The Arkansas Valley Resource Center announces board of director leadership changes and staff promotions. Board Chairman Tonia Burnett and Financial Officer Adela Licano retired from their officer positions at the December Board meeting of AVRC’s directors. The new Financial Officer will be Lisa A. Pantoya, and the Board Chairman will be Christina Stork. Burnett and Licano will finish out their regular director duties until their terms expire.

Two employees of AVRC received promotions:


Brooke Leonard will hold the title of Assistant Director. Leonard has been employed by the agency for 13 years. She has served as a volunteer, a part-time administrative person, a crisis worker and, more recently, as crisis manager.
Elizabeth Randall has been an employee with AVRC for nine years. She began her career with AVRC as a Law Enforcement advocate. Her last position was a crisis worker and she will now have the position of Lead Crisis worker.

Stork brings a history of family support to the agency. Her father, former District Attorney of the 16th judicial District, was an ad hoc member of the group that assisted in the inception of the Arkansas Valley Resource Center. Christina teaches at Otero Junior College and has served on the AVRC board of directors since 2016.

Pantoya also brings a history of support with her position. She is an employee of La Junta State Bank, and she has been on the AVRC board of directors since 2013.

Both Pantoya and Stork have brought dedication and expertise to the AVRC board in several areas. We are looking forward to their leadership.

AVRC sincerely appreciates the leadership of Burnett and Licano. The years of their tenure as leaders of AVRC had significant challenges. They were steadfast in their support and guidance. We appreciate their leadership in these offices and their continued support for the Arkansas Valley Resource Center.

AVRC has served victims of violent crime in Bent, Crowley and Otero counties for 32 years. The agency is excited over the changes and looks forward to continuing to serve these communities in the future.