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Senior Programs Advisory Board


The Senior Programs Advisory Board (SPAB) consists of seven members appointed by the mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, and site members selected by Senior Programs participants as a representative of each senior program site and appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. There is one member from each of the six city districts, one member at large, and site representative members elected from the Benavidez, Eastside, Munson, Frank O'Brien Papen and Sage Café Centers.


The duties of the SPAB include reviewing business and operation of the City's senior centers, assisting staff in review and development of policies & procedures, and recommending regulations to City Council when the need arises. The Board is also the final say on any code of conduct violations or grievances of seniors that are brought before its members.


The Advisory Board meets the 2nd Thursday of the each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at each of the centers on a rotating basis. Click here to view the meeting schedule. The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Eastside Community Center, 310 N. Tornillo Street, Las Cruces, NM. Agenda


You may contact any Advisory Board member by calling 528-3000 or by email to to discuss a problem, concern, or suggestion you may have regarding Senior Programs. The Advisory Board member will bring your concern to the appropriate staff member for prompt resolution.

A Board member sought to represent the Benavidez Center. For more information, please call 528-3000.

Board Members: Representative
Dr. Abel L. Chavarria, Chair District 1
Gabriel Montalvo, Vice Chair Munson Center
Judy Chavarria, Secretary Member at Large
Marilu Darby District 2
Sharlene Wittern District 3
Rick Jackson District 4
Manuel Contreras District 5
Renee Short District 6
Rudy Alvarez Eastside Center
Jo Ann Rodriguez-Haught Frank O'Brien Papen Center
Cheryl Young Benavidez Center
Rayla Buchanan Sage Café Senior Center