Jim Newman

Meleah Spencer
Submitted Photo / The Kitchen, Inc.

The nonprofit Kitchen, Inc. has hired Meleah Spencer to serve as its new chief executive officer.

Spencer is a southwest Missouri native who most recently served as the executive director at the Discovery Center of Springfield. According to a news release issued Monday by the Kitchen, she spent the last 10 years in fundraising and development.

Spencer’s appointment comes five months after the exit of former CEO Rorie Orgeron.

Michele Skalicky

The Kitchen Inc. is moving forward with plans for a new campus by breaking ground for the new facility at Glenstone and Chestnut Expressway.

The O'Reilly Family Campus will include a shelter with 13 apartments and one apartment of respite care.  A second building will have office space for 26 case managers as well as operational staff.

Jim Newman, chair of the Board of Trustees for The Kitchen, Inc., said, currently, the organization is spread out over several buildings.