Hello! My name is Lyn’D Lawrence, and I am an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe here in Eagle Butte, SD. I am the mother of four children–17, 15, 10, and 9 (my only son!) I grew up here in Eagle Butte the youngest of seven children. I attended school in Eagle Butte and graduated from here. I had various jobs, many of them in the medical field and food service. I have some college credits from United Tribes Tech College in Bismarck, ND and have also taken trainings. I am currently a certified Nurse Assistant and a Certified Mediation Aide. I love to help people and happy that I am working for COLHCA here in Eagle Butte, SD.
Katherine L. Williams
My name is Katherine L. Williams. I was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation. I attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD, and later graduated from Presentation College in Aberdeen with my nursing degree. In my nursing career, I have worked in many different capacities to include medical, surgical, pediatrics, geriatrics, home health, obstetrics, clinic and chemical dependency. I have worked in nursing over 25 years in four different states to include SD, OK, MN, NE. It was my goal when I began nursing to gather as many tools offered and eventually become part of an organization where I could promote wellness to the people of my home. I relocated to MN in 1996 after working 4 and 1/2 years at the Indian Health Service in Rosebud and one year in a small home health office in Mission. I was on a journey to promote more opportunities for myself and children. I began working in a clinic, home health, hospice, and then to a specialty care on an obstetrical and pediatric unit. I worked there until Dec. 2009.
With both my parents retired and three of my children mostly grown, I wanted to move closer to home, and thankfully I have been allowed to guide them through bouts of unpredictable illnesses. I was given the opportunity to work in trauma and emergency care for IHS again until 2011. Shortly thereafter, I worked as an RN case manager and then to Unit Supervisor for the Methamphetamine Rehab and Recovery Program in Rosebud, SD. until funding issues closed the program in August of 2015. Since then, I have been a staff nurse in Nebraska and South Dakota in 25+ bed facilities to include long term care nursing, each time moving yet closer to my parents to assist with health issues. Thankfully, both of my parents are well today, with minimal set backs regarding their health.
To my amazement, I learned about Circle of Life Home Care in June of 2018 after I’d been told no home care programs existed. I searched for more information about this program, and it seemed to fit what I was looking for at this point in my career. This program was advertising for a nursing position, and I applied. I was hired in July of 2018 which brings me to the present. I am thankful for the opportunity to “Honor Those We Serve” and excited to be part of long-needed program in this area. I look forward to the future of learning and growing with this program.
Pila Maye, -Katherine