan, MaryAnn volunteered as a tutor and program assistant. Since then, MaryAnn has held different roles at Peace, including coordinating Ninth Grade Academy, volunteers, and children services. In 2018, MaryAnn earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and returned to Peace as Youth Programs Director.
MaryAnn, her husband, Matt, and their black lab, Ruby, love exploring the Westside of Ann Arbor.
Children Services Director
When not at Peace, Raven enjoys being with her friends and family.
Bernice Hardman, LMSW
Wellness Program Co-Director & Social Work Intern Supervisor
According to Bernice, “Peace allows me to practice social work the way I envision it. a safe space for individuals and families to show up as their authentic selves and grow at their own pace, with a supportive community encouraging while holding them accountable along the journey.” Bernice holds a B.A, and MSW from the University of Michigan. She enjoys reading and/or watching documentaries on History, Pop Culture, and Social Relations in her free time.
Suzanne (Sue) Upton
Director of Major Gifts & Foundations
Sue holds a BA in Economics, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Joe have raised three children in Ann Arbor, and love the sense of community and generosity that’s long been a part of Ann Arbor’s DNA.
Director of Annual Giving & Communications
Kelly Martin, BSW
Case Manager Baker Commons
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Building and Ground Maintenance Supervisor
1. It’s not what you say but what you do that defines you.
2. The secret of good health is to live fully in the now
3. Let it go and it will be your forever
4. No one can walk your path for you
5. Happiness never decreases by being shared
6. Be kind to ALL
7. Don’t believe everything you are told to believe
Anabel Cruz, BSW
Maple Meadows Center Programs Coordinator
West Arbor Center Programs Coordinator
REACH Program Manager
America joined the Peace Family as an intern in the Winter term of 2022. She has a passion for youth empowerment and creating inclusive spaces that promote social-emotional learning and wellness for youth and their families. She has experience working with youth of all ages, from young fives to adolescents, but elementary-aged youth are her favorite age group.
America holds a MSW from the University of Michigan, B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University, and is working towards her LMSW. She enjoys reading, spending quality time with family and friends, and finding new arts and crafts projects in her free time.
Middle School Programs Manager
Khalil became a part of the Peace Family in 2007 when he was in 7th grade. While at Skyline High School, he worked at Peace in a variety of roles from working in the kitchen to leading groups. After graduating high school, he has attended Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College. Khalil loves to give back to the community and enjoys being a positive role model in the community. When not at Peace Khalil enjoys meditation and spending quality time with his daughter.
Middle School Programs Manager
Isley is driven by helping others and meeting the needs of her community. From the young age of 10 years old, she was heavily involved in volunteering her time to support her community in Ypsilanti. Isley’s natural affinity to lend a helping hand to others allowed her passion for youth advocacy to blossom. She is dedicated to developing her community through youth mentorship and enrichment. For over five years she has empowered youth to positively express themselves through mindfulness practices and creativity. She has worked for Girls Group, the YMCA, Bright Futures, Washtenaw County Park & Recreation Commission and Washtenaw International High School & Middle Academy in order to help youth lead more resilient lives. Isley is currently building on her skills to create learning materials focused on youth programs and organizations as an instructional design & technology student at Wayne State University. With her knowledge on social emotional learning, Isley aims to create spaces that promote growth and wellness for young minds. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, having quality time with family and friends, creating art and spending time out in nature.
High School Programs Specialist
Dwight enjoys producing and creating music, painting, golfing, and spending time with his family and dog, and holds an Associates Degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Elanda Curry, BSW
College & Career Prep Coordinator
Data Base & I.T. Specialist