Jena McKerchie is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and has been employed with the Tribe continuously since 2003. She was formerly employed with the Tribe from 1995 to 1999, when she left her employment to pursue her higher education. In 2003, Mrs. McKerchie was hired as an Advocacy Resource Center Victim Advocate and continued in that role until 2020 when she accepted the position of Grant Coordination Assistant Manager for the new Sexual Violence Services program within the ARC. Mrs. McKerchie has worked extensively with victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Teen Dating Violence and Human Trafficking, offering advocacy services throughout the Sault Tribe’s seven county service area. Mrs. McKerchie works closely with the legal systems of Tribal, State and Federal courts. She is a member of the Sault Tribe Domestic Violence Court, the Sault Tribe Tribal Specific Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), the Sault Tribe Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) the Chippewa County Domestic Violence Task Force, the Chippewa County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), the Eastern Upper Peninsula Sexual Violence Prevention team and the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force. Mrs. McKerchie obtained her higher education at Lake Superior State University where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Substance Abuse and Treatment in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2006.