Clete Winkelmann: President and CEO

Clete Winkelmann

Bloomington/Normal, IL — Human services and child welfare leader Clete Winkelmann has been appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of The Baby Fold (TBF), an agency that specializes in the care of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities in Central Illinois.

For over 35 years, Winkelmann’s career has been focused on improving the lives of children and families, ranging from leadership positions at foster care agencies to community support and mental health organizations. As President & CEO of TBF, Winkelmann will lead initiatives that build positive futures for children and families including enhancing the agency’s visibility, creating partnerships to broaden support for clients and the community, expanding current offerings and developing activities in new areas, and increasing revenue growth.

Most recently, Winkelmann has been Executive Director of Nexus-PATH Family Healing in Fargo, ND, where he oversaw foster care and community-based mental health programs for youth and families across the state. His previous leadership experience in Illinois is extensive and includes President and CEO of Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, Senior Vice President of Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, and President and CEO of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois and of United Methodist Children’s Home (Spero).

Winkelmann is a founding member of the Illinois Great Rivers Alliance of the United Methodist Conference. He received an M.S. and B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University.

Founded in 1902, The Baby Fold is a multi-faceted agency located in and serving Central Illinois that specializes in the care of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities, or who are at risk for a variety of reasons. TBF focuses on improving the lives of children and families by building safe, loving, healthy environments through foster care, adoption services, special education, and family and community services. The Baby Fold currently serves children throughout Central Illinois through its offices in Normal, Urbana, and Springfield, by engaging in its twelve core programs. For more information, visit