About Us


Executive  Director

Tonee M. Gay

Tonee Gay holds a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.  She has been the Executive Director at Midlands Community Foundation since May 2005.

Ms. Gay has served or is currently serving on the Sarpy Community YMCA Board, the Papillion Community Foundation, the St. Columbkille Parish Council, the Papillion LaVista Schools Foundation Scholarship Committee, the Nebraska Judicial Nominating Commission for the Supreme Court Fourth, and the Reflection Ball Committee.

Under her leadership, Midlands Community Foundation has received nominations from the Sarpy County Chamber in 2006 for Non-Profit of the Year and in 2010 for the Business/Education Excellence Award.  In 2007, Midlands Community Foundation won the prestigious Non-Profit of the Year award from the Sarpy County Chamber.

In 2006, Ms. Gay was named as one of the woman 40 under 40 from the Suburban Newspapers, Inc.  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 L. 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, advertising and publication design, website administration and meeting facilitation.

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.