Mike Dunn named new CEO of Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky – NKyTribune


Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky (MOW), known for providing meals and essential services that promote independence and help people stay in their homes, has named Mike Dunn as its new CEO, effective May 1 .

Dunn is a respected leader in the nonprofit sector with more than 25 years of experience leading organizations through transformative growth periods. He was recognized for his expertise in strategic operations, human resources management, marketing and fundraising.

In his new position, Dunn will focus on MOW's role as the largest service provider for older adults in the Greater Cincinnati area and one of the largest community-based organizations in the country providing services to older adults. Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky serves more than one million meals annually to older adults in 13 counties throughout the region.

Mike Dunn (Photo by MOW)

He was selected as the new CEO based on his track record of creating and implementing strategic plans, coordinating comprehensive fundraising campaigns, increasing revenue and improving access to social services. He is a proven leader in the nonprofit sector whose successful career has been shaped in large part by his passion for community service and engagement. He has the ability and experience to build authentic relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

“My professional background will enable me to help MOW build its excellent reputation, increase the organization’s overall capacity and ensure its stability for the future,” he said. “I feel called to contribute to the betterment of our community, with a particular focus on improving the quality of life of the disadvantaged, as well as staff and volunteers. I welcome the opportunity to lead a dynamic team and work together to achieve positive outcomes for older people in need.”

Prior to joining MOW as CEO, Dunn most recently served as Vice President of Executive Search at Centennial, Inc., a local executive search firm. However, he is perhaps best known for his tenure as executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati District Council (SVDP). There, he doubled the organization's annual operating revenue, led the creation of a five-year strategic plan, and oversaw the successful completion of a capital campaign and construction of a new outreach center.

Additionally, Dunn served in various roles at Xavier University for more than 16 years, including chief revenue officer of the athletics department, director of Xavier's Cintas Center and associate athletics director for marketing. He served on the boards of local organizations including Catholics United for the Poor and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

“I have extensive knowledge of our region as my career has given me the opportunity to develop numerous relationships in the Greater Cincinnati area and become acquainted with many different organizations,” said Dunn. “I am very excited about this opportunity because MOW focuses on 'much more than a meal'. A nutritious meal is essential for older adults, but so is the wide range of services MOW offers. We will continue to grow and improve the service offerings for the older adults in our community,” he said.

Dunn succeeds Paul Brunner, who has served as interim CEO of Meals on Wheels since early 2023. Dunn holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and an MS in Physical Education – Athletics Administration from Ohio University.

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