Leadership Transition at Meals on Wheels

Tara A. Ellis

The Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW) Agency and Foundation boards are pleased to announce that Christine Procknal, MOW’s Chief Operations Officer, will become the interim President and CEO effective October 23, 2017. At that time, current President and CEO Tara A. Ellis will become President and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY.

“We are pleased that Chris will be stepping in as President and CEO on an interim basis,” Agency Board Chair Richard A. Grimm, III said. “As COO, Chris knows every aspect of MOW’s day to day operations from site management to nutrition to social work and everything in between. In addition, she has wonderful working relationships with our key funders, stakeholders, clients and volunteers.”

“Chris brings more than four decades of leadership in operations and management for corporations in the United States and the U.K. to MOW. In addition, she is actively involved in numerous organizations and boards including Meals on Wheels New York, Presbyterian Senior Care and Network in Aging,” Foundation Board Chair Dave Smith said. “We expect a seamless transition under Chris’ leadership.”

“MOW also is very grateful for Tara’s leadership over the past six years. Under her direction, MOW has succeeded in tackling numerous challenges including the selection of a new food vendor, and growing annual meals served by almost 50 percent,” Grimm said.

“Tara also was instrumental in leading the efforts to secure funding and implementing numerous capital improvements to the MOW facility – including numerous pieces of commissary and delivery equipment, making the building emergency prepared and secured, and significantly raising the profile of MOW on a national and state level,” Smith said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Tara and I look forward to working very closely with her in her new role in the future. I am humbled that the boards of MOW have selected me as the interim President and CEO,” Procknal said. “I look forward to working with MOW’s talented leadership team, staff and amazing volunteers as we continue to focus on strategic growth and positioning MOW for long term success in serving a growing aging and disabled population.”

“I thank the MOW boards, staff and volunteers for their support – it was their hard work and dedication that helped set MOW on even stronger footing to be poised to better eradicate hunger in Western New York,” Ellis said. “It truly is an honor to have played a small role in serving our homebound and mobile seniors and disabled neighbors in Western New York.”


Chris Procknal