CEO Search Update from MFK Board President Jeff Klopfenstein

April 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well, safe and coping as well as any of us can in these challenging times.

Last week, Dr. Pat Wolff sent you an announcement that she is planning to step back from her CEO role at Meds & Food for Kids, and remain involved in a non-operational role.

I am writing now to ask for your help in our search for Pat’s successor. As Board President, I am chairing the Search Committee for the recruitment of a new CEO for MFK. I am joined by committee members Eva Frazer, Jeff Hochman, John Kuenzi, Suzanne Langlois and Neil Seitz, and along with Pat’s knowledge and insights, we have begun the search and selection process. We have engaged Kittleman & Associates in Chicago, a firm that has very successfully recruited leaders exclusively for charitable organizations across the country since 1963.

The Search Committee created a CEO position description, which can be found on the MFK website. This document is being widely distributed in the U.S. and abroad to qualified candidates. I’d like to ask you to read this, particularly the last page which describes the skills, career experience and characteristics of the next CEO.

You can help. Please pass along this document to people in your circle of colleagues and friends who might have a personal interest in this position or who might be willing to direct us to potential qualified candidates. Any interested persons can simply contact Michelle Saddler at

MFK staff in Haiti and St. Louis have been preparing for this transition for years. The Board and I have been working in concert with Dr. Pat and the staff on this succession plan and we have every confidence that this process will go smoothly and that MFK will be even better equipped in the future to provide lifesaving nutrition and agricultural development in Haiti.

Your assistance is most appreciated.

In partnership with you,

Jeff Klopfenstein

Board President, Meds & Food for Kids