Holly Bonner is an award-winning mental health professional, professor, writer, and creator of the informative website, Blind Motherhood. Bonner established her site in 2012, after losing her vision and becoming legally blind. Blind Motherhood’s mission is to demonstrate members of the blind and visually impaired community can parent safely, independently and effectively. Ms. Bonner holds a master’s degree in public administration from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.
In May 2019, she graduated with her third master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling from New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). She is currently a candidate for her Doctorate in Ministry (DMIN). With over 20 years of non-profit experience, Bonner currently serves as the Staten Island Borough Coordinator for VISIONS Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired, a non-profit rehabilitation and social service organization whose purpose is to develop and implement programs to assist the blind and visually impaired. Bonner is also an adjunct faculty member at both Metropolitan College of New York and Wagner College. In April 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Ms. Bonner as his mayoral appointee for the Commission on Civic Engagement. Holly resides in West Brighton with her husband, Detective Joseph Bonner (Ret.), and their two daughters, Nuala, age 7 and Aoife, age 6.