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Elizabeth Hanckel, MA

Chief Human Resource Officer

Elizabeth is the Chief Human Resource Officer for WHA and its affiliated companies. In this role, she leads all workforce initiatives and is a member of the executive management team.

Elizabeth offers more than 35 years of healthcare experience—30 of those as an HR executive and consultant for a variety of healthcare systems and associations. Passionate about her work, she is recognized nationally as a leader in HR strategy and transformation. In addition to interim executive assignments, Elizabeth has provided HR consulting services to a variety of healthcare clients.

Prior to joining WHA, Elizabeth worked solely as a consultant in the field, guiding healthcare organizations through successful transitions geared toward improving HR strategies and organizational performance. As a partner, she has served as interim Chief Human Resources Officer/Executive with various hospitals and healthcare organizations around the country. She has a broad-based background working with these institutions and handling their unique challenges both rural and urban. Elizabeth’s ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization guarantees long-term positive results and inspires others to reach their full potential.

Prior to her consulting career, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Human Resources at St. Mary’s Health System, Health Services Corporation in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Administrative Director of Human Resources for Inner Harbour Hospitals in Douglasville, Georgia, and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. These in-house positions provided her with a deep appreciation and understanding of the HR challenges organizations face.

Elizabeth is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Management and Society of Human Resource Management. She has worked on the Governor’s Committee for Welfare to Work in Colorado, has served on the Council on Child Abuse in multiple states, and has been a member of numerous United Way committees. She has been quoted in industry publications and makes presentations at various industry events. Elizabeth earned a Master of Arts in HR Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.