Meet the Peace4Kids Staff

Zaid Gayle

Executive Director

zgayle_peace4kids.jpgAs Executive Director, Zaid oversees an ambitious organizational growth plan, with the intended impact of helping foster and at-risk youth transition successfully into adulthood. Having been involved in community leadership and program development for over 20 years, Zaid co-founded Peace4Kids to promote peaceful conflict resolution among youth in South Los Angeles. During his seventeen years with Peace4Kids, he has served as a volunteer, mentor, board member, and teacher. Click here for Zaid's full biography.

 

 

Nikole Hugghis

Resource Specialist

NHugghis_peace4kids.jpgBorn and raised in South L.A. by a single parent, Nikole knows and understands many of the difficulties our children face. Her passion to help them make positive choices despite all obstacles has allowed her to travel to places as far as South Africa to teach children about AIDS and HIV prevention. Nikole came to Peace4Kids in March 2007 with years of experience working with at-risk youth in the non-profit sector.

 

 

Jacob Stein

Volunteer Coordinator

jstein_peace4kids.jpgJacob has served as a Peace4Kids Volunteer Coordinator since 2012. Prior to Peace4Kids, he served as the Tournament Coordinator at Hollywood Park Casino where he organized 50+ charity events, galvanizing hundreds of employees to raise $200K+. Most recently he’s been the Artist and Foundation Manager for the International musical group – The Green Children. Jacob was instrumental in successfully accelerating the band’s fan growth through online marketing efforts and innovative social ventures to generate resources for vulnerable children around the world. As Volunteer Coordinator Jacob recruits, trains and supports our most valuable asset, ensuring that Peace4Kids fulfills its mission to improve the outcomes for youth impacted by foster care.

 

Michelle Jauregui

Youth Advocacy Coordinator

mjauregui_peace4kids.jpgAn East Los Angeles resident, Michelle has her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare. Having grown up her primary years in the kinship care of her grandmother, Michelle has always had a passion to provide extra support to youth who are not receiving the same opportunities as other children. She started at Peace4Kids as an intern in 2012, allowing her to develop a rapport with the youth and volunteers. As the Youth Advocacy Coordinator, Michelle provides support to both the children and the families to ensure the best possible outcomes in the home, school and community.

 

Diane Martell

Program Consultant

dmartell_peace4kids.jpgDiane Martell is an entrepreneur who’s a catalyst for positive, well-organized change – personally, professionally and environmentally.  She splits her time as an organizational development consultant and landscape designer, where she finds inspiration in supporting others to achieve their maximum potential and encouraging symbiotic relationships with people and their surroundings. Involved in the learning and development industry for 25+ years, Diane is also is a certified yoga instructor, master gardener, and is active in the community, facilitating educational sessions that develop conscious and holistic leadership. Diane spent the latter part of her teen years in the California foster care system, and today strives to give back, helping youth successfully transition into adulthood.

 

Amy Smith

Transportation Coordinator

By trade Amy is a teacher and a mentor for underserved youth. She has taught the deaf and hard of hearing, and currently works in the juvenile halls teaching detained minors. Amy’s commitment to service comes from walking through her own childhood tragedy. At age 11, her mother and older sister were brutally murdered which inspired her to dedicate her life to their memory. This commitment has earned her a certification in sign language translation while she pursues her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language. Amy’s greatest vision is to launch an organization called “Imagine That” in order to advance equity for deaf and hard of hearing children. As the Transportation Coordinator, Amy brings her commitment of service to the youth of Peace4Kids. She ensures that every child can be consistently involved in our programs by minimizing any transportation barriers.