Who We Are
We are a coalition of citizens who respect Nebraska’s history of independence and political innovation. We are concerned by attempts, whether through governmental stagnation or partisan political interference, to distance the people from their representatives. Represented by community-minded people across the state, we are motivated to rejuvenate rural and urban Nebraska through better, more effective governance.
Director of Dawson Area Development in Lexington, Scott Foster previously worked in education, communication, and local government. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 32 years. They live in Gothenburg and have four children living throughout Nebraska.
Janece Mollhoff served in the U.S. Army Reserves and attained the rank of Colonel. A registered nurse and life-long Nebraska resident, Janece served in public office on the Ashland City Council and the OPPD Board of Directors.
David Arnold is the Chief Strategy Officer at Buildertrend, the leading software platform for the residential construction industry, and leads the company’s overall corporate strategy and corporate development. David earned his BS in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a JD from University of Nebraska College of Law.
Nate Blum serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sorghum United, an international NGO serving to advance education and markets development for sorghum and adjacent small grains. He is an Alumnus of the University of Nebraska (Class of 2019), the Nebraska Leadership, Education, Agriculture, Development (LEAD) Program (Class XXXVI), and recently served as the Vice President of the Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association.
As a native of rural Nebraska, Silver moved back home with her husband, and they put their roots down as small business owners. She also uses her experience in human resources, finance, and business consulting to serve as Director of Operations for a local wealth management firm. Her past involvement with city government has made her passionate about educating and encouraging people in rural communities to be more actively involved in representative government.
Dirk grew up on farm in Northeast Nebraska and graduated with a degree in Engineering from the University of Nebraska. His working career included 3 years with Deere & Co. and 38 years with steel producer Nucor where he was Vice President and General Manager at the Nucor Divisions in Norfolk, NE the last 17 years of his career. Dirk has been active in community service including 13 years on the Nebraska State Chamber Board serving as Chairman in 2017 and 12 years on the Northeast Community College Board of Governors serving as Chairman in 2018.
Juan Sandoval was born in Valencia, Venezuela, and moved to the United States in 1999. For 12 years, Juan specialized in serving small businesses in rural communities in Northeast Nebraska assisting clients within the entrepreneurial process stages with idea generation, decision making and business planning, project creation, and management and control. Juan is proficient in English and Spanish and has worked with over 350 businesses within the State of Nebraska.
Robert Baynes is an American businessman and turnaround executive. He’s most known for his distinct work in corporate reorganizations, his distinguished service in the U.S. Military as an Army Ranger, and for being the Founder & President of Strong Oak.
Colby Coash serves as the Associate Executive Director for the Nebraska Association of School Boards. Colby was born in the Sandhills of Nebraska, but calls Lincoln home. He served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature where he championed tourism, support for vulnerable Nebraskans, and economic development of underrepresented industries like beer and film. He is a two time alum of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Bryan College of Health.
Josh Moenning is the director of Nebraskans for Better Governance. Moenning was elected mayor of the city of Norfolk in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. In 2020, he was elected to serve on the board of directors of the National League of Cities. He’s worked in the Nebraska Legislature, for the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the fields of transportation infrastructure development and renewable energy investment. He also assists his family’s Piedmontese beef business and has two children.
Nebraska has a long, rich history of bringing it’s government closer to the people it serves. Whether curbing the centralized largess that leads to bureaucracy or peeling back layers of partisanship that stifle progress, the Nebraska way recognizes that the more direct the representation, the more effective the government. Today, we are tasked with finding solutions to the modern problems of politics – how to make elections more competitive, policies more innovative, and politics less partisan and divisive.