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.
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.
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.
Ms. Quandt 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.