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Chapter Executive Director - Heather McLaughlin, MSW, MPH     

Phone:  303-753-8890      Email:                                                                

Heather received Master's degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked for the past 20 years in Longmont, Broomfield and Boulder as a non-profit program director and executive director, as well as a public school community liaison. Heather has also held positions in public health policy, violence prevention and mental health programs in the San Francisco, Boston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. She has been privileged to supervise social work interns throughout her career. Heather is thrilled to now be promoting, developing and protecting NASW-CO members, the profession of social work and social work values. She welcomes your thoughts and feedback and would like to know how to encourage and reward members' participation.



Chapter Outreach (contractor) - Melissa Wahe, MSW             

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 has her own business teaching women and teens basic car care and emergency preparedness in addition to her position at NASWCO.  She volunteers her time at Earth Links, a local non-profit that helps employ people who have experienced homelessness, as well. She loves spending time with her husband and their 5 rescued fur children (guinea pigs). 






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.

Rebecca Meyers(Left) has over seven years experience as an Intake Caseworker in Child Welfare, three years experience in lobbying and policy analysis and additional experience working with low income families involved with substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness. In addition to working within the field of Human Services, Rebecca served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an HIV/AIDS Outreach Coordinator and Program Development Specialist in a rural village of South Africa. Rebecca has experience in grassroots mobilization, policy analysis, program development, grant writing, campaign experience and political networking. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.

Diana Protopapa(Mid 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(midright) 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.

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