Staff Report

Solvang resident Jessica Tade was recently named to the board of directors for Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) in Santa Barbara County. Tade joins five other women on this board: Lynda Dees, Layla Farinpour, Meagan Harmon, Patricia Ritchie and Morgan Steffen. 

DVS is Santa Barbara County’s only full-service provider of 24-hour emergency shelter and services for domestic violence survivors.

“We are extremely grateful to welcome our new board members,” said Jan Campbell, executive director of Domestic Violence Solutions. “Each one of them provides our board with a unique background and perspective and we look forward to their expertise and guidance. Additionally, we are thrilled to work alongside Michelle Piotrowski in her new role as board president.” 

Tade is the executive director of Casa del Herrero, a historic house museum and gardens located in Montecito. In this role, she oversees all aspects of operations including stewardship of the house and gardens; preservation of the 15th– and 16th-century fine and decorative arts collection; and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Her previous roles include director of marketing and communications for the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, the director of communications and marketing for the Santa Barbara Foundation, and an associate editor for the McGraw-Hill Companies. 

Passionate about supporting her community, Tade is always looking for ways to give back. Currently, she is a third district commissioner for the Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission of Santa Barbara County. She served previously on the Board of Directors for the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, and was a third district commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission. She received the Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40 award in 2017. Tade is a three-time graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a Ph.D. in Art History specializing in Romanesque architecture and sculpture. 

Tade will join the current Board of Directors for Domestic Violence Solutions, a 44-year-old agency that provides safety, shelter and support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence and collaborates with community partners to raise awareness regarding the cause, prevalence and impact.

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