Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team
  • Executive Team
  • Board Of Directors
  • Providers
  • Case Managers

David Edwards
Chief Executive Officer


Sharon R. Frenchman
Chief Administrative Officer


Mona Zuffante
Chief Public Health Officer


Austin Schanzenbach
Chief Transformation Officer


Beth Wewel
Chief Financial Officer


Dr. Ganesh Kini

Chief Medical Officer


Sara Mcintosh
Chief Nursing Officer


Jim Rixner

Mr. Rixner has a B.A. degree from Duquesne University and MSW from University of Maryland. He has served as the Mental Health Director for the IHS Hospital on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation for four years and the Winnebago IHS Hospital for twenty years. He was also Director of Siouxland Mental Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa for twenty years retiring in 2017. Mr. Rixner is currently the EAP counselor for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, serves as the Board of Directors Chairperson for the Winnebago Comprehensive Health Care System and Chairperson of the Governing Body for the Twelve Clans Unity Hospital.

Mr. Rixner was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jim has been married to Bernadette for just over fifty years and they are proud parents of three sons and nine grandchildren.


Victoria Kitcheyan

Ms. Kitcheyan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Haskell Indian Nations University. Her work has been focused on national advocacy for systematic changes to the Indian Health Service and overall improved healthcare outcomes for tribal health organizations. Ms. Kitcheyan is a member of the National Indian Health Board and serves on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tribal Advisory Committee.

Ms. Kitcheyan is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Chairwoman of the Winnebago Tribal Council.


Coly Brown

Coly Brown is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. He formerly served as a Commissioner for the Winnebago Tribal Gaming Commission. Mr. Brown currently serves on the Winnebago Tribal Council.


Jeffrey D. Harrison, MD

For the past 4 years, Jeffrey D. Harrison has served as a Professor and Chair Department of Family Medicine at UNMC. He also currently serves on the Rural Health Advisory Commission for Nebraska DHHS, as well as on the Executive Committee for the Nebraska Health Network ACO. Formerly serving as the Rural Residency Program Director in Family Medicine from 1998-2020, the Associate Dean for Admissions at UNMC COM from 2010-2020,  President at the Academy of Family Physicians in 2006, he is no stranger to holding a strong passion for healthcare.

Jeffrey holds a BS from Wayne State College, class of 1983, an MD from UNMC College of Medicine, class of 1988, and a Residency in Family Medicine from UNMC, class of 1991. He spends his free time with his wife Connie, their two children, and three grandchildren.


Darla LaPointe

Darla LaPointe has served on Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System’s Board since 2018. Ms. LaPointe is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and former Chairwoman of the Winnebago Tribal Council.


June Myler, FNP
 Primary Care Clinic

June Myler is a Board-Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Family Practice. June is a 2017 graduate of Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska.

Over the last year, June has been working in rural healthcare and private practice, between two clinics in Denison and Ida Grove, Iowa. Prior the this, she spent 16 years at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, as a staff nurse on the medical/surgery floor and in Utilization Management. June also served in the United States Navy Reserve and is a veteran of Desert Storm.

June has been married for 25 years and has three grown children and a granddaughter. She enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with her family.


Chelsea Jones, FNP
 Primary Care Clinic

Chelsea Jones is a highly skilled Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Family Practice. With a Doctorate of Nursing Practice under her belt, she has been providing excellent medical care to her patients for years. Her passion for nursing began at an early age, and she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Chelsea’s love for diagnosing and treating patients led her to become a Nurse Practitioner, where she has been able to make a significant impact in the Primary Care Clinic.

Chelsea has always been inspired by the role models she has encountered throughout her career. She is driven by the challenge of providing effective medicine and the satisfaction that comes with helping others. Her expertise and dedication have allowed her to help countless patients, and she continues to make a difference in the lives of those she serves.

Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family. Whether it’s reading with her kids or listening to audiobooks, she always finds time to enjoy the simple things in life. Recently, she has taken up sewing as a new hobby and has been enjoying the learning process. Chelsea has lived in Sioux City since she was 11, attending West Middle and High School, and considers it her home. Her commitment to her community and her patients is unparalleled, and she is a true asset to the healthcare field.


Lori Swanson, FNP
Primary Care Clinic

Lori Swanson is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked in health care for 40 years. She has worked in the outpatient clinic in Winnebago, NE since 2008. She is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and specializes in family medicine. Her special interests are in Women’s Health and Prenatal Care.

Lori received a Master of Science from South Dakota State University in 2007. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Briar Cliff University in 2004 and a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1979. Previously, Lori worked as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City for 30 years on the cardiac units and as a Congestive Heart Failure Case Manager.

Lori and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Her hobbies are crafts and creating scrapbooks of all her photos.


Peter Schindler, BSN, MD, PhD
Family Physician, Primary Care Clinic

Peter Schindler is a dedicated Family Physician at the Primary Care Clinic of Twelve Clans Unity Hospital. Born and raised near Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, Peter began his healthcare journey with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He then earned a Master of Science and a PhD from Emory University, followed by an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Primary Care Research Fellowship at McGill University.

Peter’s professional experience includes 4.5 years at OneWorld, a community health center in South Omaha. He is a founding member of a prenatal care program in Los Toros, Azua, Dominican Republic, and the first MD/PhD hired in the Department of Family Medicine at UNMC. Fluent in Spanish, Peter was a CTR Superstar Finalist.

In his free time, Peter enjoys running, biking, bow hunting, woodworking, and working on electric motor projects. He lives with his wife, Lindsey, a Geriatrician, and their two young children.


Ashar Luqman

Dr. Ashar Luqman, a highly qualified Nephrologist from Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in 2005. Following his medical education, Dr. Luqman pursued further specialization in Nephrology by completing a Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2011. During his fellowship, he actively contributed to the field by publishing and presenting reviews and studies in esteemed publications.

Dr. Luqman holds multiple certifications, including Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Additionally, he is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), which attests to his qualifications as an international medical graduate seeking licensure and training in the United States.

In his professional career, Dr. Luqman has gained diverse experience in Nephrology. He has worked as a Nephrologist at Renal Associates, P.C. in Dakota Dunes, where he provided specialized care to patients with kidney-related conditions. Furthermore, he has been involved in outreach clinics, extending his expertise to rural communities in Northwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. Additionally, Dr. Luqman served as the Principal Investigator at Dunes Clinical Research, LLC, demonstrating his commitment to advancing medical knowledge and research in the field of Nephrology.

In his current role, Dr. Luqman will primarily work in the Primary Care Clinic, offering Outreach Specialist Clinics for Nephrology. This means he will provide specialized care for patients with kidney-related disorders, helping them maintain optimal kidney health and manage their conditions effectively.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. Luqman enjoys staying active through activities like running and golfing. He also has a passion for traveling, which allows him to explore new places and cultures in his free time.


Greg McCarthy

McCarthy is a native of Sioux City and has been in private practice in Sioux City since 1995.  Dr. McCarthy is a Briar Cliff graduate and graduated valedictorian from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University and served a two-year residency in Des Moines.  He is Board Certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.  He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and a member of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society.  Dr. McCarthy is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, and American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

Robbi Le Master, MSW, LISW
Social Worker

Robbi has been a social worker in the Sioux City and Winnebago Area for over 20 years, with the last 6 years serving as the Social Worker at the Winnebago IHS and Twelve Clans Unity Hospital. In her position, she works closely with the Winnebago Health Department Programs and Carl T. Curtis Healthcare Center to coordinate patient care.

A Social Worker’s scope of services include assisting patients with the following:

  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Advance Directives for Healthcare
  • Skilled Care/Nursing home placement
  • Community resources such as emergency shelter, food pantries, and transportation resources.

Sandra Parker, BSN, RN
Wound/IV Clinic, Inpatient Utilization Review

Sandra works closely with the Twelve Clans Unity Hospital Podiatrist and Bethene Hanks, Certified Wound Care Nurse, to ensure coordination of care between our in-house providers and specialty providers from outside facilities. This includes following up on specialty visits to ensure we have the most up to date records, scheduling appointments, and arranging for transportation as needed. Sandra is also responsible for Utilization Review. This means if you are admitted to the inpatient unit at Twelve Clans Unity Hospital, she will be working directly with the physician to ensure you get the care you need and that it is administered via evidence-based practices and in the appropriate care setting.


225 S. Bluff Street
Winnebago, NE 68071

225 S. Bluff St
P.O. Box HH
Winnebago, NE 68071