Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Family Services Welcomes New Staff

October 1st was a big day for the Family Services Program. Terica McConnell and Tashena VanZile joined the team, and Carla Ruuskanen moved to her part-time position managing the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant.

Terica is the new Director of Economic Support and Family Services, moving from her previous position as the Coordinated Services Team (CST) Coordinator / Economic Support Case Manager.

“I am excited by this opportunity to make a difference. I love working with my community – it’s my family,” Terica said.

“With Carla’s help, this has been an easy transition. She has quite a bit of knowledge and has been really helpful. I have a lot to learn, and I’m getting things done step-by-step. I’m very thankful to be in this position,” Terica continued.

Terica and her husband Daniel have two children, four-year-old Layla and 13-year-old Trevor. Terica may be reached at 715-478-3265.

As Terica moved into her new position, Family Services welcomed Tashena VanZile as the new CST Coordinator/Economic Support Case Manager.

Tashena comes to Family Services with a background in gaming, and received her Tribal Management diploma from Nicolet College in 2018.

“I like having a diverse background, and helping people,” she shared.

In her new position, Tashena assists children, families and children with special needs. She is also managing the Native Employment Works grant, which offers employed Tribal Members in Forest County assistance in maintaining their positions. Assistance could include help with clothing, car repairs and in other areas.

Tashena has a daughter, Rikki Frank, and is expecting her second child in March. Her office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tashena may be reached at 715-478-7519.

Congratulations and welcome Terica and Tashena!