CEO Eric Hodel announced changes in the leadership team of Midwest Food Bank. Effective immediately, Pat Burke has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer in addition to his leadership role as Executive Director of MFB Georgia. Lisa Martin, Executive Director of MFB Morton, Illinois, has now also assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Burke has 30 years of food, manufacturing, and supply chain experience with companies including Quaker Oats and PepsiCo. As COO, he will provide strategic leadership and direction for MFB food procurement, fleet logistics, and oversight for Midwest Food Bank locations established through 2017.

Martin brings more than 10 years of private accounting and industry experience to her role as CFO. She will provide leadership in all accounting, financial, audit processes, and reporting. She will also lead the IT strategy for MFB, the Tender Mercies and Disaster Relief programs, and the MFB Haiti operations.

Additionally, there are two new MFB National Board of Directors members, Matt Kees and Arthur Neal. Kees lives in Canton, Illinois, and is a Vice President and Group Financial Officer at Caterpillar, Inc. He is a champion for work/life balance and the prioritization of endeavors that matter. Neal is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Grain Inspection Service, USDA. Currently living in the Washington, D.C., area, he is originally from a farming family in Louisiana. Neal has a strong alignment with the MFB mission of food and faith.

“The Midwest Food Bank mission will be well-served by this strengthening of our leadership team,” says Eric Hodel, CEO of Midwest Food Bank. “These shifts are great strides forward and position MFB for continued growth.”

Midwest Food Bank has 12 locations, including 10 in the U.S. and one each in East Africa and Haiti. For more information about Midwest Food Bank, please visit their website at