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Department of Health

The Ho-Chunk Nation | Wisconsin

Community Health Nursing

          

          

The Community Health Nursing (CHN) Program promotes and preserves the health of the Ho-Chunk population by combining skills and knowledge relevant to both nursing and public health. The practice is comprehensive and general; not limited to a particular age or disease related group. Nursing services are divided between care for the individual, care for the particular community, and care for the population.

Goals of the Program: To provide health education and care for all Ho-Chunk and other Native Americans who reside within the contract service areas. Home visits will be made in each area by the CHN according to priority in need. Group screening and education will be conducted as arranged by the Community Health Nurse or by referral. Public Health Services will be provided as indicated by community need.

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Allie Issacson, RN
Community Health Nurse
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing –
UW Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science –
UW Madison
Certified Lactation Counselor
Child Passenger Safety Technician

Allie has worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation as a Maternal Child Health Nurse since 2012. Allie works closely with Native families through the prenatal and postpartum periods and beyond to help improve health outcomes. She is especially passionate about providing support to breastfeeding mothers to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. Allie has served as the Co-Chair of the Ho-Chunk Nation Breastfeeding Coalition since 2014 and has dedicated much time to improving worksite lactation standards for the Ho-Chunk Nation. She coordinates Partners in Parenting, a monthly meeting for families with Native children, the Cribs for Kids Program, and Vaccines for Children.

Allie and her husband are the proud parents of one spirited little girl, Eleanor, and are expecting their second child in May. In her spare time, Allie enjoys spending time with her family, including their yellow lab, Bucky, hiking at Devil’s Lake, and cheering on the Badgers.
Contact Allie at:
Office: 715-284-9851 ext. 5317
Cell: 608-393-4369
Email: Allie.Isaacson@ho-chunk.com

Trisha Jacox
Community Health Nurse
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-
Viterbo University
Associates Degree in Nursing-
Western Technical College

Hello! My name is Trisha Jacox. I was born in La Crosse and I’ve grown up in Black River Falls. I have a family of five which includes my husband, two sons, and daughter. I have worked as a nurse since 2013. I have been in healthcare since 2003 in many roles such as, EMT, CNA, LPN, and now RN. I graduated from Western Technical College with my Associate Degree in Nursing. I then went to Viterbo University where I received my Bachelors in Nursing. I am currently working on my Master’s as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

I’ve been employed with Ho-Chunk Nation since 2017 and have enjoyed getting to know the community and the staff. I oversee Black River Falls, Wittenberg, and La Crosse locations for Community Health Nursing. It’s been a pleasure getting to know more about Ho-Chunk Culture and Traditions. I look forward to continued learning and growth within Ho-Chunk Nation.


Contact Trisha at:
Office: 715-284-5107 ext. 5009
Email: Trisha.Jacox@ho-chunk.com

Lyndsey Minard
Community Health Nurse
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center


Contact Lyndsey at:
Office: 715-284-5107 ext. 5309
Email: Lyndsey.Minard@ho-chunk.com

Jenni Tuschner
Community Health Nurse
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center


Contact Jenni at:
Office: 715-284-5107 ext. 5009
Email: Jenni.Tuschner@ho-chunk.com

Kandi Ryan, RN
Community Health Nurse
House of Wellness


Registered Nurse

Boozu! My name is Kandi Ryan, I am Annishinabe and enrolled at White Earth, MN. I grew up in the Twin Cities and am the youngest of 6. My grandmother was born on the White Earth Reservation and my grandfather was born on the Fondu Lac Reservation. I am Bear Clan.

I obtained my RN licensure in 1994. Prior to that I was a CNA for 10 years and had worked in long term care for all of my nursing career. I am dedicated to the Geriatric population and their multiplicity of health care needs. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to coordinate care for the Ho-Chunk people and other federally recognized tribal members.

I will continue to provide quality nursing care and treat those that I serve with dignity and respect. Migwetch for letting me be part of your journey here on Mother Earth!
Contact Kandi at:
Office: 608-355-1240 ext. 5550
Cell: 608-477-1488
Email: Kandi.Ryan@ho-chunk.com

Serena Jahnke-Berg
Community Health Nurse
House of Wellness


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-
Edgewood College

Greetings! My name is Serena Jahnke. I was born and raised in Appleton, WI. I have lived the past 14 years near the Madison area. I have worked specifically in the area of Public/Community Health Nursing graduating from Edgewood College with my BS in Nursing in 2008. Of very special interest to me is the area of Maternal Child Health. It is an honor to be joining the Ho-Chunk Nation team. Since working with the Nation at the HOW while at Edgewood College, it has been my hope to return. After relocating to the area for this purpose, I respectfully look forward to providing quality nursing care in line with Ho-Chunk Nation’s Department of Health and Community Health Nursing Missions.

Outside of work you can find me enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, spending time with family and/or friends, or engaged in a good book.”


Contact Serena at:
Office: 608-355-1240
Cell: 715-299-5089
Email: Serena.Jahnke-Berg@ho-chunk.com

Irina Clendenning
Community Health Nurse
House of Wellness


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-
Edgewood College
Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science-
UW - Baraboo, Sauk County
Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University
Pyatigorsk, Russia

Irina has been working for Ho-Chunk Nation since December of 2018. Prior to her job she had her clinical rotation for the community in Ho-Chunk Nation- Sauk County. During the clinical, she fell in love with the culture and traditions of the native lifestyle.

Originally, Irina came from Siberia - Russia. Through her childhood, she had a chance to travel to different republics/ countries such as Ukraine, Kazakh, Tajik, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek.

Irina moved to the United States in 2003. Currently, she resides in Sauk County area. She appreciates all 4 seasons of Wisconsin. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending her time with the family.


Contact Irina at:
Office: 608-355-1240 ext.5503
Cell: 608-402-3065
Email: Irina.Clendenning@ho-chunk.com

Kalli Koerner
Community Health Nurse
House of Wellness


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-
Morningside College

I grew up in South Dakota. After getting married to my wonderful husband, Luke, we moved to California and now call Wisconsin home. We have one daughter, Alivia. We enjoy traveling, sports, and the great outdoors such as hiking, kayaking, and camping.

I have been a registered nurse since 2010. Prior to joining the Ho-Chunk Community Health team in 2018 I worked in the emergency room and cardiac care. I am excited for this new adventure with Ho-Chunk Nation!


Contact Kalli at:
Office: 608-355-1240 ext.5555
Cell: 608-343-0918
Email: Kalli.koerner@ho-chunk.com

Lindsey Schaub, RN
Community Health Nurse
Tomah Health Office


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing –
Viterbo University
Certified Lactation Counselor
Child Passenger Safety Technician

Lindsey has been working with the Ho-Chunk Nation for almost two years. She has enjoyed getting to know the community members she serves. Lindsey assists in teaching Diabetes Basics class in the Tomah area and has provided education to the youth. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Child Passenger Safety Technician. Lindsey is excited to continue to serve the community!

Lindsey was born and raised in La Crosse, but moved to Tomah to be closer to her job. She has loved getting to become a part of the Tomah community! Lindsey likes to spend her free time being with family and friends, reading, and doing anything outdoors like hiking, canoeing, swimming, and softball.
Contact Lindsey at:
Office: 608-372-5816
Cell: 608-343-5019
Email: Lindsey.Schaub@ho-chunk.com

Pam Reimer, RN
Community Health Nurse
Nekoosa Heaslth Office


Registered Nurse
Certified Lactation Counselor
Child Passenger Safety Technician
CPR Instructor
ANCC Gerontological Nursing

I have been a registered nurse for 40 years and have worked for the Nation since January of 2001. Prior to that I worked in outpatient clinics, nursing home, and Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, so I have had a wide variety of experience. Along with that, I co-coordinate HIV education and prevention efforts for the tribe.

I enjoy my job a lot and value the relationship I have with my community. I have been married for 38 years and have four children and ten grandchildren and my favorite thing to do is spend time with them.
Contact Pam at:
Office: 715-886-5444
Cell: 715-323-3566
Email: Pam.Reimer@ho-chunk.com

Megan Marks, RN
Community Health Nurse
Three Rivers House
LaCrosse Health Office


Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing –
Viterbo University
Certified Lactation Counselor

Megan has been with the Ho-Chunk Nation since December 2013. Prior to working with the HCN she worked as an RN on a Medical/Surgical unit. Before receiving her RN license she spent 12 years working with Elders in several different settings, including home health and long term care. Megan enjoys working with Tribal members and their families and is dedicated to assisting them meet their healthcare needs. On her off days Megan enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters.


Contact Megan at:
Office: 608-784-3083 ext. 5434
Cell: 715-299-5172
Email: Megan.Marks@ho-chunk.com

Ronelle McKernan, RN
Community Health Nurse
Wittenberg health Office


Ronelle is a recent graduate of Viterbo University, where she studied nursing and psychology. She previously worked as a CNA and Nurse tech in long term care facilities for the past ten years. Ronelle is very passionate about mental health and elder care. She enjoys getting to know the community and assist them with their health needs.


Contact Ronelle at:
Office: 715-253-2382 ext. 3127
Work Cell: 715-896-2185
Email: Ronelle.McKernan@ho-chunk.com