Chapter Regions, Region & Student Representatives

Region Representatives


Boulder/Broomfield: David Elliot, MSW, LCSW (he/him)

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 (she/her)

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: Pheonix Rising, MSW, LSW (she/they)

pheonix@theartofselfhealing.org

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Phoenix has been dedicated to helping those in need for over fifteen years serving in non-profits, education, private practice, and the criminal justice system. She gained her MSW from New York University in 2011 and has had a hand in both micro and macro work throughout her career. She is a member of the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities, and is well trained in racial diversity, equity, and social justice. She has coordinated dozens of community-building events, has been involved in local and national advocacy work, and has previously held several leadership positions. Phoenix looks forward to representing the Denver area Social Workers and building a stronger professional community.




Mountain: Vacant -- interested parties please contact Chapter Executive Director Leanne Rupp, LCSW at lrupp.naswco@socialworkers.org for more information

Northeast: Danielle Willis, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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 inner workings 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 (she/her)

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 

beccaheathmsw@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: Vacant -- interested parties please contact Chapter Executive Director Leanne Rupp, LCSW at lrupp.naswco@socialworkers.org for more information


Student Representatives


Graduate Student Rep: Emmanuel Martinez (he/him)

emmanuel.martinez@du.edu

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My name is Emmanuel Martinez and I’m currently completing my first year of the MSW program at the University of Denver with a focus on mental health. I’ve spent most of my career facilitating family reunification efforts for victims of human trafficking and managing programs that provide humanitarian assistance to children, families, and vulnerable migrants in the U.S., the Northern Triangle of Central America, the Caribbean, and the Horn of Africa. My passion has been advancing the rights of LGBTQIA persons and incorporating psychosocial interventions in complex humanitarian settings. As a graduate student rep, I hope to continue the important work NASW-CO is doing to advance equity through its anti-racism, diversity, and lobbying efforts, as well as represent the interests of social workers and social work students throughout the state. When I’m not in class or at my internship, I spend my time with my husband Josh and our two dogs, Milo and Bear, in one of Colorado’s many gorgeous campsites or hiking trails.


Undergraduate Student Rep: Shiloh Dailey (they/them)

Shiloh.dailey@colostate.edu

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I am a BSW student at Colorado State University (CSU), where I am involved in the Social Work in Action (SWA) student run organization as Media Coordinator and in-coming President for the 2021-2022 school year. My previous volunteer work has included acting as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in the Boulder County Family Court System, and I have also worked in in-home personal care with at-risk older adults. I hold passions for social liberation and creating equity at all levels of society by dismantling systems of oppression. In my spare time I enjoy adventuring with my partners and two children. My identities as a disabled, queer, non-traditional student influence my desire to help build equity for students from diverse backgrounds in our Colorado BSW programs.




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.