Board of Directors

Darryl Fisher– Darryl 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.

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.

 

James A. Carlson– James is the president and chief executive officer of the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA). With more than 25 years of experience in health policy and association management, Jim is widely recognized as one of the leading long-term care and health policy resources in Oregon. Jim has served as president and chief executive officer of OHCA since 1997. He works closely with local, state, and federal policymakers; advocates; businesses; and coalitions to enhance quality care and services in Oregon.

Before first joining OHCA as director of government affairs in 1994, Jim served as associate director of government affairs for the Oregon Medical Association. He began his career as a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Lt. General (ret) Steven R. Polk– retired in February 2006 as the Inspector General of the Air Force. He is a command pilot and commanded a tactical fighter squadron, a tactical training wing, an operations group, two fighter wings, and a numbered air force. Additionally, he was the vice commander and director of operations of Pacific Air Forces and assistant chief of staff, operations, at a NATO headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Since retirement, he has served on the board of directors of a publicly traded cyber security company, and of four non-profit entities. He served as the chairman of the board of Soucefire, Inc (NASDAQ:FIRE), a provider of cybersecurity solutions for information security environments of commercial and government enterprises, from January 2009 until the company was acquired by Cisco Systems in October of 2013. He is the past national commander and chairman of the board of the Order of Daedalians, a non-profit military pilot fraternity that promotes military aviation, past chairman of the Daedalian Foundation, and he co-chaired the Air Force Retiree Council for six and a half years.

He and his wife of 47 years, Henrietta, reside near San Antonio, Texas, with their Labrador, Wellington. His hobbies are flying, golf, reading and traveling.

 

Steve Brigance– 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. 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 got his first “stick time” in a J3 Cub when he was 9 years old. He started his flying career as a crop duster. He has flown night freight and commuters. He started with America West airlines in 1990, which then merged with US Airlines in 2005 then merged again with American Airlines in 2015. He began volunteering as a pilot with AADF in 2014. He is currently a Captain with American Airlines.

 

Carol Fisher– 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. Currently she serves as Controller for Mission Senior Living.

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.