Former Director Returns to Public Health


Lisa Blahosky-Olivarez is familiar to many Band members, as she filled the Public Health Director’s role between 2005 and 2016. Lisa recently returned to her old role, and though some of the processes have changed, some have not. She even has her old voicemail!

A nurse for over 30 years, Lisa can’t imagine doing anything else. In the time she has been away from the Public Health Department, she was in charge of skilled nursing for a long-term care facility in St. Cloud. Lisa says her passion is team-building and team-creation, and she plans to use her leadership skills in the Public Health Department.

A mother and grandmother, Lisa lives in Milaca with her husband. She spends much of her free time involved with her family, particularly her parents and her grandchildren. During her spare time, Lisa and her husband work together on home remodeling projects. In order to relax and unwind, she enjoys reading.

In the future, Lisa hopes to build on the foundation of positive service to the community that she sees as the role of the Public Health Department. "My goal is to ensure that we have a fully functional organization that effectively serves the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe," said Lisa.

Lisa is back in her former office, meeting new colleagues and re-connecting with former coworkers. Stop by and welcome her back to Public Health!