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Successor has strong local ties

The new executive director of Vincent Village is a Fort Wayne native who brings knowledge of the area and a business background to the job.

Denise Andorfer, 45, is a graduate of Bishop Luers High School who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from IPFW, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Saint Francis and a master’s of business administration from Indiana Tech.

She previously worked in the Allen County Juvenile Probation office and for the Fort Wayne Boys & Girls Clubs, where she served as a public-housing site director, development director and executive director.

She has been executive director of the Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium and director of charitable and endowment services for National City Bank, now PNC bank, where she helped administer donations to charitable groups through foundations overseen by the bank. Her work also includes nonprofit groups in Florida and Virginia.

Andorfer, a single mother of a 14-year-old daughter, says she feels blessed by the stability Vincent Village has achieved under her predecessor, Ann Helmke. She says she is especially grateful for the work of dedicated board members with many years of service.

“The board is just comprised of phenomenal people who have so much hope for others. It’s great being around all these people who want to meet challenges in this community,” she says.

rsalter@jg.net

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