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Meet the Team

Darin Valdez

Founder, Executive Director

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Linnea Brutlag

Operations / Program Manager

Linnea loves working 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 Tumi, her kitten.

Nat Stiles

Program Coordinator for Northern CO

Nat Stiles is very grateful to be apart of Colorado Artists in Recovery team as the Program Coordinator. Based in Loveland, Nat is thrilled that they have the opportunity to bring CAiR events to the Northern Colorado area. Nat is in long term recovery and their sober date is 6/7/2022. When not working with CAiR, Nat spends their time helping others as a Personal Trainer & Water Safety Instructor. Nat's motto is "you don't have to be good at something to have fun."

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Meet the Board

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Board President, Partnership Committee 

Rashad Sutton

Hailing originally from West Philadelphia where he was born and raised. Rashad Spent most of his days out on the playground. Ultimately while out shooting a game of basketball, outside of the school, a couple of no good guys began to pick a fight with him causing him to move with his auntie and uncle here in Denver.


Wait… No, that's the fresh prince.


Rashad is a Denver native and Graduate of Denver East High School. Rashad works full-time at Aspen Ridge Recovery Center managing community outreach as well as overseeing their alumni program. Rashad has been playing piano since he can remember both at church and in the local Denver R&B scene. As a musician Rashad has witnessed and benefited from the healing power of art.  As a person in sustained recovery Rashad has seen first hand how connection and community can be instrumental in attaining and sustaining meaningful recovery.


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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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