Meet the CSCSW Board of Directors
Brian Ngo-Smith, LCSW
Serving on the CSCSW Board is a great opportunity to give back to this community, to help guide the direction of our organization, and to be a face for clinical social work in Colorado. Many of our efforts in the last few years have been to create a more inclusive organization, attracting agency-based social workers, and shifting the perception and focus of CSCSW from being mostly private practice-oriented, to a broader community of clinicians. I am proud to serve as President while also working primarily in community mental health.
MacKenzie McGuire, LCSW, AASW
I serve as Secretary for CSCSW as a way to stay engaged with and contribute to the diverse field of clinical social work. I think that participation in CSCSW gives members a supportive environment to explore their identity as clinical social workers. My favorite part of being a member of the board is having relationships with colleagues, and mentoring social workers new to the field.
Adam Nowicki, LSW
Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair
I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families with mental health and substance abuse issues over the last 15 years. I am committed to helping people recognize their strengths and help them overcome barriers in their lives. I believe in the social work value of service, and being a member of this board is one way for me to give back and stay connected to other social work professionals in my community. As the Awards & Scholarships Chair, I want to recognize and celebrate the individuals who contribute to the development of social work as a craft and who make our profession one of the best for the 21st century. In addition to social work, my passions include spending time with my partner and our delightful animals, climbing mountains, playing video games, and songwriting.
Li Brookens, LCSW
Education Committee Co-Chair
I serve on this Board because it motivates me to stay in the know on clinical social work education, policies, and best practices. I love who I work with and our mission to advance social work interests in society. My favorite part of being a Board member and a member is the relationships I have developed with my colleagues and peers.
Bethany Raab, LCSW
Education Committee Co-Chair
To me, one of the best parts of being a social worker is the chance to continue learning and growing. Clients, colleagues, and experts all teach us new information everyday. Being one of the education co-chairs gives me the opportunity to help my fellow social workers learn new information about our ever-changing field. I also love having the opportunity to help social workers in the CSCSW share their knowledge and expertise in salons and workshops. Collectively, we have a wealth of knowledge that is just waiting to be shared! My hope is that the Society can continue to find new ways to help social workers share their skills and knowledge within the field and beyond.
Balin Anderson, LCSW
Membership Committee Chair
I am excited to serve on the CSCSW Board as Membership Chair. I am a psychoanalytically trained clinical social worker in private practice in LoHi, Denver. I work with individuals and couples. Several years ago, I relocated my private practice from NYC to Denver, which made me truly appreciate the support that comes with having a robust and diverse professional network. Our board is committed to creating a more inclusive, connected, and representative community of clinicians in an array of practice settings; I’m happy to be a part of these efforts to support and enhance professional social work practice throughout the state of Colorado!
Liz Schulte, LCSW, PhD in Progress
Practice Standards Committee Chair and Treasurer
Clinical social work is a rich and rewarding field, grounded in rigorous academic and practice requirements. I serve on the Board in the capacity of Practice Standards Committee Chair to support the field through the development and implementation of guidelines to help clinical social workers interpret and apply legal, ethical, and professional standards to their practice. I also serve in the capacity of Board Treasurer to facilitate the best and most productive use of membership dues to further the mission of CSCSW. Social work is all about relationships, and the best part of being on the Board is the opportunity to connect with other clinical social workers who represent all facets of the profession.
Denise Breinig-Glunz, LCSW
University of Denver Faculty Liaison
As the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work faculty liaison to the board, I see my role as helping to include the voice of our up and coming clinical social workers. Helping to welcome and include our future colleagues not only enriches our current programming, but helps the University be up to date on what is happening in the clinical social work community. As a long-time member of CSCSW, I am excited to see all of the exciting new ideas and energy in the organization.
Kristin S. Scherrer, PhD, LCSW, MA
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Faculty Liaison
I am an Associate Professor and BSSW Program Director at Metropolitan State University of Denver. My areas of expertise in research and practice include gender and sexuality, GLBTQ identities, social inequalities, families, gerontology, and intergenerational issues. I am excited to be involved in the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work to help foster mentorship opportunities for social workers at all stages of their professional development.
Student Representative - University of Denver
I am a concentration year MSW student at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) in my second year as student liaison to the CSCSW board. During my foundation year, I learned of this wonderful organization and their commitment to supporting social workers at all stages of their careers. From students like myself, to seasoned professionals, CSCSW offers programming that is inclusive and current to the depth and breadth that is clinical social work. I hope to be able to bring the voices of my cohort to the table as well as encourage my colleagues to participate in the educational and networking opportunities available through the CSCSW community. As a soon-to-be emerging professional, I will be working toward licensure and clinical social work credentials. The members of this organization have welcomed and inspired me with their professionalism, commitment and excitement about what they do through their work with individuals and communities, both at home and abroad.