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.
Operations & Finance Director
Courtney 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, a 2016 Omaha Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans awardee, and a 2018 MBJ 40 Under 40 recipient. Sheena is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, the Junior League of Omaha, and the Women’s Fund of Omaha.
Claudia Granillo, MS
Sponsored by Nebraska Civic Engagement Table
Claudia is a positive self-starter and team-oriented community organizer. Her experience interning for nonprofits inspired her to become a community organizer. She is passionate about increasing access to health. As a community organizer with the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, Claudia helps Live Well Omaha Kids engage with residents to promote healthy kids and families. Claudia graduated in 2018 with her Master of Science in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2016.