Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc. Executive Board
The first volunteer Board was formed shortly after opening the Nightingale House. It provided financial support and insured the future of the founders’ dream for an affordable on base home-away-from-home for military families in medical crisis. In 1990 these dedicated founders, led by Capt. Gretchen Lizza, established and became the first members of the Nightingale House Support Association, a private, non-profit charitable organization. This Board assisted in fundraising, staffing the house with volunteers and made all financial decisions.
After Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher’s generous donation of the Fisher House in 1994, the Board has had a couple of name changes and today is known as Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc.
The Board’s sole mission is to raise funds to support compassionate care lodging for patients and their families receiving critical medical treatment at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center. The Fisher and Nightingale Houses are owned, managed and supported financially by the Air Force and the Department of Defense. Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc., donates funds to the Air Force and DoD each month to cover all costs associated with the day-to-day operation of the Houses. The organization also donates additional funds, services, and items (large and small) to the Air Force, DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically in support of the Fisher Houses at Wright-Patterson AFB and the Dayton VA Medical Center.
The partnership between the Board, the House managers, the volunteers and the Air Force has been essential to the success of the Wright-Patt Fisher Houses. Together, we have accomplished great things – together, we are making a difference!
2020 Executive Board Members
Linda Skinner, President
Colonel (Retired) Jeff Owens, Vice President
Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Dave Babcock, Secretary
Lowell Tenpas, Treasurer
Colonel (Retired) Anthony Datillo, Legal Counsel
Kim Frisco, Media Relations
Colonel (Retired) Michael Beauchamp, 1st Trustee-at-Large
John Taffany, 2nd Trustee-at-Large
Pamela Piccoli, 3rd Trustee-at-Large
Joani Reynolds, Community Development Committee Chair
Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Theresa Wilson, AF Sergeants Association Representative
Master Sergeant Toby McWilliams, First Sergeants Association Representative
Master Sergeant Benjamin Seekell, First Sergeants Association Representative
Lynne Donahue, Officers’ Spouses’ Club Representative
Dan Sagraves, Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services Representative
Jennifer Crookston, Enlisted Spouses’ Club Representative
Stacey Underwood, Enlisted Spouses’ Club Representative
Colonel Michael Foutch, 88th Medical Group Liaison
Bobette Hart-Nelms, Dayton VA Medical Center Director’s Liaison
Laurie Sherman, Wright-Patt Liaison
Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc. is a member of the Dayton/Miami Valley Better Business Bureau, the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce and the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce.