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Meet our Staff

Y.E.S Program Office

JoAnn Ninham, Y.E.S. Manager

JoAnn joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2004. She has a Masters in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an Interdisciplinary Major in American Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She enjoys working with Y.E.S. Staff, Oneida programs/departments and school staff to help American Indian students successfully navigate the public school system while continuing to develop their identity and self-esteem.

[email protected]         (920) 869-4345

Theresa Skenandore, Admin Assistant

Theresa joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2012.  She has an Associates of Arts Degree in Foundations of Business. Theresa plans on finishing my bachelor’s degree in the future. She worked in Retail for 15 years prior to joining the YES Program. She gets to greet many of our community members, which is a pleasure for her. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow and learn.

[email protected]             (920)-869-4331

The Y.E.S. staff are based in the public schools as listed here and provide direct services to the eligible American Indian students attending these schools. The Y.E.S. staff is a pool of Specialists, Advocates and Enrichment Aide.

*Services vary by school.

Green Bay King Elementary (K – Grade 5)

 

Sharon Skenandore, Advocate

Sharon joined the Y.E.S. Program staff in 2003. She has a Bachelor in Social Work Degree from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.   Prior to joining the Y.E. S. Program, Sharon worked for the Oneida Head Start Program for several years.   Sharon finds great joy in working with students as they begin their school journey. She enjoys collaborating with students, families, school staff and community resource people to assist students grow academically and socially.  

[email protected]    (920) 492-2771

 

Green Bay Vince Lombardi Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

Stephanie Stevens, Advocate

Stephanie joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2016. She has a Master’s Degree in Education: Applied Learning and Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities. Stephanie enjoys getting to know the students and learning about their gifts. She encourages the students to use their gifts to be successful in school and in life. Stephanie also enjoys facilitating groups for the students and conducting classroom presentations on history and culture.

[email protected]         (920) 492-2625

Kathy Doxtater, Specialist

Kathy joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and an Associates of Arts and Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kathy also possesses a teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Kathy enjoys working with the Native American students and staff at Lombardi Middle School. She likes to see the students succeed with their school work and being able to assist them in any way she can.

[email protected]   (920) 492-2625 

Green Bay Southwest High School (Grades 9 – 12)

Orleana Batiste, Advocate

Orleana joined the Y.E.S. Program in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Norbert College. Orleana enjoys seeing the students find something that excites them for the future.  It could be school, the military or starting their career, but the excitement of finding something they love.

[email protected]          (920) 492-7236 

Eden Huntington, Specialist

Eden joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies. Eden also possesses a Substitute teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She had many strong, indigenous men and women that stuck by her and supported her dreams through the good times and the bad. Every day she is reminded that she is here to support the success of the indigenous youth. Whether that be success in academics, learning about their culture, or even just getting through the day with a smile.

[email protected]     (920) 492-7236

 

 

Seymour Rock Ledge (Grades K – 5)

Vicki Strzelecki, Advocate

Vicki joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2018. She has and Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development. Vicki enjoys working with each student to help them reach their goal of being successful. She finds her role rewarding because she can build positive relationships with students and families and be a great resource when needed. She loves seeing her students identify themselves as being Native and being proud of their culture and language. Vicki feels very fortunate to be a part of a great team.

[email protected]    (920) 833-7380, Ext. 216

Heidi Smith, Enrichment Aide

Heidi joined the Y.E.S. Program in 1995. She has a high school diploma. Heidi always has a great time working with students. Students are excited when she shows up for their tutoring sessions and ready to work. Heidi also has a great time working with the staff and is welcomed into the classrooms to work with students. 

[email protected]        (920) 833-7380, Ext. 230

Amanda Malcolm, Specialist

Amanda joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2015.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Teaching, with an emphasis in Alternative Education from St. Norbert College, a Master of Science Degree in Sociology of Education from South Dakota State University, a Graduate Certificate in Math Intervention from UW-Oshkosh, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hamilton College. Amanda also possesses a Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Amanda enjoys sharing her love of mathematics with both students and staff members as well as building relationships with students and their families.

[email protected]     (920) 833-7380, Ext. 718

Seymour Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

Jane Powless, Advocate

Jane joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2012.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community-Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Jane enjoys working with students to help them find creative solutions to problems and ways to integrate their culture into their modern life.

[email protected]          (920) 833-7199, Ext. 364

Tim Kolberg, Specialist

Tim joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2012. He has Masters of Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broad Field Science and Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Tim possesses a Life-long Elementary/ Science teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. His favorite part of his job is helping students reach their academic potential and watching them mature and integrate the teachings into positive choices that reflect their values and culture.

[email protected]          (920) 833-7911, Ext. 365

Seymour High School (Grades 9 - 12)

Tina Danforth, Advocate

Tina joined the Y.E.S. Program in November of 2018. She has a Bachelor in Social Work Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She enjoys getting to know the students and providing them a positive and productive educational experience filled with social, cultural and academic opportunities. Watching students grow and develop their skills while becoming successful adults is very rewarding. Tina finds the people with whom she networks with in the community to be great to work with. They help her to further assist the students with resources and opportunity to grow their educational experience.

[email protected]             (920) 833-2306, Ext. 442

Paula Tauscheck, Specialist

Paula joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Change and Development from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Paula also has completed classes in Wisconsin Indian Ethnohistory and Indian law at UW-Green Bay. Prior to working with the Y.E.S. Program, Paula worked for the Oneida Nation Elementary School where she participated in Oneida Language classes. Paula possesses a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Teaching License in K-12 Special Education. Paula is invested in helping students graduate and relishes the opportunity to see young people evolve and choose their path. She also enjoys sharing what she has learned about the Oneida community with her coworkers.

[email protected]           (920) 833-2306, Ext. 442

West De Pere Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

Marcie Jefferson, Specialist

Marcie joyfully joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and holds a Wisconsin DPI Teaching License. Marcie knows it is a privilege to be a part of a team that supports young people as they endeavor toward academic, social, cultural, and emotional well-being. She appreciates the partnership between the Oneida Nation and the local school districts that recognize the unique needs of their Indigenous students.

[email protected]                    (920) 337-1099, Ext. 2234

West De Pere High School (Grades 9 – 12)

Cari Clayton, Advocate

Cari joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2012. She has a Masters in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Human Development. Cari enjoys building relationships and/or collaborating with the students, families, school staff, and other Nation departments. She enjoys helping prepare the students for life after high school. Her favorite day is high school graduation, seeing the joy and sense of accomplishment the students and their families have.

[email protected]                      (920) 338-5200, Ext. 4216

Ridgeview Plaza (Suite 2)

Renita Hernandez, Advocate

Renita joined the Y.E.S. Program in 2019. She has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University. She has worked with youth in the Green Bay School as well as in Oneida with the Workforce Development Department for the past 3 years. Renita enjoys working with youth and encourages them to be successful.  She also realizes the importance of learning Oneida Language and Culture and encourages students to learn as much as they can.

[email protected]             (920) 869-4416

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