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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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Kalli Koerner
Community Health Supervisor
House of Wellness, Nekoosa, Tomah

Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-
Morningside College

Kalli was born and raised in South Dakota. She has a family of four which includes her husband and two girls. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Morningside College in Iowa in 2010, and has been working as a nurse since with background in cardiac care and emergency room.

She is the Community Health Supervisor for House of Wellness, Nekoosa and Tomah. Kalli has been working for Ho-Chunk Nation since March 2018 and has enjoyed getting to know the culture, traditions, community, and staff. She looks forward to continued learning and growth within Ho-Chunk Nation.

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

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

Cecilia Oliveira
Community Health Nurse
House of Wellness

Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Edgewood College

Cecilia Oliveira has been working in Healthcare since 2013. She started as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a long-term facility and then moved to a Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). While in nursing school Cecilia worked as a Nurse Intern (NI) in ICU and Medical/Surgical Unit. Prior to joining the Ho-Chunk Nation team Cecilia worked as an ER Nurse.

Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Edgewood College. She has several nursing certifications including ACLS, PALs, BLS, and TNCC.

Cecilia is married to a wonderful Brazilian man named Joe. They have a smart, kind, passionate 10 year old boy named Alexander (Alex) and a wild, energetic lab dog named Diesel. They have lived in Wisconsin Dells for the past 15 years. In her free time Cecilia enjoys hiking, reading, camping and being outdoors.

Even though she has loved all her experiences in different healthcare settings; Cecilia has a true passion for Community Health and preventive care. She is looking forward to work alongside a great team and alongside the Ho-Chunk community to decrease Health disparities and improve community health.

Contact Cecilia at:
Office: 608-355-1240 ext.5551
Cell: 608-477-9161
Email: Cecilia.Oliveira@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
Public 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