Who We Are:

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 non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers who have a deep passion for making Sheboygan the best place in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.

Board of Directors

Amanda Salazar, President
Nancy Maring, Vice President
James Owen, Secretary
Alec Bartolai, Treasurer
Janine Dickens
Dana Elmzen
Grecia Hernandez
Jordan Saunders
Justin Vannieuwenhoven
Jon Dolson
Emily Rendall-Araujo
Brian Begalke
Paul Hanley
Olivia Fritz
Lauren Smith
Martha Batzner

Founding Members

Gina Covelli

James Owen

Bailey Dolson

Amanda Salazar

Nancy Maring

Dane Schaefer

What We Do:

All of the programs Active8 hosts or collaborates with must align to the organization’s mission and at least 4 of the organization’s guiding principles. After that, programs fall under four general categories: Informative, Collaboration, Engagement and Fundraising.


Active8 works to build a rooted Sheboygan community through partnerships, events, and civic action.


Residents of Sheboygan are informed, involved, and empowered to take action.

Guiding Principles:

  • Civic Awareness
  • Advocacy
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Engagement
  • FUN!!