Chapter Administrative Assistant (contractor) - Elizabeth Conover
Contractor - Latoya Prante
Latoya has been working towards her master's degree in Social Work because she strives to make changes in the quality of care among the elderly and Veterans mental health. Her background is in Geriatrics. She received her CNA certification 10 years ago and has been a practicing CNA ever since. Latoya is currently interning with Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council (DRMAC). While working with NASW-CO, she wants to touch on social work issues on all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro) and feels she will get that opportunity here at NASW-CO.
Calysha Smith, MSW Intern - University of Denver
Chapter Lobbyists (contract) Frontline Public Affairs All members of the team are MSWs.
Lead Lobbyist for NASW Adeline Hodge (right) joined Frontline Public Affairs in 2016. Her experience includes policy analysis, research, government affairs strategy, lobbying and political staffing. Adeline’s lobbying experience includes the following issues: Streamlining license pathways for the mental health workforce,72-hour emergency mental health holds, Renewable energy, Retail food establishment licensure and inspection, Suicide prevention, Increasing access to effective substance use services, Workers’ compensation and PTSD, Law enforcement, State alcohol beverage laws. Adeline has over five years of experience in clinical mental health. She has worked with children and families in inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, and the Denver Public School system. She also served as legislative staff for a Colorado State Representative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver.
Diana Protopapa (left) has worked in the legislative and regulatory arena since 2000 as an accomplished lobbyist, political strategist and grassroots mobilizer. She is well known for her ability to get complex legislation over the finish line based on her strong relationships with elected officials and collaborative approach with key stakeholders. Prior to joining Miles Consulting, Diana worked at the Colorado Medical Society for 10 years, serving as their Director of Political Affairs and Education. At the Medical Society, she handled legislation in the areas of health insurance reform, scope of practice, workers compensation, professional liability and other issues affecting physicians and their patients. As head of the Colorado Medical Political Action Committee, she led fundraising and political outreach campaigns. Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Kent State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.
Jennifer Miles (middle) is a recognized public policy professional with 10 years of experience. In addition to a successful record of lobbying for other nonprofit health care associations, she also brings expertise in research, preparing written briefs, policy analysis, and strategy development. She served as Director of Public Policy for the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) and as a Policy Analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL). Jennifer is an expert in health care policy, human services issues, and issues affecting nonprofit organizations. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and is an NASW member.