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Chapter Executive Director - Renee Rivera, MSW, LCSW      

Phone:  303-753-8890      Email:                                                                

Renee has served as the Executive Director of the NASW Colorado Chapter since March 2008.    She has been working in social work administration for the past ten years, along with adjunct teaching in college social work programs.  Previously, Renee had extensive clinical experience working with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings, including juvenile justice, mental health, residential, home-based, and community programs.   From 2005 to 2007, she spent two exciting years volunteering in Vietnam training on basic social work skills and methods for an international non-government organization.    Renee has a BA in Latin American Studies from The George Washington University (1985) and a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University (1988), both located in Washington, DC.




Chapter Program Coordinator - Melissa Wahe, MSW

Phone:  303-753-8890         Email:              

 Melissa has several years of experience working in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, foster care, home studies, mental illness in adults and juveniles and Social and Vocational rehabilitation with regard to clients with mental illnesses. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000 and her MSW from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013.  Melissa also works for a local company as an Academic Coach with students between the ages of 10-18 in the Denver Metro area in addition to her position at NASWCO.  She volunteers her time at Earth Links, a local non-profit that helps employ the homeless, as well. She loves spending time with her husband and their 4 rescued fur children.  Melissa and her husband adopted a Blue Heeler dog named Bella, and 3 Guinea Pigs named Prince, Spot, and Gizmo.



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NASW Colorado, 1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite C-920, Denver, Colorado, 80222 Phone 303-753-8890