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Carolina Raptor Center names COO as executive director

The Carolina Raptor Center’s board of trustees has picked Jim Warren, the center’s chief operating officer, as its new executive director.

The position was formerly held by Joy Braunstein, who this year took a job as executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association in Springdale, Pa.

Warren has served as the center’s CEO for the past 5 years. He is a Mount Holly native and has worked for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.

It’s unclear as to what happened to Braunstein, who lived in Pittsburgh before living in Charlotte. A spokeswoman for the CRC would not comment, saying it was a human resources issue.

“I wish that things had been different and I could have finished what I was working on,” Braunstein said this afternoon.

“I didn’t leave Carolina Raptor Center so that I could come to Pittsburgh,” she said. “I was not intending to necessarily leave Charlotte. But the opportunity was not in hand to be able to continue down the path at Carolina Raptor Center that I was hired for.”

CRC, a nonprofit, is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Its rehabilitation hospital admits more than 700 birds a year, and its Raptor Trail has more than 40,000 visitors a year.

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