Meet the Fellows

Del Mar Encore Fellows are charged with advancing the organizations’ selected mission-focused initiatives. Learn more about our fellows:

Frieda Bennett Frieda R. Bennett, Ph.D., St. Mary Development Corporation, worked at Sinclair Community College for 30 years, serving as Dean of Business and Assistant to then-President Ned Sifferlen. After retiring, she taught Organizational Leadership for five years at Wright State University. Since retiring from Wright State, she continued to remain active in regional leadership in her sorority and serves as communications coordinator for the WSU Retirees Association. She became a Del Mar Encore Fellow in 2018, placed at St. Mary Development Corporation, to lead a project to determine the technology literacy of older residents, research technology as it relates to telehealth, and develop a plan to improve access to health services through the implementation of technology.

Sherre Collier Sherré Collier, The Brunner Literacy Center, 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. She has an MS in Human Resources Administration and is a graduate of Leadership Dayton. She has been a Del Mar Encore Fellow since 2017, working with The Brunner Literacy Center to help elevate literacy as a community priority and strengthen existing programs.

Linda FischbachLinda Mercuri Fischbach, EdD, National Conference for Community and Justice, retired in 2016 as the Director of Clinical Services for Family Services and is the former Executive Director of Womanline, professional counseling center. She also has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Dayton. Linda has been a Del Mar Encore Fellow since 2017, serving her first year with Miami Valley Works. In 2018, she joined the National Conference for Community and Justice where she is researching the demand and availability of resources on diversity and inclusion education and training in the Dayton region.

Vel HuxVel Hux, Learn to Earn Dayton, has a diverse background in nonprofits, education, corporate communications and running her own business. She holds an MA in Communications Management and came to The Dayton Foundation by way of SCORE Dayton, where she serves as vice president for marketing. Vel has been a Del Mar Encore Fellow since 2017, working with Learn to Earn Dayton, where she coordinates the Summer and Afterschool Collaborative, improving the effectiveness of the region’s providers.

Kaye Manson Kaye Manson Jeter, Ph.D., Dayton Metro Library, retired from Central State University as Dean of the Dayton Campus. She also served as the Dean of the College of Education and the Director of the Institute of Urban Education. Dr. Jeter holds doctorate degrees in both law and education and served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Education, providing statewide leadership to schools and districts in all matters of law. She has been an attorney in private practice and worked as a teacher, counselor and administrator in Michigan public schools. She became a Del Mar Encore Fellow in 2018, leading a project with Dayton Metro Library to create a sustainable, volunteer-led Homework Help programs in area branches.

Noreen Willhelm Noreen Willhelm, The Dayton Foundation Senior Fellow, spent nearly 30 years working with area nonprofits in positions ranging from public affairs director to executive director. Previously, she was a reporter and assistant metro editor with the Dayton Daily News and the former Journal Herald. She joined The Dayton Foundation in 2018 as Del Mar Encore Senior Fellow, where she coordinates the work of the Del Mar Encore Fellows, serves as liaison with the Fellows’ Host Organizations, and provides outreach to the older adult-serving community.

The Dayton Foundation has selected nonprofit organizations to host a Del Mar Encore Fellow. Read more about our host organizations and partners.

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File date: 02.06.19


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