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  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette In this June 2017 photo, Denise Andorfer, executive director of Vincent Village, center, Dave Walters, director of The Chapel's Change Your World outreach and Heather Presley-Cowan discuss housing efforts on the southeast side.

Friday, October 18, 2019 12:10 pm

Andorfer leaves Vincent Village for Parkview Foundation

The Journal Gazette

Denise Andorfer, who has been executive director of Vincent Village for nearly seven years, is leaving the agency to take a leadership role with Parkview Foundation.

Vincent Village said it will introduce Sarah Neace as interim executive director during an open house Tuesday.

Vincent Village has been serving the needs of homeless families with children since December 1989. Since then, it has provided shelter and supportive services to more than 700 homeless families. Vincent Village is the only facility in Fort Wayne providing transitional housing for two-parent families with children and single female and single male-headed households with children, according to its website.

Since joining Vincent Village as executive director in November 2012, Andorfer has overseen a five-fold increase in the agency's operating budget to more than $1.25 million in 2018, Vincent Village said.

During Andorfer's tenure, Vincent Village has focused on investing resources in developing sustainable approaches to address generational homelessness. Innovative projects ranged from rehabilitating dozens of homes near the Vincent Village campus on Holton Avenue to co-developing the Bottle Works Lofts project, the agency said.

"Denise has done amazing work to position Vincent Village for the success we are having and will continue to have," board chairman John Christensen said. "I am excited for her and her new opportunity. It is well deserved.

"We are also blessed to have Sarah in the interim. She is backed by a strong team, and I am confident that Vincent Village’s day-to-day operation will run smoothly and efficiently until we name a new executive director."

A national search is underway for a new executive director, though the board is pleased that Neace has stepped up as interim director, Vincent Village said.

Neace joined Vincent Village in July 2017 as the director of agency advancement. She came to Vincent Village after having spent more than 10 years as the director of program development with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. She earned her master’s degree in nonprofit organization management from Capella University and just finished her certificate in fundraising management with the Indiana University School of Philanthropy.