Chapter Regions, Region & Student Representatives

Region Representatives


Boulder/Broomfield: David Elliot, MSW, LCSW

elliotdl@vcu.edu

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David Elliot is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained his Master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has experience working with at-risk youth, serious mental illness, developmentally disabled, homeless, and in-crisis populations. For the past couple years, David has been an in-home therapist for children, adolescents, and families. David is a therapist at Happy Homes Counseling and Griffith Centers for Children. He loves the outdoors and often snowboards, hikes, jogs, and plays disc golf. He also has a passion for indoor activities including cooking, playing drums, and maintaining his coral reef and fish tank. Having a growth-oriented mindset, David seeks to support his community both as a therapist and a member of NASW. His goal is to gather feedback from peers and translate this into meaningful and effective tools for the enhancement of social workers and the populations they serve.



Denver Co-Rep: Amanda Chaney, MSW, LCSW

ajchaney2@gmail.com

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Amanda J Chaney, MSW, LCSW is a therapist who works with clients ages pre-teen to senior at her private practice in Littleton, CO. She specializes in working with adolescent girls and women on issues such as life transitions and depression. Amanda received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993, Magna cum Laude in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree in 1999 from the University of Denver. Prior to expanding her private practice, she worked with Lutheran Family Services foster care program and Mental Health Colorado and Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (Colorado Crisis Line) on issues such as reducing mental health stigma, improving access to mental health care and suicide prevention. Amanda would like to join NASW as the Region Rep for the Denver area in order to return to her social work roots and continue to advocate for improved mental health for all Coloradans, regardless of their economic resources.

Denver Co-Rep: Jennifer Peck, MSW, LSW

jfpeck@gmail.com

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I graduated last May with my MSW for Boston University and received my LSW in December. My passion is clinical practice, and I currently work in corrections doing mental health therapy. I had the honor of serving on the NASW National board as the graduate student representative for three years, and am excited to be more connected in our home area! During school I was fortunate enough to work with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in their Stout Street Health Center; an integrated care center serving the homeless and financially challenged population of Denver. The need for services is so great in our area and I'm looking forward to working toward policy changes for better access to housing, mental health care, and others that will positively affect all our clients. I'm also interested in working to bring all the different areas of social work professionals together so we can collectively raise the public awareness and opinion of all we do as social workers.


Mountain: Angela VanSchoick, MSW

angie.vanschoick@gmail.com

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Angie VanSchoick is the Court Administrator for the Breckenridge Municipal Court. While not performing a typical social work role, she has seen first hand the applicability of her social work degree in her work. She received her Masters of Social Work in 2007 from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Policy and Evaluation and as additional focus in Community and Social Systems-education that well prepared her for her current role. Additionally, she is serving another 3 year term to serve on the National Association for Court Management (NACM) Board and is the Co-Treasurer for the Colorado Association for Municipal Court Administration (CAMCA). She is assisting in the development of a national agenda for mental health management in the courts. Her dedication to personal and professional development prompted her to become the NASWCO Mountain Region Rep in hopes to connect to those who assist in all facets of social work. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter, Megan (4), biking, hiking, and enjoying all the other wonders of the outdoors.

Northeast: Danielle Willis, MSW, LCSW

dgc_27@hotmail.com

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Danielle Willis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor in Northern Colorado. Her social work career began by working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, she is a full-time faculty at Colorado State University. She feels that supporting the next generation of social workers is our duty and privilege as social workers. She has a private practice where she focuses on grief and loss, chronic illnesses, HIV, addictions and clinical supervision. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and three kids; Trey (8), Penelope (4) and Dax (4).








Southeast Co-Rep/CO Springs Area: Sylvia Schyberg, MSW, LCSW

sylvialcsw@gmail.com

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Creating a short bio is not as easy as it sounds, even though I usually get straight to the point. There are many layers to who I am. In regards to NASW, I have wanted to get involved since I was a student. Then life got busy, and being a lone wolf, networking went onto the backburner. I now value the idea of networking and would love to connect locally, may it be for knowing who to refer to or advocating for social justice with like-minded people, or learning from each other. Personally, I love music, learning, the outdoors, animals, reading, swimming, and so much more. I grew up in Germany and moved to the US after marrying a service member. We have three children, two of which are adopted, and currently have two dogs and two cats. My schooling started in Washington State (Certificate in Social Service/Mental Health), and continued in Alabama (BSW from Auburn University and MSW from the University of Alabama). At Denver University I received my Certificate in Animal and Human Health Connection, and am currently working on my certificate in Internal Family Systems (IFS). I also study a variety of other non-traditional and complementary approaches. Professionally, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice, specializing in working with children and youth, families, and individuals, especially military families and spouses. Over 18 years of experience in the mental health field include foster care, adoption and attachment issues, cultural difficulties, military life issues, child development, behavior and emotional problems, parenting, trauma, as well as the gifted community and their specialized concerns. I have presented at conferences and general audiences and am a supervisor for LCSW candidates. I like to integrate complementary methodologies and techniques and the idea of empowering every person I come in contact with.

Southeast Co-Rep, Pueblo Area: Julie Mueller, MSW, LCSW

jmueller@craneco.com

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Julie Mueller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with an MSW in Social Work. She has served on collaborations to address domestic violence needs in child protection and human trafficking issues. Julie first worked as a child protection caseworker for almost five years followed by eighteen years as a child protection intake supervisor. During her child protection career, she provided internship supervision to many BSW and MSW candidates as well as clinical individual and group supervision to staff seeking their LCSW. She provided training on the innerworkings of child protection and how it related to issues such as domestic violence. Julie was a member and later co-chair for the employee sponsored fundraising committee to serve clients’ needs not met by other funding sources. She has since worked as a fund advisor for a private trust that grants financial assistance to former employees of Crane Co.  She provides occasional social work case management in a rural hospital on a PRN basis. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as reading, camping, hiking, and kayaking.

Southwest Co-Rep, San Luis Valley Area: Donna Descoteaux, MSSW, LCSW

donna8@centurytel.net

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Donna Descoteaux, LCSW received her MSSW and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is in private practice providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families.  She works with clients on issues including depression, anxiety, childhood abuse and neglect, grief and loss, end of life issues, PTSD, and psychological effects of physical illness.  She has a special interest in family therapy dealing with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury and chronic and terminal illnesses. She is also the Medical Social Worker for At Home Healthcare in Alamosa, CO, where she enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team.  She is co-producer of The Living Well Show, a national radio show focused on health. Volunteer work includes many years on the Costilla County Library Board and work with animal rescue. As a member of NASW Texas, she was privileged to work with state and national leadership to help pass legislation for licensure of Social Workers in Texas. She has lived in the San Luis Valley since 1999.

Southwest Co-Rep, Four Corners Area - Rebbeca Heath, MSW

rebeccaannheath@gmail.com

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I am someone who has faced chronic health problems and the healthcare system most of my life. I have struggled, given up, and pulled myself back to reality. I am passionate about advocating and helping those who have struggled with chronic health issues. I know what it’s like to experience ableism, gaps in the healthcare system, and my own self doubt. My experience dealing with chronic health issues and the healthcare system gives me a unique personal perspective beyond my professional perspective. I testified remotely on behalf of myself and the NASW Colorado Chapter for HB 19-1120. I was a Graduate School Association Representative for the Four Corners MSW program. I am an advocator, supporter and learner. I have a lot of life ahead of me and I am eager to experience it.

 


Western: Amiessa Jutten, MSW, LCSW

amiessadawn@gmail.com

amiessa_juttenAmiessa Jutten is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in wonderful Western Colorado. Amiessa completed her M.S.W. at Colorado State University in 2012, and her B.A. in Psychology at Colorado Mesa University in 2009. Amiessa has worked in various social work areas, including hospice, child protection, suicide prevention, and community change. She is currently a private practice therapist, and she continues to be an advocate for positive change and social justice in her community, state, and world. Amiessa also enjoys experiencing life. She enjoys traveling and mindfully exploring the world, along with finding peace and stillness in her own backyard in the beautiful San Juan Mountains wilderness. The sunsets are amazing and the stars are infinite. She appreciates spending time with her three children - daughter Zhado uses her BSW as a primary case manager, son Zhaman recently graduated with his B.A. in Psychology at University of Colorado, and 15- year-old son Andrew keeps Amiessa on her toes at home.

 Student Representatives


Graduate Student Rep: Shaunna Kimble

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I’d like to take a quick second to introduce myself, my name is Shaunna Kimble and I am a 41-year-old wife to an amazing husband and mom to two of the coolest kids ever! I am about to start my Master’s program in Social Work and I am so excited to finally reach this new point in my life. I am very interested in serving on this Board because I know how important it is to have someone who is ready to help make changes and be part of opening new doors in the world of social work. I have overcome so much to be where I am today and I have done it for myself and to show my family that you can do anything you set your mind to if you are just willing to put up a good fight. I want to be a part of the changes that are taking place in this profession so that I can say I did more than just sit back and watch the world change around me. I know how important it is to have a social worker at your side and I want to make sure that I can be that source of strength for those who need me the most. I would be honored to serve as part of this board and will make sure that I always have the best interest of all social workers in mind. I will never stop trying to be better than I was yesterday and this platform would allow me to take a whole new journey into the other side of this amazing serving profession. Thank You so much for considering me and I look forward to be able to take this next step together.


Undergraduate Student Rep: Taya Hancock

tayawh@gmail.com

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Taya Hancock (pronouns she, her, hers) is from Pueblo, Co and graduated from Centennial High School in 2018. Taya is now a 3rd year Social Work major with a minor in Ethnic Studies and is on track to graduate in May 2022 at Colorado State University- Fort Collins. She is also studying American Sign Language which she hopes to be able to implement into her social work. After college, she plans to pursue her Master’s in Social Work. 

I want to be a student representative because I believe it would allow me to gain experiences working with the social work community, create connections, and better prepare me for postgrad. Currently, I work as an Inclusive Community Assistant in Corbett Hall at Colorado State University. This position has granted me experience in program planning and creating inclusive environments that allow students to feel comfortable on campus. I believe that from what I have learned in this position it makes me a great candidate for this role. I plan to incorporate what I do as an Inclusive Community Assistant into this role and make sure the interests of BSW students are met. This past year I volunteered as a mentor in the Black/African American Cultural Center at CSU for their student mentoring program called GPS. The goal of GPS is to help students affirm their Blackness while developing a sense of who they are. From my involvement in GPS, I believe I can be a great support for students of color. In addition, by using my personal experiences I can raise awareness of the experiences students of color have in higher education. As a student representative, I want to be able to amplify the voices of other BSW students and be an advocate for them. I hope that within this role I can build on my leadership and communication skills as well.




What & Where are the Regions?


The NASW Colorado Chapter is divided into seven geographical Regions. Here are the counties in each Region:

Boulder/Broomfield - Boulder, Broomfield 

Denver-Metro - Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson

Mountain - Chaffee, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Park, Pitkin, Routt, Summit

Northeast - Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Weld, Yuma, Washington

Southeast - Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Teller

Southwest - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Dolores, Huerfano, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan

Western - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Ouray

All members of Colorado NASW are assigned to one region, based on the address provided to National NASW.

Regions are represented by one or two Region Representatives, who are voting members of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter.  Each region has one or two Representative(s)/Vote(s) on the Board through their elected representative(s). Region Representatives also host member gatherings, which may include Continuing Ed credits and networking. To see a schedule of Region Meetings view the Community Calendar.