It can be challenging to ensure quality training for healthcare leaders in our rural communities. Often times staff will have to travel far for expensive classes while managing their very busy schedules. Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA) has been bringing healthcare leadership education to its members for over 10 years. We listen and respond by providing leading experts in relevant topics for today’s healthcare leader.

The WHA Leadership Academy focuses on different areas geared toward improving performance and motivating staff to be the best they can be. Classes are based on member feedback and suggestions.

Who should attend? Newly appointed managers or existing managers with leadership/performance goals, individuals with a demonstrated long-term commitment to their organization, individuals with high potential for future leadership roles, and existing managers looking to hone their skills or re-energize their role in the workplace. Featuring in-person classes in Grand Junction, onsite custom classes at your facility and WebEx sessions, WHA’s Leadership Academy is guaranteed to take your leadership skills to the next level.  view/print class booklet

Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow

Taught by Angelina Salazar, Chief Executive Officer of Western Healthcare Alliance

Date:  April 19, 2019

Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Grand Junction

Cost: $200 per person  (group discounts available, contact us to learn more)

Are you a new manager who used to work right alongside the people you now supervise? How do you achieve success in this new role and manage the potential problems that can arise? Managing relationships, delivering difficult messages, avoiding favoritism and coaching for performance are all areas that can cause a new boss to want to run and hide. This workshop provides four strategies for navigating the changing relationship from peer to supervisor/manager. Those strategies involve setting boundaries, coaching and resolving conflict, knowing when to take action, and empowering staff. ‘’Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow’’ uses group activities, discussion, video vignettes, and action planning so that participants can lead with confidence and success.

Participants will learn to do the following:

  1. Accept your new supervisory role
  2. Establish clear boundaries
  3. Communicate clearly
  4. Take effective action

The Mind Matters training was even better than our expectations. There were a lot of good interactive discussions and examples, and the group activities got everyone actively involved.

Al White, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Pioneers Medical Center


Angelina Salazar

Chief Executive Officer



2018 - 2019 Faculty

Angelina Salazar is the Chief Executive Officer of WHA.  She joined the WHA team to strengthen and lead the marketing and communications programs for our family of organizations.

Angelina began her career in education and soon found herself in the world of nonprofits, quickly advancing to Regional Development Director for a national nonprofit. She started in marketing for a critical access hospital then advanced to Director of Customer Service, Marketing, Community Relations and Development. Most recently, she held the executive position of Vice President of Business Development. She has been active in her community serving as both board and committee  member for several local nonprofit entities.

Angelina possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Spanish, two Master of Arts Degrees in Language Acquisition and Psychology as well as a certification in mediation.

Jo Ann Preston is the Workforce & Organizational Development Senior Manager for the Rural WI Health Cooperative (RWHC).

Her role at RWHC is in workforce development and leadership development, teaching leadership workshops for rural healthcare leaders. In addition, she manages a rural health careers website and writes a monthly RWHC Leadership Newsletter.

Jo Anne has 37 years experience in leadership in healthcare, primarily rural healthcare. She worked for 20 years in substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment, and also in the Ministry Health Care corporate office as an Organizational Development Specialist. Her experience in leadership education and consultation has taken her throughout the U.S. to teach workshops and coaching.

Jo Anne has a Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology/ Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University.