About Us


Executive  Director

Tonee Gay

Tonee Gay graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Accounting. She has been the Executive Director of Midlands Community Foundation since May 2005.

Ms. Gay has served or is currently serving on several local organization committees and boards including the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee (Advisor, Chair, Associate Chair and Debutante Associate); Co-Chair of the Papillion LaVista Bond Committee in 2018 and 2012, Papillion 150 Committee, Sarpy Community YMCA Board, Papillion Community Foundation Board, St. Columbkille Parish Council, Papillion LaVista Schools Foundation Scholarship Committee, Nebraska Judicial Nominating Commission for the Supreme Court Fourth, and the Reflection Ball Committee.

Under her leadership, the Midlands Community Foundation was awarded the 2020 Sarpy County Chamber Non-Profit of the Year and in 2019 was awarded the Sarpy County Chamber Excellence Award along with Non-Profit of the Year.  In addition, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce recognized MCF in 2019 as Non-Profit of Year.

In 2020, she was recognized as one of the Suburban Newspaper’s Women of Distinction and in 2006 as one of the women 40 under 40 by the newspaper.  She continues to partner and facilitate relations with several “non” profit and “for” profit organizations within the service area of Midlands Community Foundation for the betterment of our community.

Director of Operations and Public Relations

Diane Knicky

Diane Knicky has been with Midlands Community Foundation since 2007.  Her duties as director of operations and public relations include fund-raising event coordination for MCF’s annual Reflection Ball and Golf Tournament, advertising and publication design for MCF and its charitable funds, website administration and meeting facilitation.

In 2020, Ms. Knicky was recognized as one of the Suburban Newspaper’s Women of Distinction

Prior to joining the Foundation, she had a 20-year career in public relations.  Ms. Knicky continues to do part-time public relations consulting in the areas of special events and market and opinion research.





Senior Accountant

Andrea Hansen

Andrea Hansen came aboard Midlands Community Foundation in November of 2018. Her duties as senior accountant include aspects of financial and audit activities at MCF and all its charitable funds.

Ms. Hansen earned her Master of Accountancy from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Prior to joining the Foundation, her career includes more than 19 years within the accounting field in the Omaha metro area, the majority of that time with local non-profits.