Meet Our Team

Society of Care’s team members are dedicated to Native American youth, families, and communities. Over 80% of our team are Native American, we are multi-tribal with a strong ability to relate to those we serve. Our behavioral health providers are recognized as experts in addressing historic and inter-generational trauma. Society of Care navigators, outreach specialists, and case managers provide outreach, education, assessments and referrals to meet behavioral health and other needs such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Our team passionately believes in a brighter future for Native youth, their families and their communities.

Leadership Team

Greg Donovan, M.P.A
Director
gdonovan@societyofcare.org
I enjoy the opportunity to work collaboratively to increase the well-being and quality of life for young Native Americans in Nebraska. I love seeing positive changes in individuals, families, and communities as a result of the work of Society of Care and its partners.
Lucinda Mesteth (Oglala Oyate)
(Oglala Oyate)
Assistant Director
lmesteth@societyofcare.org
I want every Native family to have the proper tools to live productive lives. We are all worthy of success, love and healthy futures! Lets pave this future together through good information, culturally based self-care practices and in ceremony. Through my work, I am able to share my healing story and share in cultural experiences with relatives. Through culture we can mend the past, cope with the present and thrive in our futures. I do everything I can to share this message and hold onto cultural ways.
Lisa Bickert
Healthy Transitions Director
lbickert@societyofcare.org
My inspiration in my work with Society of Care stems from providing services to increase Native peoples lives so they can enjoy their true purpose in life. Society of Care allows me to utilize my strengths and creativity in serving Native American communities in Nebraska. It also exposes me to team members that share similar goals with their talent and expertise.
Dr. Anitra Warrior, Ph.D.(Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma)
(Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma)
Lead Clinician | Morningstar Counseling & Consultation, PC
dr.warrior@morninstarcounseling.com
I love to see our Native families empowered by the changes they make in their lives. Seeing our relatives take ownership of their strengths and improving their lives through their own actions is amazing to witness. I have been blessed to work with Society of Care and am always learning something new. It’s a great experience that has allowed me to grow with new relationships and relatives. I am humbled and thankful for the relatives who allow me to walk with them in their journey of healing.
Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Clinician
dr.hinojos@morningstar-counseling.com
I enjoy taking a wellness and strengths-based approach with individuals and families. By bringing in cultural healing practices, while acknowledging historical traumas, we decolonize mental health and normalize counseling. This is not about the white man’s ways or medicine, but reclaiming healing in our communities. The strength and resilience that is found in the communities we serve is powerful. Despite colonization, despite historical trauma, relocation, etc., the community endures. To be part of an individual or family’s process in recognizing those strengths and resilience is humbling and such an honor.
Juan Paulo Ramirez “J.P.”, Ph.D.
Lead Evaluator | GIS and Human Dimensions, LLC
jp@gisandhumandimensions.com
I like being part of a Native American initiative that empowers peoples and communities to live better lives. I like thinking that what we do today will have positive and lasting effects on the future of youth and their families. It inspires me to think that what I do will have an enduring impact on Native American communities. I continually seek to learn from my colleagues and community members of their traditions, ways of life, knowledge and culture, and that makes me a better person.
Andrea McBride
(Santee Sioux Nation)
Suicide Prevention Director
amcbride@societyofcare.org
I find it inspiring that outreach and education can shift an individuals perspective on their own life. Sometimes people just need to be seen and acknowledged and feel involved. Experiencing first hand what it is like to live in such an isolated place, such as the Santee Sioux Reservation, and to know how easy it is to fall in to a dark place, working with Society of Care allows me the opportunity to bring ideas to the table that will potentially help our Nebraska Native communities prevent and combat any suicidal thoughts or feelings that individuals may be having.
Justine Buffalocalf
Ho-Chunk/Dakota/Plains Cree
Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator
jbuffalocalf@societyofcare.org
Society of Care exemplifies a culturally appropriate families first approach. I also love that I can be of service to my community in helping find the services families may need. I see good change and growth. I love being able to work in a program that addresses trauma and healing.

Outreach Team

Alonzo Denney
(Santee Sioux Nation)
Santee Navigator
adenney@societyofcare.org
Society of Care allow me to work with at risk youth in Native America to provide strategies in living a productive life. I enjoy using my story and lived experience to help motivate our young adults to live a more productive life
Angel Geller
(UmonHon (Omaha))
Lincoln Navigator
I love that we are always thinking of ways to uplift youth through leadership initiatives, addressing historical trauma, decreasing the stigma around mental health, and striving towards a healthy Indigenous future. I love the ability to help relatives without making them jump through all sorts of hoops or tokenizing them. Decolonization takes patience and continuous effort. Every day I feel that I am truly contributing to creating a healthy Indigenous community.
Grace Johnson, MS, LADC, LIMHP | Red Nation Healing
Prevention Consultant
counseling@rednationhealing.com
Travis Mallory
(Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska)
Case Manager | Morningstar Counseling & Consultation, PC
travis@morningstar-counseling.com
I am inspired by the freedom to work with our people in our traditional ways and beliefs. It is great to be able to be able to walk side by side with our people to uplift and support them
Norman Littlehoop
(Oglala Lakota)
Western Nebraska Navigator
nlittlehoop@societyofcare.org
Working with the young relatives and getting to know them better inspires and motivates me. It is great to see the progress resulting from helping as we continue to work together.
Shailece Porter
(UmonHon Tribe of NE)
Youth Coordinator, Healthy Transitions Inititave | Morningstar Counseling & Consultation, PC
shailece@morningstar-counseling.com
I’m inspired to reach out and let others know they there are people who care and have services for them with good information. I love how Society of Care is always there and wants the best for everyone not only in the community but for their team members as well.
Carrie Rouillard
(Santee Sioux Nation)
Santee Navigator
Crouillard@societyofcare.org
I love my people, my community and being able to help by working with my community. Losing my son has inspired me to help and educate as many people we can about suicide.
Edison Red Nest III
(Wazaza Band Oglala Lakota)
Western Nebraska Navigator
wahohpiluta@yahoo.com
I see assisting others as my duty as a Native man. We are able to make an impact on the Native Communities in the Panhandle, who have zero tribal representation. The majority of tribal members, living in the Panhandle are enrolled members of South Dakota tribes.
Rachele Tillman
(Omaha and Ponca)
Metro Omaha Navigator
rtillman@societyofcare.org
Working for Society of Care allows me to use my lived experience to help the Native American community. Society of Care helped me when I was going through my struggles and I want to do that for someone else.
Keli Warrior
(Southern Ponca)
Case Manager | Morningstar Counseling & Consultation, PC
Kwarrior@morningstar-counseling.com
I love the fact that I am able to work with Native youth and teach them about our culture and history. Getting feedback from our Native youth pumps me up and makes me feel great and inspired. We’ve had some hard conversations, but it’s brought growth and new perspectives!
Jamisina Webster
(Northern Arapaho Tribe)
Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator
jwebster@societyofcare.org
I love to work with the youth of our communities, showing them life skills that they can use in the future. With those skills they can break cycles and pass on that information for decades. I’m inspired to see our impact on the next generations of youth, they are our future and hold the fate of our people in their hands. What I like the most about my work with Society of Care is that there is always opportunities available, and it keeps me excited for new things. Opportunities to provide and innovate a variety of services for our relatives, and to inspire other areas to take on these innovative services.

Clinical Team

Morningstar Counseling & Consultation 2641 S. 70th St. Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68506 402-327-9711

Yvonne Bickerstaff, MSE, PLMHP
(Santee Sioux Nation)
Behavioral Health Clinician
ybickerstaff@societyofcare.org
I grew up in the Santee Community. I am personally invested in seeing growth and family bonds strengthened. I love to see people empowered and overcoming oppressive thoughts. Society of Care provides a broad range of services. It’s gratifying to see people overcome barriers by utilizing our services. As a Santee Tribal Member, I am honored to be able to work in my own Native Community. Society of Care allows me the flexibility to work as a counselor as well as provide a broad range of service activities. I am passionate about providing suicide prevention information.
Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Clinician
dr.patty@morningstar-counseling.com
As a clinician and Psychologist at Morningstar Counseling, my work through Society of Care fulfills my career goals, dreams and passion by allowing me the opportunity to provide therapy services to the Native American community in Nebraska. One of the things I love to see is when relatives are able to allow me into their lives and feel comfortable in disclosing their concerns and challenges that are affecting them. Seeing the strength and resiliency in individuals that have had difficulties in their lives as well as the confidence in their ability to deal with and cope with their concerns is also very inspiring for me as a clinician. Finally, I love working in a positive supportive environment that has as its core value service to others with the ability to engage in self-care.
Tara Cries For Ribs
(Ponca)
Office Manager
tbaker@morningstar-counseling.com
I value the opportunity to help coordinate care. I enjoy reaching out and calling our relatives to schedule them with a provider. I want people who are scheduling for the first time to have a good experience right from the beginning. I hope that I can bring some comfort to them especially if they are having a difficult time in their life. Friendliness can go a long way!
Katie Doud, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Clinician
Dr.doud@morningstar-counseling.com
Society of Care lets me provide services to Native American youth that often do not have access to mental health care. All of the programs aimed at helping the community are inspiring.
Ashley Grundmayer, LIMHP
Behavioral Health Clinician
ashley@morningstar-counseling.com
Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Clinician
dr.hinojos@morningstar-counseling.com
I enjoy taking a wellness and strengths-based approach with individuals and families. By bringing in cultural healing practices, while acknowledging historical traumas, we decolonize mental health and normalize counseling. This is not about the white man’s ways or medicine, but reclaiming healing in our communities. The strength and resilience that is found in the communities we serve is powerful. Despite colonization, despite historical trauma, relocation, etc., the community endures. To be part of an individual or family’s process in recognizing those strengths and resilience is humbling and such an honor.
Grace Johnson, MS, LADC, LIMHP | Red Nation Healing
Clinical Supervision
counseling@rednationhealing.com
Sydney Keller, PLMHP
Behavioral Health Clinician
skeller@morningstar-counseling.com
I am inspired to work with Society of Care because I love to see the resiliency and determination in the Native American communities. Society of Care allows me to serve Native American communities by providing trauma informed therapeutic services.
Krystyn Schmidt, LIMHP
Behavioral Health Clinician
krystyn@morningstar-counseling.com
Sonsee’rae Sells, PLMHP
Behavioral Health Clinician
sonseerae@morninstar-counseling.com
Dr. Anitra Warrior, Ph.D.
(Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma)
Behavioral Health Clinician
dr.warrior@morninstarcounseling.com
As a clinician and Psychologist at Morningstar Counseling, my work through Society of Care fulfills my career goals, dreams and passion by allowing me the opportunity to provide therapy services to the Native American community in Nebraska. One of the things I love to see is when relatives are able to allow me into their lives and feel comfortable in disclosing their concerns and challenges that are affecting them. Seeing the strength and resiliency in individuals that have had difficulties in their lives as well as the confidence in their ability to deal with and cope with their concerns is also very inspiring for me as a clinician. Finally, I love working in a positive supportive environment that has as its core value service to others with the ability to engage in self-care.
Samantha Warrior
(Ponca)
Administrative Assistant
swarrior@morningstar-counseling.com
Society of Care and Morningstar Counseling provide many new opportunities to help Native communities. I like to see people in the Native communities we serve become healthier and live healthier lifestyles.

Evaluation & Continuous Quality Improvement

Juan Paulo Ramirez “J.P.”, Ph.D.
Lead Evaluator | GIS and Human Dimensions, LLC
jp@gisandhumandimensions.com
I like being part of a Native American initiative that empowers peoples and communities to live better lives. I like thinking that what we do today will have positive and lasting effects on the future of youth and their families. It inspires me to think that what I do will have an enduring impact on Native American communities. I continually seek to learn from my colleagues and community members of their traditions, ways of life, knowledge and culture, and that makes me a better person.