Sarah Sjolie, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah is a systems thinker and strategic communicator with a passion for health for all. Inspired by a background in health system communications and healthy weight in youth coalition-building, Sarah brings a clear vision for Live Well Omaha’s role in eliminating health disparities. She leads the strategy behind the Accountable Health Community and is supported by an incredible staff, Board, partners, and more than 25 membership organizations and individuals to impact the policies, systems and environments that help prevent illness and disease. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a co-major in Biology from Creighton University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a Scholar of the UNMC Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute, MBJ 40 Under 40 recipient and is trained to facilitate with the Technology of Participation®. She is a member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Council, and a Board member of WELLCOM.
Madison Haugland is a community activist for safer walking, biking, and community spaces. She operated pioneering concepts like the Omaha Adventure Race and the Omaha Commuter Challenge and has trained hundreds of adults and youth across the metro to ride their bikes safely. As an experienced program manager of physical activity promotion, and more than five years at Live Well Omaha, Madison is now championing health equity to bring more voices to the table through membership. She received her Bachelors in Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha and is trained to facilitate with the Technology of Participation®. Madison also serves as Board Chair of the Community Bike Project Omaha, a board member of Omaha Bikes and is a mentor for The Bike Union Mentoring Project.
Operations & Communications Manager
Courtney Brewer is a business and operations strategist and brings more than 13 years of graphic design and communications strategy experience in for-profit, non-profit, healthcare and advertising agency spaces to Live Well Omaha. Courtney has a sharp eye for simplifying complex messages into relatable content that stirs conversation and invites readers to learn more – two things that often do not happen when we talk to people about health. Her impressive track record gained momentum in the public health space as she applied her experience of being a mom into an overhaul of the Live Well Omaha Kids social media strategy in order to grow online engagement. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Associate’s in Graphic Design from Vatterott College in 2004.
Sheena Helgenberger, MA
Grants Manager, Live Well Omaha
Director, Live Well Omaha Kids
Sheena is a highly effective coalition leader with significant experience in building volunteer network strategies statewide. She brings her wealth of research on collective impact and leads breakthrough neighborhood and countywide strategies to impact healthy weight in youth in Douglas County. Sheena drives fund development strategy for Live Well Omaha Kids and supports Live Well Omaha in grant writing and management. Sheena earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008, and is trained to facilitate with the Technology of Participation®. She is a published co-author of the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education and a 2016 Omaha Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans awardee. Sheena is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, the Junior League of Omaha, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and the Women’s Fund of Omaha.
Ashley Carroll, MPA
Intern, Live Well Omaha Kids
Ashley Carroll is a school wellness policy expert and experienced community organizer. She serves as Live Well Omaha Kids’ Graduate Intern and is instrumental in working with coalition partners to craft a policy platform and advocacy agenda that supports healthy Omaha children and families. Ashley is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Ashley is a two-time recipient of the Weitz Foundation Public Health Workforce Expansion Scholarship, holds an appointment on the College of Public Health Curriculum Committee and serves on the Foster Care Review Office Board. Ashley also serves as the Nebraska State Coordinator of Action for Healthy Kids, which is national nonprofit addressing childhood obesity, malnutrition and physical inactivity by creating healthier school environments.
Melanie Chapman, MPA
Intern, Live Well Omaha Kids
Melanie Chapman is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a diverse academic background in Physical Education and Recreation, Health Education, Sociology, Human Ecology, and Philosophy. Melanie’s research interests include public policy and policy communities related to physical activity and obesity, as well as broader policy issues in community health including coalitions and partnerships, community building, advocacy, policy development, and environmental change. Melanie completed her MPA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and BA at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada). Her passion is in evaluation research and teaching and was previously a research assistant with the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) in the Department of Medicine and Dentistry and lecturer in the Physical Education & Recreation Department at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Melanie is also a graduate research assistant in the School of Public Administration working in the area of nonprofit management, civic engagement, civic health, and public policy.