Board of Directors

Rick Poore, Board Member: Rick is a small business owner in Lincoln. Starting his business DesignWear in 1994, Rick has seen first hand the role small business owners can have in shaping policies that affect his work and his employees.

Dr. Amanda McKinney, Board Member: Amanda is a doctor in rural Nebraska. She grew up in Odell and her grandfather was a member of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation in the 1960s. Dr. McKinney was one of three doctors on stage with President Obama during a critical moment in the fight for healthcare reform.

Tom Genung, Board Member: Tom is the chairman of the Bold Alliance Education Fund, and was the chairman of the Nebraska Easement Action Team (NEAT), the collective of landowners that was formed who refused to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL pipeline. Tom was a key landowner in the fight to stop Keystone XL, and also has a long history working with the developmental  disabilities community. He is a leader in civic groups such as Kiwanis and Nebraska Farmers Union, as well as a board member of Nebraskans for Peace. Tom is an innovative small business owner and the proprietor of Hastings Pallets, which finds new uses for shipping pallets.

Staff

Jane Kleeb, President: Jane is an experienced grassroots organizer, political strategist and nonprofit entrepreneur. In 2010, Jane Kleeb founded Bold Nebraska organizing a group of farmers and ranchers that call themselves "Pipeline Fighters.” Protecting the land and water touched a deep nerve with Nebraskans whose family roots are tied to the pioneers and homesteaders that built the state of rich prairie and was at-risk with the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline. In 2016, Jane expanded Bold into a national network called the Bold Alliance which has state offices in Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The Bold Alliance works nationally on ending eminent domain for private gain and ensuring landowners are at the table during the clean energy transition. Jane lives in rural Nebraska with her husband Scott and three daughters. More About Jane

Mark Hefflinger, Digital & Communications Director: Mark was born and raised in Omaha, and received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Boston College. He has worked as a journalist in California, covering the digital media industry, music and LGBT issues, and more recently has been an online organizer for progressive causes. Mark worked on the No on Proposition 8 campaign in California in 2008, and afterwards with organizations including the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center on voter outreach on marriage equality. In 2012, Mark served as the New Media Director on CREDO SuperPAC’s successful Congressional campaign that ousted a 30-year conservative, climate change-denying Congressman in Northern California.

Hannah Adams, Deputy Director: Hannah is a native of Austin, Texas and got her start organizing in college through canvassing for the Working Families Party, organizing school support staff workers for the Service Employees International Union in New Orleans, and coordinating the get out the vote operations in Middletown, Connecticut for Chris Murphy’s 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate.  After graduating, she joined Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, where she ran campaigns for groups such as Food & Water Watch and the Sierra Club. She became an Assistant Organizing Director with Change Corps and managed organizers across the country working on campaigns for Everytown for Gun Safety, the National Education Association, and Fight for $15. Hannah attended Wesleyan University, where she studied Government and Latin American Studies.

Carolyn Reilly, Regional Pipeline Fighter: Carolyn Reilly, along with her husband, own and operate Four Corners Farm and Four Corners Recycling in Rocky Mount, Virginia. When the Reilly family moved from suburban Florida over six years ago, they had 4 backyard chickens. Now they are happily rooted in rural SW Virginia with over 400 pasture-raised chickens, range-raised pigs and a small herd of grass-fed cows. Carolyn is a home-schooling mom of four children, a book lover, artist and writer as well as an activist. She and her family stand in firm opposition to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) for the health and safety of thousands of people in WV and VA, for the beauty and grace of local community, and for the sacredness of their personal land, which rests in the direct path of the proposed MVP. Carolyn has been involved in fighting the proposed MVP and has been actively organizing in the region since late 2014. Her connection and commitment to community has further deepened Carolyn's commitment to sustainability and restorative living.