Board and Staff

Meet Our Team

Darya Shahgheibi (she/her or they/them)
Executive Director

Darya Shahgheibi is a passionate and long-standing advocate for health equity, community healing, transformative justice, social change, and LGBTQIA2S+ rights.

They have experience working in nonprofit management and administration, community organizing, advocacy, and fundraising. Prior to her position at GCAP, Darya was employed at Champaign Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) where she acted as a Case Manager/Counselor for folks living with HIV/AIDS. Darya’s prior employment also includes roles such as Programming Director, Research Coordinator, and Family Advocate.

Darya is actively involved in Board/Committee work and serves on the Independent Media Center Board of Directors and the National Foster Parent LGBTQ Committee. She has also previously served on the Urbana School District LGBTQ Task Force, Carle Hospital LGBTQ Committee, and Visit Champaign County DEI Committee.

When not working, Darya enjoys spending time with her daughter, painting, hiking, and connecting with her family in Iran.

Virginia Leach (she/her)
Humanities Without Walls Intern

Virginia is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UIUC. Her research interests include intersectionality, disparities in health, and health equity. Her work serves to highlight the injustices in the cancer care continuum.

During her GCAP internship, Virginia will focus on identifying and addressing barriers to care within our program, with the goal of furthering health equity in East Central Illinois. She will also utilize a SMART goals framework to develop an inclusive outreach plan for the organization.

Join Our Team! 
We are currently hiring for a Client Advocate/Case Manager

To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Georgia King, Board President/ Board Chair
Sandra Darby, Vice President
Amanda Bell, Treasurer
Laura Koritz, Secretary
Ruthie Harper, Member at Large
Morene Christman, Member at Large

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