Littel begins new position as Behavioral Health Program manager

By Ken Luchterhand

Diane Littel started her new position as Behavioral Health program manager on January 14.
She has served as a Behavioral Health Clinician II with the Ho-Chunk Nation since November 2017, working a dual position. She’s been a counselor, seeing clients, plus taking on her new role.
Her new job is to oversee the Behavioral Health clinicians, seek and apply for grants, and attend Quality Improvement and Quality Control Assurance meetings.
“I’m the ‘go-to’ person for clinicians. They’ll consult me for anything clinical,” Littel said.
Littel will still see her patients, but as they complete their treatment and are discharged, she will transition to her new job and cease taking any more new clients. Instead, she’ll be helping other counselors to do their jobs.
 “Our clinicians will consult me for advice and resources. Sometimes they will ask what is appropriate for clients,” Littel said.
She has 15 years in the field including a position as program manager in Michigan, where she worked with Eva Suquet, who now is her supervisor with the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Littel earned her Master’s degree in community counselor from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.
She is a Reiki master teacher, which uses the energy healing discipline, a certified aromatherapy practitioner, an apprentice of Shamanic Healing practices, and basically into any holistic healing practice. Littel practices yoga, holistic practices, crystal healing, meditation and mindfulness.
A member of the Menominee Nation and having grown up in Milwaukee, Littel spent half the year living in the family house on the Menominee reservation and the other half in Milwaukee.
She’s a mother of two adult boys: Andrew, who lives in Milwaukee and works for Sodexo Food Services, and Joshua, who lives in Portland, Oregon, and works for Banana Republic.
Enjoying the outdoors, Littel participates in kayaking, hiking, traveling, having lived in four states.
“Seems as though I have some gypsy blood in me,” Littel said.
She belongs to a traditional lodge and uses traditional practices. On the board of directors for Indian summer festivals for nine years, her job is to be in charge of all the food vendors.
“I believe in the Creator – an omnipotent force who will provide for your needs if you talk and nurture the relationship. Healing will come,” Littel said.