"Blessed to be a Blessing"

Meet the Board

Morris Peterson Jr Foundation

MORRIS PETERSON JR., PRESIDENT

NBA veteran Morris Peterson had an impressive basketball career. It began in the blue-collar city of Flint, Michigan where he was raised by his parents, Morris Sr. and Valarie Davis-Peterson who were both educators in the Flint Community School system. Upon graduating from Flint Northwestern High School, Morris attended Michigan State University on a full athletic scholarship.

While at Michigan State, Morris received numerous personal accolades such as being named an All-American, first-team All-Big Ten and Most Outstanding Player during the 2000 National Championship game which the Spartans won. He finished his four-year career as the ninth all-time leading scorer at MSU and ranks fifth in three-pointers made (with 146) and attempted (with 387). As a senior, he averaged 16.8 points and 6 rebounds.

After graduating from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Morris was drafted by the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptures with the 24 pick. During his 11 year NBA career, he not only played for the Raptures but the New Orleans Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder as well. Throughout the course of his career, he averaged 10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 0.9 apg.

Morris had his #42 jersey retired at Michigan State’s Breslin Center on January 17, 2009.

He currently owns a transportation company, a clothing line, World Artist Refuge and is involved in various business ventures in and around the Flint area. In addition to his businesses, he also does a lot of philanthropic work. His foundation, the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation supports the Flint community. To date, thousands in the Flint area have been positively affected by his foundation.

Morris has always had a desire to give back. He understands that his successes were not only the result of hard work on his part, but also the guidance and sacrifices of his family and the support of the community. That’s why it’s important for him to help youth. He was once where they are and knows that he was blessed so that he can be a blessing to others.

Morris Peterson Jr Foundation

BOB NELSON, Vice President

Bob Nelson was born and raised in the Flint area. Raised by his mother, a Korean immigrant , he graduated from Atherton High School and went on to attend Michigan State University, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology. Since his graduation, Bob has spent the majority of his professional career working in the non-profit sector, most recently with the Boys & Girls Club of greater Flint. Bob is passionate about creating change in the Flint community with a special focus on helping local children succeed educationally and personally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morris Peterson Jr Foundation

SEAN CROUDY, TREASURER

Proudly raised in a single parent home, Mr. Sean Croudy is a native of Flint, Michigan. He is a 1990 graduate of Flint Southwestern Academy. Mr. Croudy attended Ferris State University where he earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1994. later he earned a Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. His mother, Lenore, was a long-time community activist and board chairperson of the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. His brother, Ron, is an established artist currently living in New York City.

As a long term employee of the Flint Community Schools, he has held various positions such as Parent Specialist Title 1, Substitute Teacher, and Student Service Specialist (At-Risk Program). He currently serves as a School Social Worker at Flint Northwestern High School.

Sean is an active member of the Flint/Genesee County community. He has served as a tennis instructor for the National Youth Sports Program, Co-Chair of the Flint Olympian & Canusa Games, Flint Community Schools’ District Crisis Team, Real Men Read Program for the Flint Community Schools and Vice President of the Greater Flint Olympian and CANUSA Association. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Flint and serves as a mentor to the fraternity’s youth group Kappa Leaguers. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Social Work presented Sean with the 2011-2012 Social Worker of the Year Award. In 2009-2010, he was the runner-up for the Michigan Public School’s Social Worker of the Year Award.

He is a faithful member of Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Mr. Sean Croudy works vivaciously preparing our young men in the Greater Flint Area to be successful in an ever-changing society.

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TONDA PETERSON-BRYANT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tonda Peterson-Bryant is the manager and personal assistant to former NBA player Morris Peterson Jr. She is also the Executive Director of The Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation. In addition to those duties, she is the founder and CEO of Special T Concierge LLC, an on-call personal assistance company that caters to high profile clientele. Her clients include NBA and NBPA President and Vice Presidents Chris Paul and Roger Mason Jr.

Tonda has a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University where she was a scholarship athlete for the Lady Hornets basketball team. Upon completing her college studies, she taught Special Education before she began working for Morris.

She has served as the Operations Director for several athletes basketball camps for over 10 years as well as various community charity events.