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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.

Next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sage Café Senior Center, 6121 Reynolds Drive, 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.

Board members' sought to represent Eastside and Benavidez Centers. For more information, click here.

Board Members: Representative
Dr. Abel L. Chavarria, Chair District 1
Gabriel Montalvo, Vice Chair Munson Center
Marilu Darby, Secretary District 2
Judy Chavarria Member at Large
Sharlene Wittern District 3
Rick Jackson District 4
Manuel Contreras District 5
Renee Short District 6
Felix Vega Eastside Center
Bill King Frank O'Brien Papen Center
VACANT Benavidez Center
Rayla Buchanan Sage Café Senior Center