Today, Live Well Omaha announced its new executive director, Sarah Sjolie, MPA, BA, is scheduled to begin on June 8th. In this role Sjolie will promote the nonprofit organization and its mission of cultivating health partnerships within the community, and will manage staff and daily operations.
“We are very excited to have Sarah join Live Well Omaha,” said Live Well Omaha Board President Dr. Joann Schaefer. “She brings over a decade of experience working on health issues that matter to our community. We are confident that she will catalyze our existing collective efforts and lead us into growth opportunities as we seek to make Omaha the healthiest place to live and enjoy life.”
An Omaha native, Sjolie worked the past 11 years in various leadership capacities at CHI Health (formerly Alegent Creighton Health). In her most recent role as Director of Healthier Communities and Community Benefit, she guided community health need assessments and lead implementation and reporting requirements for 10 hospital locations while directing various system-wide healthier communities’ strategies in childhood obesity, violence prevention and access to care.
Sjolie 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, a Midlands Business Journal “40 Under 40” recipient and co-chairs a statewide healthy policy change organization, Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids.
An active runner, Sjolie completed her first marathon in 2013 and is an advocate for the metro Omaha trail system, parks, and character-filled neighborhoods.
Sjolie replaces Anne Meysenburg, who is joining the Omaha Community Foundation as the Director of Community Investment, leading the foundation’s Nonprofit Capacity Building and Fund for Omaha grants programs.