Office – Bemidji, Minnesota

2406 Tracy Court NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: (218) 751-2943
Fax: (218) 751-2944

Office Manager: Elizabeth Hough | email: elizabeth@colhca.net
PCA Coordinator: Roxanne Papasodora | email: roxanne@colhca.net
Registered Nurse: Cheryl Mistic | email: cheryl@colhca.net
Registered Nurse: Lisa Bjork | email: lisa@colhca.net
Director of Culture and Communications: Beth Timmins | email: beth@colhca.net

The Bemidji Office was opened in 2007-8, since then we have established an excellent relationship with the surrounding communities. We are the most Northern office of all COLHCA locations. We provide PCA and Home Care services for the greater Minnesota area, including two of the largest Native American Indian Reservations in the state. We have served client’s as far north as Warroad, East to Northome, West to Bagley and all communities in between.

Bemidji is the first city on the Mississippi River, Bemidji is home to Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox. Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore. Locals will describe him as, “big as a mountain and strong as a grizzly bear,” he was never seen without his faithful companion “Babe” the Blue Ox.
Chief Bemidji ‘Shaynowishkung’ (as the story goes), made many trips up the Mississippi River as a young boy. He was the first person to settle on the shores of (what is now called) Lake Bemidji. The name “Bemidji” derives from the Ojibwa language, meaning “a lake with crossing waters.”
The population of Bemidji is 14,594, with over 11% being of Native American descent (2010 U.S. Census).

We have four colleges in our area, Bemidji State University (BSU), Northwest Technical College, Oak Hills Christian College and Leech Lake Tribal College.There are a lot of activities to do in the summer, as Bemidji is a ‘tourist destination.’ We have several Pow wows that start Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day. During the Fourth of July, the Bemidji Jaycee’s hosts and annual Water Carnival, Parade and fireworks celebration.Tourist flock to the area (all year long) for fishing (both summer and winter), hunting, skiing (cross country, downhill and water), snowmobiling (thousands of groomed trails in and around Bemidji), camping, hiking and bike riding (there are several state parks and forest near Bemidji). Bemidji is located 100 miles south of the Canadian Border.

Lisa Bjork

Registered Nurse

My name is Lisa Bjork, RN. I have lived in the Bemidji area for the last 30 years. Some of my hobbies include, playing with my kids, being on the lake, sitting by the fire, quilting, cross stitch, and reading. I’ve been with COLHCA since July 2016. I enjoy working with clients to help improve their lives with health issues.

Cheryl Mistic

Registered Nurse

My name is Cheryl Mistic, RN BAN. I am the daughter of Laurence & Janet Mistic. I have lived in the area for 43 years. Some of my hobbies include needle work of many types; reading, travel, gardening, knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting and sewing. I have been employed with COLHCA since August 2014. I was drawn to COLHCA because, I’ve always had an interest in case management, working with under-served populations that are in need of PCA services, and I appreciate the mission and vision of COLHCA. In our office, I appreciate that we communicate well with each other. Everyone brings their unique life experiences to contribute to the whole team. I think we all benefit and learn from a great cross-cultural interaction. We have been able to direct clients to improve their living environments, be it finding better housing or enabling them through PCA assistance to keep their homes when being threatened by eviction. From a nursing perspective, what is fulfilling is then you’re able to direct a client to seek help before a health care concern becomes a full-blown problem and in this way prevent hospitalizations.

Elizabeth Hough

Office Manager

My English name is Elizabeth Hough. My Indian name is Migizhi-equay(Eagle Woman). I am a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I am the daughter of Kenneth Hough Sr (Leech Lake Band) and the late Roberta (Boona)Headbird(Leech Lake Band). I was born and raised in Cass Lake, Minnesota and attended college in Minneapolis, MN. I am the mother of three beautiful children, Hannah (Makoonz), Lonan (Weh-das-sah) and Kendall (Pgishmo-kwe). Some of my greatest accomplishments are graduating from college and raising my children.

I am an Office Manager and work out of the Bemidji, Minnesota office. I moved my family back to Northern Minnesota in 2013. I have been employed with COLHCA since 2011, first starting as the Receptionist for the Corporate office in Minneapolis, MN. Then being promoted to the position I have today.

Some of my hobbies include, spending time with family, taking my children to Tae Kwon Do and Gymnastics, cookouts and watching YouTube videos.

Roxanne Papasodora

PCA Coordinator

My name is Roxanne Papasodora and I am an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I am the daughter of Samuel (Rocky) Papasodora and Kim Budreau. I have two daughters ages 20 and 9 – I also have a son who is only a few months of age. My greatest achievement was to educate myself so I could help my community with their needs through Circle of Life Anishinaabe. I started with Circle of Life Anishinaabe the year of 2007 and ended in 2010, I then came back in 2014 until present. I was hired as the receptionist now I am the PCA Coordinator for the Bemidji office. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to a variety of music, and spending time outdoors during the summer months. I have seen first-hand the struggles of the Native American community. I have family and friends who struggle with health and mental issues that inflict a stigma. I reach out through our Agency with services that can be provided to clients, we also offer employment for PCA’s. I enjoy my job and take pride in helping those in need through Circle Of Life Anishinaabe.

Beth Timmins

Director of Culture & Communications

Hello, name is “Nowacumigoikwe” Beth Timmins. I currently work out of the Northern Minnesota offices. I am a Leech Lake Band Pillager Ojibwe, Mississippi band Member from Bena, Minnesota. I have been with the founder Patricia Yager and Circle of Life Home Care since its inception in 2005. I have a medical management, marketing, and finance educational background. The positions I have held with COLHCA have been Program Manager, Program Administrator, Cultural advocate/Consultant, and I now serve as The Director of Culture & Communications. I was also Vice President & administrator of our Minnesota sister company “Soaring Eagles Transportation” for nine years from 2008-2017, which provided medical transport for elderly and disabled folks in northern Minnesota.

Native American health care has not only become a passion of mine, but also my life’s work. I am also interested in Native healthcare rights and helping overcome the barriers we may face with healthcare issues. A couple of teachings Pat Yagers’ vision has inspired me to do, is to help bring hope and empower others. I try to do this everyday, and I am fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity. The definition of a real warrior to me is to protect the well being of the people. We honor our clients and staff with health care knowledge & assistance because it is at the core of what we do. I believe we are all warriors in the healthcare journey of Native Americans.