About Us


Executive Director

Diane Knicky

Diane Knicky has been with Midlands Community Foundation (MCF) since 2007 and was recently named Executive Director in September 2022. Ms. Knicky was previously Director of Operations and Public Relations where she managed all media publicity and marketing projects and programs for MCF and its charitable funds, oversaw and directed fundraising event coordination for the Reflection Ball and golf tournament and collaboratively led the bi-annual MCF Grant Program.

As Executive Director, Ms. Knicky will be responsible for overseeing the development of MCF’s strategic plan and continuing to enhance MCF’s non-profit organization, donor, business, and community partnerships. Over the last fifteen years, Ms. Knicky has shown a strong commitment to MCF’s mission which has had a significant and positive impact in the Cass and Sarpy communities.

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.



Finance Director

Christine Nelson

Christine Nelson joined Midlands Community Foundation in April 2023. As Finance Director, Christine is responsible for overseeing all financial operations, including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, accounting, and audit activities of MCF and all its charitable funds.

Ms. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Prior to joining MCF, her career included 20 years with a local lawn and landscape business, most recently as Accounting Manager.





Community Relations and Administrative Specialist

Heather Moran

Heather Moran joined Midlands Community Foundation in April 2024 as the Community Relations and Administrative Specialist.   Heather is responsible for many office tasks along with welcoming visitors, preparing communications materials, and helping plan and implement projects and programs to carry out the mission of MCF.  She also will manage MCF’s bi-annual grants program and help to plan and execute MCF’s fundraising events.

Ms. Moran earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Mount Vernon College affiliated with George Washington University in Washington DC.

Prior to joining the MCF staff Heather spent over 30 years in the field of public education as both an educator and advocate.