Our Board of Directors has a profound personal commitment to the youth of the Inland Empire, our nation, as well as overseas. They guide the Guardian Foundation by their multi-faceted expertise, their passion for youth, their knowledge of local and global communities, and by their fervent belief that the power of philanthropy can produce positive change in young lives, hence promoting positive change in their respective communities.

 

Darnelle Mason 
CEO

Darnelle is the founder of the Guardian Foundation and brings her experience as a Juvenile Probation Officer; as a Case Manager for Severely Emotionally Disturbed youth; as a Tutor for moderately emotionally disturbed youth, as well as over 20 years of volunteer service for displaced immigrant families, the terminally ill, the HIV/AIDS community, pre-teen children and community-minded adult volunteers. For the last 30 years, Darnelle has extensively travelled throughout Eastern Europe and has directed Oasis International, a relief organization for refugees and oppressed populations of several Eastern European countries. Darnelle has a B.A. in Social Sciences with a History/Political Science/Psychology concentration from California State University San Bernardino.

 

Rob King 
Vice-President

Rob is currently Program Facilitator (Elementary level) with the San Bernardino Unified School District. Rob previously worked as a classroom elementary teacher and continues to participate in community outreach programs through the San Bernardino school system. Rob has a B.A. in Education and Administrative Credentials from California Baptist University in Riverside, California.

 

Richard Jarvis 
Secretary/Treasurer

Rich has worked for over 30 years in the education and social service sectors. At present, Rich is Director of Development/College of Arts & Letters at California State University San Bernardino. Rich has worked as Executive Director for the First 5 Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino County; as Development Officer for the Division of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside; as well as Executive Director for the American Heart Association. Rich has previously worked as a classroom teacher, as well as Administrator for private Schools in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Rich currently sits on the Inland Empire Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society. Rich has a B.A. in Education and Administration from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

 

Heather Avis
Director

Heather is currently a Special Education teacher at Redlands High School. On a volunteer basis, Heather has served children and young adults throughout the Inland Empire for 13 years, as well as creating youth camp programs for needy children in Romania. Heather has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Heather’s Special Education credentials were obtained from California State University San Bernardino.

 

Jon MacDonald
Director

Jon has extensive experience in the community, as well as overseas in the capacity of a youth pastor, and currently, as founding pastor of Restoration Covenant Church in Redlands, California. Jon lived for two years in Southern Russia, as well as spending time in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Moldova and Kazakhstan. Jon has a B.S. in Mathematics from Biola University and a Masters of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

Linda King 
Director

Linda has 30 years experience working with children in professional and volunteer positions. She has in-depth experience with preschool age children whereby she has written curriculum, taught in preschools, as well as coordinating and directing various children program fundraisers. Linda has also been an avid volunteer directing and coordinating Missionettes programs, as well as participating in youth camp programs. She graduated from Victor Valley College in Victorville, California with an A.S. in Early Childhood Development.