Spiritual Care

Paul Hoang M. Div

Chaplain

Paul is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and chaplain at PrairieCare and Paragon. Carrying a lifelong passion for working with children and youth, he has served this population in both the parish and hospital settings for 12 years, prior to coming to PrairieCare.  He graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  In addition, Paul completed his Clinical Pastoral Education residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, that offered him the opportunity to work with a wide population including, children and adolescents at the Children’s Hospital and adults in the mental health/behavioral units.  He started at PrairieCare in September of 2016 and currently provides spiritual support to patients and families at Brooklyn Park Hospital and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) as well as to residents and families at Paragon Residential Treatment Center in Maple Grove.

Paul enjoys sports, traveling and trying different kinds of food.  In addition, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and children that are full of joy, energy and laughter!

Dana Caraway M. Div

Chaplain

Dana has worked in the congregational setting for 10 years before venturing into chaplaincy.  In the congregational setting, Dana has worked offering Pastoral Care to families.  As a Chaplain, Dana has worked at Mercy Hospital, Harris Methodist in Fort Worth Texas, and Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, New Jersey.  Dana is especially interested in the role of ritual and narrative in the spiritual life and is grateful for the role to support patients and families on their religious or spiritual journeys.

Dana enjoys reading, camping and sharing meals with good friends.

Tahnahga Yako

Chaplain, Cultural Liaison

Tahnahga Yako is Mohawk, Taino and Ojibwa who was adopted into the lineage of her grandmother Keewaydinoquay. She has been named within the Longhouse and also carries her name from her grandmother’s lineage. Tahnahga Yako is a chaplain/cultural liaison who has worked in serving the American Indian community locally, and within the Great Lakes region as a person who shares traditional cultural practices that promote the ongoing healing of her people. She has worked for many years with the Twin Cities American Indian Community as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, and within the American Indian Community as a HIV/AIDS outreach worker and trainer locally and nationally, as an herbalist, activist and workshop leader. She is the seventh helper or Oshkibewis of the late Keewaydinoquay. Tahnahga works as an assistant trainer in the Restorative Justice Field doing trainings at the college of WaterLoo in Ontario Canada.

She has finished three of training for Clinical Pastoral Education of extended internship at St. Frances Hospital/St. Gertrude’s and one year residency at Fairview-UMMC Hospital for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Tahnahga is a true fan of Star Trek, loves reading sci-fi and other outer worldly possibilities. Tahnahga is learning traditional star knowledge to help in understanding our connection to all life around us. She loves being in the wildness camping, hiking and has taught women survival classes. One gift that her mother said, “Always read comic books for they predict the future” and till this day she is right on.