Denise has worked in health and human services field for over 28 years. Since 1987, she has been devoted to seeking solutions in the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS movement. Her experience extends from front-line crisis worker to ministerial advisor. Denise was elected the Vice Chairperson of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network in June 2011.
She is a member of the Leading Together Championing Committee, currently updating the Federal Initiative on HIV/AIDS in Canada. Denise is focused on improving accountability, evaluation techniques, and intervention research within the Indigenous community. Working within the Full Circle project group, Denise has developed an evaluation framework that reflects the values and experience of Indigenous peoples. What this means is that she is striving for a system of issue identification that recognizes cultural perspectives.