Leadership Change in Motion

Charles McLimans and Megan Selck pose together with Megan's son, Drew, at the Volunteer PicnicOn Monday, December 8th, we announced a transition of leadership put into motion by the resignation of President and CEO Charles McLimans. Charles, who has led Loaves & Fishes since 2008, has accepted the CEO position at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, part of a nationwide network of food banks with which we are closely affiliated. According to a succession plan developed over the past few years, Megan Selck will step up from her role as Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Loaves & Fishes to serve as interim President and CEO until the Board of Directors appoints a permanent replacement.

“As much as we are saddened to see Charles leave, we also recognize that this is a tremendous opportunity for him and an exciting and natural next step in his career,” said Peggy Beata, Board of Directors Chair. “He is a dedicated advocate in the fight against hunger and we look forward to continuing to partner with him as our organizations work toward their shared goal of ending hunger across America.”

Charles began his association with Loaves & Fishes as a volunteer in 2006, and two years later was asked by the Board of Directors to become the organization’s leader. For the past seven years, he has successfully worked with the board of directors to inspire the organization’s visionary response to poverty issues affecting unprecedented numbers of suburban households.

Charles McLimans with Mayor Pradel, Loaves & Fishes board and staff at the grand opening of 1871 High Grove.During his tenure, we have continually grown to serve an increasing number of families throughout the Chicagoland area. He became our leader just as the land acquisition was made for the development of our current facility at 1871 High Grove, and the expansion of our service area to include all of DuPage County.

“While it is bittersweet to leave my Loaves & Fishes family, I feel extremely positive about the health of the organization and the ability of the incredibly talented staff and dedicated Board of Directors to continue pursuing and realizing the growth objectives we have outlined for the future. The organization has never been in a better financial position and I have every confidence in Megan’s ability and passion to continue on the path that we have mapped out together over the past few years.”

Peggy Beata and Megan Selck pose with Deb du Vair of the DuPage Community Foundation.

Peggy Beata and Megan Selck pose with Deb du Vair of the DuPage Community Foundation.

Working side-by-side with Charles since 2012, Megan is well-poised to take on her new position and responsibilities. Building upon her success in previous leadership roles – including several years heading income development for the American Cancer Society, she has been instrumental in launching our first public Power of Community campaign. She also has been integral in the development of our long-term strategic plan.

We hope you will help us wish Charles a fond farewell on Wednesday, January 7th. Our Board of Directors will be hosting an open house from 5-7 pm as a send off to Charles.