Colorado School Social Work Association


CSSWA is an organization of certified school social workers.

The Colorado School Social Work Association exists to promote the visibility and viability of the School Social Work profession, promote professional excellence among school social workers in an effort to enhance the well being of students, families, and community within the educational system.

The mission of the organization is to enhance the well being of students, families, and the community within the educational system.

The CSSWA Board, as of 11/02/2022

Maria Huber (she/her)

Term Dates: September 2020 - March 2024

Maria is the Manager of Social Work and Mental Health for Denver Public Schools. She was previously an Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Specialist for Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Prior to joining CDE, Maria served as a school social worker in Denver Public Schools and was a member of the Department Leadership Team for DPS’s Department of Social Work and Psychological Services. Maria began her school social work career in Indianapolis Public Schools before relocating to Denver in 2018.

Cam Short-Camilli

Past President

Term Dates: March 2022 - March 2024

Cam worked as a school social worker and Coordinator of Mental Health in the Cherry Creek School district for 32 years and retired in 2018. Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in the role of Field Liaison working with interns and supervisors and teaching an assessment class in the School Social Work Certificate program. Cam previously served in the role of Executive Director for CSSWA.

Jessie Caggiano

President Elect

Term Dates: September 2022 - March 2024

Jessie began her career as a Social Worker in 2010 working in community mental health. In 2016, Jessie began working for Greeley Evans Weld District 6 as a district-wide school social worker. Jessie loves connecting with other school social workers and started the Northern Colorado School Social Work collaborative meetings in 2017. Jessie previously served in the role of Northern Regional Representative for CSSWA.

Dena Joslyn-Custer


Term Dates: September 2022 - September 2024

Dena began her career as a child protection caseworker in 1994. In 2001, Dena shifted to a position where she was the liaison between Arapahoe County Human Services and the Sheridan School District. In 2005, Dena made the shift to become a school social worker. She worked as the only school social worker for 11 years at Aurora Central High School in Aurora Public Schools (APS)In the last five years, she has moved to APS' district level first as a Risk Response Coordinator and most recently as the Mental Health & Counseling Coordinator. Dena previously served as the Treasurer on the CSSWA Board from September 2020 - September 2022.

Rachel Fox Browne

Lead Committee Chair

Term Dates: September 2020 - September 2024

Rachel began her career as a social worker in 2009 working in the Community Centered Board setting at Rocky Mountain Human Services as well as Carmel Community Living Corporation, supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In 2011, Rachel began working with Aurora Public Schools (APS) as a school social worker. In 2015, Rachel transitioned to a district role, supporting the Sources of Strength program at two APS high schools, while also fulfilling the Mental Health Team Support position. Currently, Rachel is a Team Support Coach with APS, providing professional supervision to first year and early career school social workers.

Dawn Glassman

Board Member At-Large

Term Dates: May 2021 - May 2023

Dawn is serving her first term in the Board Member At-Large position. Dawn has been working with youth and families for over 16 years in various social work capacities.  Her professional experience also extends to workforce development and counseling, community outreach, grant management and program development.  Dawn has been a school social worker for the past six years with Aurora Public Schools. 

Shelby Grosboll

Northern Regional Representative

Term Dates: November 2022 - November 2024

Bio coming soon!

Debbie Wright


Term Dates: November 2022 - November 2024

Debbie is the Social and Emotional Screening Coordinator for Denver Public Schools. She received her MSW from the University of Houston and has worked in school systems in Texas, Georgia and Colorado. Debbie began her career working mostly with foster youth throughout the continuum of care including psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers and therapeutic foster care. She started her career in the school system working with students on the Autism Spectrum and those with significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. Debbie enjoys developing programs where she uses her collaborative and assessment skills to identify equity gaps for vulnerable youth. In her personal time, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband taking their dogs on hikes and basking in the beauty of Colorado. 

Open Board Positions

(as of November 2022)

  • Metro Denver Regional Representative
  • Pikes Peak Regional Representative
  • Western Central Regional Representative
  • Southern Regional Representative
  • MSW Student Representative
  • New to Practice Representative

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About School Social Work

School social workers provide a focused reach to support all students specifically in areas of social-emotional learning and mental health needs, and are uniquely trained to integrate the school, community, and family context into interventions and resource referrals.

School social work interventions reduce barriers to learning enabling students to be physically, mentally, and emotionally present and ready to learn in the classrooms. 

Click to learn more about the Role of School Social Workers

CSSWA works to support the School Social Work profession in order to bring these skills and services into all Colorado schools for all Colorado students.

To learn more about School Social Work Services and resources for providers in Colorado, visit the Colorado Department of Education's website.

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The Colorado School Social Work Association has filed for 501(c)3 non-profit designation.

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