Healing Warriors Program Welcomes New Executive Director

Healing Warriors Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing no-cost, non-narcotic care to service members and their families, is announcing the retirement of co-founder and Executive Director Anna Pallés Yelen, who has been with the program since its inception in 2012. The Board of Directors appointed Chase Zajc to succeed Yelen as Executive Director on March 3rd, 2023 when he will also join the Healing Warriors Program Board.
Healing Warriors Program has provided non-narcotic care for service members and their families since 2013. Ana Pallés Yelen, along with co-founders Shelley Poland and Jane Trexler. Through Ana’s leadership, Healing Warriors has grown its service offerings, expanded its service capacity, and provided over 30,000 sessions to service members and their families.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and donors, we want to thank Ana for her dedication and leadership and wish her well in her retirement,” said Nadine Trujillo-Rogers, Board President. “Although Ana will truly be missed, we believe that Chase is the right person to lead the organization forward and build on the success that has been developed over the last decade.”

Chase Zajc has worked in the behavioral health and nonprofit industry since 2009. Chase has a deep passion and understanding for serving others. Through progressive leadership positions in Illinois and Colorado, Chase has learned the importance of giving back to others. Chase says, “I am honored to be a part of the Healing Warriors Program and serve those who have sacrificed so much for our country. Ana, the Board of Directors, and the Healing Warriors team have created an exceptional place for service members and their families to thrive. I am humbled to be selected for this position and will strive to continue Ana’s great work and the mission of the Healing Warriors Program.”

“The past ten years have brought us from a proof-of-concept to a well-established clinic serving thousands of Service Members, their spouses/partners, and parents along the Colorado front range and southern Wyoming. Since inception, we have held true to our values and commitment to our mission, making every decision by asking the question, “What is best for the Service Member?” I am so excited that Chase Zajc has joined our team as our new Executive Director, leading our organization into the next chapter of growth. His behavioral health and organization development background and passion for the mission will provide our Veterans with new opportunities for much-needed support.”

Healing Warriors Program is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a standalone clinic in Fort Collins and monthly pop-up clinics in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Longmont. Healing Warriors Program focuses on suicide prevention for veterans using three modalities of non-narcotic care: Healing Touch Therapy, Acupuncture, and Craniosacral Therapy. Healing Warriors Program is a registered VA Vendor and Guidestar Platinum Charity.

Contact: Chase Zajc, Executive Director
1044 West Drake Road, Ste 202 | Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
www.HealingWarriorsProgram.org | Phone: (970) 776-8387

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