Chapter Regions, Region & Student Representatives

Region Representatives

Boulder/Broomfield: David Elliot, MSW, LCSW


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 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, MSW, LCSW


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: Jennifer Peck, MSW, LSW


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 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 a 2 year term with the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and 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


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: Shannon Harrison, PhD, LCSW


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: Julie Mueller, MSW, LCSW

Southwest: Donna Descoteaux, MSSW, LCSW


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.


Additional Southwest CO Board Rep - TBA

Western: Amiessa Jutten, MSW, LCSW


Amiessa 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 welfare, suicide prevention, and community change.  She is currently transitioning from the non-profit world into her own practice, and she continues to be an advocate for positive change and social equity 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 recently graduated with her B.S.W. from Colorado State University, son Zhaman is pursuing his B.A. in Psychology at University of Colorado, and 14-year-old son Andrew keeps Amiessa on her toes at home.

 Student Representatives

Graduate Student Rep: Rebecca Heath


I am not just a student. 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 recently testified remotely on behalf of myself and the NASW Colorado Chapter for HB 19-1120. I am 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.

Undergraduate Student Rep: Anissa Miracle


I am a BSW student at Colorado Mesa University, getting ready to close out my Junior year. I'm passionate about advocating for those pursuing their BSW; working to provide growth through networking, helping to provide support and assisting in the overall strength of membership are responsibilities I'm impassioned to pursue. I am an Air Force Veteran that worked in military mental health as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I have 10 years of combined experience working in the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of outreach, prevention, and treatment services to military members and their families. Since my transition out of the Air Force, I have been pursing my BSW with the goal of completing my MSW and becoming an LCSW. My previous work history and education, as well as my continued volunteer work within the Colorado Mesa University Social Work Club and in my church, make me a perfect candidate for this position. I have been, and continue to be, a very active volunteer with many of our local vulnerable populations; working within the constraints of homelessness and poverty has emboldened me to think outside the box for real, workable plans, possibilities and solutions. I believe that serving on the NASW-CO Board of Directors will expand my experiences of working within the social work community at a Macro level and allow me the opportunity to give back to my fellow students.

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.