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Foundation Volunteers

Darryl Fisher

Darryl Fisher

Founder, President, & Pilot

Darryl Fisher grew up in a family rich with aviation tradition. His grandfather, grandmother, father and uncles are all pilots. Darryl’s first flight was from his family farm’s grass airfield in Washington.

As a young child, Darryl’s father became involved in the business of providing care and service to the elderly. Being raised around airplanes and seniors made a profound influence in his formative years and, ultimately, became the genesis of AADF.

Darryl obtained a degree in aviation as well as business administration from Walla Walla University. While certified as a commercial pilot, he chose to pursue a profession in long term care. For 28 years, Darryl has, and continues to be, a leader in the senior housing profession.

As President of Mission Senior Living and Founder/President/pilot of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, he has the privilege of making a difference in seniors lives every day.

Carol Fisher

Carol Fisher

Board of Directors, accountant

With degrees in Legal Secretarial and Business, Carol brings 20+ years of experience in the legal and accounting world to AADF as the Secretary/Treasurer.

While not a pilot or tour participant, her work in the background has been a key part of the success of AADF. Her dedication to the accounting, documentation and many other duties in support of the Foundations mission is her way of giving back to Seniors and Veterans.

Currently she serves as Controller for Mission Senior Living.

Merilyn Chaffee

Merilyn Chaffee

Vice President of Operations/Scheduling

Merilyn began her flying career as a young girl flying with her Dad. Then in high school she and her brothers built an experimental taildragger, a Kitfox IV aircraft that her oldest brother taught her to fly in it. She later obtained a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Aviation and holds current commercial and flight instructor certificates as well as an airframe and power plant mechanic’s license. With a Masters degree in education, she has enjoyed teaching flying and also teaching Junior High through Collegiate levels in the classroom through the years. She and her husband have 3 kids in elementary school and enjoy adventuring (of all varieties) as a family. She loves to fly, and loves people which makes being a part of AADF a joy.  You can contact her at merilync@dreamflights.org.

Steve Brigance

Steve Brigance

Board of Directors, fundraising, legal counsel

Steve has been a lawyer and businessman for over 35 years; he has concentrated on making senior care better for all seniors across the nation for the last 15 of those years . He has lived in AR, MS and SC, and has been married to his childhood sweetheart Peggy for over 40 years. Steve has 3 children and 4 grandchildren, all living in FL. His hobby is taking his dogs Sundae and Delilah on trips to new places .
Steve is a member of the Boards of both AADF and AADF Legacy Air Base. He has worked closely on various projects with Founders Darryl and Carol Fisher for almost 10 years. He loves what he does and who he does it for. It IS his enduring passion.

Mike Winterboer

Mike Winterboer

Pilot, Board of Directors

Mike got his first “stick time” when he was 9 in a J3 Cub.  He started his flying career as a crop duster. He has flown night freight and commuters.  He started with America West Airlines in 1990 (now American Airlines).  He began volunteering as a pilot with AADF in spring of 2014.

Mike Sommars

Mike Sommars

Pilot

Mike started flying in 1974 while in high school and went to Aircraft Mechanic School after graduation to receive my Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s license. He then returned to flying at the University of Minnesota in Crookston where he received his private and commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating and became a Certified Flight Instructor. He worked several years as an Aircraft Mechanic, Flight Instructor and Charter Pilot flying single and multi-engine aircraft, including ski-planes and float-planes while in Northern Minnesota. Mike was hired by Simmon’s Airlines in 1986 which later became American Eagle Airlines and then America West Airlines in 1989.  He continues to fly for the airline (now American Airlines).

Tim Newton

Tim Newton

Texas Regional Director/pilot

Tim’s commitment to achievement and excellence began early in life. Starting with Eagle Scout through his graduation for the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. Following a military career that included being a T-37, T-38, and F-16 Instructor Pilot as well as flying combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia, Tim retired from the U.S. Air Force, as a Lt Colonel after serving his country for 26 Years (all flying).

Currently Tim is a First Officer, flying Boeing 777’s internationally for FedEx. He is married to Grace and has 4 children.

Wendy D’Alessandro

Wendy D’Alessandro

Public Relations

Wendy D’Alessandro is principal of South Florida-based Lynn Public Relations, a full-service public relations firm serving clients in the senior living, health care, non-profit and business-to-business industries for more than 20 years. She specializes in strategic planning, media relations and media training, employee communications, branding, and feature, technical and speech writing. Contact her at wendydalessandro@gmail.com.

Lynn Sommars

Lynn Sommars

Facebook Coordinator, ground crew

Lynn hails from Minnesota and has been married to Mike for 36 years. Mike and Lynn raised their 3 daughters in Arizona and have immensely enjoyed enjoy seeing them grow into delightful adults.
As a Registered Nurse, Lynn has found a new career path in working with the elderly and has recently started her own business as a nursing consultant for Long Term Care.
This passion has blended beautifully with her husband’s passion to fly by joining Ageless Aviation. She is excited to hear of the veterans stories, fears and joys as they come from all walks of life with a common thread of serving this country.

Grace Newton

Grace Newton

Ground crew and official shotgun rider for The Spirit of San Antonio

Grace and her husband Tim joined AADF after she saw residents of a local long-term care facility receive Dream Flights. “I saw first-hand the impact these flights have on the lives of senior veterans – it’s magic – and we wanted to be able to bring that magic to others,” said Grace. Now empty-nesters, Tim and Grace have joined our team to fly The Spirit of San Antonio.

Diane Winterboer

Diane Winterboer

Ground crew

Diane is from Illinois and has a bachelor’s degree in zoology.  Diane’s liaison career between the U.S. and state government gave her the perfect training to coordinate and schedule our AADF events for 2014 & 2015.  Now, Diane provides ground crew for her husband, Mike, as they travel together to represent AADF.