Wild Horse Fund leader resigns

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Former Corolla Wild Horse Fund Executive Director Linda Adkins


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

COROLLA — The group that manages the herd of wild horses on the Currituck Outer Banks will be seeking a new leader in 2018 following the resignation of its executive director after only six months on the job.

Linda Adkins resigned as executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund on Nov. 10, fund board President Kimberlee Hoey confirmed Tuesday.

Hoey declined to be specific about the reasons for Hoey’s resignation, saying it was a personnel matter for the nonprofit.

Adkins, who was hired on Memorial Day to oversee the Wild Horse Fund’s day-to-day operations, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. 

A Pennsylvania native, Adkins brought a long resume as both a horse rider and trainer to the job of Wild Horse Fund executive director.

Hoey said the Wild Horse Fund appreciates Adkins' service and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

Apparently, Adkins will be the organization's last executive director.

According to Hoey, the Wild Horse Fund plans to hire its first chief executive officer following a search that will be conducted sometime next year.

In the meantime, Hoey said Jo Langone, who had been the organization's director of operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer and will oversee the nonprofit’s operations until the new CEO is hired.

According to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund's website, Langone joined the organization in April 2014 following a career in marketing and sales. Her first job with the nonprofit was as assistant to the director of operations. By September 2014, she had assumed a new role as director of operations and programs.

She served in that position until January, when she was tapped as acting executive director after former director Karen McAlpin retired.

Discussing the Corolla Wild Horse Fund's future, Hoey said Tuesday the nonprofit is moving forward with its plan to ensure the future well-being of the herd. A key element of that plan, she said, is aligning the fund's organization and membership. The goal is engage more interested stakeholders in the future of the wild horses.

According to the fund’s website, the Corolla wild horses currently roam an area of approximately 7,500 acres. About a third of that land is publicly owned and the rest is privately owned.

The herd is currently protected by a fence extending from the Currituck Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Another fence extends 11 miles to the north, to the North Carolina-Virginia border.