Nebraska Health Care LEAD Class V Announced

December 20, 2022
Contact: Lindsay Kant, Director of Membership

Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) and Nebraska Health Care Foundation recently announced Class V of Nebraska Health Care LEAD, a year-long program designed to develop a workforce of leaders that can meet the health care needs of Nebraska’s aging population.

A kickoff retreat was held Oct. 21 at NHCA’s office in Lincoln. During the retreat, each member of Class V was paired with a mentor who previously completed the program. The mentors will provide guidance and encouragement throughout the year. 

Through in-person and virtual gatherings, book discussions, and connections with state and national leaders, Nebraska Health Care LEAD, which stands for Lead. Excel. Advance. Develop., equips professionals to positively shape the future of health care in Nebraska; benefit their local communities; benefit employers through operations improvement and public relations; and work toward personal growth.

Class V members include Winsome Backer, Linden Court, North Platte; Jessica Crunk, The Ambassador, Nebraska City; Greg Ernst, Dial Senior Living, Omaha; Cole Franson, Ridgewood Senior Living, Bennington; Kiley Goff, Emerald Nursing and Rehab, Cozad; Traci Haglund, Wakefield Health Care Center, Wakefield; Shalynne Hohnholt, Good Samaritan Society, Albion; Lindsay Kant, Nebraska Health Care Association, Lincoln; Rex Moore, Good Samaritan Society, Kearney; Erin Nelson, Douglas County Health Center, Omaha; Renee Pickerel, Legacy Arbors, Lincoln; Heather Salmon, Crest View Care Center, Chadron; and Andrew Wismer, Vetter Health Services, Elkhorn.

“As an association, NHCA’s vision is inspire people to shape their world,” said Jalene Carpenter, NHCA president and CEO. “Through workshops, tools, and mentorship, Nebraska Health Care LEAD is designed to inspire participants to use what they learn to inspire their own teams and, ultimately, strengthen Nebraska’s health care workforce.”

Nebraska Health Care LEAD Class V is made possible by support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Community Pharmacy, Infinity Rehab, The Olson Group, and The Vetter Foundation.


Nebraska Health Care Association is the parent to Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA) and Nebraska Assisted Living Association (NALA), as well as Nebraska Health Care Learning Center and Nebraska Health Care Foundation. NNFA and NALA collectively represent approximately 416 nonprofit and proprietary skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities in Nebraska.