Leadership

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Gail Guge

Executive Director

Gail Guge has spent the past 20 years donating her time in support of women and children rebuilding their lives from domestic violence. She is certified in over 60 hours of domestic violence training plus experienced with shelter intake procedures, hotline support, transporting families, and court-based restraining order clinics.

In 2000, she founded the all-volunteer organization Purple Hearts as a community service program to support families in domestic violence shelters in Southern California. She has a 30+ year career in business and marketing strategy after attending Georgetown and American Universities and later earning an Executive MBA from The Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

She explains Purple Hearts was founded to provide additional benefits to shelter families with a focus to create pathways to economic security and self-sufficiency. Programs include monthly events for families in emergency shelter to build relationships and self-esteem; monthly workshops focused on life skills training for families in temporary housing; and transition support and resources to help these families relocate permanently and start a safe, new life. One of her greatest joys is to relocate a family to a completely furnished new home.

Over the years, Gail and her all-volunteer team have donated countless hours to improve the lives of thousands of women and children in Southern California. Purple Hearts was recognized by House of Ruth in Pomona, CA in 2007 as Outstanding Support Organization of the Year. In 2017, Purple Hearts was honored as Volunteer Group of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Jill Kendrick

Director of Programs

Jill has spent the past 25 years as a volunteer leader of numerous nonprofit organization across the region. She has been instrumental in organizing and serving in Purple Hearts’ programs since the organization was founded in 2000.

As Director of Programs, Jill donates all her time in significant work hours to oversee program development for our monthly events and workshops in Pomona and Fontana. She also serves as a member of the Purple Hearts Board.

In 2016, Jill was Co-Chair of the Purple Hearts Fundraiser – Night of Heroes. The fundraising dinner, which drew close to 200 civic leaders from across the Inland Empire, raised more than $70,000 to support the programs of Purple Hearts.

Jill is certified in over 60 hours of domestic violence training plus experienced with local DV shelter intake procedures, hotline support, transporting families, and court-based restraining order clinics.

She never misses an opportunity to spoil our Purple Hearts moms with gifts and surprises to brighten their day along their journey to rebuild their lives from domestic violence. In her home she has even dedicated a bedroom to store “deals” she finds for our clients throughout the year.

Throughout her long career in philanthropy, Jill also served for many years on the Board of the Assistance League of Arcadia, which supports San Gabriel Valley charitable programs. She recently volunteered with Foothill Family Shelter to help the organization retool and revamp its thrift store, which raises money to support the organization’s efforts to house homeless adults and children.

Her passion for victims of domestic violence has certainly earned her a purple heart!