Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Family AIDS Care and Education Services Program Advisor, UCSF
Dr. Lisa joined the CHIP team in 2012 after returning from four years in Kenya. She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 2004. She then completed her pediatric residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. Following residency, Dr. Lisa began a global health fellowship followed by a Fogarty International Health Clinical Research Fellowship in Kenya. She remained in Kenya for four years helping direct a large HIV care and treatment program serving over 80,000 HIV-infected people including nearly 15,000 children. In October 2012, she returned to Colorado with her family and joined the faculty of Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is excited to be a part of the CHIP team as a general pediatrician.
Mark Abzug, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Dr. Abzug has been with the CHIP team since 1992. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1982. In 1985 he completed pediatric residency training at the University of Rochester, including a Chief Residency in the Pediatric Ambulatory Department of Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. Following pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Abzug joined the faculty of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Department of Pediatrics Section of Infectious Diseases in 1988. He co-founded and served as Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Organization at Children’s Hospital Colorado from 1997-2011. He served as interim Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases from 2001-2002. He is currently the Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.
Devin Aragon, BSW
Clinical Case Manager
Devin graduated from Metro State University in 2015 with a degree in Social Work and Child & Adolescent Mental Health and joined the CHIP team in October 2015. She is CHIP’s Clinical Case Manager, and provides linkage to care services. Devin also works with our PrEP clients, with who she provides case management, psycho-social support, and assists with insurance, adherence, transportation, and other barriers to care. She is seeking her Masters in Social Work with a Macro Practice Concentration which focuses on leadership, legislation, and making large system changes. Devin loves working with CHIP’s clients and being a part of the CHIP team!
Senior Instructor with Distinction
University of Colorado, Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease
Clinical Research Program Manager
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse Midwife
Emily has been working with families who are infected or affected by HIV for over 25 years and has been with CHIP since 2001. Emily completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University and obtained her MSN and PNP at the Yale School of Nursing. She followed that with a certificate in Nurse Midwifery at SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Barr manages the CHIP research program, which has won numerous awards for their HIV research in Maternal, Child and Adolescent health as well as prevention and vaccine trials. Emily enjoys teaching the CHIP childbirth and infant massage classes as well as following a caseload of HIV + Pregnant women, children and youth, some of whom she has had the pleasure of watching grow up, attend college, begin careers and start families of their own. Emily is also active in the Rocky Mountain Ethiopian adoption community, has provided education on HIV care and research in several countries including South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Romania. Emily serves on several national and international committees, including the Medical Advisory Board for Camp Roundup River Ranch, a Colorado based camp serving families affected by HIV and other chronic illnesses.
Hannah Bernath, MPH
Prevention Services Manager
Hannah joined the CHIP team in Feb 2013 as a Research Assistant and is currently the Prevention Services Manager. Hannah was born and raised in Colorado, though lived in Southern California for 8 years before moving back to Denver in 2009 for graduate school where she earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Colorado. Prior to working at CHIP, Hannah was a Program Coordinator for a local non-profit where she was involved in hepatitis C and HIV prevention education, outreach and testing. Her favorite part of working with CHIP is being able to share in the testing experience with a woman who has never had an HIV test before.
Rabecka Blauvelt LCSW, CAC III
Social Work Program Manager
Rabecka has been with CHiP since September of 2009 as a Mental Health Specialist and moved into the Social Work Program Manager role in the summer of 2014. Rabecka oversees the Social Work Program, the Eligibility Process, Linkage to Care, Retention, and the Mental Health and Substance Programs. Prior to coming to CHiP, she worked as a mental health/substance abuse counselor at the Colorado AIDS Project and also at the Rape Awareness and Assistance Program providing both individual and group counseling. Rabecka is passionate about social justice and has felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in the HIV field since 2005.
Jason Child, PharmD
HIV/Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist
Co-Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Jason has been with the CHIP team for about 13 years as a Pharmacist. He works with families across all parts of our program to assist with vaccinations and medications. Jason helps to coordinate the dispensing and delivery of medications and other pharmaceutical needs. Jason moved from Seattle to Denver in 1998 to work at Children’s.
Abigail Chimenti, BS
Research Support Assistant
Abbey joined the CHIP team in November 2017 as a Research Support Assistant. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her Masters Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University in Denver. An Oregon native, she fell in love with research and clinical treatment to help marginalized populations. Abbey utilizes her experience in diverse backgrounds to help CHIP patients with HIV treatment, prevention, and research by supporting the research team.
Carrie Chambers BSN, RNC
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Carrie Chambers has been a nurse since 1997 and has had the privilege of working as a clinical research nurse at the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program in Colorado since 2009. Currently, she conducts all the SMARTT, AMP, and sub studies for the PHACS research network. She spends a good majority of her time in clinic with our dedicated team assisting them with the research care of our women, infants, and children exposed to HIV, both infected and uninfected. Carrie helps oversee our site CAB and participates in the monthly meetings. She is knowledgeable in HIV care and treatment, has a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing, and has a dedication, commitment and passion to further the research in pediatric, adolescent and maternal HIV care.
Megan Dinnebeil, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Megan joined Children’s Hospital Colorado and the CHIP team in June of 2015 and provides psychosocial support and case management for HIV positive pregnant women and their newborns. Megan additionally coordinates the Healthy Options for the Parenting Experience (HOPE) Program, which takes a multidisciplinary team approach to providing preconception counseling and assisting couples, where one or both partners are infected with HIV, achieve pregnancy and significantly reduce the risk of transmission. She also organizes the CHIP Child Birth Class for pregnant women and their partners. Megan received her Bachelor of Human Services with an emphasis in High Risk Youth Studies in December of 2008 from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare in June of 2011 from the University of Denver. Megan received her Clinical Social Work License in July of 2013. Megan was previously an intern with the Kempe Center Therapeutic Preschool and Kempe Center Child Trauma Clinic and worked as a social worker with Arapahoe County Child Protective Services as well as with a Guardian ad Litem’s office. Megan is passionate about supporting pregnant women and their partners in their journey of pregnancy and parenthood and promoting the empowerment of women living with HIV.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Jenn has been with the CHIP program for 5 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner in both the Perinatal and Pregnancy Programs and occasionally works with our youth as well. She has also been very involved in our adolescent girls groups. Jenn speaks Spanish and loves working with our Spanish speaking families.
Jenny Englund, BS
Jenny has worked with the research team at CHIP since 2012 as the Compliance Coordinator. She works closely with the institutional review boards and other regulatory entities that oversee the clinical research studies we do here at CHIP.
Senior Database Developer
Phil has been part of CHIP since 2003. He works as our Database Developer/IT Specialist. Phil makes it possible for us to track and report on our program data for grants and research studies, and provides other information technology assistance as needed, all with a goal of keeping our funders happy and our operations running smoothly.
Alisa Katai, MHA
Senior Professional Research Assistant
Alisa has been working with CHIP as a senior research assistant since September 2009. Alisa holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Washington, and has worked in community and public health research, administration, and program development for over 20 years, most of it in a variety of domestic and international HIV/AIDS/STI clinical trials and prevention and provider training projects. At CHIP Alisa works with all three research networks that provide treatment, observational and prevention research programs to our patients and families at CHIP. Alisa’s work currently focuses primarily on staff and protocol regulatory management, billing, and quality assurance.
Kay is a Family Nurse Practitioner and joined CHIP in 1999 and served as Pregnancy Coordinator until 2009, and then as Clinical Manager for CHIP. Kay has had more than 30 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including work in adult and newborn ICU’s, ER’s, helicopters, planes, and homeless clinics. In addition to her role as a manager, she still follows a small caseload of patients. Kay obtained both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing from the University of Colorado and is a Denver native.
Carrie Knowlton, RN, MPH
Carrie Knowlton joined CHIP in 2017 and works on our HIV prevention research project HPTN 083. Prior to joining CHIP, Carrie’s nursing experience has primarily been in maternal-child health as a nurse home visitor to high-risk pregnant women and as a OBGYN clinical case manager. Carrie also spent a year with the Global Health Service Partnership, serving as a clinical instructor to Midwifery students at Lira University College in Northern Uganda. She first became interested in nursing and passionate about public health while working with traditional birth attendants as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal from 1999-2001. Carrie is enjoying working in research and expanding her skills and knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment.
Christine Kwon, BS
Christine joined the research team at CHIP in 2014 as a research support assistant and is currently a research coordinator. She provided support in data entry, quality control, data storage, event coordination and administrative tasks for the research team. She now focuses on longitudinal studies within the PHACS network and treatment studies from industrial organizations. She earned her degree in biological sciences from the University of Denver. She enjoys applying her skills to projects that expand health frontiers and working with the dynamic integrated care team here at CHIP.
Dr. Levin works primarily in the Perinatal Program at CHIP, where he is Associate Director. He is the founding physician of CHIP. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1964. He completed residency training in medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, in 1966 and infectious diseases fellowship training at Harvard Medical School in 1971. Dr. Levin was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for over ten years, as well as Chief of the Division of Clinical Microbiology at the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, before joining the faculty of the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and The Children’s Colorado Hospital in 1982. He has served in numerous capacities since, including Section Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, from 1982 to 2001, and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children’s Hospital, from 1991 to 2001. His current research focuses on vaccine strategies for people of all ages.
Robin McEvoy, PhD
Robin has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and fellowship study in neuropsychology. She is the CHIP team neuropsychologist and has been with CHIP since 1992. Her role at CHIP is the collection of different kinds of research data about a child’s development. This includes data about memory, thinking skills, language skills, academic skills, ability to be independent and general emotional health. This data is used with to evaluate how well the different treatment approaches are working. When she is not at CHIP, she has a private practice where she assesses a broad range of neuropsychological and developmental needs in children and some adults.
Dr. McFarland has been with CHIP since 1992. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1985. She completed pediatric residency training and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Dr. McFarland joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics and The Children’s Hospital in 1991. She is the Director of The Children’s Hospital HIV Program and the Infectious Diseases Clinic Medical Director.
Jennifer Moor, LCSW/MPH
Jen has been with CHIP since October of 2001. She is the Prevention Coordinator for the Southern Colorado Health Collaborative (SCHC). SCHC provides enhanced HIV and HCV testing and support throughout 22 rural Southern Colorado counties.
Moises Munoz, BA
Community HIV Prevention Coordinator
Moises joined the CHIP Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado in July of 2013. As the Community HIV Prevention Coordinator, Moises organizes and co-chairs Connect to Protect Denver which is a coalition of community stakeholders working together to reduce HIV among Young Gay and Bisexual Men through community driven structural change. Connect to Protect Denver coalition members are making changes to policies, programs and practices to broaden access to education, housing and healthcare for young people in Colorado. In addition to Connect to Protect Denver, Moises is involved in a variety of coalitions and community events related to HIV prevention and youth empowerment.
Kacey is a Family Nurse Practitioner providing care to HIV + clients through CHIP. Kacey started working with CHIP in April of 2014. She graduated from Creighton University with her undergraduate degree in 2011 and graduate degree in 2014. Kacey was born in Colorado but after attending school in Nebraska she moved to Wyoming to provide care at a health department for an at risk population. Kacey then moved back to Colorado and worked for a gastrointestinal practice before starting at CHIP. Kacey loves working with all of the patients seen at CHIP.
Suzanne has been with CHIP since May 2001. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and works primarily with our Perinatal Patients. Suzanne’s caseload includes youth, adolescents, adoptee families and pregnant women. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Nursing from Emory University. She speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys working closely with the research team on protocols.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Faculty, University of Colorado School of Medicine,
Dept. of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease
Kim is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner providing care to HIV + youth with the CHIP Youth Team. Kim graduated from CU Boulder in 1986 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, then returned to school in 2004 at CU Denver and graduated with BS in Nursing in 2004, a Master’s as a PNP in 2006 and in 2009 she earned her doctorate (Doctor of Nursing Practice). Kim is a Boulder native and spent many years growing up overseas as a “foreign service brat” in Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kim ran a school based health center at Adams City HS for 3 years and worked at Lowry Pediatrics prior to joining CHIP. Kim has always had a particular interest in working with at-risk youth and LGBT populations.
Megan Haas, MPA
Administrative Service Coordinator
Megan joined the CHIP team in August of 2016. She grew up in California and attended California State University Bakersfield where completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Administration. Megan supports the administration functions of the CHIP team and enjoys helping staff and patients any way she can.
Dan Reirden, MD
Assistant Director of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, CHIP Youth Clinic
Daniel H. Reirden, M.D., is an Attending Physician in the Sections of Adolescent Medicine and Infectious Disease at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Reirden received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Fordham University and his M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Reirden completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program at the University of Connecticut and then pursued fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Reirden is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Adolescent Medicine. He is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital Youth and Young Adult HIV program. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Adolescent Trials Network at the University of Colorado, one of 14 sites in the nation that is focused on conducting research in primary and secondary prevention, therapeutic interventions and complications of HIV in youth between the ages of 12 and 25. Dr. Reirden is currently providing medical care to gender non-conforming and transgender children and youth from all over the Rocky Mountain Region. Dr. Reirden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Member of the American College of Physicians, a Member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and a credentialed HIV Specialist and member of The American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Jessie Robinson, MS
Jessie joined the CHIP team in 2011 as the Clinical Research Manager. She grew up as a military “brat”, moving every few years. She landed in Arizona where she fell in love with research and completed her B.S. and M.S. in molecular biology. She has spent the last 15 years in research management, with the last 7 years focused on clinical pediatric research. She is thrilled to have ultimately landed at CHIP, where her passion of bringing more knowledge to the world of HIV prevention and care is shared across an incredibly dedicated team.
Clinical Social Worker
Sara has worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Clinical Social Worker for the past 9 years, and joined the CHIP team in May 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from the University of Washington, her Masters of Social Worker at University of Denver, and has practiced social work for over 20 years locally. Sara provides psychosocial support, crisis intervention, adherence reinforcement, solution focused treatment planning and case management in the CYP for adolescents and young adults who are living with HIV.
Clinical Social Worker
Lora has worked with the CHIP Program at the Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Clinical Social Worker for 11 years. She provides case management and psychosocial support primarily for pediatric patients who are born with HIV, ages 3-24 years old. Lora plans and coordinates support and social events, help patients access resources and mental health services in the community and assists with insurance, transportation and other basic needs issues. She provides HIV education and adherence support as well as crisis counseling. Recently, she has focused much of her work on our internationally adopted population.
Latashia Warren, MPH, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Latashia (referred to as Tashia) joined the CHIP team in June 2015. She works with the CHIP Youth Project (CYP), providing case management and psychosocial support to assist youth and young adults, living with HIV, reduce barriers to accessing medical care and maintain medical adherence. Tashia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; her Master of Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC; and her Master of Public Health from the University of Colorado, Denver. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tashia has worked, for over thirteen years, in various arenas, providing clinical, behavioral health and counseling services to individuals and families. As a public health professional, Tashia’s focus is health equity, determinants of health, health literacy and access to quality health care for all. She enjoys working with the CYP educating and empowering young people to take charge of their health and their health decisions.
Adriana Weinberg. MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Pathology
Director, Molecular and Virology Clinical Laboratories
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Dr. Weinberg oversees the medical care of the HIV-infected pregnant women in the CHIP Perinatal Transmission Prevention Program. Dr. Weinberg also provides pre-conception counseling to HIV-affected couples through the HOPE program. She started working with CHIP in 1993 and participated in the organization of the HOPE program in 2003. Dr. Weinberg completed her medical degree and residency training at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil, in 1980 and 1984, respectively. In 1987, she completed her fellowship in infectious diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Weinberg joined the faculty of the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1991. She is currently a tenured professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also the Medical Director of the Clinical Molecular and Virology Laboratories at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Weinberg has a strong research interest in HIV infection and is part of the leadership of the International Maternal, Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) and of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Network (ACTG).
Erin Williams, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Erin started as a social work Intern with CHIP in 2009 and officially became part of the clinical social work team the following year. Erin works with refugee families, and youth and young adults in both the CHIP Youth Project (CYP) and the perinatal program within CHIP. Erin supports clients with resources to reduce barriers to their medical care. Erin’s interest in working in HIV started with her experiences as the social worker at the Rainbow House Child Care Center, which provided respite for families infected or affected by HIV.