Mourning Hope
Apr 23, 2021
Carly Woythaler-Runestad, Executive Director
Mourning Hope

Postponed from Apr 24, 2020

Carly Woythaler-Runestad is the executive director of the Mourning Hope Grief Center and has served in this capacity for over 10 years. A music therapist by trade, she received a Master's in Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

Prior to Mourning Hope, Carly served as the recreation therapy director of a 165-bed long-term care facility in Minneapolis, as the director of a 26-bed Alzheimer's unit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and as the director of health policy for the Nebraska Hospital Association, providing advocacy services at the local, state and federal level for 85 Nebraska hospitals.

Having served on the National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Board of Directors for 5 years, Carly is currently the National Board President. In addition, she has served on numerous statewide boards, including the advisory board for the American Cancer Society, as the President of the Nebraska Rural Health Association and the Area Health Education Statewide Advisory Board.  She is a frequent speaker on the topics of children’s grief, health policy, community health, human resource management and leadership, including a TEDx Lincoln speech which Carly delivered in 2015 titled “No Child Should Ever Grieve Alone.” Carly is thrilled to serve as Mourning Hope's executive director, and is committed to promoting healthy communities through innovative programs and partnerships.