Chapter Regions, Region & Student Representatives

Region Representatives

Boulder/Broomfield: David Elliot


David Elliot is a Licensed 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 two years, David has been an in-home therapist for children, adolescents, and families. 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 - Metro: Amanda Chaney


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 - Metro: Melinda Harriman


Melinda is in private practice in Littleton, Colorado. She specializes in Child Welfare, adolescents, and occupational social work. She is very excited to represent Denver as her home region and to provide her region with gatherings and opportunities network, learn and socialize.

Mountain: Angela VanSchoick


Angie VanSchoick is the Court Administrator for the Town of 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. In 2007, she received her Master's 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. 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 her husband and her daughter, biking, hiking, and all other wonders of the outdoors.

Northeast: Danielle Willis


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 (6), Penelope (3) and Dax (3).

Southeast: Shannon Harrison


Shannon Harrison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a PhD in Social Work. She has served for three decades in acute care mental health settings, working as a psychotherapist for military and civilian children and their families. Shannon first worked as a school social worker, followed by ten years of private practice. She then worked as a psychotherapist at Ft. Carson’s Warrior Transition Unit, followed by six years at Evans Army Hospital’s Child and Family Behavioral Health System. Her experience has inspired her to focus her clinical research in the area of suicide prevention for youth and adolescents. Shannon is accredited from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) as a School Suicide Prevention Specialist. This accreditation enables her to provide evidence based suicide prevention training to school districts across the nation. 

Shannon sits on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, is a Certified Advanced-Child, Youth and Family Social Worker, and is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

She recently started her new private practice, “Evidence Based Solutions.” Her trainings for schools, staff of non-profits and faith based youth groups empower participants to interact confidently with youth, detect high risk behaviors, and act in an informed manner. She provides consultation, and safety oriented talks and presentations for any youth oriented organization. Her practice also includes child and family play therapy.

Southeast: Brianna Meehan


Brianna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. she received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Loyola University new Orleans. She is also a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She was born and raised in the Denver area and has lived and worked with a variety of populations in four other states. She returned to Colorado in 2013 and settled in Pueblo in 2014. She currently works at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo in the Forensic Community Based Services department, helping patients who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity reintegrate in to the greater community. Brianna also worked for a state hospital in California and has worked in mental health programs in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. Brianna is also an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University, where she teaches counseling classes. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, golfing, and singing with the Pueblo Choral Society.

Southwest: Donna Descoteaux


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: Taylor McNeely


I am a Licensed Social Worker in Durango. My social work career began in child welfare doing intake assessments. I now work as a therapist in a school-based day treatment program for at-risk teens, The Summit Program at Big Picture High School. I have a private practice and primarily see infants, kids, teens, and their families. I am earning my hours towards my clinical license, RPT, and infant mental health endorsement. I participate in a legislative health care committee, a workgroup developing a housing program for homeless youth, and recently joined the NASW Ethics Committee.

Western: Amiessa Jutten


Amiessa Jutten is a licensed Clinical Social Worker living in wonderful Western Colorado. She is currently the Bereavement Coordinator for HopeWest in Montrose and Ouray counties, where she provides individual grief counseling, grief support groups, and community education. She also assists the agency's medical social work team to support hospice patients and their families in living each day with the best quality possible. Amiessa completed her M.S.W. at Colorado State University in 2012, and her B.A. in Psychology at Colorado Mesa University in 2009.In addition to following her passion to work in the field of death and dying, 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 infiniteI She appreciates spending time with her three children - daughter Zhado is pursuing her B.S.W. at Colorado State University, son Zhaman is pursuing his B.A. in Psychology at University of Colorado, and 13-year-old son Andrew keeps Amiessa on her toes at home.

Student Representatives

Graduate Student Rep: Elise Heyen


Elise is currently pursuing her MSW at MSU Denver. She is passionate about justice for immigrants and refugees, the intersection of social work and the criminal justice system, and advocacy. Elise has extensive experience volunteering internationally in developing countries, working in refugee resettlement, and working with marginalized, low-income youth in urban settings. She hopes to be a lifelong bridge builder and door holder for people different from her.

Undergraduate Student Rep: Carmelita Bryant


Hello my name is carmelita bryant and I am very excited that I have been chosen to be the NASW undergraduate representative. A bit about me, I am a student at MSU Denver in the BSW social work program and love it. I am a mother of 2 children. I enjoy gardening and going to museums during my free time. Upon graduation, I plan on applying to a masters program with hopes of possibly pursuing a PhD in social work.

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.