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Meleah Spencer
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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.

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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.

Rorie Orgeron
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The nonprofit Kitchen, Inc. is searching for a new CEO. The organization said in a news release that Rorie Orgeron served his last day in the position Monday.

The release, issued Wednesday, did not elaborate on the reason for his exit.

Jim Newman, Board of Trustees president, tells KSMU, “Our business is as a nonprofit is dealing with privacy concerns with our clients as well as employees and we have no other comment than what is stated in the press release. But we wish him well.”

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The non-profit Kitchen, Inc. has sold its Commercial Street campus, the latest step in the organization’s move to a new venue later this year.

According to a news release, CEO Rorie Orgeron signed the papers Wednesday transferring ownership over the seven building campus to Historic Commercial Developments, LLC. The sale price was not disclosed. But the Kitchen noted it did not make a profit from the sale.

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A vacant lot in northeast Springfield will soon be home to the Kitchen Inc’s new emergency shelter and office building.

The nonprofit social service agency this week announced it had acquired the land for the new facilities at the corner of Glenstone and Chestnut Expressway. It paves the way for the development of new campus, which has a budget of $4 million.

Kitchen CEO Rorie Orgeron says purchasing the property cost less than remodeling its current facilities.