Danielle Yancey serves as NACHP's director. She was raised on the Menominee Indian reservation in north-central Wisconsin and is a graduate of UW-Madison. Her studies include bachelor of arts degrees in social welfare and women’s studies, master of science in urban and regional planning, and a graduate certificate in sustainability leadership.
Yancey has many years’ experience serving tribal communities in pre-college programming, intergovernmental affairs, and community and economic development. She joins the Native American Center for Health Professions from UW Health, where she served as a Career Pathways coordinator supporting health care career exploration for youth and workforce development pathways into health care professions. She looks forward to bringing her experience and background to NACHP.
Melissa Metoxen serves as NACHP’s community and academic support coordinator. She is originally from Wisconsin - her parents are from Oneida and Milwaukee. She grew up in the military as the result of her father serving in the Air Force for 20 years.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UW-Madison. She also holds a master of science degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison's School of Education.
Much of her work in higher education has focused on student growth and leadership development, intentional academic advising and community engagement with American Indian/Alaska Native students.
She is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.
Lauren Cornelius is a program specialist for NACHP. She was raised on the Oneida reservation outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. She attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in anthropology and a minor in American Indian studies. Cornelius and her husband, Kyle, live in Madison.
Cornelius has put her anthropology background to great use, having experience working at the Oneida Tribal Museum, as well as the Madison Children's Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She works on recruitment and pre-college initiatives with the Native American Center for Health Professions.
Lina Martin is an associate student support coordinator for the Native American Center for Health Professions. She grew up in Madison and is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and is also Stockbridge-Munsee. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in women’s studies, history and a certificate in American Indian studies.
After she graduated, she spent time in Hawaii, and then returned to Madison, where she has worked with students in the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison College. She is excited to continue her work with Native students, helping achieve their academic goals.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, running and working on her art.
Bret Benally Thompson, MD
Dr. Bret Benally Thompson is a member of the White Earth Nation, is a palliative care physician at UW Health and Meriter, and has been involved with NACHP since before our inception. He also serves on the Council of Elders for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and is on the Board of Directors for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. As an alumnus of University of Minnesota-Duluth, he was part of their program to support Native American students during medical school. He completed both his Family Medicine residency and a fellowship in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine in Alaska. His experience, passion and service are invaluable to our students and community.