Building Families, Building Baltimore

Our Mission

A nonprofit with a mission to foster community cohesion by providing support services and programs that promote family stability and financial empowerment.


Our Beliefs

Families are the building blocks of communities.
Strong and stable families mean strong and stable communities.
Strong and stable communities provide the tools necessary for:
better education systems, better housing options,
more job opportunities and higher quality of living and equal access for all.

Community Cohesion

We define “community cohesion“ as a process of helping all people in Baltimore, specifically low-income minority families to realize a sense of belonging. Achieving community cohesion means that all families in Baltimore have similar life opportunities and qualities of life no matter their background, age, race or zip-code.

family stability

We define “family stability“ as a process of moving from a state of temporary instability to developing an individualized course of action that reaching lasting stability.


"Family is not an important, family is everything"

— Michael J Fox


Our Team

Board of Directors 

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

Mariah Pratt-Bonkowski

Mariah Pratt-Bonkowski founded Parts of Peace in 2015 and secured fiscal sponsorship for the organization through Fusion Partnerships in 2016. Mariah  is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University and holds a Masters in Management from the University of Maryland.  Mariah is also an Americorp and Public Allies Alum. Mariah received a Warnock Social Innovation award for her work with the Families Matter Program. Mariah is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland.


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.




Frederick Curtis

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.


William Atkinson

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.



 Daria Baylis

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.


Sheena Williams

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.

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