Leadership

Darrell J. Vigil

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.
Richard Blair

Richard Blair

Chief Development Officer
Richard Blair is responsible for the organization’s fundraising and development activities.

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.
Misty Aaberg, MS, CEAP, CPS II

Misty Aaberg, MS, CEAP, CPS II

Director of Regional Programs, Western Colorado
Misty joined the Colorado Health Network as the Director of Regional Programs in September of 2018. She is responsible for overseeing program services, personnel, financial management and community relations for the Western Colorado AIDS Project. Prior joining WCAP, Misty spent about a decade working in criminal justice for the 14th Judicial District. After her work in CJ she joined Omni Institute for several years working as a Regional Prevention Consultant serving several northwestern counties in Colorado providing substance abuse prevention education, board development training and leadership coaching. She also provided employee assistance programming in western Colorado.

Misty’s volunteer work includes crisis intervention with juveniles, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Misty served for over a decade on the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition in the 14th Judicial District, she served on the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation Board and the Western Colorado Human Resources Association as the Diversity Director. Misty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.

Misty’s hobbies include attending rock concerts and comedy shows, interior decorating, upcycling random things into art, and eating tacos. The Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche are her favorite sports teams and she is most grateful for her amazing family and friends and the awesome people she works with at CHN. GO WCAP!!
Lili Carrillo

Lili Carrillo

Clinical Services Officer
Lili Carrillo is responsible for overseeing the Howard Dental Center and the upcoming Denver based medical clinic. Prior to joining Colorado Health Network, Lili volunteered and worked for non-profit community based health centers and hospitals in the Denver Metro Area. She has over 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry, is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and has extensive experience in community outreach programs and healthcare administration.

Lili is an appointed member of the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council (2014- present) and of the Colorado HIV Alliance for Prevention, Care and Treatment (2015-present). She enjoys working closely with and in support of clients and patients to increase access to care, and believes in the power of community partnerships. In her spare time, Lili enjoys reading, volunteering in the community and traveling with her family.
Justine Sunshine PhD

Justine Sunshine PhD

Director of Regional Programs, Denver
Justine Sunshine is the Director of Regional Programs for Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP). In this role, Justine oversees programs services, personnel, financial management, and community relations for DCAP. Prior to joining the Colorado Health Network, Justine spent 10 years working in biomedical and public health research. In 2013, Justine graduated from the University of Washington with her doctoral degree in Global Health and spent several years as postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University. Justine’s research explored immunological responses to HIV, with a focus on the development of HIV vaccine strategies designed to contend with viral diversity observed across global HIV strains.

Most recently, Justine was a Programs Director at Trailhead Institute, a nonprofit public health institute in Colorado, where she worked on building capacity of communities and organizations to participate in community-engaged research and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology. Justine is highly passionate about supporting and developing community-driven programs and services to support the evolving needs of CHN clients.

In her spare time, Justine enjoys running, skiing, brewery tours, pop culture trivia, and comparing Denver weather to the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, Justine enjoys spending time and pursuing adventures with her husband and two young daughters.
Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson

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.
Jamie Villalobos

Jamie Villalobos

Director of Regional Programs, Northern Region
Jamie Villalobos serves as the Director of Regional Programs for the Northern Region. Jamie served as the Director of the Denver office from 2014-2018. He is responsible for overseeing program services, personnel, financial management and community relations for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Prior to being promoted, Jamie has also 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.
Courtney Nichols

Courtney Nichols

Programs Quality Officer
Courtney Nichols joined the Colorado Health Network team in August 2018. In her role as Programs Quality Officer, she provides programmatic support and oversight to the regional offices across the state. She works closely with the Regional Directors and staff to assess the delivery of services and develop and implement quality improvement measures to ensure the quality delivery of services to CHN clients.

Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of Colorado, Denver and a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on East Asian Buddhism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has a strong background in healthcare and public health having worked at Boulder Community Hospital for six years, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for five. Her career in HIV began with the AIDS Drug Assistance Program at CDPHE, where she helped clients navigate healthcare and insurance systems to access HIV medications at little or no cost. She transitioned to the position of Contract Monitor with CDPHE, monitoring agencies contracted to provide HIV care and prevention services across Colorado. In both of these roles, she worked closely with CHN staff and developed strong working relationships and appreciation of CHN’s mission. So, while being new to the organization, she has familiarity with the programming and amazing staff who make the work possible.

Courtney is a Colorado native from Fort Collins and loves living in Denver. Her hobbies include dancing, cooking, hiking, volleyball, and jazzercising. Most importantly, she feels inspired and very fortunate to be working at CHN!
Kate Lind

Kate Lind

Director of Health Access Program
Kate began her career with Colorado Health Network (CHN) in 2015 as a Health Access Program Coordinator working directly with patients to help them navigate the changes and challenges of health insurance, a critical component to care. A few months later, Kate moved into the role of Health Access Program Manager. Kate took over as the Director of Health Access Programs in 2016.

Prior to her time with CHN, Kate spent five years working for a leading non-profit healthcare organization specializing in reproductive and sexual health and family planning. There she focused on direct client care and volunteer coordination. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for non-profit organizations and their ability to truly help and serve the public.

Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Kate moved to Colorado in 2005 after receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and Women's Studies from Michigan State University. She is passionate about cooking, never misses the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, thrives on podcasts, and has an amazing Goldendoodle named Oliver.
Randy Vessell

Randy Vessell

Chief Financial Officer
Randy is responsible for the day-to-day financial wellbeing, building maintenance, and informational technology for Colorado Health Network (CHN). He started working at CHN as Controller and was recently promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
Before coming to work for CHN, Randy served as the Chief Financial Officer for a social service non-profit in Mississippi serving foster children and youth. He was also the business manager for the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center. He brings over 20 years experience in non-profit accounting and management. Randy previously lived in Colorado, working for Ralston Resorts and Vail Resorts in Summit County as an auditor and senior accountant. He is excited to be back in Colorado and to be part of the Colorado Health Network. Randy brings a wealth of knowledge to his position and thrives in the non-profit accounting sector. He strives to make a real difference in people’s daily lives by meeting the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS and other health conditions through his work with the Colorado Health Network.
Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, as well as cooking, snow skiing, hiking, camping, playing tennis, coaching his daughters’ soccer teams, and attending live music concerts. He has a BBA from Mississippi State University and attended Law School at the University of Mississippi.