Del Mar Community Connections

DMCC’s New Directors

Every July brings changes to the DMCC Board of Directors as we welcome new members for a three-year term. In 2023 we are very pleased to welcome a class of four new board members! Phyllis Mirsky, 2022 Volunteer of the Year and retired science librarian who previously served six years as DMCC’s secretary, is returning for another term after a three-year hiatus. Judd Halenza, a retired commercial realtor and Navy combat pilot, previously served as president of the Del Mar Foundation. Katie Militello is a therapist who specializes in issues facing seniors and has professional expertise in marketing. Tanya Young is an artist who specializes in scientific illustration and also serves on the Del Mar Garden Club board.


As these incredibly talented volunteers join the DMCC team or deepen their commitment to it, we give huge thanks to two departing board members who have made important contributions. Pat JaCoby is retiring at the end of a second full six-year stint, after serving as Publicity Chair, Program Chair, and even Secretary. Marilyn Carpenter has been serving as Transportation Chair and Outreach Co-Chair, and will continue to volunteer for DMCC as a van host.

New DMCC board members Tanya Young, Judd Halenza, and Phyllis Mirsky. (Not pictured: Katie Militello.) Photo by Kara Adams.

Don’t Fall Victim to a Senior Scam!

On July 14 at 10am, DMCC will invite the FBI to make an in-person presentation at Del Mar Town Hall about the most frequent senior scams, how to avoid them, and what to do if you fall victim anyway. Registration is required; to learn how to sign up for this or any other DMCC program, visit


Volunteer of the Month – July

DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for July 2023 is Melissa Gans. Melissa was nominated by Program Committee Chair Sheila Sharpe and Program Committee member Susan Halenza for creating and leading the Knitting Circle, a new, engaging, and very well-attended weekly entry on the DMCC activity calendar. 


DMCC programs and services depend on our incredible volunteers! To learn more about Melissa or becoming a DMCC volunteer program leader, visit


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