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.
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.
Sara Quandt joined the Midlands Community Foundation team in November of 2022. Her duties as development associate include fund development, community outreach, and special event planning and implementation for MCF’s annual Reflection Ball and Golf Tournament.
Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Administration from LSU-Shreveport with an emphasis in fund development and a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Penn State University.
Prior to joining the Foundation, her career includes more than seven years working with non-profits in Omaha and Lincoln.