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Meet the Team

Darin Valdez

Founder, Executive Director

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Program Assistant

Linnea Brutlag

Linnea loves working as the Program Assistant for Colorado Artists in Recovery.  She is honored to be working for CAiR and to be a part of others' recovery journeys.  Linnea is in long term recovery and her sober date is 4/4/2015.  Creating and helping others find their own creative gifts brings Linnea joy.  When not working, Linnea enjoys painting, reading a good book, playing Scrabble and spending time with Sugar, her 20 year old cat.

Meet the Board

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Board President, Fundraising/Finance Committee

JK Costello

JK Costello is a person in long-term recovery. At his job as a physician and health care consultant, he develops population health plans for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Inspired by the ongoing explosion of addiction and overdose, he works across medicine, public health, and community organizations to create a community of recovery in publicly-funded treatment systems.

Outside work, JK has served on several nonprofit community boards for organizations focused on education and recovery. He lives in Denver with his dog Willa and enjoys rowing, crossword puzzles, and not using smartphones.


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Quana Madison


Quána Madison is an artist, mindfulness teacher, healing arts workshop facilitator and self-leadership coach. She combines inner wellness practices with expressive arts to promote creative expression, community and holistic well-being. A graduate of New York University and Colorado College, Quána holds a MA in Education and a BA in Philosophy. More information is available at and

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