Meet Our Board of Directors
Denise Chapman, Board President
Denise curates online experiences for employees and partners at VIAVI Solutions. She and her husband Rick have two daughters (ages 14 and 10) and one son (age 13) adopted from the United States and one son (age 11) adopted from Russia. The Chapman family became involved with Heritage Camps initially by attending Russian, Eastern European and Central Asia Heritage Camp and now also attends Domestic Adoption Camp. Denise says she is on the board because “camp has been such a gift for our family. Both REECA and DAC provide all of us with unique experiences and insight we can’t get anywhere else. Being on the board is an opportunity for me to give back to an organization that has given our family so much.”
Marion Delanoy, Board Treasurer
Marion is a CPA and shareholder at Brinkerhoff Revenig & Corrigan, P.C. in Denver. She and her husband Rich have three adopted children from Korea, who are now adults. They have participated in Korean heritage camp for almost 20 years. They also have a bio daughter who keot coming to camp even afer her Korean siblings “graduated!” Marion says she is on the board because “attending camps, both as campers and counselors, has made a world of difference for my kids and I want to make sure every child adopted into a different culture also has an opportunity to have these experiences.”
Michele Horn, Board President Elect
Michele Horn is an attorney currently employed with the U.S. Department of Labor. She and her husband, David Harder, have four adopted Chinese Children – two teenage girls and two elementary aged boys. They have been going to Chinese Heritage Camp for eleven years and Michele has been a Coordinator for the past six years. Michele brings with her the experience of having served on numerous boards in the past.
Gigot Hudspeth, Past Board President
Gigot is an IT engineer for Navy Federal Credit Union. His favorite activities include spending time with family, skiing, mountain biking, reading and travel. He and his wife, Eli, have one son who was adopted from Guatemala and is currently attending the University of York in England. Gigot embraces the opportunities at Latin American Heritage Camp to learn about and celebrate his son’s ethnicity. Gigot has been a presenter and food coordinator at Latin American Heritage Camp for several years. Gigot is moved by the positive, lasting and loving impact that camp has on attendees. He enjoys supporting HCAF’s mission to be a post adoption resource and advocate for children and families with diverse heritages. Spreading the word about the importance and value of Heritage Camps and helping steer HCAF to a lasting and vibrant future are some of Gigot’s greatest passions.
Karen Wilson, Board Secretary
Karen is a Registered Nurse and GI Lab Clinical Coordinator at Parker Adventist Hospital as well as a faculty member with the University of Phoenix. She is a single mom who has two adopted daughters from China. The Wilson family has been attending either Chinese Heritage Camp or Chinese ll Camp since 2001 and Karen has served as a camp coordinator for the past 14 years. Her most memorable moment from camp was when her youngest daughter was two and attended camp for the first time. At the end of the day she said “mom, I’m going to miss all my red friends”. When not working or at camp Karen is busy as a Girl Scout leader.
Kelli Anderson, Board Member
Kelli works as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Elevated Living in Evergreen. When not selling real estate, she enjoys an active mountain lifestyle biking, running and enjoying the outdoors. Kelli has also been active in the local real real estate board (Mountain Metro Association of Realtors) and local charter school board (Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen). Her family includes, a biological daughter and son-in-law, 2 grandsons and 3 adopted children from Korea (ages 14, 17, 18). The family has attended KHC for over 15 years. Kelli is beginning her 4th year as a Director for KHC and has traveled to Korea 3 times to visit birth families and foster mothers. Her 4th trip is scheduled for June 2018. KHC has provided her family with a lifeline to Korean culture, amazing friendships and support with adoption related issues.
Jennifer Brooks, Board Member
Jennifer is the mother of two daughters, one African-American and one multi-racial, adopted domestically at birth in the Denver area. Since forming her family with her husband Mike in 2006, transracial and transcultural adoption advocacy has been one of her main missions. She also sees one of her most important life roles as an “Ambassador for Adoption” in the wider world, promoting transracial and transcultural understanding, acceptance, and celebration. She started attending African Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) in 2008, and then added Domestic Adoption Camp (DAC) in 2013. She has served as a DAC Co-Director since 2014. Heritage Camps are an important part of her family’s summer calendar, and she is so grateful they exist to support adoptees and adoptive families alike.
Diana Castellion, Board Member
Diana is a cause entrepreneur with ONEHOPE wine and works with folks to raise money for many great causes. She and her husband, Lee have a 12-year-old daughter adopted from Guatemala and have been part of the LAHC family since 2008. Diana has been a camp coordinator for many years and camp co-director for 3 years. For her, joining the board was a natural next step for continuing to give back to Heritage Camps. In addition to camp, she loves travel, having recently returned from an extended travel adventure with her family in Central and South America, volunteering locally and internationally, anything with food, and of course wine!
Marie English, Board Member
Marie English is a CPA working for a residential rental property owner in Washington state. In her non-work time, she likes to walk for fitness, spend time with her family (including her 91-year old mother) and support her kids and their sports teams. She and her husband, Rick adopted two children from Guatemala, and they are both busy teenagers. During the ten years that she has attended Latin American Heritage Camp, she has acted as , Marie has volunteered as auction coordinator, director and high school programming coordinator. She loves seeing how happy her kids are with the friends that they have made at camp. Attending camp has helped both of her kids as they gain maturity and find their identities. Working on the HCAF board will allow Marie to give back to this organization in another capacity and she is excited to take on the challenge.
Alisha Kwon Hammett, Board Member
Alisha is an urban planner and urban designer. She moonlights as a part-time instructor for the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Alisha is a bi-racial, Korean/African-American adoptee who has been both internationally and domestically adopted. Alisha attended Korean Heritage Camp with her forever family, for the first time at 9 years old. Since then, Alisha has been a presenter at 11 of the Heritage Camps and has served as a camp counselor.
Aubree Keys, Board Member
Aubree and her husband Zack have a son adopted from Kyrgyzstan and recently brought home their daughter from China. Jonas and Johanna are both four years old (only five days apart in age) and full of energy, so they keep mom busy! A longtime middle school language arts teacher, Aubree now works at home for VIPKID, teaching English online to children in China. When she’s not teaching or chasing her “twins” around, Aubree enjoys camping, hiking, and snowboarding. Attending Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian and Chinese Heritage Camps each summer is a family priority, as Aubree and her kids love being surrounded by families who look like theirs and understand the challenges and beauty of adoption.
Sanjiv Nariani, Board Member
Sanjiv is a Senior Project Manager at KDC Architects/Engineers, PC in Denver. Sanjiv, his wife Namita, and their two daughters, have been instrumental in bringing authentic India culture to our Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp for many years. Sanjiv joined the board because “after 12 years of being in awe of the generous parents nurturing these balanced & beautiful adopted children and both surpassing differences and man-made limitations to form a wordly family unit, I feel privileged to be on the board of this organization.”
Connie Norman, Board Member
Connie is an art teacher and ceramic artist, who teaches in Wyoming. Her artwork has been shown internationally and has been published in several magazines and books. Connie and her husband Todd adopted their son from Ethiopia. The entire family has been attending African Caribbean Heritage camp every year since 2012. Todd and Connie enjoy going camp because it is where all the families look alike, and the positive influences their son gets from being in this environment.
Geeta Sharma, Board Member
Geeta Sharma and her husband, Sukumar, are parents of a teenage daughter adopted from India. They have been actively involved with Indian-Nepalese Heritage camp for fifteen years. Geeta has been a coordinator for elementary school and high school programs for several years and is the co-director of INHC. As an adoptive parent who grew up in India, she has a unique perspective on the role of both adoption and culture in individual identity. While she is passionate about bringing cultural values and customs to camp programs , her goal as a board member is to ensure that the support and friendship of the camp community, so crucial for her family, is available to all adoptive families for a long time to come.
Eric Voogt, Board Member
Eric is President of the law firm Inman Flynn Biesterfeld & Brentlinger, P.C. based in Denver, Colorado. Eric and his wife Alison have a nine year old son, Mason, and a six year old daughter, Sophia. They adopted Sophia from Hanoi, Vietnam. Eric loves to travel, play tennis, ski and bike. Eric and Alison deeply appreciate the positive impact that Vietnamese Heritage Camp has on not only Sophia, but their entire family. They love the feeling of community and the confidence it gives their daughter. Eric is looking forward to helping continue HCAF’s great work for adoptive families.
Scott Wong, Board Member
Scott is a financial consultant. He and his wife Dawn have two adopted children, a daughter born in China and a son born in Korea. They have been involved in both the Chinese and Korean Heritage Camps for over 15 years. Scott is currently Co-Director of the Korean Heritage camp and his wife is Co-Director of the Chinese Heritage Camp. Scott joined the Board of Directors to give back to the heritage camp families and staff for all they have done for their children. This amazing group provided their son and daughter a sense of family and community support needed to address any adoption and or cultural issues.
Jessica Xavier, Board Member
Jessica is a graphic designer with her own freelance business, Planet X Design, based in Boulder for almost 25 years. Jessica and her husband Dana Ecklund have two children, a son adopted from Ethiopia and a daughter adopted from China. They have attended African Carribean Heritage Camp since 2011 and Chinese Heritage Camp since 2014. Heritage Camp has played a big part in their family’s life, from the insights they gain in parenting to the relationships their kids are forming with peers and counselors. Jessica believes in the mission of HCAF and is excited to contribute to the overall direction and growth of Heritage Camps in the coming year.
Dave Zitek, Board Member
Dave is an Investment Fund Reporting Manager at a Denver based finance company. He and his wife Megan have two adopted children both born in Ethiopia (ages 11 and 9). They have attended the African Caribbean Heritage camp for several years. These camps have provided the entire family with positive memories, important conversations with everyone looking forward to returning each year. Dave has been part of a family built through adoption his entire life. While not working Dave enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking 14ers and running.