The Cape Retirement Community, Inc. dba The Chateau Girardeau is announcing the appointment of James R. “Jimmy” Wilferth as its new CEO.

Wilferth most recently worked for St. Francis Healthcare System as their Vice President of Support Services. He initially joined Saint Francis in 2014 as Executive Director of the Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation and was promoted to Vice President in 2017.

Before joining Saint Francis, Wilferth served as President of U.S. Operations for Heart for Africa, an international ministry dedicated to orphan care and sustainability for impoverished communities. He also served as Vice President of National Operations, Financial Director and Chief of Staff for Men at the Cross in Branson, Missouri. Before that, he served as Vice President of Operations for Schaefer Electrical Enclosures and President of United Oil Co.

Wilferth has deep roots in Cape Girardeau and is committed to our community.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the PORCH Initiative (People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing) and Footsteps Medical Missions. He founded South Side Farms, a working urban farm in south Cape.  He is a member of the Cape Girardeau Lions Club, Cape Girardeau West Rotary, and La Croix Church.

“We’re excited to welcome Jimmy Wilferth as the next President/CEO of the Chateau!  Our Board of Directors is exceedingly confident that he is the right leader to guide this organization into a bright future, building upon the foundation laid by Keith Boeller.” Jeannie Fadler (Chateau Board of Directors, Chair)

Wilferth will assume the CEO position in the coming weeks after completing the transition of his leadership role at St. Francis Healthcare System.