"Illness becomes wellness when I becomes We"
Healing Intergenerational Roots for All Nations-One Tribe 

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Clinical Services

& Research Interns

Currently I am a Graduate student at Mount Mary University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Helping people has always been a passion of mine, whether that’s through actively doing something or simply through listening. I believe that everyone has their own unique story to tell, a voice that needs to be heard, the desire to feel connected and the desire to feel a sense of purpose. My background in helping ranges from Vice President and Co-Founder of a Diversity club to being a Residence Assistant at my Undergraduate University. Some of my interest include sipping tea, meditation practices, and being active - whether that be via yoga or running. Being at HIR, I hope to bring healing and support not only through community and clinical work but also through the art of photography. In conjunction with a core belief here at HIR, I also believe that healing should not have to cost anyone anything and that through support, modeling skills and shifting our perspectives, we can find healing in anything that supports a healthy mind, body and spirit connection.

Counseling Intern

Xavier Smart

Public Health &

Social Service Interns

Posoh! I am a graduate student at UW Milwaukee and a member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. Currently I am working towards my degree in Social Work. I have started my internship with HIR Wellness because of my passion toward working with Native American communities, which I hope to continue to do once I complete my MSW. In the past I have worked with a variety of different tribes and age groups, including being a culture camp counselor with the Potawatomi tribe and an Indian Child Welfare social worker with the Menominee tribe. With my past experiences working with people I have learned how important the relationship is between connection and healing. I am thrilled to start my journey with HIR Wellness and being a part of this team! 

Social Work Intern

Shania O'Kimosh

Shekoli Swakweku Watkwanuhwelatu Yelihwanolu niyukyats
Ukwehuweneha Wakesklewake niwakitalot^ On^yoteaka niwakuhutsyot^.


Hello, I want to greet and give thanks to you all. She has precious ways/matters is my Oneida
name. I am Bear Clan and People of the Standing Stone is the land on earth that I come
from.


I am a first-year graduate student at the Washington University in St. Louis. Pursuing my
MSW with a concentration in American Indian/Alaska Natives has expanded my
knowledge of tribal nation history and more of an understanding of the contemporary
issues of Native communities. American Indians and Alaska Natives, have been
historically oppressed, marginalized and underrepresented across the board in all categories
of social issues. I am dedicated and determined to become an advocate for all Tribal
Nations. My experience at HIR Wellness Center is part of my journey that will prepare
me to make the most of my Social Work career so that I can enhance change for AI/AN
communities, the heart of who I am and where I come from.


I am a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and reside on our reservation. I come
from a blended family and the second eldest of nine combined siblings between my mom
and dad. Throughout my life I have been exposed to our traditional teachings and
continuously learning about my heritage. The knowledge and understanding I have of
being Haudenosaunee have created a strong connection with my Ukwehuweneha identity.
As I have learned in human behavior and social environment, identity is an essential
element of my own resilience as well as for those families that I will be serving.

Social Work Intern

Yelih Lee

Non-Profit Management

& Administrative Interns

Accepting applications! 
Please contact us to learn more about Non-profit management and administrative internship opportunities. 
Support Services Director
Deanna Schwenner, MPA
deannaschwenner@hirwellnesscenter.org