Darrell J. Vigil
Chief Executive Officer
Darrell Vigil has served in this role directing the statewide organization since July 2012. Prior to this, he served in executive leadership at OMNI Institute, a local not for profit social science research organization and at Bibliographical Center for Research, a not for profit research services organization. Darrell served on Governor Hickenlooper’s HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Coalition from 2013 to 2015 and currently serves on Denver Mayor Hancock’s GLBT Commission. He also currently serves as President of the board of directors of La Clinica Tepeyac, a local medical clinic serving the underserved population. Darrell is a Colorado native, but he resided in California for four years in the mid-1990’s. During that time, he volunteered at AIDS Project Los Angeles in their Buddy Program. Upon returning to Colorado, his passion for helping those with HIV and AIDS, as well as his experience working with not-for-profit organizations brought him to CAP, where he served on the Board of Directors from October 2002 to September 2009 and returned in September 2010 as Board President. Darrell completed his MBA in finance and accounting at Regis University in 2006.
Chief Programs Officer
As Chief Programs Officer, Robert George is responsible for ensuring that CHN’s programs are operating according to contract requirements, meeting organizational and community needs, and working to improve program quality.
Robert has been working at DCAP since July 1999. He started as a Case Manager and became the Senior Case Manager in September 2000. In May 2001, Robert became the Case Management Manager where he supervised a team of ten Case Managers that provided services to over 2,400 clients. In 2011, Robert assumed the position of Regional Director of the Denver office upon the statewide merger before moving into his current capacity in 2014.
In his current position, Robert supervises the Directors of Regional Programs and offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo.
Director of Development
Richard Blair is responsible for the organization’s fundraising and development activities, and is co-responsible for organizational operations along with the CEO.
Prior to his current position he served as the Regional Director of Southern Colorado AIDS Project (SCAP) (2008–2013) and served as the organization’s first executive director from 1992–1996. He was a member of the board of directors of SCAP from 1988–1992.
Prior to returning to SCAP for a second tenure as executive director, Richard served as director of the Seniors Foundation for the City of Lincoln Nebraska. While living in Nebraska, he served on the board of directors of the Nebraska AIDS Project, a statewide AIDS Service Organization.
Richard has served as chair of the Colorado HIV Planning and Prevention Committee, Care and Services Committee, Colorado Planning Collaborative and Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS.
Richard received his CFRE certification in 2008.
Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, Carter Wiesman oversees finance/accounting, human resources, and facility operations the Colorado Health Network. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has 3 years of experience as an external auditor for a CPA firm, and one year as an internal auditor with a financial services firm. Carter has worked on A-133 (federal grant audits) similar to the one the Colorado Health Network undergoes each year as part of its external audit. He also has experience in accounting operations and human resources in creating policies and implementing systems related to compliance and efficiency.
Before his career in public accounting, Carter spent time teaching Adult Basic Education, working as an outreach coordinator for a small community non-profit, and volunteer trail-building in Latin America. Carter believes in the power of community and feels a strong affinity to the programs-based mission of CHN.
Nelly has served as Controller for Colorado Health Network since 2012. Prior to assuming this role, Nelly served as the Director of Finance for the pre-merged Colorado AIDS Project from 2008 to 2012. Nelly worked for several other not-for-profit organizations for a good part of her career including Griffith Center for Children and Lutheran Family Services. She has over 35 years of accounting experience and has opened several family businesses. In addition to her passion for helping others, she loves all animals and spends much of her free time with her grandchildren and family on her family's ranch in Keenesburg, CO.
Director of Regional Programs, Western Colorado
Jeff Basinger is the Director of Regional Programs for the Western Colorado AIDS Project. Jeff served as the Executive Director of Northern Colorado AIDS Project (NCAP) for four years. Prior to joining NCAP, he spent 11 years as the resource coordinator at Western Colorado AIDS Project where he also served on the advisory board from 1987 – 1989.
Basinger’s experience in and connections to HIV/AIDS service provision in Colorado are vast. He served on the board of directors of Western Equality from 1993–2006, Equality Colorado from 1996–2002, and served on the advisory committees for Colorado HIV/AIDS Care (2008–2001), Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention (2008–2011) and the Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (2009–2011). Other nonprofit and HIV/AIDS experience and knowledge was gained through service on the board of directors of the Grand Junction Downtown Association (1988–1992), Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (1996–2004, 2008–2011) and Colorado ManREACH Steering Committee (2003–2009).
Director of Regional Programs, Oral Health
Lili has been an advocate for dental health for over ten years and is committed to expanding access to care for those in need. Lili is bi-lingual in Spanish and English, has extensive experience in community outreach and healthcare administration, and believes in the power of community partnerships. She enjoys working closely with and in support of Howard Dental Center patients. She is an appointment member of Denver’s HIV Planning Council. Lili has a double BA from Metropolitan State University in English Literature and Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from the University of Colorado. Lili enjoys traveling with her family, being outdoors, and volunteering in the community.
Director of Regional Programs, Northern Region
Rebecca Cranston is the Director of Regional Programs for Northern Colorado AIDS Project. Prior to joining NCAP and the Colorado AIDS Project, Rebecca was founder and CEO of a nonprofit focusing on the reform of the foster care system. In addition Rebecca has served as a consultant to government and educational clients to increase organizational effectiveness.
Rebecca is bilingual in Spanish and English with an ability to communicate in intermediate Mandarin. A Colorado native and outdoor enthusiast, Rebecca can be found climbing at a local crag or mountain biking, sometimes with her dog in tow. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fort Lewis College, and her Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Director of Regional Programs, Southern Colorado
Chris Robertson is the Director of Regional Programs for Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Prior to joining SCAP, Chris served as Executive Director for Inside/Out Youth Services in Colorado Springs, and as Program Officer for The Gill Foundation’s Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. Chris is a Louisiana native, and moved to Colorado in 1997. With more than twenty-five years of combined experience in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors, he brings a professional, creative, and passionate approach to program management, resource development, coalition building, and social justice advocacy. It is his passion for social justice advocacy that has driven his ongoing commitment to community collaboration and engagement. Chris has held board and other volunteer positions at several local high-impact organizations including Inside Out Youth Services, The Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs Pride Center, Southern Colorado AIDS Project, and Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. Chris was a 2010 Colorado Political Leaders Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership, and a 2005 graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak’s Signature Program. He enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends, with his partner, Robert, and Robert’s amazing young daughter, Leila.
Director of Regional Programs, Denver
Jamie was promoted to the Director of Regional Programs for the Denver Region in October of 2014. He is responsible for overseeing program services, personnel, financial management and community relations for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Prior to being promoted, Jamie served as the Case Management Manager for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project from 2001 to 2014. Prior to joining the Denver Colorado AIDS Project, he worked at Crossroads Turning Points, a residential substance abuse treatment program. Jamie has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.