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Two leave leadership roles at InterAct after investigation of 'workplace issues'

Posted September 25, 2020 4:50 p.m. EDT

— The executive director and associate executive director of InterAct, provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Wake County, are leaving those roles after an investigation of "workplace issues," the chairwoman of the InterAct board said Friday.

Leigh Duque will retire as executive director effective Nov. 13. Associate Executive Director Keri Christensen has resigned.

Board Chair Leigh Bleecker said, "Alison Strickland and Tasha Sullivan will serve as co-leads in the interim as we find a more permanent successor."

Without going into specifics, Bleecker said the investigation was prompted by "third-party questions," and that an outside investigator found "areas for improvement." 

"We are taking steps to enhance our workplace culture and values, such as improved trainings, developing a work culture plan, including new ways for employees to raise potential issues through a hotline, as well as a few leadership changes," Bleecker said.

WRAL reached out to Duque for comment. She referred questions to Bleecker.

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