To meet other Bold states and founder Jane Kleeb, visit the Bold Alliance.


Tom Genung, Regional Pipeline Fighter: Tom Genung and his wife Cathie have been a fixture at Bold Nebraska's events since the founding of the organization in 2009. Tom served as chairman of the Nebraska Easement Action Team, the collective of Nebraska farmers and ranchers who refused to sell their land to TransCanada for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Tom is a Regional Pipeline Fighter for Bold Nebraska, continuing to organize landowners and advocates to get engaged and stop the pipeline.

Ben Gotschall, Energy & Local Food Director: Ben was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska.  Although most of his occupations have been agricultural, he has also published a full-length book of poetry and taught college English.  He continues to maintain a connection to the Sandhills, running his own cattle business and helping his family manage the ranch, while finding the time to write, play music, and work on behalf of farmers and ranchers with the Nebraska Farmers Union and other organizations.