Wings President

Ann Edenfield Sweet 

Executive Director & Founder

Mailing Address:
2270 D Wyoming NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112
1-505-291-6418 Fax

Board Members

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Don Shapiro - Board President

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Don Shapiro has been a seasoned worker in the field of youth development and community service for over fifty years, and is dedicated to helping young people build meaningful and productive lives. Highlights of Don's career in community and youth services have included - in New York City - pioneering work in adolescent substance abuse treatment and services for runaway-homeless youth where he was a co-founder and organizer/administrator of The Door-A Center of Alternatives (from 1972-1990) an internationally acclaimed comprehensive free-clinic and multi-service center serving inner-city adolescents, currently in its 43rd year of successful operation and where his efforts won for The Door, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community Service and where he was recipient of the NYC Mayor's Award for Youth Leadership Development.

Don's published works include "Many Doorways: A Comprehensive Approach to Intervention and Treatment of Youthful Drug Abusers" (NIDA/DHHS Monograph Treatment Services for Adolescent Substance Abusers (1985) and chapter author of "Planning to Live: Evaluating and Treating Suicidal Teens in Community Settings; A Holistic Treatment Model for Working with Suicidal Youth." (1989).

Don He is a graduate of Empire State College in New York City with a degree in Community and Human Services. After moving to New Mexico, his experience in organization and leadership development and his graduate studies at The New School for Social Research/Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy led him to the University of New Mexico in 1997 where he served for seven years as an internal organization development consultant seeking to strengthen inter-departmental teamwork, strategic planning and change management.

In 2004, experiencing an "existential" longing to resume his work with young people, Don signed on with the New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department where he has served for over 10 years focused initially on community collaboration and partnership building within the behavioral health system and currently with the Transition Services helping young people in the juvenile justice system transition back into the community and into adulthood. Don's concern for young people who have lost too many years of their young lives in prison and in the JJ system's facilities has led him to become a strong advocate for justice reform, and a supporter and volunteer, and recently Board member for Wings For life, Intl. Don's other passions include playing guitar Flamenco and worship music, natural medicine, eco-spirituality, and environmental health and healing.

Christy Waite
Miss New Mexico - As a victim of child a use and homelessness I have become an advocate for child abuse, homelessness & Incarceration dedicating my life to serving those who are suffering. From this, my ministry Crown of Beauty was made. I go around the state and not just share my testimony but tell them about the unfailing and never ending love that Jesus has to offer!

Paula Burns
Paula moved to NM in 2001. She is the mother of two grown sons. Paula has worked in corrections since 1992 as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Therapeutic Community Program Director/Counselor, and now since 2005 Bureau Chief NMCD for Internal Audits, Standards Compliance. Paula keeps fit by mountain/road biking, hiking and winter sports.

Pennington, Gary

Business Owner


Yolanda Mattison, Volunteer Coordinator
Yolanda has been involved with WFLI for since 2006. Since 2013 she has been the Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to being the Volunteer Coordinator she served on the Board of Directors for 5 years, and volunteered prior to that. Yolanda is retired from Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit after 25 years of service and also worked as a mortgage loan originator with Access Funding Inc. for 8 years.

Pam Smyth, IT/Media Manager
Pam has been working part-time with WFLI since 2012. She has a degree in Computer Science with a business focus along with over 18 years of IT experience; 9 which has been in the correctional field. Pam has a strong faith in God and His love for ALL people and wants to share that with those she comes in contact with.

Dominic LeDoux, IT/Data
Dominic has worked at WFLI part-time since 2014. He has been working in corrections since 2005. Having seen the effect of incarceration on the families he became interested in helping.
Michelle Cruz, Kitchen
Michelle Cruz has experience in real estate, auto sales, and has worked as a general manager of a restaurant. Michelle has one child and is currently working full time as an auditor at a hotel. She enjoys cooking and for about four years managed the kitchen at the restaurant so has commercial experience to share with Wings.

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