August 15, 2017

Del Mar Encore Fellows Selected to Help Lead Community Efforts

Top (left to right): Linda Fischbach, Sherrè Collier
Bottom (left to right): Vel Hux, Kristina Lewis

Four highly skilled older adults have been selected as Fellows for The Dayton Foundation’s Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, a three-year pilot to connect retired or career-transitioning older adults with mission-focused efforts. Each of them will bring new sources of talent and experience to nonprofit organizations working to solve critical community issues.

Serving as a Fellow for Miami Valley Works, Linda Fischbach is delving into the reasons why some clients do not commit fully to workforce development programs. Fischbach, a licensed professional clinical counselor, retired in 2016 as the director of clinical services for Family Services Association and previously was the executive director for Womanline Counseling Center. She also has served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Dayton.

Sherre Collier is working with Brunner Literacy Center as a Fellow to help elevate literacy as a community priority and strengthen existing programs. Collier has more than 30 years of human resource management experience at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she recently retired as the division chief, force development.

Velvettee (Vel) Hux, an active business consultant and adjunct professor for Sinclair Community College, has extensive knowledge of nonprofit development and marketing. Hux is using her skills as a Fellow to establish standards and metrics so that Learn to Earn Dayton partners can measure the impact of summer reading and afterschool programs.

Kristina Lewis is developing and facilitating St. Vincent de Paul’s Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World program focused on moving homeless veterans and their families onto a path of self-sufficiency. After working 25 years in the architectural design and construction industry, Lewis obtained a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, with a focus on housing, from the United Theological Seminary.

About Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative

The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative was launched in 2016, thanks to a $1 million gift from Del Mar Healthcare and its DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Since 2010, this fund has awarded more than $2 million in grants to Dayton-area nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of older adults. To learn more, visit or call Jeanne Holihan, senior fellow, at (937) 225-9949.

About The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,500 charitable funds that have provided over $867 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. Ranked among the top 5 percent of all community foundations in the nation for total assets, The Dayton Foundation is second among them in the number of charitable funds and third in the number of grants awarded. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Jeanne Holihan

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Jeanne Holihan, Senior Fellow, (937) 225-9949

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