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Roswell Refuge changes leadership


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The executive director of the Roswell Refuge, which works to prevent and aid recovery of domestic violence and sexual assault, has left the organization. Cindy Wilson is no longer with the nonprofit group, Lesli Carrera confirmed. The operations manager, Carrera is now serving as interim executive director.

“We are not addressing this (situation) at this time,” Carrera said when asked for further comment.

She said that she thought an announcement would be made soon by the organization’s board of directors. The president of the board, Loretta Sparkman, was not immediately available for comment.

The Roswell Refuge opened in 1981 and is partially funded by the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families and the United Way of Chaves County. It runs a shelter for about 25 people and provides public awareness efforts, a 24/7 crisis phone line, and support, treatment and legal advocacy programs for survivors of abuse or sexual assault in Chaves and DeBaca counties. It also runs a thrift store on North Garden Avenue.

Wilson worked for various nonprofit organizations as well as aerospace and government subcontractors for about 15 years before becoming the Roswell Refuge executive director in 2013.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.