Chapter Board of Directors

Current Board Officers

Featured below are the current NASWCO Chapter Board Officers.  You may find information on additional board members at Region/Student Representatives and Committee Chairs.

To reach a Board Officer please contact the Chapter Office via the Contact Us form on this website.


President  (2022 - 2024)

Saira Malhotra, MSW, LCSW (she/they)

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Saira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with their own psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO. She obtained her Bachelor's degree at Boston University, where she explored her interests in systems and mental health through research and direct service. This work motivated her to pursue training as a psychotherapist through a Master's degree in social work. She has since trained and practiced with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, in a variety of settings throughout the Greater Denver Area. She is also co-leading a study about the decolonization lens for psychotherapy.

While she enjoyed her work as a researcher and psychotherapist, Saira was yearning for a meaningful way to address the impact of systems on clients' lives. Clinical training had always seemed overwhelmed by this topic, and rarely offered a space for collaboration and guidance. Saira's desire became even more pressing throughout 2020 and 2021, during which systemic failures were intensifying. She began challenging systemic narratives with her clients, which opened up possibilities for healing she had not thought possible thus far in her career. By interacting with systems in clients' lives, she began to develop insights relevant for addressing the country's ongoing mental health crisis.

Saira ultimately hopes to apply these insights through a position as NASW CO's Board President. Her ultimate goal is to create a platform for social workers to contribute to public discourse about the impact of systemic failures on our collective well-being. They also intend to specifically advocate for social workers' needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.

President Elect (2023 - 2024)

Amanda Baranski, DSW, LCSW (she/her)

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Dr. Baranski has been a social worker for over 12 years, practicing in Colorado for 11 of those years. She has worked in the micro, mezzo, and macro realms as a medical social worker, private practitioner, social work educator, and NASW-CO member.  Dr. Baranski is passionate about NASW-CO and has been involved with the Chapter in various capacities for the last ten years. She has served as a Denver Region Representative, Board Vice President, and for the past three years, a Co-Chair of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. In this role, Dr. Baranski has promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion within the NASW Colorado Chapter by bringing people together, targeting Colorado social workers’ specific needs, and most recently, acting to create an open educational resource for Colorado social workers to bring to their places of employment (coming soon!). Dr. Baranski is committed to continuing this critical work as President Elect and eventually, as Board President. Social workers are essential to the fabric of our community(ies), and Dr. Baranski is committed to advocating for our rights and interests. She will ensure that social workers have the resources and support to do their jobs safely and effectively. 

Vice President (2022 - 2024)

Danielle Willis, MSW, LCSW, LAC (she/her)

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Danielle Willis (she/her), MSW, LCSW, LAC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor. Danielle is currently on faculty at Colorado State University’s School of Social Work program as a Senior Instructor within the department and she previously earned her MSW from Colorado State University. She has a background working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, chronic illness and addictions, and has also worked in school social work settings. Willis’ teaching is infused with inclusive and socially just ways to address addictions, groups, and practice. In addition to being a full-time member of faculty, she has a private practice focused on clinical supervision, resilience, and addictions treatment. Danielle has served as the Northern Region Representative for NASW Colorado’s Board of Directors for the last 4 years and is excited about the possibility of continuing her Board service in the role of VP. She believes in serving her community and is currently supporting the Inclusive Health Collaboration to ensure access to care for those who are unstably housed. Willis received the CSU College of Health and Human Services Non-Tenure Track Early Career Teaching Award for 2019. She has had the opportunity to share her addictions work through many presentations at Colorado State and the larger community level, and she looks forward to serving the Colorado social work community as Vice President of the NASW-CO Board of Directors.

Secretary (2023 - 2025)

Jae McQueen, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

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Jae has been a member of NASW for over 25 years, previously serving as Secretary and President for the Colorado Chapter. In her experience, Jae has participated in the NASW Modernization Task Force and continues to follow the Association’s growth and change. It is important to Jae that we question the way things have “always been done” and challenge ourselves to find new ways of advocating with communities and for our profession. Jae’s social work experience includes working in child welfare, juvenile justice, K-12 education and higher education. She spent the first eight years of her career at Savio, then worked at Denver Public Schools as a Child Protection School Social Worker for five years, and then moved to the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for nine years as a Clinical faculty member. Most recently, Jae returned to direct practice as a school social worker and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Mental Health in Cherry Creek Schools. In all of these positions, Jae has centered equity and disruption of systemic disproportionalities. 

As Secretary, Jae values the chance to engage the voices of social workers across the state of Colorado. She believes NASW’s role is multi-faceted; ranging from professional development to support practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels to advocating for systems change at the local, state and national levels.

About the NASW-CO Chapter Board

The Board of Directors is made up of Chapter members who are voted into position by their fellow members.  Chapter elections take place annually, although only part of the Board is replaced each year.

Board positions include the Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and every other year a President-Elect. The Board also includes Region Representatives. In addition, Committee Chairs are also involved in the Board as non-voting members.

See a listing of job descriptions for each of the Board positions.

View the Colorado Chapter Charter, which replaced the By Laws in July 2016.