Welcome to the family

Family is not important, FAMILY is everything. 
~Michael J. Fox

our mission

To support families in the Greater Baltimore area by encouraging community cohesiveness, connecting families to existing resources, and providing case management and financial counseling.



Below is a list and brief biographies of Parts of Peace's current board members. If you are interested in serving on our board, please visit our prospective board members page or email us at info@partsofpeace.org



Mariah Pratt Bonkowski

Founder & President

Mariah Pratt-Bonkowski is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University and an MBA & MNPM graduate candidate at University of Maryland. Mariah is also an Americorp and Public Allies Alum. Mariah is also a Warnock Social Innovator

WIlliam Atkinson
Board Member

William Atkinson is an Americorp Alum and has served as Program Manager and Advocacy counselor at a homeless shelter in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he continues to work diligently for those within the HIV community along with completing service projects for issues related to child abuse within the foster care system. Most recently William was awarded by Baltimore City's Youth Commission with the "We Are the Dream" Award.

John Bonkowski
Founder Emeritus

John Bonkowski is a current student at the University of Maryland and studies Business Management. John also works full-time as a Shipping & Receiving Manager at a Logistics company. 

Leichelle Smith
Board Member

Leichelle Smith is a health services worker dedicated to providing access to health services for those who need it. Leichelle is an Americorp and Public Allies Maryland alum. 

Verlando Brown
Board Member

Verlando Brown grew up in the heart of West Baltimore. Raised by a single mom and  growing up in the inner city, his environment was filled with drugs, addiction, crime, poverty, and broken families. Verlando graduated with his Masters’ degree in Human Services Administration at the University of Baltimore. Verlando is the Founder of The First-Gen Baltimore Initiative, which advocates for providing support and resources to first-generation college students across Baltimore city.
He has also been featured and recognized on NBC for his story and work around the support of first-generation college students

Ashleigh Hughes

Ashleigh Hughes is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Ashleigh Hughes has a served as Notre Dame of Maryland's Vice Chairwoman of the Maryland Student Legislature. Ashleigh has also been involved with Parts of Peace for years and has contributed immensely to the organization's programming and structure. 

Daria Baylis
Board Member

Daria Bayis’s passion for social justice was first sparked while pursuing a B.A. in philosophy at Salisbury University. Her studies were mostly focused on ethics and morality which inspired her to act. Since graduating in 2014, she has worked to promote positive community change in Baltimore city by demonstrating creative ways to fight injustice. As a photographer, social media connoisseur, program manager, teacher, and mentor, Daria is always driven and compassionate. She is currently Paterson Park Public Carter School’s new Family Engagement Coordinator.

Noah Sugarman
Board Member

Noah Sugarman is a native of New York City. A recent graduate from the University of Baltimore, he works in investment banking in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Noah has experience working with Habitat for Humanity and he now hopes to strengthen the city’s many families. His hobbies include soccer, travelling and discovering Baltimore’s hidden restaurant gems.


Sheena Williams

Board Member

Sheena Williams is a native of Savannah, GA. She graduated from Georgia State University, where she earned a B.A. in African American Studies. Upon graduation, Sheena served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean. Following which she became a social worker for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Sheena is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as director of the Lawyer’s Campaign Against Hunger. 

Frederick Curtis
Board Member

Frederick E. Curtis, II is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and a first year English and Social Studies teacher at ReNew SciTech Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. His hobbies include reading/writing, weightlifting and watching his beloved Arsenal finish no higher than 2nd in the English Premier League. 

Our impact

Our focus is on families not numbers, 
but our numbers speak for themselves! 

Below is a snapshot of our impact but for further detail, we encourage our supporters to download our impact statements, view our strategic plan, our operating budget, or our most recent Form 990.

*Statistical data last updated on November 29, 2016


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