What & Where are the Regions?
The Colorado Chapter is divided into eight geographical regions: Western, Mountain, Four Corners, Southern, Pikes Peak, Northern, Metro Denver, and Boulder. See a map of the regions.
All members of Colorado NASW are assigned to one region, based on the address provided to National NASW.
Each region is represented by a Region Representative who is a voting member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter. Each region has one Representative/Vote on the Board through their elected representative, except Denver which has two Representatives/Votes.
To contact your Region Representative, please find their information below.
Marian is retired from full-time teaching at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she also served as coordinator of the Trauma Certificate Program. Prior to teaching, she worked with adults in community mental health, substance abuse, and managed mental health care, and with teens in crisis. She currently works with a foundation providing grants for school-based programs on preventing child abuse, and with DU’s Butler Center on Research with Native child welfare agencies. She continues to work with colleagues presenting and publishing on the topics of trauma and Indian Child Welfare.
Amanda Marsh is a licensed clinical social worker who works for Craig Hospital in Englewood as an inpatient counselor. Amanda has completed her first semester at Rutgers University where she is pursuing a doctorate in social work. She hopes to graduate in 2018. Her clinical interests include, medical social work, the LGBT patient experience in healthcare, trauma and its impact throughout the continuum of care on both patients and their families and integrated approaches to trauma therapy.
Lesley Dally received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts fromTexas Tech University in 2004 and her Masters of Science in Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. Prior to completing her post graduate studies she worked in fundraising in Dallas, TX for a domestic violence shelter. Lesley has also worked in emergency mental health prior to moving from Texas to Colorado in 2009. Upon moving to Colorado in 2009, Lesley begun working as a Clinical Care Manager at Craig Hospital. At Craig Hospital she works on a multidisciplinary team of MDs, nurses, Physical/Occupational/Speech therapists, and psychologists. Lesley's role is to manage the rehabilitation course, discharge plan, crisis manage, and counsel patients who have sustained spinal cord injuries. In her free time, Lesley enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.
Kate is a clinical therapeutic practitioner who came to the field after doing years of her own work and truly falling in love with the process. She is also a writer (two novels, one book of poems published) and enjoys hiking and bicycling. Kate is married to Jonathan Niles and they have one son, Chris, who is 16. She has lived in Durango for the past 16 years and in Colorado or NM much of her life.
As the Lead Long Term Care Ombudsman for the Larimer County Office on Aging, Amber helps to uphold resident rights and promote person-centered care for our frail elders. In the past, she has worked in a wide variety of settings: program development, mental health, developmental disabilities, adult protection, counseling centers, and sexual assault survivor services. I've had the chance to be in both direct care and in supervisory roles, working on the front lines and helping to shape the social workers of tomorrow. Amber hopes to grow the Northern NASW group to include a wide variety of social work professionals as well as provide educational and networking opportunities that are crucial to being an informed social worker and engaged community member.
David Petersen is a behavioral consultant whose practice began 25 years ago in San Antonio, Texas. His academic and clinical credentials include graduate degrees in social work and health administration, and licenses in clinical social work and addictions counseling. He is also credentialed in pastoral ministry and is an educator in outdoor (Leave No Trace ®) ethics.
Since moving to Colorado in 1996, David states that his vocational priorities are children, families and public health, and that mountain air fuels his zest for the success and well-being of all that live in this beautiful state. He also reports that he remains a Texan who has permanently immigrated to Colorado.
Graduate Student Rep
Jenna is a 2nd year graduate student at Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Montana State University. She is currently employed as a TA for an undergraduate research course and is interning as an outpatient therapist for Mental Health Partners. Her interests are adult mental health and nonprofit management, with a special passion for crisis intervention. She’s excited to be involved in NASW, meet other MSW students around Colorado, and help advocate for change at a state level.
Undergraduate Student Rep
To see a schedule of Region Meetings view the Community Calendar.
- Boulder Region
- Denver Region
- Four Corners Region
- Mountain Region
- Northern Region
- Pikes Peak Region
- Southern Region
- Western Region