Executive Director

Brenda Helget is the Executive Director of A Time to Heal. She has 24 years of fundraising experience, along with 30 years in nonprofit work including Methodist Hospital Foundation and UNMC’s College of Medicine. She helped raise funds for Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

She received her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status in 2004 and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from UNO in 2003. Helget also holds certification from Indiana University’s Fund Raising School. She has presented fundraising and nonprofit lectures nationally for The Chronicle of Philanthropy and at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s International Conference.


Director of Programs

As Director of Programs, Kelly Mand is responsible for overseeing all A Time to Heal programs, outreach and partnerships with health providers, and measuring the impact of our services.

Previously, Mand managed a portfolio of health system accounts for the advancement of cancer control goals with the American Cancer Society. She partnered with community health centers and local coalitions to increase cancer screening rates and access to cancer screenings. Mand is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha and is an active TeamMates mentor.



Marketing and Development Manager

As Marketing & Development Manager, Jessica Schaaf joins our team with a goal of aligning design and function to multiply A Time To Heal’s capacity, and amplify our ability to exceptionally serve survivors and caregivers.

Schaaf is a creative marketing professional with over eight years of experience in communications and design, with three years of experience dedicated to nonprofit development and fundraising. Most recently, she served as Development Coordinator and Brand Manager at NorthStar Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a member of the UNO Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Business Administration.