Local Nonprofit Las Cumbres Community Services Adopts Executive Leadership Team Model


Las Cumbres Community Services experiences transition early in 2020 that poised organization to face a challenging year.

Las Cumbres Community Services (LCCS) has recently adopted an Executive Leadership Team (ELT) model to oversee the organization, after Executive Director Megan Délano resigned in January.

While this unexpected transition presented a significant challenge, it also presented a profound and necessary opportunity to reflect upon the complexity of the organization and leadership capacity, after a period of significant program growth across its expanding service region.

“The Executive Leadership Team, in close partnership with the Board, is positioned for strategic, sustainable growth rooted in the agency’s long-held core values,” LCCS Board President Kristi Silva said. “True to the agency’s history of resilience, we will emerge from this transition with a progressive approach that best supports our mission and commitment to serve families across Northern Mexico.”

With input and approval from the LCCS Board of Directors, LCCS reorganized into four distinct organizational divisions:

  • Community Infant and Early Childhood Programs;
  • Community Youth and Caregiver Programs;
  • Adult Services; and
  • Administration.

The ELT is comprised of four directors, who each oversee a division of the organization. A senior member of the ELT has been appointed as the team lead and performs certain executive director functions including donor relations and serves as a liaison with the Board. This model promotes shared leadership and collaborative decision-making as guiding principles, distributing the hierarchy of leadership across four people.

The ELT has spent a majority of 2020 to further develop this leadership model, with support and direction from the Board and similar progressive non-profit models around the country.

“We have immediately begun to transform a challenging leadership transition into a positive and necessary operational change within the agency, translating collaborative and shared leadership opportunities in parallel across our teams and services,” Interim Executive Director Stacey Frymier said.

Las Cumbres Community Services is a long-standing nonprofit serving Northern New Mexico with family-focused services such as Infant Early Intervention, Adult Services and Behavioral Health. Learn about all services offered in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties at www.LasCumbres-NM.org.