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The Cherokee County Health Services Council Team

CCHSC is an established organization in Cherokee County that has built strong collaborative relationships over the past 20 years. CCHSC has a history of organizational experience with local and state-level stakeholders and accompanying resources.

CCHSC consults with experienced grant writers and evaluators that have proven successful in providing funding to support the mission.  CCHSC staff qualified and experienced individuals who serve as community advocates for public health. Staff members obtain competencies to advance the mission and objectives of CCHSC through knowledge of community networks and systems. 

About Us

Cherokee County Health Services Council

Meet Our Team

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Pamela Iron

Executive Director

Pamela Iron has over 45 years working with non-profits and tribal organizations.  She serves as the Executive Director consultant for CCHSC.  She leads the planning and development of the organization and has oversite of all the programs operated by CCHSC.    Ms. Iron enjoys mentoring her grandchildren and the outdoors including camping, hiking, foraging for wild plants, and traditional encampments. 

Rozlyn Locust

Office Services Specialist

Rozlyn Locust has been working with CCHSC as the Office Services Specialist since December 2020. She assists with the development and distribution of each grant housed at CCHSC. Rozlyn has also acted as the lead coordinated throughout 2021 for the Cherokee County CATCHUP Project and guided efforts for disseminating rapid and standard COVID Testing for Tahlequah as well as the surrounding rural areas. Rozlyn obtained her Bachelor's from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 and is currently studying for her MBA and Healthcare Administration. 

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Lora Buechele

Cherokee County TSET

Healthy Living Program

Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Lora works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity across Oklahoma.  Throughout her time, she has built strong partnerships to successfully improve the health of families, friends, and neighbors in Cherokee County.  Lora enjoys exploring new opportunities with her family around the world and in the backyard. 

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Lindsey Durant

Cherokee County TSET

Healthy Living Program

Assistant Coordinator

As Assistant Coordinator, Lindsey works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity across Oklahoma.  Throughout her time in the public health field, she has built strong partnerships to successfully improve the health of residents in Cherokee County through policy adoption and community health education.  Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family “road tripping”, with a goal of traveling the world together.

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Marcus Buchanan

RCORP Program Director

When I graduated from college with my degree in American Indian Studies in 2019, my goal was to come back to Tahlequah and give back to my tribe, the Cherokee Nation. When it came to experience, the one topic I felt I was an expert in was drug use. With the RCORP I have been able to turn that lived experience into productive conversations toward stigma reduction and hope for individuals living with substance use disorder. We are able to provide peer recovery support 24/7 to anyone seeking assistance on the road to recovery. 

DJ Battiest-Tomasi

Caring for Tahlequah

Program Director

Katina Dugger 

AmeriCorps VISTA

Intermediary Site Director

Ellen Wolfe

HIV NOW Transformative

Program Director

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