Chapter Team

Executive Director

Leanne Rupp, MSW, LCSW (she/her/hers) - Contact: 

Leanne Rupp637534973171996129Leanne Rupp, MSW, LCSW joins NASW Colorado as the new Chapter Executive Director after a 15-year career as a clinical social worker in integrated healthcare settings in the Denver-metro area, most recently working as a Behavioral Health Site Manager and Provider at a local FQHC community health center organization. She is a passionate advocate for social workers and the populations they serve, focusing much of her time and effort over the last few years on improving the Mental Health Practice Act in Colorado and the licensure process in Colorado. She has been an active member of NASW since 2006 and has served in volunteer leadership positions with NASW's Colorado Chapter for many years, most recently as the Chair of NASWCO's 2020 Sunset Committee, and previously serving as NASWCO Board President (2016-2018) and NASWCO Legislative Committee Chair (2011-2016). Leanne earned her MSW in 2006 from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work with a focus on clinical practice, and her BSW in 2005 from the University of Alabama. She lives in Golden, CO with her husband, 2 young children, large rescue pup & small rescue cat, where she enjoys spending her free time in the nearby foothills on adventures with her family.

Administrative Coordinator (contractor)

Elizabeth Conover (she/her/hers) - Contact:



Felicidad (Feliz) Fraser (she/her/hers) - Contact:


Felicidad (Feliz) Fraser, is a proud Native New Yorker loving and living in Colorado for the past 21 years, and an LCSW.  She received her BS in Social Work from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2009, and her MS in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2010.  She is a member and past Board President of the NASW-CO, a member and President of the ABSW (Association of Black Social Workers) CO Chapter and Give An Hour, an organization that donates pro-bono mental health services to active, and inactive members of the armed forces and their families.  Much of her time is dedicated to her students at Independence Academy, where she is a school social worker, her family, and blossoming social workers new to the field.  In her spare time (I mean really, what social worker has spare time? :), she cooks food for the hungry and loves to Karaoke (you can find her busting out a tune anywhere there is music).  If she (her/hers) had to label herself in one word, it would be ADVOCATE, though she prefers few, if any labels at all. 


Alex Cardona (she/her/hers) - Contact:

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Alex Cardona has a background in community organizing, policy research, and analysis. In this role, she develops programming, administers grant research, and expands digital strategies. Her goal is to strengthen the organization's capacity in working with social workers at all stages of their careers and levels of service delivery. She grew up on the East side of Aurora, IL, outside of Chicago. She has a Masters's degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Public Policy. And a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSSW) from MSU Denver. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to podcasts, baking, and spending time with friends.

MSW Intern

Jess Andrews (she/her/hers) - Contact:

Jess Andrews

Jess Andrews holds a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor's of Arts (BS) in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A proud Chicago native, she is currently pursuing her Master's of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Denver. Jess is driven by her belief in a better world; she intends in this role to work to bolster the field of Social Work's good name and great purpose in bringing that world about.

Chapter Lobbyists (contract) - Frontline Public Affairs


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