Leadership and Governance:

The Children's Fire

Indigenous and Western Archtypes

In our journey, as an organization, we are committed to forging deeper conversations and cultivating systemic change around decolonizing mental health practices, treatment, and pedagogy, which was designed to support an individualistic and Western worldview of illness. The trauma experienced, intergenerationally, from social injustice, racism, discrimination, and the cascading effects of Historical Trauma, require a culturally responsive, relevant, and community-informed and co-created mental health services and programming. Communal healing requires a shared responsibility and accountability; it takes a tribe to raise a community. This is why our founder developed our Healing Pathways Model, an approach we use to meet our community and client's healing and therapy needs. 


Out of respect and relationship to one another, Healing Intergenerational Roots (HIR) Wellness Center chooses to follow the ancient and Indigenous leadership teachings called, The Children’s Fire.  It’s about resilience, trust, community and democracy. The two laws of the Children’s Fire are that (1) The Children’s Fire must forever keep going, and (2) The feminine must be protected. We will always seek to protect our future by pledging that no harm will come to our children by doing what’s in their best interest and ensuring the continuation of our ways.  Our focus is on intergenerational healing and we offer programming that encourages this practice to address the unique needs of Historical Trauma Informed Community-Centered Healing. 


The various archetypes involved in this model  include the Grandparents, Creators, the Pattern Keepers, the Tricksters, the Storytellers, the Warriors, the Healers, the Feminine, and the Council. It is with these archetypes that HIR Wellness identifies its leadership with the most crucial decisions being made by the grandparent types, our board members. HIR Wellness Center is still growing, so there are some of our archetypes that are filled by more familiar titles. As you scroll through our leadership and governance positions, you will notice the Indigenous Archetypes shared first and by clicking on the arrows, the Western Archetype will appear.  

Please see the resources below to learn more!

Meet our Healing Support Team

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Jamie Kellicut, CSW, CCEP


Community Engagement and


Indigenous Affairs Director

Malia Chow, AS

Community Advocate & Healer

Thresa Stevens

Community Advocate

Hillary Wynn, MD

Volunteer Clinical Intern Supervisor, Psychiatrist 

Mark W. Powless

Oneida Tribal Member

Interim Board President

Ben Callif


Vice President

Jim Hastings, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Researcher

HIR Executive Team

Lea S. Denny, MS, LPC, NCC, NMT

CEO, Founder

Clinical Director & Trainer

HIR Core Healing Team

Xavier Smart

CARES Counselor, Graduate Clinical Mental Health Student

Yessica Gonzalez, BS

Bilingual Victim Services Advocate

Mark Powless, PhD

Volunteer Clinical  Intern Supervisor, Psychologist 

HIR Board of Directors 

Courtney Barry, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist 

Board Secretary 

Tammy Scheidegger, PhD

Mount Mary University

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Deanna Schwenner, MPA

Support Services Director 

Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, M.Ed

Community Healer and

Indigenous CARES Director

Cory Carline, MSW

LGBTQ2S Therapist

Claudia Meyer-Smith

Occupational Therapist, 

Intern Supervisor,

NMT Consultant

Amy Bogost, JD

Civil Rights Attorney


Board Member

Lea S. Denny

Founder & CEO


Board Member

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., PhD.

Fellow of Child Trauma Academy and Founder of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)

CEO Healing Informed Mentors 

HIR Clinical Supervisors & Consultants

Jo Mackenzie 

VOC Support Services Coordinator

Skye Alloway

Board Treasurer

Warriors, Pattern Keepers, Healers, and the Feminine

Indigenous Archetype


Lea S. Denny, M.S., LPC, NCC, NMT

Founder, CEO, Clinical Director & Researcher 

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Consultant &

Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Identifies as Pacific Islander 

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into the line of work that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest grew into my undying passion for the helping field. As a mother of two, wife, community member, and Indigenous person (Hawaiian & Pacific Islander ancestry, and my husband and children are Oneida), the healing of our Indigenous communities is part of my family and ancestors' journey too. HIR Wellness Center grew out of the community voices from my Master's thesis, a research project that was a study on Healing Historical Trauma. I spent two years working on this research and meeting with over 200 of our Native community members across the state and had many meaningful conversations. One man who shared with me called the impact that Historical Trauma has had in his and his family lives, the "Chain of Pain". I learned a great deal from our community members who took the time to convey their story with me. One Elder who spoke with me said, "I hope you really do something with all this information". He was referring to my research study and I took his words to heart and absolutely agreed with him but how could I make a difference in an Ocean of pain? Although I wasn't sure how I would use the information from my research, I knew I had a responsibility to do something good with the knowledge I had gained. Working in the mental health field for over 20 years, I also was discouraged with the lack of awareness that many therapists had on how to help support the healing process from the trauma and adversity experienced by our communities from social injustice. This awareness would evolve into becoming my life's work and started HIR (Healing Intergenerational Roots) Wellness Center. I wholeheartedly believe that it shouldn't cost anyone to heal. To make this vision a reality and as we work towards fully funding our organization, everyone that provides services at HIR has done so as volunteers/in-kind support, including myself. The last few years have had challenging moments, endless days, and minimal resources, yet, the past two years has taught me that anything worth believing in takes time, hope, supportive relationships, and the heart to see it through. 

It has not been until very recently that we have had the capacity to bring on some of our staff, part-time. As a young nonprofit organization, two years old, we are growing with gusto and staying true to our values as an organization, offering all of our counseling services at no cost to the client. None of this would be possible without our strong community partnerships, volunteers, in-kind services and donations.

When I first began my journey in the helping field, I was a peer mediator at Walker's Point Youth and Family Center in 1996. This experience would spark my interest and I landed my first job in the field in 1999 as a behavioral health technician and group facilitator at a Psychiatric hospital. I continued to grow my skills and knowledge working with vulnerable populations in various settings and quickly realized that the behavioral approach to mental health limited the treatment process for those who suffered from complex and developmental trauma. Since then, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2006 and completed my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mount Mary University in 2016. As my career grew, I began to present workshops, training's, and keynotes, locally, statewide, Nationally, and Internationally, including speaking at Global conferences, in Cape Town, South Africa at the "Pathways To Resilience" Conference, Banff, Canada at the 2nd & 3rd Neurosequential Model Symposium, and in Winnipeg, Canada, at the 9th Annual National Mental Health Conference. As a licensed therapist LPC, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) trained, and community-based participatory (CBPR) researcher in Milwaukee, WI, I am committed to the well-being of all my clients, their families, and our communities. It was from my research that HIR Wellness Center grew from a dream to a thriving practice, where individual, family, and community wellness is addressed through our healing pathways model. Wellness happens when we work together, it is relational, it is intergenerational, and it (Wellness) requires an integrated and multi-systemic approach to addressing mental health concerns.


Our motto is "Illness Becomes Wellness when I becomes We, Healing All Nations, One Tribe".

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Jamie Kellicut, CSW, CCEP

Community Engagement & Indigenous Affairs Director, Identifies as Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Member

Boozhoo nindenewemaaganag Zhaangwewekamigookwe nindizhinikaaz. Odaawaa-Zaaga'iganiing nindonjabaa migizii nindodem. Hello relatives my name is Jamie. I am an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians tribe of Wisconsin and I am eagle clan. I am a proud wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend.  I carry the seven grandfather teachings with me along my journey. I have humbly served within Indian Country for over 17 years and I am blessed to have spent the past sixteen of those years with the Forest County Potawatomi tribe in various roles.

I have a profound love and passion for our indigenous and underserved communities. My life work has been to use my heart, spirit and energy to heal others whether that be through music, storytelling, educating or community work. I have spent a large portion of the past two years interning at AODA programs offering treatment for adults with primary and secondary chemical diagnosis and co-occurring mental health disorders. I returned to school to claim my bachelors in social work and am currently claiming my masters in social work through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I know all too well the shackles that intergenerational trauma can have on a person. As a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and addiction I am living proof there is hope and that your current situation does not have to be your forever destination. I vowed to serve indigenous communities and use my experiences as inspiration to move others toward a world free of fear, abuse, trauma and inequality. Through intentional acts of love and care for our communities, I believe together we will heal.

I am a Certified Social Worker (CSW) for the State of Wisconsin, a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and Co-founder/Co-facilitator of a monthly Native Wellness Grassroots support group. In my free time I love sharing life with my family, learning my culture, walking in nature and performing music with my husband. I am beyond honored and blessed to begin my new journey with HIR Wellness Institute as we improve mental health and wellness outcomes for indigenous and underserved communities.

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Deanna Schwenner, MPA

Support Services Director, Identifies as Euro-American (German, Austrian, Irish, Danish) 

As a founding team members at HIR Wellness Center, I am excited to see how much we have grown in such a short time. Although I hold various roles at HIR, where I volunteered much of my time and often moonlighted my effort's after work since 2016. I began my part-time position as the Grants and Operations Officer at HIR Wellness Center in 2019. I am passionate about human and environmental rights and advocating for others. My previous development roles were at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Saint John’s On The Lake. I have volunteered with several local organizations including Sojourner Family Peace Center and the International Institute of Wisconsin. I earned my bachelor's degree in anthropology and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master's degree in public administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. I look forward to growing my work with HIR Wellness Center as we continue to grow our programming and community services. 

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Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, M.Ed

Community Healer and Indigenous CARES Director, Identifies as Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Member

     I have been enthusiastic and driven to add to the difficult conversations around teaching and talking about building resilience and healing our communities from the relentless impact of Historical Trauma and systemic oppression. In moving our families and communities forward from what I see as unhealthy to healthy ways of being," to Alive, to Surviving, to Thriving". It was serendipitous when I first met Lea while she was in her Master's program and learned about her research and vision for this work. We talked for hours, as I too shared my passion for this work. I have offered my guidance and unwavering support since this first meeting years ago, and now as HIR's Community Healer and Indigenous CARES Director, I will continue this mentorship and work towards our common goal, growing HIRWI.

     I believe strongly in encouraging and mentoring our Indigenous women and women of color for leadership roles and community engagement. I have over 30 years of expertise in various fields of work including journalism and communications, lecturer, published author, Human Resources and policy development, Keynote and presenter, and as a supervisor and project manager for the Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services, Community Support Services. I am the past Board President for HIR Wellness Institute. 

     In these various settings, I work toward including certain values: learn to respect honest work done well (Nel Noddings), learn to treat yourself, others, and the environment with dignity and respect (Brice Wilkinson), learn to be able to create options for yourself (Linda Sue Warner), and seek to make a fairer, kinder, and more compassionate world (Peggy McIntosh). 

Malia Lani Chow, AS

Community Advocate & Healer, Identifies as Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Mixed, Asian and Euro-American descent.

Aloha!  I am a Native Hawaiian woman, artist, musician, dancer, teacher, environmental advocate, and mother; who believes that participation in cultural and artistic practices are an important part of healing, especially for indigenous people.  Rediscovering and honoring our connection to each other, and the ‘āina (land) keeps us grounded and helps to promote balance- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

My professional skills include; private and group instruction for music and dance, public speaking, cultural lectures, and performance.   My academic background is diverse in music, and the arts and humanities; attending The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, University of Hawaii Manoa, Kapi’olani Community College, and The Milwaukee Area Technical College. 

My passions include, teaching others how to integrate indigenous wisdom and principals into their daily lives, especially in regard to environmental and cultural practices.  I am the owner and director of a Polynesian performance group called, Hale O Malo Productions.  We have been performing for almost 25 years.  I have also founded two non-profit organizations: The Ke Ali’i David La’amea Kalākaua Hawaiian Civic Club, to strengthen and perpetuate Hawaiian Culture in Wisconsin; and Nā Hale Cultural Arts Center Inc., in order to create cultural, music, arts, and environmental programs that enrich individuals lives and the community in honor of indigenous wisdom, and in the spirit of aloha (love).

Xavier Smart

CARES Counselor & Clinical Graduate Student, Identifies as Bahamian-American 

I am a Graduate Student at Mount Mary University, and I come to HIR bringing my most true and authentic self by providing supportive, healing and vibrant energy to all those I come in contact with. Professionally, I have worked in a variety of different environments which have required me to provide safe and healing spaces for individuals. From being Vice President of a diversity club to a Resident Assistant, I have had to work both one on one and in group settings to ensure positive wellbeing in individuals.
Some of my hobbies and interest include photography, meditation, being outside (summer and fall) and drinking tea! Self-care is an important aspect of my life as it creates a sense of inner peace. This allows me to reconnect with myself as well as deepen the connection I feel between all things. One interesting fact about me is that I am a vegan and my favorite vegan cheat snacks are Oreos -yes they are vegan! I look forward to my time at here at HIR Wellness Center and being a part of an amazing team of healers!

Yessica Gonzalez, BS

Bilingual Victim Services Advocate, Identifies as Indigenous- Mexican-American 

I’ve always believed I could do something that could make a change. “Si lo crees lo creas” If you believe it you can create it. My goal is to help people in my community and at the same time, impact the generations to come-- healing all aspects of the human being mental, spirit, emotional and physical. Each mind is a world; for this reason I want to share, listen, and learn. This is what will make difference: have empathy, generosity, forgiveness, gratitude and love;  respect all perspectives; and grow together. I love to learn from our elders and to know our history. I think if we learn from the past, in the present we could create a better future, honoring the earth and our ancestors, impacting this and next generations. 


I have a bachelors degree as a Chemical Pharmacologist Biologist with emphasis in Clinic and Pharmacy from the University of Guadalajara.  I like to serve others.  I’m a volunteer at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and Walworth County Literacy Council. I was a Peer Advocate and President of Society Cultural Excellence Club, member of Latinos Unidos Club and Active Minds at Gateway Technical College. Dance is art in movement. I became a Polynesian dancer nine years ago. Now I am a Tahitian instructor for three years and dancer with Hale O Malo for two years. I am so grateful, blessed, and excited in this journey at HIR Wellness Institute and happy to serve, share, and help with you.

Thresa Stevens

Community Advocate, Identifies as a Menominee Tribal Member, Native American

Posoh! My name is Thresa Stevens. I am Menominee. I am a Milwaukee native. I’m a mother of three girls and a wife. My husband is Onondaga from New York. 

I am a strong believer in empowering my Native relatives, whether it’s through spiritual or traditional teachings.

Before dedicating myself to serving victims of sexual assault and/ or domestic violence, I’ve worked for myself. My husband and I plus our girls used to travel all spring and summer to powwows all over the United States selling our beadwork, moccasins, and beading supplies while our girls danced and prayed hard. We also teach beading classes. I have decided to put that all on hold to serve my relatives. I am strong, compassionate, non-judgmental and Native strong. I am here 100% to help, be a listening ear, a friend, never-judging-always-empowering.

Waewanen for having me!

Jo Mackenzie

VOC Support Services Coordinator, Identifies as Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Member

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Cory Carline, MSW, CAPSW

LGBTQ2 Therapist, Identifies as Indigenous- & Euro- American, and Two-Spirit  

Niltze! It has always been my niche to serve the community and fiercely advocate for the people. My background encompasses profound experiences working with at-hope children, youth, and families across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at UW-Green Bay with a focus on clinical practice, and I have an Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW) license. I am completing my doctoral studies at UW-Green Bay in First Nations Education, Ed.D. My research emphases are on best practices for serving our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) & two-spirit (2S) relatives, with a special focus on our transgender non-conforming (TGNC) community. My roots grew in kinship with my warm-hearted family in the Oneida, Wisconsin community. They encourage me to serve with gratitude our most vulnerable and oppressed populations every day. As a survivor of intergenerational trauma I am committed to familial connections, cultural preservation, and respecting one’s story as sacred. I am honored to be a member and supporter of the HIR Wellness family and I hope to connect with you on your healing journey. Tlazo!

Ma totahtzin anmechmopieli (May the Sun take care of you).  


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 

Dr. Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.’ 

Hillary Wynn, M.D. 

Clinical Supervisor & Psychiatrist, Identifies as African American 

Dr. Hillary D Wynn is a Psychiatry Specialist in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She graduated with honors from Hahnemann University College Of Medicine in 1994. Having more than 25 years of diverse experiences working with communities of color in urban areas, American Indian populations living on reservations, and the Virgin Islands. She deeply believes in creating a holistic pathway to healing and infuses her teachings in acupuncture and hypnotherapy to support her clients. As an intergenerational-centered practitioner, Dr. Wynn is triple board certified in the state of Wisconsin, serving children, adolescents, and adult populations. 

Mark Powless, Ph.D

Clinical Supervisor and Cultural, Identifies as Oneida Tribal Member, Native American

I currently serve as the Our Ways Director for the Indian Community School - Franklin, WI. I am a graduate of Marquette University, and licensed clinical psychologist. I have worked with mental health services collaboratively with Native spiritual helpers, social services and related programs essential in addressing multiple needs of the American Indian community. In giving back to my community, I volunteer at different events and gatherings as well as provide, in-kind, clinical supervision for counseling interns at HIR. As a lecturer, I have worked with schools and community organizations on training and education programs throughout the state. I am an active member of Marquette University’s Council on Native American Affairs and a long standing member of numerous Psychology Associations and societies.

Claudia Meyer-Smith, Occupational Therapist, NMT 

Occupational Therapist Intern Supervisor, NMT consultant , Identifies as German & Euro-American descent 

Claudia has over 30 years of experience in developing strategies and therapeutic interventions for sensory integration for children who struggle with sensory processing, Autism, Neurocognitivie disorders, and complex and developmental trauma. She provides thoughtful, heartful, and innovative practices to her client's and regularly trains occupational therapy interns, and professional development on the healing power of Occupational Therapies. 

CAM Cohort

Mount Mary Counseling Students

The CAM Cohort first learns about and how to facilitate our Community Activated Medicine (CAM) events and workshops during their internship experience. The students then staff our CAMPsite (mobile mental health pop up outreach program) at various events throughout the year. 


Grandparents, occasional Story Tellers, occasional Creators, occasional Council

Indigenous Archetype

Mark W. Powless, MBA

Oneida Tribal Member, Director of SEOTS, Interim Board President

As a tribal member, husband, father, and Director of Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS), I recognize the value of community and the need for culturally responsive and relevant social services for our Native community members living in rural and urban areas. I give back to my community as often as I can and serve on various committees, I am a board member for Spotted Eagle, a nonprofit organization that provides free vocational training for our Native community, and continue to serve as one of the founding board members at HIR Wellness Center. You can find me every Tuesday, at SEOTS, calling out BINGO for our Elder programming. I received my Master's degree in Business from Marquette University. I enjoy spending my time growing my knowledge about my Oneida language and cultural teachings and sharing what I learn with my family, friends, and community. 

Ben Callif, MS

Philosopher, Board Vice President

I am a Research Associate at Bader Philanthropies, Inc., a philosopher on the YouTube channel The Paradox Perspective, and an author of peer-reviewed and popular science. I’ve published work on topics ranging from genetic engineering for spinal cord injury to the epigenetics of circadian rhythms. Around the same time that HIR Wellness Center was created, I made it my mission to facilitate a more connected and compassionate Milwaukee. Through Bader Philanthropies, Inc. I work with non-profit leaders and community members to enhance personal and organizational effectiveness. I met Lea and Deanna when HIR Wellness Center was nearly brand new, but I recognized the urgency and importance of this work immediately. I believe that the interface between epigenetics and organizational development is paramount to our success as people in the City of Milwaukee, the State of Wisconsin, and beyond. And although this is a complex issue that is difficult to grasp, Lea deeply understands this relationship and has a mastery of her field like no one I have met before. To watch the growth of HIR Wellness Center has been a privilege, and it is an incredible honor to be directly involved in shaping its future.

Ben works closely with the Operations, Program, and Engagement staff at The Bader Philanthropies and has three focus areas of responsibility in is role there: Organizational Development, Research, and Learning. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Excelsior College, a bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in Neuroscience from Marquette University.

Skye Alloway

Board Treasurer

Exciting Announcement Coming Soon - Stay Tuned!

Courtney O. Barry, PsyD

Clinical Pychologist, Board Secretary

Courtney O Barry is a Psychologist, Clinical Specialist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with honors in 2013. Having more than 6 years of diverse experiences. Dr. Barry is a associate profession at The Medical College Of Wisconsin Inc. Areas of interest/experience: Create and evaluate programs that highlight integration of mental and physical health. Topics of interest include: Community Mental Health, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, trauma, and residency education.

Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, JD

Civil Rights Attorney, Board Member

Amy Blumenfeld Bogost has been practicing law since 1989 where she began as a
civil rights attorney working in the areas of criminal defense and Section 1983
federal lawsuits. She continued her work in civil law in Seattle, Washington and
California before settling in Madison, Wisconsin. She has most recently focused her
practice on the area of Federal Title IX, as well as crime victim representation. She
started a pro bono training for attorneys to aid survivors of sexual assault on
campuses in their grievance process. Through the Southwest Center for Law and
Policy she has provided training on implementation of Title IX within Tribal colleges
and has taught at the National Tribal Trial College, co-sponsored at located at
University of Wisconsin Law School. She has worked with schools to create Title IX
grievance process that is fair and with an effort to increase justice for all survivors.
She has consulted with both college and high schools on ways to improve the Title
IX procedures. She is currently working with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center
under a grant from the Department of Justice to provide legal assistance to survivors
of trauma and sexual assault. Amy holds a Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent
College of law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the
University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Washington State Bar, California
State Bar and Wisconsin State Bar.

Check out her work in serving Victims of Crimes! https://www.bogostlawllc.com/

Lea S. Denny

Founder & CEO of HIR Wellness Institute, Board Member

Lea's Bio is available by clicking her photo or scrolling to the top of this page. 


Creators, Pattern Keepers, Story Tellers, and Tricksters

Indigenous Archetype

Indigenous Archetypes

Jim Hastings, Ph.D


I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1971 and taught in the clinical psychology program at Bowling Green State University. I joined the Psychology staff at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in 1975, and worked in AODA Treatment, Smoking Cessation, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Injury. I have been active in research over the years, and have numerous publications.  I continued teaching, both for the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 35 years, and part time for the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  I have known Lea since she first took my undergraduate course in psychology there over 15 years ago! She was a driven and passionate young person then and this energy has only grown and become more focused. Our paths would continue to cross and once she began her journey through her graduate studies, our friendship and my mentoring grew. Although I officially retired in 2011, I continue to work part-time at the VA and serve on an Institutional Review board for a local University. I review articles submitted to professional journals, and perhaps most importantly, I have the pleasure of providing support and mentorship for community-based participatory research conducted at Lea’s HIR Wellness Center. 

Indigenous Archetypes

Tammy Scheidegger, Ph.D, LPC, NCC


I am the Associate Professor and Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Counseling, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI. I received my doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have trained and presented locally, throughout our state, nation, and internationally on the impact of trauma, compassion resilience, and historical trauma. As a researcher, I focus on strength-based and culturally informed practices to inform the mental health field, educators, and professionals. My interests include supervision, trauma counseling, and compassion resilience. I am thrilled about the opportunities - mentorship, supervision, and support -  that HIR Wellness Center offers my graduate counseling students. Addressing trauma and adversity requires a systemic approach and this is one of the many reasons why it made sense for us to join HIR's CAM project and pilot our first CAM Intern Cohort to staff CAM events and CAMPsites (Mobile Community Mental Health and outreach Pop Ups). I am so proud to be giving back to HIR in a small way by providing guidance for the HIR team in counseling and mental health ethics. 

Indigenous Archetypes

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. 


Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX, and Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).

Ms. Denny has had the honor of being invited to present at Dr. Perry's 2nd (Summer 2016), 3rd, (Summer 2018) and 4th (Summer 2020) International Neurosequential Model© Symposium in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 


The Council

Indigenous Archetype

Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services

Community Partner

The council

Forest County Potawatomi Foundation

Community Partner

The council

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Ho-Chunk Nation- Milwaukee Branch

Community Partner 

The council


Mount Mary University

Community Partner

The council

Resources and Inspiration

The Children’s Fire movement 



Mac brings The Children’s Fire to QI GLOBAL 2010 

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

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