The Board of Directors is made up Chapter members who are voted into position by their fellow members. Chapter elections take place annually, although only part of the Board is replaced each year.
Board positions include the Officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and every other year a President-Elect.
The Board also includes nine Region Representatives.
In addition, Committee Chairs are also involved in the Board as non-voting members.
To reach a Board Officer, use the email address listed below or contact the Chapter Office.
See a listing of job descriptions for each of the Board positions.
View the Colorado Chapter Charter, which replaced the By Laws in July 2016.
Featured below are the current NASWCO Chapter Board Officers. You may find information on additional board members on the pages for Region/Student Representatives and Committee Chairs.
Current Board Officers:
Leanne Rupp - President (2016-18)
Leanne is a 2006 graduate of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She received her LCSW in 2009. Her career has focused on advocacy and resource provision for Uptown's patient population, while working to educate Resident physicians about community programs and integrated care. She is passionate about advancing the profession of Social Work as a whole and has led the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals during the MH Statute's Sunset Review in 2010 before becoming Chair of NASWCO's Legislative Committee, a position she has held since 2011. She was also selected as 'Social Worker of the Year' by NASWCO in 2011. She has particular interests in depression management in a primary care setting, healthcare reform, women's health and managing high-acuity/high-needs patient populations.
James Kuemmerle- Vice President (2016-18)
Jim has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wyoming, and now Colorado. He received his MSW degree from Indiana University and his BA degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed as the Manager of Integrated Care and Care Coordination for Jefferson Center for Mental Health and he serves as a Behavioral Health Officer in the Colorado Army National Guard, stationed at Ft. Carson as well. Jim is an assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and he was also recently appointed by the Weld County Commissioners to the County Board of Health.
Theresa Morris - Secretary (2015-17)
Theresa is a 2nd career social worker. She received her MSW from Colorado State University. Her experiences have involved serving families in both the child welfare and health care systems while embracing a person-centered approach. Additionally her journey has supported volunteering and professionally serving in the community outreach initiatives across the Denver Metro Region. Theresa is passionate about the development of preventative services for the under-represented populations within a progressive framework of awareness, understanding and respect for community diversity. She is hopeful about opportunities that lie ahead; excited about the evolution of positive systemic changes occurring within the NASW Organization; and inspired by the commitment and knowledge of the NASW staff and members!
YY Wei- Treasurer- (2016-18)
YY Wei is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Addictions Counselor III. YY is a certified EMDR therapist and an EMDR Consultant-In-Training. YY is the founder for The Relationship Center of Colorado. She provides Individual, Couples and Sex Therapy, and Trauma Therapy utilizing Intimacy and Body Based Relationship Therapy Approach. In her practice, YY also works with the LGBTQIA population and non traditional relationships such as polyamorous, polysexual, open, semi - open, BDSM/Kink, etc. YY provides supervision and consultation to therapists in training and clinicians. YY is currently a clinical supervisor for social work and psychology students/interns at the Gender Identify Center of Colorado. YY has an extensive training and experience in couples and sex therapy and body - centered modalities. Previously, YY had extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of settings, including juvenile justice, mental health, residential, home-based, and community programs.