Angela Lynch, BA

Angela is an Administrative Assistant for Western Healthcare Alliance. She started in May 2019 and is excited to support the CFO in her new role.

Angela has almost ten years’ experience in the health insurance industry, including auditing and system testing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with her son and learning Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Angelina Salazar, MA

Angelina is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Healthcare Alliance.  She joined the WHA team in May, 2016 to strengthen and lead the marketing and communications programs for our family of organizations.  She started out her career in education and soon found herself in the world of nonprofits, quickly advancing her role from outreach coordinator to regional development director for a national nonprofit.  After many years of developing programming and support, Angelina was recruited to enter the realm of healthcare. She started in marketing for a critical access hospital and quickly advanced to director of customer service, marketing, community relations and development.  Prior to joining WHA, she held the executive position of Vice President of Business Development for Family Health West.  In that role, she oversaw all communications, volunteers, marketing, physician services and identified business development opportunities.  She established and implemented the infrastructure to support the organization through state and federal grants, fundraising events and the establishment of a foundation.  In addition, she has been active in her community serving as both board and committee member for several local nonprofit entities including Marillac Clinic, United Way, Riverside Education Center, Rotary and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.  Her relationships in the community helped to build visibility, impact and financial stability.

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 and conflict resolution.

Nicholas Trumbo, BA

Nicholas is the Marketing Coordinator for Western Healthcare Alliance and affiliated companies. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design from Colorado Mesa University in 2013. Nicholas spent the next 5 years working in the print and marketing industries and brings that experience with him to WHA. A member of the team since early 2019, Nicholas brings a new approach to marketing and design while keeping true to the ideals and history of WHA.

A family man at heart, Nicholas enjoys spending his down time with those closest to him, preferably somewhere quite and beautiful.

Jo Ellen Hill

Jo Ellen joined Western Healthcare Alliance in August of 2018 as Director of the Central Business Office and became Director of Revenue Cycle Services in early 2019. She brings 30 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle to her new position, including patient access, HIM, and patient financial services.

Prior to joining our team, Jo Ellen worked as a consultant and Revenue Cycle Director for large and small hospitals. She was responsible for reducing and maintaining A/R days, DNFB days, implementing point of service collection programs, and mentoring and training team members. She has been involved in EHR and EMR conversions, as well as assisting with implementing new software for clients. Her background also includes hospital, physician, home health, DME, long-term care and hospice accounts receivable.

Cathryn Benedict

Cathryn has worn many hats in the course of her career culminating in a well-rounded understanding of the operations and people within practices and health systems. Cathryn is excited to bring this experience to CCA where she will utilize her skillset to forge relationships as a trusted advisor, skilled coach and facilitator for CCA’s two Accountable Care Organizations. As the Population Health Manager, she will mentor practice teams to identify, analyze and develop strategies to enhance operations, workflows and culture to advance clinical outcomes, optimize patient experiences and shift workflows to meet value-based care delivery care outcomes. Cathryn believes in collaboration and has developed strong professional roots in Colorado and beyond to draw on and keep current within this challenging health care ecosystem. Some of her favorite projects have been training practices for Medicated Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, utilizing focus groups to develop best practices related to preventive screening and care coordination in conjunction with Colorado Department of Health and Environment and University of Colorado, Department of Colorectal Research which increased colorectal screening by 18% where the national average was 1.2% for the same timeline/criteria. Cathryn worked in collaboration with Family Medicine and their Practice Innovation Program and reported an average overall MIPS practice score of 98% for the practices she consulted with. Cathryn has extensive experience with small one provider practices to large hospital systems and their affiliated networks. Cathryn’s passion is to bring health to practices resulting in HAPPINESS at the workplace!

Jennifer Pepper

Jennifer joined the Western Healthcare Alliance team in August 2015 as administrative assistant. She brought seven years of experience in the role of administrative and executive-level staff support in the credit and collection industry.

In her current position as the WHA Peer Network Coordinator, Jennifer is an integral part of a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring members remain sustainable in their communities. She provides administrative support for over 15 groups and is responsible for meeting coordination, agenda development, member communication, Salesforce database management, development of email campaigns and online registration management.

Cassie Fanning

Cassie is the Outreach Coordinator for Western Healthcare Alliance and Healthcare Management. She worked in customer service for five years and has four years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has worked in many aspects of healthcare, such as cardiac care, medical staff services and pediatric therapy.

Cassie was born in California but she moved to Grand Junction at an early age, where she lived until she was in high school. At that point she moved back to California, then to Wyoming, but recently found her way back to Grand Junction.


Marguerite Tuthill, MPH

Marguerite joined the Community Care Alliance team in May 2015 as an Administrative Fellow. Following the conclusion of her fellowship, she was hired as the CCA’s Planning Analyst before becoming the Network Development Manager in 2018. She is responsible for business and strategy development, concept and program analysis, project management, and monitoring federal and state legislation and health policy activity associated with and/or related to rural health.

Marguerite holds a BA in Ethnic Studies and a Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration and Policy. Her Master’s thesis work focused on the use of publicly available data to inform the decision to create a clinically integrated network in a rural community.

Elizabeth Hanckel, MA, BA

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 provides HR consulting services to a variety of healthcare clients.

For the past 15 years, Elizabeth has 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. 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 (HCA) 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.

Steve Clemmer

Steve is the Assistant Director of Information Technology for Western Healthcare Alliance.  He joined our team in September of 2016 and is responsible for assisting with department oversight, systems and network administration, interfacing client networks for Healthcare Management and Community Care Alliance, and serves as co-facilitator for our IT Peer Network Group.  Steve has over 20 years experience in IT with more than six of those years working in the healthcare industry.

Steve received his education as a Nuclear Engineer while serving in the United States Navy.  He holds certifications for A+, Network+, MCSE, and VMWare+.  He comes to us, most recently, from HopeWest Hospice where he served as their Systems/Network Administrator as well as their HIPAA Security Officer.

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