Board of Directors

Community Solutions is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who live in and represent the communities we serve.

Joel Goldsmith, Chair | Retired CEO
Jeff Jacobs, Vice Chair | Adobe
Denise Taylor, Treasurer | Denise Taylor, CPA
Jennifer Tate, Secretary | Retired Business Owner
Deborah Morton-Padilla, Immediate Past Chair | Anritsu Company
Sandra Asher | Retired Human Resources Professional
Erin O’Brien | Community Solutions
Rosalydia Tamayo, MD | Kaiser Permanente
Lisa Washington | Intuit
Candice Weaver, DO | Kaiser Permanente

Erin O’Brien, LCSW - President & CEO

Erin O’Brien was appointed as President & CEO in January 2003, after holding the positions of Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director. She has been with Community Solutions since 1998. Erin can be reached at 408.497.5056 or

Rachel Montoya - Chief Financial & Operations Officer

Rachel Montoya joined Community Solutions as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. She is a licensed CPA with a BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting. She has been part of the accounting and finance world for many years, primarily in the for-profit agricultural and service industries. Rachel can be reached at

Melanie Daraio - Chief Programs Officer

Melanie Daraio joined Community Solutions as Chief Programs Officer in 2022. Melanie has a MA in psychology and more than 20 years of experience working in the public sector. Prior to joining Community Solutions, she spent eight years as the Chief Program Officer for FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. Melanie has long admired Community Solutions because of its strength-based, family-first approach and high-quality staff. She is thrilled to be a part of the team. Melanie can be reached at

Lisa DeSilva - Chief Development Officer

Lisa DeSilva was a founding member of the agency’s Sexual Assault Services in 1981 and has held numerous direct services and management positions over the years. She has been the Chief Development Officer since 1999. Lisa can be reached at 408.846.4717 or

Elias Ehrheart - Chief People Officer

Elias Ehrheart joined Community Solutions in 2021, and they serve as the Chief People Officer after holding the position of Sr Human Resources Director. Elias is a people-centered HR leader with over a decade of experience working with non-profits to help create more resilient, connected, thriving workplace cultures. They are SHRM certified and hold a Master of Education and Non-profit Administration. Elias can be reached at

At Community Solutions I met some wonderful women who helped me with my fears and helped me understand that I did not deserve to be abused by anyone.

Luz, age 50, Solutions to Violence

[Community Solutions] helped me with my problems and were there when I was having hard times. They have helped my family with a place to live and helped us pay some bills and buy some food when we needed it.

Serena, age 15, Child & Youth Behavioral Health

I cannot describe very well but all I know is that each day is getting better. Your program helps.

Jin, age 62, Adult Behavioral Health

Thanks to the program, I left the ugly house I was living in that had two small windows for the 8 of us, dirt floors, broken windows, no door, and the toilet always clogging. Now my children and I have a nice apartment where we have more space, privacy, and carpet where we can be barefoot.

Teresa, age 38, Solutions to Violence Supportive Housing Program