Nebraska Community Foundation Welcomes New Staff

Nebraska Community Foundation proudly welcomes Betty Wagner of Lincoln and Kara Weander-Gaster of Norfolk to its growing team of community development professionals serving Greater Nebraska.

Betty Wagner has joined the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) staff as executive assistant to the CEO. In her new position, Wagner handles a variety of logistical, communications and organizational duties for both NCF administrative staff and the board of directors.

Prior to arriving at NCF, Wagner served as executive assistant at Grand Island Central Catholic Development Foundation. Before that, she spent 13 years as the executive assistant for Grand Island Public Schools and 11 years as a divisional office manager for the city of Grand Island.

Kara Weander-Gaster has taken on the role of affiliated fund development coordinator for northeast Nebraska, providing technical assistance to NCF’s affiliated funds and donors. Weander-Gaster will work with volunteer leaders to build community awareness, conduct successful fundraising efforts and increase community impact through grantmaking and citizen engagement.

Before joining the NCF team, Weander-Gaster served as the Norfolk Arts Center’s executive director where she brought the organization to a new level of artistic excellence and community engagement.Weander-Gaster was also involved with the development of the Northeast Nebraska Philanthropy Council and Norfolk’s 150 Celebration.

“We are thrilled to have Betty and Kara join the Nebraska Community Foundation family and to add their many skills and talents to a growing team that shares a deep passion for the future of Greater Nebraska,” said Jeff Yost, Nebraska Community Foundation president and CEO.

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