Sheboygan SOUP is now part of Active8!

Even small cities need heroes. In Sheboygan the call has been answered by Active8, an assemblage of estimable altruists and advocates dedicated to the safeguarding of their community from the forces of apathy, inaction, and exclusion. Through the powers of civic awareness, collaboration and, most importantly, fun, Active8 works to improve the quality of life in Sheboygan.

Active8 is a not for profit organization made up entirely of volunteers whom have a deep passion for making Sheboygan the best place in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.


The Active8ors are working hard to build their headquarters (this website). To receive updates as we progress, please sign up for our mailing list below. Active8 values your time and privacy, we won't bug you too often and we will never share your information.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 20th
Sheboygan Soup
August 20, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Blue Harbor

Sheboygan SOUP is a community-based, crowdfunding dinner organized by volunteers who want to help the community feel empowered to improve the city.

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Who Are The Active8ors?

Gina Covelli Chair

Gina Covelli moved to Sheboygan in 2013 when she took a job as the Community Relations Manager at Lakeland University. She is an active member of the United Way Board of Directors and Community Action Team, and loves to work with diverse groups of people to make positive change happen. Since planting some roots in Sheboygan with her husband, Brent, she has really enjoyed exploring and participating in all that Sheboygan County has to offer. She is a 2006 graduate of Lakeland University, with a degree in writing, English and communication, and worked as a journalist and newspaper editor in the Madison area before moving to Sheboygan.

James Owen Vice Chair

James Owen moved to Sheboygan in May of 2012 after joining 3 Sheeps Brewing Company as a partner. He grew up in New York about 30 minutes north of Manhattan before attending Northwestern University in Evanston. After graduating from college, he moved to downtown Chicago and worked in finance for 4.5 years. Hearing of a college friend starting a brewery drew him to Sheboygan, and the beauty of the city, the people, and the industry in the area has kept him here. He loves the idea of bringing people together to improve our community, which SOUP aims to do!

Bailey Dolson Secretary

Bailey Dolson is a Sheboygan native who graduated from Sheboygan Lutheran High School, went a little east to Adrian College, Michigan for four years, and then returned home. Bailey is currently the Creative Services Manager for Sheboygan Tourism. After being away from Sheboygan County for a while, coming home and diving right into tourism, the Sheboygan County Chamber, and Coastal Young Professionals Network, she understands how much Sheboygan has to offer and all of its untapped potential. While Bailey’s job requires her to promote Sheboygan outside of the county, Sheboygan SOUP allows her to promote within and get the locals to see just how great this place can be.

Nancy Maring

Nancy Maring has been a part of the Sheboygan community since moving here in 2014. Nancy has lived in Wisconsin her whole life, growing up in the Madison area, and living in La Crosse and Milwaukee for school. As a planner with the City of Sheboygan, Nancy has an appreciation for urban life and the amenities and community feeling Sheboygan can offer. Nancy is excited to be a part of Sheboygan SOUP because it is so powerful to see community members coming together to make their city function better, serve people better, and increase a sense of place.

Amanda Salazar Founder

Amanda Salazar grew up in Sheboygan. She has been with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for eight years. In September of 2015 she accepted a new role as Corporate Relations Coordinator at the Arts Center. Amanda received the President’s Award at Coastal’s Next Wave Awards in May of 2015 which recognized her work as a leader of Coastal’s rebranding initiative. She is currently a member of the Ambassador Committee for Coastal YPN and serving on the Board of Director’s for Latinos en Sheboygan. Amanda saw the importance of joining Sheboygan SOUP because it will create an environment which empowers our neighbors to promote action and change within our community.

Dane Schaefer

Dane Schaefer is a life long Sheboygan resident. In 2006 he opened The Epicure Lounge on Michigan Avenue and has owned and operated it since. Dane also works for his parents' business Legend Larry's where he heads up their marketing, design, & technology needs. He loves to learn and tinker and is always working on a new project, or business. He loves his hometown and is wholly committed to doing what he can to help other people also fall in love with Sheboygan. Dane thinks that Sheboygan SOUP is an amazing way to do exactly that.