Executive Director Chris Vitello Retiring

Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) Executive Director Chris Vitello is stepping down, effective January 31, 2016.  During Vitello’s tenure, MCHF has increased its funding, improved its business operations and supported a variety of conservation projects.

Vitello has led MCHF since 2013, after retiring from a 27-year career with the Missouri Department of Conservation, including positions as Fisheries Management Biologist, Fisheries Regional Supervisor, Fisheries Unit Chief and Fisheries Division Chief.

Carroll Wilkerson, Board member currently serving as Chair commented, “It has been a pleasure working with Chris over the years as he has been the Executive Director of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.  He has brought a wealth of conservation knowledge to the Foundation.   His organizational skills have made the Foundation a better place than it was when he became Executive Director.   His financial management of the Foundation has increased the amount of money that has been made available for various conservation projects and therefore expanded the impact the Foundation has on a statewide basis. Working with Chris has truly been one of my highlights while serving on the MCHF Board. “

“I have enjoyed my time with MCHF, and it has been an honor to play a role in implementing quality conservation projects while working with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and other partners”, said Vitello. “MCHF is blessed with committed and enthusiastic board members and staff, dedicated conservation partners and generous donors. The opportunity to continue working with the dedicated resource professionals at MDC to identify and fund important conservation projects was particularly rewarding for me over the last few years.”

Chris said that his departure from MCHF means that he will have more flexibility to pursue his many outdoor and conservation interests, and to spend more time with family and friends.