Meet the Board
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.
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.
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.
MARSEILLE ALLEN, VICE PRESIDENT
Marseille Allen is the legislative liaison for the United Auto Workers Local 6000 and serves as the president of the Warriors Trust Fund, a nonprofit she established to assist combat veterans under active felony supervision in the criminal justice system. Marseille received BAs in Sociology and African Studies from Wellesley College, and an MA in Sociology from Wayne State University.
After graduating from Wellesley College in 2001, Marseille served as the assistant to the Majority General Counsel for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P) Committee under the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Subsequent to 9/11, Marseille followed her immediate supervisor to the Center for Community Change, and then later relocated to Korea to teach English. Upon her return to the U.S., she served as a truancy officer until joining the Michigan Department of Corrections in November of 2006.
In 2013, while supervising U.S. Military Veterans on felony probation, Marseille co-founded the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, one of two combat-only courts in the country. When promoted to a non-supervisory role within the Department, Marseille founded the Warriors Trust Fund which has established relationships with UPS, Uber and other local businesses to better support military veterans in the criminal justice system.
Marseille continues to use her skills to empower communities. In response to the Flint Water Crisis, she established the GoFundMe campaign, WaterForFlint-WFF. The campaign raised more than $60,000 ($10,000 was awarded by GoFundfMe after a week-long fundraising competition) for the purchase of water and other essential supplies. Her efforts received national and international recognition, including from Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Governor Rick Snyder. Additionally, Marseille and her team distributed 2.1 million baby wipes donated to her campaign by Huggies.
In 2017, Marseille was presented the Philanthropic Award by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. As well, she is the recipient of Wellesley College’s Black Excellence Award (2016), and the Department of Corrections’ Citizenship Award (2016) and Leadership Challenge Coin (2015).
Marseille is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Veterans Support Foundation and Pretty Hearts, and serves on the Fund Development Committee for the Shelter of Flint.
Marseille is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Epsilon Omega Chapter of East Lansing.
CANDICE MONTIE, SECRETARY
Candice Montie, LUTCF – President/Owner of Montie & Spencer Investment Team.
Candice has a Bachelor of Human Resource. She began her career in the financial arena in 1990. She has been a Vice President of Flagstar Bank.
She was Personal Banker with now JPMorgan Chase Bank and then moved to an independent broker in Flint until later purchasing the firm, in 2013.
Owner – Montie & Spencer Investment Team – She specializes in helping clients through service, caring, and compassionate service for her clients by completing a thorough breakdown into their retirement goals and legacy plan, and then creating a strategy and implementing it to achieve their personal goals.
She is president of a women’s professional group she created, to help bring professional women together to help nurture, grow, and aide each other in helping their clients.
Secretary – of Zonta Club of Fenton – helping women through service and advocacy