Directory

NameSorted By Name In Ascending OrderTitleExtension
Carmen MutscheleChild & Youth Counsellor Ext. 236
Carolyn Charleyboy Child & Youth CounsellorExt. 245
Charlene SmytheDelegated Services Social WorkerExt. 224
Charlotte FrankAboriginal Supported Child DevelopmentExt. 240
Crystal WellsCommunity Enrichment WorkerExt. 239
Dolly WycotteDelegated Services Social WorkerExt. 228
Eileen RosetteEarly Childhood Daycare WorkerExt. 232
Elaine YablonskiAdministrative AssistantExt. 221
Francy ElkinsDelegated Services Administrative AssistantExt. 227
Grace CahooseEarly Childhood Development Outreach WorkerExt. 237
Harriet HirdDelegated Services Social WorkerExt. 259
Joan CharleyboyFamily Care ManagerExt. 234
Jo-Ann RonnenkampDelegated Services SupervisorExt. 225
Kerry ChelseaAboriginal Family Group Conference CoordinatorExt. 223
Linda HillegeistFinance ManagerExt. 243
Nancy SandyExecutive DirectorExt. 226
Neil BurrowsCYMH Team LeaderExt. 230
Nicole MackRural Wellness Coordinator/Intake Worker - ACYMHExt. 229
Shannon Stump-WilliamCultural Enhancement WorkerExt. 242
Stella StumpAboriginal Infant Development ProgramExt. 241
TBAAboriginal Supported Child Development/Youth WorkerExt.
TBADelegated Services Social WorkerExt. 246
Terri SmithAboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Prevention Worker-UlkatchoN/A
Yvonne LowenFamily Support Worker - UlkatchoN/A

About the Staff


Nancy Sandy - Executive Director

Ms. Sandy has twelve years of experience in the field of Indigenous child safety as a former program manager and as a consultant to many of the First Nations Delegated Agencies in the province.  Her legal and political experience as a former Chief and advocate for Indigenous peoples is a definite advantage in promoting the rights of children, families and community.  Ms. Sandy is also an experienced educator in the field of Indigenous studies and developed curriculum that tells the story of Indigenous peoples from an Indigenous perspective.  She recognizes and maintains Indigenous knowledge, laws, values and principles are vital to revitalizing and strengthening all sectors of Indigenous nationhood, and especially in building a strong family foundation.

Ms. Sandy’s experience in all aspects of governance and operations of First Nations Delegated Agencies will definitely be an asset in moving our agency to increasing levels of delegation.  The agency expects she will be able to strengthen the relationships with the communities being served and with partner stakeholders.  Her strong cultural values and beliefs will inform every aspect of the agency service and will be respectful of the inherent strengths of families.

Email: nancy[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 226


Linda Hillegeist - Finance Manager

Linda Hillegeist joined the Denisiqi team in August of 2014 as the Finance Manager.

Linda brings with her 30 years of Finance and Administration experience.  Born in the lower mainland and raised in Williams Lake, she has spent years working in administration and finance roles in the Forest Industry with the local mills.  During the industry downturn Linda took a position with the Yunesit'in First Nations as Finance Manager; she worked with the community for 2 years and moved on to assume the role of Finance Manager for the Tsilhqot'in National Government.  During this time she also did contract work assisting multiple First Nations communities in the area of finance.

Linda's partner was transferred to Mackenzie BC in 2012 which prompted her to leave the area to be with her family.  After one year in Mackenzie and one year in Terrace, she decided it was time to come home and returned to Williams Lake to join the Denisiqi team.

Linda and her partner live off the grid close to Williams Lake and enjoy the outdoors, solitude and beautiful area.

Email: linda[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 243


Joan Charleyboy - Family Care Manager

Joan Charleyboy is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation and is originally from Alexis Creek First Nations community. She married David Pop and resides with husband in the community of Soda Creek. Joan loves reading, camping with friends, and drying and preserving salmon during the summer.

Joan has been working at Denisiqi Service Society (formerly Desniqi Services Society) since 2002. She enjoys working with children and families in the social services field. She has gained a lot of knowledge by working and educating herself in the social services field. Joan also completed her Early Childhood Certificate in April of 2013 and this has taught her about the growth and development of young children which is an asset in her current position as a Family Care Manager.

Email: joan[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 234


Yvonne Lowen - Family Support Worker - Ulkatcho

Yvonne Lowen is a member of the Ulkatcho First Nation.  She joined Denisiqi Services Society as a Family Support Worker on April 8, 2015.

Email: yvonne[at]denisiqi.org - 250-742-3234 ext. 216


Jo-Ann Ronnenkamp - Delegated Services Supervisor

Jo-Ann Ronnenkamp joined the Delegated Services Team as Supervisor in June 2015.  Jo-Ann was born and raised in Ashcroft where her family still resides.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care with a Child Welfare Specialization at the University of the Fraser Valley, Jo-Ann began her Social Work career in Bella Coola with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2002.  She transferred to Williams Lake in 2005, working in the MCFD Urban Aboriginal Team.  In 2008, Jo-Ann accepted a Supervisor position with Knucwentwecw Society and gained valuable experience over the past eight years working in an Aboriginal Agency delegated for Child Protection.

Jo-Ann raised four children while living in Mission and now has six grandchildren to keep her young.  She enjoys living and working in Williams Lake, keeping a small house and garden in order, while pursuing a variety of projects from home renovation to home décor.  She is up for any challenge, big or small and is looking forward to assisting Denisiqi Services Society in achieving future delegation goals.

Email: jo-ann[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 225


Charlene Smythe - Voluntary Services Social Worker

Charlene Smythe was born in Hazelton and has lived most of her life in BC. Her family had horses and most of her youth involved trail riding and living a rural lifestyle around animals.

After raising two children, she became a Practical Nurse and worked in various hospital settings. She returned to school and achieved her BSW from the University of Victoria in 1999 and was hired by MCFD right after graduation. In 2001, Charlene moved to a Guardianship social worker position in Williams Lake. After 11 years with government, she returned briefly to health care; working as a social worker in Home and Community Care.

Her hobbies include kayaking, bird watching, outdoor photography, pets, exploring nature, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Hired by Denisiqi in 2014, Charlene looks forward to supporting the Tsilhqot'in and Ulkatchot'en people as part of the delegated team.

Email: charlene[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 224


 Dolly Wycotte - Voluntary Services Social Worker

Dolly is a member of the Williams Lake Indian Band at T’exelc and has been a Child Protection Social Worker since graduating with her BSW in 1996.  Dolly has worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and also worked for the Delegated Aboriginal Agency, Knucwentwecw Society early in her career and most recently prior to joining the Denisiqi Delegated Services team in November 2015.  Dolly is also credentialed in Aboriginal Focusing Therapy and Complex Trauma Counselling.





Email: dolly[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 228


 Harriet Hird - Guardianship Services Social Worker

Coming Soon

Email:  vssw1[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 259


Odette Folchi - Auxiliary Guardianship Services Social Worker - Part-time

Coming Soon

Email: vssw2[at]denisiqi.org - Contact Jo-Ann Ronnenkamp at ext. 225


 Kerry Chelsea - Aboriginal Family Group Conference Coordinator

Kerry Chelsea, a member of the Esketemc Band of the Secwepemc Nation, has been involved with various Aboriginal Organizations, Youth Programs and First Nations initiatives throughout his career. Kerry has more than 15 years' experience working with Aboriginal Communities locally, provincially and nationwide. He has served as the Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council member and president for 8 years which gave him the opportunity to travel all over the country and explore different nations, communities and people. He is currently a proud staff member of the Denisiqi Services Society where he works with Aboriginal Youth and Families through his position as the Aboriginal Family Group Conferencing Coordinator. His future goals are to further his education in the field of human resources and politics.

Email: kerry[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 223


Francy Elkins - Voluntary Services Admin Assistant

Francy Elkins has been employed at Denisiqi Services Society since February 2010 and started full time on February 4, 2013. She works for the Delegated Services Department as an Administrative Assistant.

Francy is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation and is originally from Tl'etinqox (formerly Anaham Band). She likes reading, biking, hiking, walking, and being out in nature.

Email: francy[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 227


Stella Stump - Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Stella is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation. She has been working at Denisiqi Service Society (formerly Desniqi Services Society) since 2009 in the position of Aboriginal Infant Development. She enjoys working with children and families in the Early Childhood Education Field to support families and children in our area. Stella hopes to get her infant and toddler ticket and also plans to work towards a diploma in ECE.

Email: stella[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 241


Charlotte Frank - Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Charlotte Frank is a member of the Tl’etinqox Government and started working for Denisiqi in February 2016 and was hired for the Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) Worker position; she is a licensed ECE and brings 8 years of experience with her.

Email: charlotte[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 240


TBA - Aboriginal Supported Child Development/Youth Worker

Coming Soon!

Email: tba [at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 239


Grace Cahoose - Early Child Development Outreach

Greetings, my name is Grace Cahoose; I am from the Ulkatcho First Nations band. My partner and I are proud parents/grandparents to two sons and two granddaughters. We spend much of our time with Minor Hockey with our youngest, whose other hobby is racing his palomino. I have worked within the ECE field since 2006. Working with children and families has always been my passion. To see a child get from one milestone to the next is always a celebration within itself. I very much enjoy all of the challenges work often brings, for then it allows more opportunities for learning. Education is never-ending.

Email: grace[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 237


Eileen Rosette- Early Childhood Educator, Nun Yaz Daycare

Email:  - Extension: 232


Neil Burrows - CYMH Team Leader – Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health

Neil comes to Denisiqi with 25+ years of experience in the Health and Social Services field. After his early days in Northern Ontario working in youth corrections, youth mental health, and child protection (primarily with Ojibwe families and communities), Neil moved to BC and spent another two years in child protection and children's mental health in Terrace before becoming a sole practitioner and delivering contract services across Canada. His work included critical incident debriefing with the RCMP and WCB, program design and evaluation for various health agencies, and trauma-work in remote northern communities. Neil is a certified mediator and a highly sought-after speaker at major events across Canada. He is very grateful to the First Nations communities along the way that have in equal parts challenged, taught, and welcomed him. And - a special thank you to the Gitxsan people for his name, Loquin Go Gak.

Email: neil[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 230


Carmen Mutschele - Child & Youth Counsellor – Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health

Carmen Mutschele, a former Social Worker with our Delegated Services Team, is now the Child & Youth Counsellor with the Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Team.  She has a youth worker background and enjoys working with people of all ages. Carmen grew up in Germany and moved to rural British Columbia over twenty years ago. She has worked in Hotel Management for many years, and particularly enjoyed a three year "stint" as the proprietress of the Saint George Hotel in the historic gold mining town of Barkerville. Carmen also has worked as a camp cook in a variety of settings. As one of the founding members of the Arts on the Fly Music Festival in Horsefly, she has organized many musical events over the years. In her free time Carmen plays guitar and sings with her friends and generally has a great love for the arts.

Email: carmen[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 236


Carolyn Charleyboy - Child & Youth Counsellor – Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health

Carolyn is from the Tsilhqot'in community of Tsi Deldel and has been involved in facilitating workshops and training with various Aboriginal organizations, youth-serving agencies, and justice programs throughout her career.  Her work in Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles provided the opportunity to travel across the province to many different communities and nations as a trainer.  She is committed to supporting and empowering individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives toward greater cultural connection, wellness and healthy interdependence. 

In September 2015 she joined Denisiqi's Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health team and is honoured to work for the Tsilhqot'in Nations and the Dakelh community of Ulkatcho. 

She is currently furthering her education and is a Master of Education in Counseling candidate with UNBC. 

Email: carolyn[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 245


Traveena Alexis - Rural Wellness Coordinator/Intake Worker - Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health

Traveena joined the Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health team in September 2015 as the Children’s Outreach Counsellor.  She is from the Ulkatcho First Nation and is part Carrier, Tsilhqot’in, Shuswap and Irish.  She lived in the Cariboo area for the first 12 years of life.  In May 2015 Traveena graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.  Traveena obtained her degree at an Indigenous based institution and the Children’s Outreach Counsellor position at Denisiqi Services Society gave her the opportunity to work in home territory and the chance to relearn her culture and teachings that were lost in the residential school system.

Traveena started her 1 year maternity leave in January 2017.  We wish her the best and look forward to her return in 2018.

Email: traveena[at]denisiqi.org - Extension:


Nicole Mack - Rural Wellness Coordinator/Intake Worker - Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health (8 month term-position starting May 2017 to December 2017)

Coming Soon.

Email: nicole[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 229


Shannon Stump-William - Cultural Enhancement Worker

Shannon Stump-William started with Denisiqi in January 2017 as the Intake & Wellness Worker, managing the counselling Caseload tracking system.  In May 2017 she moved into the Cultural Enhancement Worker position.

She was born and raised at Tl’etinqox Gov’t (Anaham Reserve) and married into Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Gov’t.

Shannon does outreach at Tsi Deldel (Redstone) School once a week and is certified in the Fun Friends program and also provides 1 on 1 enhanced support for some of our clinical counselling clients.  She also hosts the WIT (West Integrated Team) which is held once a month.

Email: shannon[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 242



Terri Smith - Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Prevention Worker - Ulkatcho

I have recently joined the staff of Denisiqi as the part time Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Prevention Worker in Ulkatcho and Anahim Lake. What a great team of dedicated and compassionate workers. I have lived in the area for eighteen years and worked for Ulkatcho Band at Nagwuntl'oo School for nine years forming strong bonds with the students and their families. For the last seven years I have managed the Anahim Lake RCMP Victim Service office, giving me the opportunity to assist individuals and families through all types of issues often during times of great stress. It is an honour and a joy to be a part of new services in the community that provides families with the support and skills they require to strengthen the family while assisting children and youth to develop to their full potential.

Email: terri[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: N/A


Crystal Wells - Community Enrichment Worker

Crystal Wells has been in Williams Lake for five years and has grown to love the community. She is a Heiltsuk woman from Bella Bella, BC.

She joined our team after 4 years at the Boys and Girls Club as the Preteen Afterschool and Summer Coordinator. She has lots of experience building relationships with youth and their families; as well she has organized many events and fundraisers for youth.

Crystal is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Organizational Management.  She looks forward to working with youth and families to improve wellness both physically and mentally. 

Email: crystal[at]denisiqi.org - Extension: 239


 Elaine Yablonski - Administrative Assistant

Elaine Yablonski is a proud member of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation based in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Her heritage includes Aboriginal, English, Irish, Scottish and Norwegian, all of which she is very proud of. As a single mom, she raised three wonderful children, the youngest of which is a member of the Tl’etinqox-t’in community, and is very proud of the people they are today. Once her youngest child started school she made the pivotal decision to further her education and in 1997 took the Business Office Assistants Program at Thompson Rivers University. Elaine is proud to say she has been working in this field of work ever since and loves it. She was happily married in 2007 and currently resides in Williams Lake. She has been the Administrative Assistant with Denisiqi Services since September 2011 and brought with her over 12 years of experience working in First Nations organizations.

Email:  elaine[at]denisiqi.org - Extension:  221







Denisiqi Services Society

Phone: (250) 392-6500

Toll Free: 1(877) 251-6566

Prevention & Support Fax: (250) 392-6501

Delegated Services Fax: (250) 392-6510

240B North Mackenzie Avenue

Williams Lake, BC  V2G 1N6

Email: administration@denisiqi.org

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