Meet the SelfCare for HealthCare Team
Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD is VP of Strategic Partnerships. With 15+ years of senior healthcare executive experience as a CEO, COO, VP and Regional roles in strategy, operations, leadership growth/development, and nurse/physician recruitment and retention, her experience and passion have spanned the globe. A respected and sought-after speaker on Capitol Hill and at healthcare conferences, Janelle is a champion for rural health, veterans, tribal nations, and minority populations, and serves on several federal boards. She holds a masters and doctorate in communications and is a recent graduate in public health leadership.
FUN FACT: When she and her husband were dating, they tried out their acting and choreography chops and placed first in a debut of Hollywood actors with scenes from The Phantom of the Opera.
Susan Barstad is the Director of Program Implementation and Success. Susan spent many of her early years in and out of hospitals, as she grew up with a mother who had MS. She learned at an early age what special people nurses and healthcare providers are. Their commitments to others inspired her to pursue a career in service-related work, including over 15 years in the nonprofit sector. Susan is excited for the opportunity to directly thank those in the healthcare field and to support them in engaging in the SelfCare for HealthCare program, so they can take care of themselves too.
Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from the State University of New York at Oswego. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, reading and pretty much every animal on the planet.
FUN FACT: In Susan’s most recent job she worked for an organization founded by Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to have summited Mt. Everest.
Julie Hartzler is Director of Implementation. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Julie started her career marketing in higher education. After having a daughter born with spina bifida, Julie answered the calling to go back to school to become a Registered Nurse. With over 10 years working in the healthcare industry, Julie has an extensive background working in both patient care as well as administration. Besides being a Registered Nurse, Julie also has her MBA in Healthcare Administration.
Julie loves spending time with her family, traveling, going on walks, and The Ohio State Buckeyes!
FUN FACT: Julie started a nonprofit organization, IncludeAbility, which is dedicated to creating a world where individuals with physical disabilities have access and equal opportunity in all areas of life.
Katie Hanna, Director of Marketing Client Services, has worked with LeAnn Thieman as a marketing and sales guru for over seven years. Many of Katie’s friends and family chose careers in healthcare, so even before working with LeAnn, she knew how nurses often feel burnout and need help…. badly. Katie takes joy in knowing that SelfCare for HealthCare drastically improves healthcare workers and systems, physically and fiscally.
Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and lives in Denver with her husband, two awesome kids, and two hilarious French bulldogs. She loves to play tennis and soak up the beautiful Colorado environment with her family.
FUN FACT: Katie’s first job was with a motorsports company, which allowed her to travel the world and hang out with some pretty cool people…like Paul Newman.
Amy Zach Williams
Amy Williams is SelfCare for HealthCare’s Administrative Assistant and began working with LeAnn in 1999 as her sales and marketing coordinator. With a background in healthcare PR and marketing, Amy helped launch LeAnn’s speaking career.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Amy worked for several healthcare clinics and a large metropolitan Catholic hospital handling special events, community outreach, and PR.
When she’s not managing the administration and logistics for LeAnn, Amy is operating her grass-fed beef business with her husband on their mountain ranch.
An avid equestrian, Amy enjoys riding, hiking, and serving as a volunteer backcountry ranger.
FUN FACT: At 14 years old Amy and her feisty 24-year-old pony, Pippi Longstockings, won an international championship in the Pinto Horse Association.