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What & Where are the Regions?

The Colorado Chapter is divided into seven geographical Regions. This list shows the counties in each Region:

Boulder/Broomfield - Boulder, Broomfield 

Denver-Metro - Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson

Northeast - Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Weld, Yuma, Washington

Southeast - Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Teller

Southwest - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Dolores, Huerfano, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan

Mountain - Chaffee, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Park, Pitkin, Routt, Summit

Western - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Ouray

All members of Colorado NASW are assigned to one region, based on the address provided to National NASW.

Regions are represented by one or two Region Representatives, who are voting members of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter.  Each region has one or two Representative(s)/Vote(s) on the Board through their elected representative(s). Region Representatives also host member gatherings, which may include Continuing Ed credits and networking.

To see a schedule of Region Meetings view the Community Calendar.

To contact your Region Representative,  please find their information below.


Marian Bussey    

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      

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. 



Melinda Harriman

Melinda is in private practice in Littleton, Colorado. She specializes in Child Welfare, adolescents, and occupational social work. She is very excited to represent Denver as her home region and to provide her region with gatherings and opportunities network, learn and socialize.




Kate Niles

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.



Donna Descoteaux

Donna Descoteaux, LCSW received her MSSW and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is in private practice providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families.  She works with clients on issues including depression, anxiety, childhood abuse and neglect, grief and loss, end of life issues, PTSD, and psychological effects of physical illness.  She has a special interest in family therapy dealing with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury and chronic and terminal illnesses. She is also the Medical Social Worker for At Home Healthcare in Alamosa, CO, where she enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team.  She is co-producer of The Living Well Show, a national radio show focused on health. Volunteer work includes many years on the Costilla County Library Board and work with animal rescue. As a member of NASW Texas, she was privileged to work with state and national leadership to help pass legislation for licensure of Social Workers in Texas. She has lived in the San Luis Valley since 1999.



Angela VanSchoick

Angie VanSchoick is the Court Administrator for the Town of Breckenridge Municipal Court. While not performing a typical social work role, she has seen first hand the applicability of her social work degree in her work. In 2007, she received her Master's from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Policy and Evaluation and as additional focus in Community and Social Systems-education that well prepared her for her current role. Her dedication to personal and professional development prompted her to become the NASWCO Mountain Region Rep in hopes to connect to those who assist in all facets of social work. Outside of work, she enjoys her husband and her daughter, biking, hiking, and all other wonders of the outdoors.



Malcolm Scott

 Dr. Malcolm E. Scott, Assistant Professor, joined the Colorado State University School of Social Work faculty in the spring of 2006. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies in 2005 (Interdisciplinary - Education/Social Work), and his M.S.W. from Colorado State in 2001, and a B.S.W. degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA) in 1999. In 2011, he was a member of the NASWCO Presidential Taskforce.

Dr. Scott has been employed in many settings within the university and has worked in the areas of youth and community research, diversity and cultural competence, and organizational culture and development. He is currently Co-Director of the Human Services Assessment Project and Director of Diversity within the School of Social Work at CSU.



Amiessa Jutten

Amiessa Jutten is a licensed Clinical Social Worker living in wonderful Western Colorado. She is currently the Bereavement Coordinator for HopeWest in Montrose and Ouray counties, where she provides individual grief counseling, grief support groups, and community education. She also assists the agency's medical social work team to support hospice patients and their families in living each day with the best quality possible. Amiessa completed her M.S.W. at Colorado State University in 2012, and her B.A. in Psychology at Colorado Mesa University in 2009.In addition to following her passion to work in the field of death and dying, Amiessa also enjoys experiencing life. She enjoys traveling and mindfully exploring the world, along with finding peace and stillness in her own backyard in the beautiful San Juan Mountains wilderness. The sunsets are amazing and the stars are infiniteI She appreciates spending time with her three children - daughter Zhado is pursuing her B.S.W. at Colorado State University, son Zhaman is pursuing his B.A. in Psychology at University of Colorado, and 13-year-old son Andrew keeps Amiessa on her toes at home.



David Petersen    

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.



Brianna Meehan   


Brianna  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. she received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Loyola University new Orleans. She is also a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She was born and raised in the Denver area and has lived and worked with a variety of populations in four other states. She returned to Colorado in 2013 and settled in Pueblo in 2014. She currently works at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo in the Forensic Community Based Services department, helping patients who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity reintegrate in to the greater community. Brianna also worked for a state hospital in California and has worked in mental health programs in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. Brianna is also an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University, where she teaches counseling classes. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, golfing, and singing with the Pueblo Choral Society.


Graduate Student Rep         

Vincent Miller

Vincent Miller is in the MSW Program at Newman University in Colorado Springs.


Undergraduate Student Rep

 Jessica Romine 

Jessica is in her final year of her undergraduate program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.



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