Legacy Club

Honoring remarkable individuals who have made a transgenerational gift to protect women and children from domestic violence.

 

Jimmy & Claudette Roehrig

Barbara Goll

Larry & Wendy Barels

Susan Trescher

Susan Trescher

Upon her death last year, Santa Barbara resident Susan Trescher left a bequest of over $1 million to Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County, the largest donation from an individual in DVS' 37-year history. Susan now takes her place amongst a number of women and men, whose gifts through the DVS Legacy Club work to protect women and children from domestic violence and abuse.

Susan Trescher lived a very full life, working hard at her chosen profession while also finding time to travel around the world, frequently accompanied by her beloved dogs. Early on, she attended Harvard Law School, a member of the third class to admit women. After graduation, Susan worked for Columbia Pictures in the field of copyright and trademark law. She later worked as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, as a legal consultant for the Fund for the Republic Labor Project in Berkeley, as a research attorney with the Continuing Education of the Bar Program in Berkeley, and in private practice.

Susan was drawn to Santa Barbara in 1964, and worked as an attorney for the Santa Barbara County Counsel. After brief periods in other departments, she was assigned to assist the Planning Commission and her acquired expertise in land law use provided for the development of policies, procedures, and regulations that have helped maintain the natural environment in Santa Barbara. In addition, Susan was a member of the Legal Aid Foundation and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (serving as president on each of their boards), and was also on the board of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. In 1998, Susan was honored with the Attorney of the Year award from the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers.

 

Richard & Maryan Schall

Richard and Maryan Schall

In 1986, Minnesota natives Richard and Maryan Schall joyfully embraced Santa Barbara's temperate climate and ambiance as the perfect place to retire, enthusiastically exclaiming, "If you have a choice, who wouldn't choose SB!" This exceptionally philanthropic couple has generously funded multiple non-profits throughout Santa Barbara and beyond, and are the most recent members of the DVS Legacy Club.

Longtime supporters of DVS, the Schalls were impressed by DVS's prudent attention to limiting administrative costs while fulfilling its mission to provide critical social services to women and children. DVS is proud to welcome them into the Legacy Club, which provides transformative and sustainable support for the organization through estate planning for charitable donations.

The Schalls philanthropic life has been a focus for them throughout their long marriage. Together they organized a priority list, centered primarily on education in its many forms, and on assistance to critical social service agencies. Maryan and Dick act as a team, and must agree when assessing each organization before they commit. Maryan laughs that "if one of us is active in an organization, that organization essentially gets both of us!"

They insist that administrative budgets not exceed 10% to be considered for their support and look for favorable endorsements from philanthropic rating surveys, such as Charity Navigator, which analyze development growth and results.

A University of Minnesota graduate, Maryan was a devoted student who continued her education at the University in her 40s, earning two masters degrees and a PhD in Communication Studies. She was an early visionary in this field, focusing on women in organizations, especially those moving into management.

Richard earned a degree in economics and business at Macalester College, a liberal arts school in St. Paul, Minnesota. And as a former CAO and Board Vice-Chair of Dayton Hudson (forerunner of today's Target) he served on many corporate boards after retirement. He and Maryan have served on numerous local boards, including the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara Ventura and San Luis Obispo, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Sansum Clinic, UCSB Affiliates, SEE International, the Arts Fund, Direct Relief International, and CALM.

The Schalls have four children and eight grandchildren who live in Minneapolis and Boston, resulting in many family trips to and from those locales. Richard is a dedicated bridge player, who also enjoys golf (most of the time!). Maryan loves to do difficult crossword puzzles, and also plays bridge, though not in Dick's league, and can be spotted most days walking around the nearly three-mile perimeter of Ennisbrook, where they live.

The community of Santa Barbara has benefited greatly from the Schalls' generosity and that generosity has been honored in multiple ways: they were named Philanthropists of the Year in 2005 by the Association of Professional Fundraisers; in 2008, were given the Pierre Claeyssens Award for Distinguished Service by Emmaus of Santa Barbara; and in 2011, were awarded CALM's Claire Miles award for dedicated volunteerism. In 2008, Maryan was named Woman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Foundation, honoring civic-minded volunteer leaders and was honored as 2011 Mother of the Year by Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. At the Mother's Day event presenting that award, the Schall children, David, Caryn, Janny, and Dawn gave tribute to their special mother, highlighting her as their role model for her lifelong dedication to volunteerism.

By joining the DVS Legacy Club, the Schalls' tradition of volunteerism will continue in the future throughout the Santa Barbara community.

 

Chris Casebeer

Chris Casebeer

Chris Casebeer joined the DVS Board of Directors in 2000 and has served industriously for the last six years. He speaks tirelessly on behalf of the organization and its work, was instrumental in involving his church (the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara) in our activities, and most importantly, "fathered" Men Against Domestic Violence—a group of men committed to challenging the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to violence against women.

Chris also has made a gift to DVS in his will.

"If I don't do these things now, they won't get done," Chris says, explaining why he has made his estate plans now, although he is a long way from retirement age, with two children in college and one on his way.

"DVS is a very important organization in my life, and when I'm not around, I want to make sure the organization is cared for," he continues. "I believe men and women need peace in their relationships and their lives, and DVS helps people to achieve peace—equitably.

"I'm not in a position to make large gifts from my income now, but when I'm no longer here I will be able to care for DVS by leaving a portion of my assets to the organization and the people it serves."

Thank you for your generosity and your commitment, Chris.

 

Jean Schuyler

Jean Schuyler Jean Schuyler was asked to join the board of Domestic Violence Solutions because of her legendary expertise in nonprofit management and fundraising. She stayed on, she says, "Because it is such a worthwhile organization, serving such an important purpose— the protection of women and children in need."

Jean has devoted much of her life to the support of many charitable organizations and causes, but she chose to remember Domestic Violence Solutions in her will because, "It's an organization that is essential to women's continuing health and safety. I know that the organization provides good services. I felt that if there was anything I could do to ensure its future, I wanted to make sure I did so."

Jean not only included DVS in her will, she signed a letter to all of her friends and colleagues encouraging them to do so, as well.

On behalf of all the women and children who will benefit as a result of your generosity, Jean, a very heartfelt thank you!

 

Leesa Wilson-Goldmuntz

Leesa Wilson-Goldmuntz Leesa has served on the DVS Board of Directors for more than six years—four of them as President. She and her husband David made one of the lead gifts that led to the creation of Mariposa House, our transitional housing program in Santa Maria, and she has supported us generously with her time and charitable contributions since she moved to Santa Barbara in 1998. She has also remembered DVS in her will.

"Although my husband and I are relatively young," Leesa says, "we're both planners and like to think long term so we've done a lot of our estate planning. There are one or two organizations that we wanted to remember in our will, and DVS is one of them—because, one, they will always need the money; and two, they will use the money wisely."

Asked why she feels so strongly about the issue of domestic violence, Leesa says,

"I just find it impossible to tolerate the idea that it is socially acceptable, in the 21st Century, to abuse someone because of their gender. Unfortunately, there are still many men and women who subscribe to this belief—even if they do so unconsciously—because that is the way they have been socialized.

"We still live in a society in which there is a fundamental imbalance of power between men and women. It is important to me to do what I can to right that imbalance. I tell my children that our goal is to leave the earth a better place than we found it and this is one way that I have chosen to try and make that difference."

"Wouldn't it be great if we got to a place where we didn't need an agency like Domestic Violence Solutions? My dream is to live to see an end to domestic violence, but if it doesn't happen, then at the end of my life, there will still be support for DVS and for women and children whom domestic violence has rendered powerless."

Thank you, Leesa.

 

Lisa Campus

Lisa Campus Lisa Campus came to the United States from Yugoslavia in search of a better life. According to friends, she had a lifelong compassion for struggling people…particularly women and children. She didn't talk much about her past, but spent her adult life working to heal people from childhood and other wounds. Lisa was a deeply spiritual person and wanted her life to serve a meaningful purpose. Part of that purpose was caring for women and children that she herself would never know. In her will, she left a gift that reached out to every domestic violence organization in southern California, including Domestic Violence Solutions. We thank you, Lisa, for your kindness that will benefit women and children for generations to come.

 

Anonymous

"Cathy" wished her planned gift to remain anonymous to protect other family members. She grew up in a violent household, the youngest of three girls who constantly witnessed their mother's abuse by their father, who was also a police officer. "That made it worse," Cathy says, "because there was no one we could call. The police were all his friends."

Cathy's mother eventually got out, when Cathy was 10 years old. "She had no job, no way of supporting us, and there were no agencies to help people back then," Cathy says. "The only way you could get out was through friends or family members, or maybe the church."

Although Cathy's mom "made it," Cathy holds the abuse responsible for the loss of her closest sister eight years later.

"She had become a drug addict, and one night she saw something she shouldn't have and was murdered. I don't hold my father responsible for her death, but I do blame the abuse. I think she turned to drugs to avoid the pain she felt."

Her experience also has taught her the importance of organizations like Domestic Violence Solutions. She is "happy to be in a position to help other women and children who are in a position like my mom was in.

"No one should be forced to stay with an abuser. And women without financial resources frequently are."

Thank you, Cathy, for ensuring that other little girls will be spared the pain of your childhood.