(April 7, 4:33 p.m.) Claudia Wenzing says part of her heart lives at the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

But after 12 years at the Wilmington, Del.-based PBH, Wenzing will join the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association April 28 as vice president of business development.

“I think it will be an exciting new change for me,” she said April 7. “I saw a new challenge.”

PBH appointed Theresa Kaufmann to succeed Wenzing as manager of development.

Wenzing will work with United Fresh president Tom Stenzel on projects relating to both associations and the United Fresh Research and Education Foundation.

Wenzing said she left PBH March 28 and is taking time off before she starts with United Fresh. She said she is looking forward to interacting with United Fresh members and donors.

She continues to live in Delaware for the time being, but anticipates moving back to the Maryland area near Washington, D.C. Her mother and daughter live in Maryland, she said.

Representatives for United Fresh and PBH could not be reached for comment on April 7.

“Claudia is known throughout the produce industry for her passion, motivation and commitment,” Stenzel said in an April 7 news release. “We are thrilled that Claudia has chosen as her next career step to pursue a mutual vision to develop new programs, services and tools to help our member companies and the industry overall enhance their long-term sales and profitability.”

Wenzing was PBH development director from 1996-2000, and since that time was vice president of development.

From 1992-96, Wenzing was involved with fund-raising and development for Youth Services International, according to the news release.

Before joining PBH, Kaufmann worked with Albert’s Organics and Metals USA, according to a news release from PBH.

“Ms. Kaufmann has served in the fund development area of the foundation for the past two years, and we are very excited to welcome her into this new role," Elizabeth Pivonka, president of PBH, said in the release.

"I enjoy the environment at PBH and really believe in the foundation’s mission of leading people to eat more fruits and vegetables because it matters for their better health," Kaufmann said in the news release.

Kaufmann and her husband, Lance, live in Salem, N.J., according to the release.

PBH manager moving on to VP post at United Fresh
Claudia Wenzing