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About Us


Executive Director
Carly Woythaler-Runestad, MHA

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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.

Grief Support Director
Alyssa Christensen

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Alyssa Christensen is the grief support director of the Mourning Hope Grief Center. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Alyssa graduated in 2013 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in Psychology.

Alyssa’s passion for grief work started after a Death and Dying class in college. It sparked her interest in becoming a hospice volunteer, leading to a career in the field. To further her interest in the area, she came across Mourning Hope at a conference she was attending and a few months later she was an official volunteer.

Alyssa is passionate about the Lincoln community and is honored to be a part of growing Mourning Hope’s school programs to allow even more children to feel they are not alone on their grief journey.

Clinical Operations Director
Pam Dinneen, LMHP, FT

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Pam Dinneen, Mourning Hope founder, serves as the clinical operations director for the Mourning Hope Grief Center. Pam is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, with a Master’s in Counseling, and a Fellowship in Thanatology, focused on death education and counseling. At Mourning Hope, she is involved in grief consultation, group facilitation and volunteer/community trainings. Pam also serves as the Camp Erin Director and is active in the new center’s building and development. 

Pam has dedicated a large portion of her life to supporting grieving families. Starting her career as an educator and then counselor, she worked with numerous students impacted by death and grief. While serving as a team leader for the crisis response team with Lincoln Public Schools, she became acutely aware of the need for support services for grieving families in our community. This fueled her determination to create a safe space for bereaved families to heal, which was the beginning of Mourning Hope.

Pam’s passion is to companion people, walking with them through the most difficult times in their lives and helping them find hope, healing and happiness again. 

Advancement Director
Kate Holman

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Kate Holman is the advancement director of the Mourning Hope Grief Center. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. She relocated to Lincoln in 2009.

Kate is dedicated to the nonprofit field, and passionate about giving back to the community. She began her nonprofit career in 2007, and has spent the last 13 years driven by mission. She brings a diverse set of skills to the Mourning Hope team including fundraising, marketing, event planning, and volunteer and donor management. Kate’s desire to support bereaved youth and their families comes from her past work with the state’s hospice agencies, time spent as a hospice volunteer, and her personal experiences with death and grief.

Kate is excited to help grow and expand Mourning Hope’s presence and impact in the Lincoln community.

Camp Erin Clinical Director
Kristal Flaming, LIMHP, LADC

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Kristal Flaming, LIMHP, LADC is the Camp Erin Clinical Director for the Mourning Hope Grief Center. Kristal received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s of Counseling at Doane University-Lincoln. Kristal navigated crisis situations for 10 years in the intimate partner violence field, providing advocacy and mental health support to individuals struggling with dating and domestic violence. She provided individual and structured group support to children who suffered losses due to domestic violence and/or substance use. During her time working with families, Kristal was connected with Mourning Hope. She is thrilled to now be a part of the amazing Mourning Hope team and Camp Erin.

In addition to Mourning Hope, Kristal currently uses her counseling skills at Lincoln Wellness Group and Doane University in Crete. Her higher education background includes teaching graduate level counseling students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and teaching in the Continuing Education department at Southeast Community College.

Work Study Student
Alison Winsterman

Alison Winsterman is a first-year student at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Originally from Central City, Nebraska, Alison is a Biology major and plans to pursue medical school.