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Wilson leaves Roswell Refuge

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Cindy Wilson, shown in this May 2016 photo, has left the Roswell Refuge. She was its executive director for about four years. (Bethany Fruedenthal Photo)

The Roswell Refuge, which seeks to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and aid people in recovery, will search for a new executive director following Cindy Wilson’s departure.

“We did a restructuring and Ms. Wilson decided to leave,” said Board President Loretta Sparkman. “Lesli is our interim director during our restructuring.”
Lesli Carrera has been serving as operations manager for the nonprofit group.
Sparkman said that the board met on Saturday when it decided to make changes.
“The board was together and were evaluating a lot of things, and we decided restructuring was going to be best for the Refuge and our community,” she said, declining to provide specifics.
She said the board will decide at its next meeting how to proceed with a search to fill the executive director position on a permanent basis. She said that meeting should occur within weeks.
Sparkman added that the nonprofit and all its programs will continue to operate as normal.
“We are looking forward to continuing to serve our residents and the community,” she said.

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 abuse or sexual assault survivors in Chaves County and, at times, people from outside the area. It also
runs a thrift store on North Garden Avenue.
Wilson worked for various nonprofit organizations, as well as for aerospace and government contractors, before
becoming the Roswell Refuge executive director in 2013. She did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
The New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families has a current contract with the Roswell Refuge, confirmed Communications Director Henry Varela.
He said the department does not involve itself in personnel issues related to its contractors, but will continue as it has done in the past with the Refuge and other contractors to monitor performance on the contract.
“Right now that contract is in effect,” he said. “We will continue to work with the board as far as the contract provisions are concerned to make sure that the work is performed as expected.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.