Gwendolyn Odom is the Founder and President of Voices Against Violence for Women & Children, a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Having been a victim of domestic violence, she turned her pain into power and founded this organization in June 2013.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, she has made California her home since 1989. She is the mother of one child from a previous marriage, and has been married to her current husband for 7 years.
She pursued her education in the fields Liberal Studies, Paralegal Studies, and Forensic Science, where she earned her A.A., B.A. and M.S. Degree. She is a certified Victim’s Advocate, Mental Health First Aid and Life Coach.
She adopted and serves as Ambassador for three (3) Orphanages in Port Au Prince Haiti, Chiapas Mexico and Kenya Africa all in which reside in impoverished areas.
She also volunteers locally with the West Covina Police Department Victims Advocate and is a member of several women’s organizations in her community and neighboring communities.
Ebony began her journey in the Fashion Industry but, always had a passion for Radio & Television. In August 2009, Ebony was 16 yrs. old, when she opened her first store front clothing boutique called Ebony Couture Fashions in Whittier California. In 2011 she opened her second boutique in Pomona Ca. She solely owned, operated and managed her business and employees all the while being a full time High School Student. After graduating high school she shifted course and pursued a career Radio, Television & Broadcasting but, continue to maintain her boutiques. In 2014, Ebony decided to close her boutiques and pursue her career in the entertainment business full time. She graduated from The Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting which landed her a star studded interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Power 106 FM.
Ebony further pursued her career in the entertainment industry by interning with KJLH Radio, Adai Lamar with the Steve Harvey Morning Show. She followed by co-hosting the K Show with Kalisha Perera at Cal State Fullerton.
Currently Ebony serves as Vice-President and Spokesperson for Voices Against Violence for Women and Children a California Non-Profit Organization. She has appeared on several live radio shows, schools, churches and publically spoke at charitable events advocating against Domestic Violence.
No human should force their private will upon a fellow human, which is why Sheila joined Voices Against Violence. She has never been a victim of domestic violence, but feels that it is her duty as a human being to give compassion and support to those who have been abused. She believes that the comforts she has enjoyed in her life are meant to be shared with those who are in need, to help the victimized so that they can recover and live a life of dignity with the rights guaranteed by our constitution.
After earning her BA in English from California State University, Northridge, she built a career as a Managing Editor in automotive publishing. She returned to school and after earning an MFA in Writing, became a writing professor at a community college. She balances work with being a single mother to her son, president of an educational non-profit organization and volunteer proofreader for an education advocacy group. Voices Against Violence provides her this opportunity to use her strengths in written communication, skills in publishing and experience with other non-profit organizations to help others.
Pauletta is a survivor of domestic gun violence and is active in the need for awareness and the fight for eradication of domestic violence and human trafficking. She has thrived and regained her independence by becoming an owner of two lifestyle brands as well as bringing Flutrr to life.
In 2016, Pauletta founded Flutrr, a marketplace where victims and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking can sell their artistic creations on a safe and secure platform. The inspiration behind Flutrr came from her journey as a victim and survivor of domestic violence. Her contact with others who have suffered physical, emotional, sexual and economical abuse confirmed the need to create a platform for victims and survivors to thrive and gain financial independence while maintaining safety and confidentiality.
Pauletta is a certified advocate for domestic violence in the State of California, member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence as well as an active Board Member and Financial Secretary of Voices Against Violence for Women and Children.
Founder “The Lighthouse” Professional Training and & Coaching
With more than 35 years of Healthcare Management experience, Doreise has worked for a wide range of healthcare businesses including Medical Clinics, IPA’S, MD Think Tanks, EMR Software Developers, non-profit organizations and clinical trials organizations. Doreise began her career in corporate medical administration and founded “The Lighthouse,” to help young people reach their ultimate potential with programs that equip them with guidance and offer support in the area of career search and employment. Doreise offers her expertise through a mentoring/ training and job placement program. Doreise has previously served as Chairman of the HealthCare Partners North Community Services Committee and served on the Advisory Board for The Bethlehem Community Development Center. Doreise is a benefactor for the Imani Junior Academy in Kenya, Africa, which is a boarding school for orphaned children (K-8th grade). Doreise has a passion for service and has been blessed to have traveled to Kenya, Africa and Israel to serve in missionary services. Doreise is an active member serving as the Fundraising Administrator, she gives service to the Initiatives of Voices Against Violence (“VAV”) and brings expertise and passion to the VAV board, as a partner and resources on a variety of projects.
- Advisory & Board Attorney for Voices Against Violence
- Directory of Legal Advocacy Team for Voices Against Violence
- Deputy District Attorney for the County Of San Bernardino for 28 years
- Mother of two
- Hobbies: creating unique handcrafted jewelry, sewing and book making.
Pamela Robinson is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Social Ecology, with an emphasis in Social Behavior. She became a civil servant working for the state of California for 31 years; utilizing her skills as a Counselor, Parole Agent, Victim’s Advocate & Volunteer Services Program Manager to service at risk youth in a correctional environment. While pursuing her career and raising her son as a single parent, Pamela began serving her community as a volunteer. She served as a parent volunteer at every one of her son’s schools. Pamela also served as Team Mom for her son’s Basketball Team. As a Breast Cancer Survivor, she continues to support her son’s former high school by serving as a volunteer for their “Annual Breast Cancer Awareness” Football Game, helping to raise funds for breast cancer research. She also served on the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee, co-chairing a committee honoring cancer survivors.
Pamela believes in giving back and staying connected to her community. She currently serves as publicity chair for the Diamond Bar Woman’s club, she is also the “Community Hero” sub-committee chair of the Diamond Bar Day at the LA Fair Committee, and Sergeant of Arms for the Business Partners Network. Pamela became a board member of Voices Against Violence (VAV) in 2015, serving in public relations. Pamela believes in the vision of VAV; empowering victims of domestic violence, offering support & helping them re-build their lives thereby giving them back their power. Pamela has given thousands of selfless hours over the years, working hard to help make her community more vibrant. She has committed herself to touching as many lives as she can working to improve the lives of others, whiling maintaining a compassionate and friendly personality. Giving glory to God and with the heart of a servant, Pamela will go where God leads her.
Amy joined Voices Against Violence because she and her mother survived physical abuse at the hands of her father. Understanding the peril of domestic violence, she wants to help victims escape their abusers and recover. In her desire to advocate for and support victims, she is grateful that VAV has given her guidance and the opportunity to serve as well empowered her to take courses towards being certified to recognize mental health issues.
Family is very important to Amy. The proud mother of 4 boys, including a son currently serving in the US Navy, She balances her involvement in supporting education and empowering women with motherhood and time with her husband. She currently serves as Council Representative on the Executive Board of a non-profit organization that supports elementary school students. During the 10-plus years she has volunteered for that organization, she has also served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms. In addition, she has served as Secretary on the Executive Board for a non-profit organization that serves middle school students and is an active volunteer with the local high school football and track and field Booster Clubs.
Her concern for quality education in her community led her to knocking on doors and manning call centers to encourage voters to pass bond measures to increase funding to the local school district. In addition to her work in support of education, she also volunteers with an organization working to inspire, support and empower latina business leaders; she has spoken on broadcasts for Mujeres Y Yo on Radio Latina, Inc. Her years of volunteering for a variety of local causes has made her a familiar, friendly face in the community, and she feels blessed to have this diverse experience to bring to VAV to help serve and lift up others.