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Nimkee Public Health Staff

Walter Kennedy

Walter Kennedy
Public Health Director

Walt is the Public Health and Fitness Director for Nimkee Clinic. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Master's degree in Health Education and Exercise Physiology. Walt has been employed with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for 23 years and is part of the SDPI team.

Tracey Pigeon

Tracey Pigeon
Public Health Administration Assistant II

Tracy graduated with honors from Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal College in 2012. Tracy has worked for various departments within the tribe, since 1996, including Human Resources, Ziibiwing, Tribal Court, Accounting, and for the last 11 years at Nimkee Public Health. Tracy is also a member of the tribes' strategic planning team called Vision Makers. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with a good non-fiction book or spending time with her family.

Cindy Quigno

Cindy Quigno - CHR

Cindy has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the past 18 years. Previously, Cindy has worked for Central Michigan University 19 years before coming to the Tribe. Cindy has the responsibility of working with the tribal elders and helps with transportation when needed. She also sits on the Elders Trip Committee for the tribe. Cindy's hobbies include golfing, walking, going on vacation up north, and spending time with her three daughters, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Earl Pelcher - CHR

Earl has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the past 22 years and currently working with the Public Health Department. Earl is responsible for transporting eligible patients to their medical appointments. Earl's hobbies include working on cars, his pets, and his three children, foster children and grandchildren. Earl is very proud of all his children with one in the army and one recent college graduate.

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Shawna Schoenborn, CMA (AAMA)

CHR- Diabetes Program Shawna has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in various departments starting in 2007. Shawna graduated from Mid-Michigan Community College in 2016 with an Associates in Applied Sciences and received her national certification through the AAMA as a Certified Medical Assistant. In her spare time, Shawna enjoys watching both of her sons play football and baseball as well as attending concerts with her friends.

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Sue Sowmick - RN, BSN

Sue graduated Lansing Community College in 1984 as a nurse and obtained her BSN from MSU in 1997. She has been working with elders and the disabled for the Tribe in Public Health since 1995, primarily working outside the office by visiting clients in their homes and helping with events. She is married to Joe with 1 daughter, Lindy and loves to travel, garden and raise Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

Anna Hon

Anna Hon - RN, CLC, TOT
Maternal Child/ Healthy Start

Anna has had 20+ years of nursing experience including hospital nursing in OB unit including Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum Care and Newborn Nursery nursing. She is a member of AWHONN Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She earned 3 specialty certifications that have helped her in her 14 years with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center. The first is her Lactation Counselor Certificate since 2004, Parenting Class Moderator for the Love and Logic Curriculums, and her FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) Training of Trainers Certificate. Anna graduated from Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, NC in 1994. Her hobbies include: cooking and entertaining company in her home, singing in her church choir, playing her flute and participating in the Flute Choir, and enjoying going to movies and keeping up with her 6 children and her 6 grandchildren.

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Helen Williams - RN, CLC
Maternal Child/ Healthy Start

Helen Williams RN Healthy Start Nurse/Emergency Preparedness coordinator has 34 years of nursing experience. Helen graduated from Mid-Michigan community college in 1983, she also attended Central Michigan university (Health Care Administration) & Ferris State University (nursing). Helen came to work for the SCIT NMWC 2006. Helen comes with a strong background in nursing, including Hospital Nursing Supervisor, and Charge nurse. Helens hospital experienced in working on the labor, delivery, nursery and post-partum units, intensive care unit, medical surgical unit, pediatrics, outpatient, emergency room and recovery room nursing. Helen has also worked for several Dr. in the community as the RN serving in vascular surgery, general surgery and orthopedic specialty offices, family practice, and internal medicine to name a few. Helen has also worked as a traveling nurse to larger hospitals in Michigan where she primarily worked in the emergency rooms.

Special training; Certified lactation counselor, Certified child birth educator, certified ASQ trainer and screener, which is a growth and development screening tool for newborns and children up to 5 year olds. Helen also is trained in Basic Disaster life support, Advance disaster Life Support, & wilderness survival. Helen is a member of the Isabella county child death review team, Emergency Response Team and the SCIT Emergency Management Committee. Helen has is married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She enjoys her small farm where she raised organic chicken, ducks, and rabbits. She also enjoys cooking, sewing, beading, camping, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Robyn Grinzinger

Robyn Grinzinger - BS, CHES
Health Educator

Robyn received her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health Promotion/Health Fitness from CMU in 1987, and in 1991 receiving Certified Health Education Specialist credentials from National (NCHEC). Robyn has over 25 years of experience, spending the last 9 years working for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Robyn has worked at two Michigan Health Department's as County Wellness Coordinator, Environmental Educator, Certified Michigan Model Trainer for 5th and 6th grades (heart and lung dissection) to name a few. In 1997 becoming an HIV/AIDS/STD counselor (including partner notification) from MDCH. In 2005 she received Instructor Certification for the American Red Cross enabling her to provide pediatric/adult FIRST AID/CPR/AED classes. Last year she certified 450 students. She works jointly with Nimkee Medical providing services to those interested in HIV/STI testing and education. She also works with Nimkee Fitness providing fitness to the afterschool program. Our goal is to exercise and teach the benefits of exercise, but also to make it fun. We want to "instill the love of exercise" in the students. In her spare time Robyn enjoys spending time & having fun with family and friends, exercising, golfing, watching football, beautifying the lawn, and riding horses.

Sally Van Cise

Sally Van Cise - R.D., CLC

Sally received a Masters in Public Heath Nutrition at the University of Michigan in 1977, then completed her work to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist; she has been with Nimkee Clinic for the past 15 years. Whether in the office or in the community, Sally addresses many interests, including: diabetes, pregnancy, infant and child feeding, achieving a healthy weight, sports nutrition, etc. Her goal is to help clients help themselves, as they increase their understanding of nutrition information and explore their eating behaviors. Clients learn to create easy enjoyable menus and tasty recipes, and include their favorite foods. Sally received her Lactation Counselor Certification in 2004; she also earned a Masters in Exercise Science at Wayne State University in 1992, and instructed exercise for several years. From 1971-1973, she lived in Afghanistan as a Peace Corps volunteer. When not at the clinic, Sally enjoys canoeing and camping, and guides trips in Northern Michigan and Canada.

Tamara House

Tamara House RN
Diabetes, Wound Care

Tamara is a highly qualified Registered Nurse with 28 years' experience in hospital, home care, primary care and public health education. Tamara has been with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for the past 15 years and received her Certified Diabetes Educator board certification in 2002, with a renewal in 2007. She is a certified Insulin Pump Trainer, Omni Pod Trainer, Wound Care Consultant, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and PATH Leader. Tamara provides diabetes education in both clinical and group settings and is a co-leader in the PATH program. She also provides case management and policy and procedures development/revision. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as quilting and activities with family and friends.

Sandra Chesebrough

Sandra Chesebrough LPN, CLC
Diabetes Grant Coordinator

Sandra has 25 years of nursing experience in management, medical office nursing, and long term care and currently in a public health setting with an emphasis on diabetes care in a Native American Community. She has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the past 21 years. Sandra received her Lactation Consultant Certification in 2004 and has been instrumental in implementing GPRA and EHR for the public health staff at Nimkee Clinic. She does diabetes education in a clinical setting, adult, youth and family community events and grant requirements as needed. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren.

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Judy Davis, BAA - BCCCP

Women's Health, Healthy Start Began with the Tribe 17 and 1/2 years ago in the Temp. Pool. First assignment was with Women's Health at Nimkee and have been here ever since. Moved from temp to part-time and have been full-time for the last 14 and 1/2 years. Currently assist with women's health; coordinate the BCCCP, Healthy Start, and Public Health 4x4 Grant programs in addition to other duties as assigned.

Past experience includes Human Resources office manager for the 2nd largest school district in Los Angeles County (Torrance, Ca.), assistant director for the local Red Cross, United Way secretarial assistant, pre-school teacher, and editor for the local senior news.

Graduated from CMU as a non-traditional student with a BAA in Art and a Graphic Design Concentration. Have designed Nimkee brochures and edited and written children's stories for diabetes and tobacco coloring books. Hobbies include playing with grandchildren, bowling, knitting, crafts including grapevine wreaths, reading and watching mystery stories, and writing.

Jenna Wilcox

Jenna Wilcox, RN, BSN
Women's Health Coordinator

Women's Health Coordinator Jenna graduated with her RN, BSN from Lake Superior State University in 2011. Jenna has three years of nursing experience in hospital care with a focus on respiratory care and women's health - public health nursing with a focus on the Native American Community. She does women's health education in the clinical setting; adult, youth and family community events as needed. Jenna also teaches the community baby moccasin class. Jenna also provides the community with women's health education, birth control education, and well women screenings. She has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the past two years. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys her pets, traveling, baking, photography, shopping, arts and crafts and watching sporting events.

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Brandon Schultz
REACH Grant Coordinator

If it is cardiovascular disease relate, I welcome the opportunity to be involved. My name is Brandon Schultz, health educator/ REACH grant coordinator on board with Nimkee Public Health since October 2015. I have a background in personal training, corporate wellness, commercial fitness leadership, and academia. No two people get to the same place at the same time, a philosophy of mine is that prevention not be applied universally but that I am a facilitator coaching individuals to engage in prevention practices of there choosing. I am focused on making it easier for community members get to a healthier place by improving access to commercial tobacco free environments, healthy food and beverage options, and opportunities to be physically active.