Changes at Coming Home Connection

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Executive Director Frances Salles writes:

In June of this year, I will be leaving my job as Executive Director of Coming Home Connection in order to move back to Europe, temporarily at least. I want to be with my 81-year-old mum and 86-year-old dad, who has dementia and is now in a care home. In some ways it was a hard decision, as I love my job and love how we help so many people in our community; but it was also easy, because, well … it’s my mum and dad.

I informed the board at the beginning of the year to allow time to plan a managed and mindful transition. We have now interviewed for my replacement, and have some excellent candidates. I will be stepping down at the end of June, and will work part-time throughout July and August with the new Director to ensure a smooth turnover. I am confident that with the right leadership, Coming Home Connection will continue what we have achieved together over the last three and a half years, and some fresh ideas could open up some exciting new possibilities.

There are some other staff changes to report at Coming Home Connection. Leslie Wizner, our wonderful nurse, recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, after two years of arduous remote study with Eastern New Mexico University. She has a new job with Presbyterian Medical Services, and started full-time there in mid-May. Having volunteered and worked with us for over six years, she will be greatly missed, and we wish her well.

The good news is we have been training up a replacement, and are happy to welcome on board Martha Vigil, RN, a recently retired nurse with a wealth of community experience. We hope you will be able to meet her soon, and we know you will love her.

Thanks to everyone who is part of the amazing work we do at Coming Home Connection.


Frances Salles.

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