Meet The Team
From left: Danielle Tinsley, Board Secretary, Board Treasurer, Bob Yother, Board Chair, Yvonne Schelin, Vice Chair, Peggy Falcon, At Large Board Member and Brenda Jarvis, At Large Board Member. Missing are Julie Endy and Irene May, At Large Members.
Jen graduated from MSU-Northern with Bachelors of Arts degree in Community Service; majoring in Communication. She is an enrolled member in the Chippewa Cree Tribes in Rocky Boy, MT. Jen grew up in Havre, MT and is a proud graduate from Havre High School. Jen has a strong work history in Native American Advocacy, Indian Child Welfare issues and Corrections. Jen also has a non-profit status with her photography business, specializing in raising awareness for the important and under reported matters surrounding Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and People. She is actively putting up billboards throughout the United States, focusing on the power of picture to create change and awareness from a grassroots level. Jen recently moved to Butte to lead this team. She believes in the power of collaboration and leads with a strong presence of understanding, adaptability and compassion.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca is originally from Butte, Montana. She earned both her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in nursing at Montana State University.
Rebecca began her nursing career at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; working with complex patients in acute physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Rebecca moved home and married her husband, Jason. In Butte, she has worked with patients at outpatient dialysis, long-term care, and the local hospital medical-surgical floors. Rebecca particularly enjoys working with children. While at the Butte Silverbow Health Department, Rebecca has worked with the pediatric population as a home visitor for asthma education and care. Rebecca focuses her practice on patient centered care with shared decision-making. While not at work, Rebecca enjoys spending her free time outdoors hiking, fishing, and camping.
Ms. Williamson was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. She is the daughter of two loving parents, and has three siblings and a beautiful son of her own. She graduated from Browning High School and has studied at the Blackfeet Community College and University of Montana. She now resides in Butte and is furthering her career as a Care Coordinator at the Butte Native Wellness Center. She hopes to be an inspirational role model for her community back home. Her beliefs come from a traditional Blackfeet Native American standpoint.
Toni grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. She moved to Bozeman to attend college at Montana State University before moving to Butte. She is a single mother of two amazing daughters who were her inspiration to become more in touch with her Native American Heritage. In her free time, her family enjoys going to concerts, camping, and rock hunting.
Licensed Addiction Counselor
Mike has a broad background that allows him to understand the complex challenges facing Native Americans in our community. He has worked in the schools with AWARE and as a counselor for Western Montana Mental Health. In addition, he has worked for CCCS at the Watch Program as an addiction counselor.
He has found that his spirit-based approach provides clients with a sense of safety and allows new possibilities to open up in conversation. By building on a client’s strengths, Mike helps his clients develop the courage to change.
As a graduate from Walla Walla University with an MSW degree, Mike has been in private practice since 2011. He has helped clients transition through anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, relationship issues, trauma, and addictions of all forms.
Amy graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration; majoring in Management. She enjoys working in human resources as it offers her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support staff to excel in their role while empowering them to pursue new ideas and challenges. She strives to empower all women to become strong leaders and mentors in their community and be the positive change we need to create a better world of acceptance and unity.
Leigha was born and raised in Butte, MT – attending West Elementary, East Middle School, and Butte High School. She feels very fortunate to have Native American, Finnish, and Hispanic heritage. Leigha’s father’s side traveled from Mexico and Finland (in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s) to join the ever growing Mining City of Butte. Her mother’s side resides mostly with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa – while some call Little Shell their home. Registered with the Turtle Mountain Band, Leigha takes pride in immersing herself deeper in the Ojibwe culture and language.
Leigha has a loving husband who grew up in Polson, MT and has ties to the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She has enjoyed learning about her husband’s heritage and hearing his elder’s stories. Leigha’s husband has a History Degree – often the pair enjoy historical facts and data. Leigha also has two cats (Prince & Charlie) that she loves dearly and is reminded every day that an animal’s spirit is just as strong as a human’s – the love an animal can give is unconditional and should never be taken for granted.
Hilirii is an enrolled member of the Crow tribe, she was born on the Crow reservation but spent most of her life growing up in Butte. She graduated Butte High School and attended Montana Tech. She worked in various medical positions before finding her home at BNWC. She strives to be the protector of the facility as the medical receptionist, as she will be the first person you see as you enter Butte Native Wellness Center. She is very excited to meet and help all of our Native American community.
Bernell was born and raised in Butte MT, she attended Butte High school and her first customer service job was in retail. She worked her way into the medical field at Mercury Street Medical in 2011 doing various jobs in administration. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, travel, and enjoy outdoor activities. Bernell is excited to learn more as the administrative assistant and continue to grow her professional skill at Butte Native Wellness Center.
While most of her experience is in traditional medicine, she has an appreciation for complementary forms of medicine and believes in a combined approach when addressing health issues.
Caitlynn spent a small part of her childhood in Missoula, but mostly grew up in Anaconda. She has called Butte home since 2018. She attended Montana Technological University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in December 2018. She spent the beginning of her nursing career working on the medical surgical floor and eventually, transitioning to critical care in the ICU. Caitlynn has experience in taking care of various patient populations with both acute and chronic illnesses.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, soon to be husband, and fur kids (Novie, Nellie, and Henley). On the weekends, you can usually catch her on a side by side ride up to a mountain lake or golfing at one of the local courses.