Orlaine is a Wisconsin native with a BS in Secondary Education from UW-Milwaukee, 1969, and MS in Counseling and Guidance from UW-Madison, 1973. Living in Indiana for 4 years, she worked in a group home for adolescent girls in roles of school liaison and vocational counselor, younger girl house supervisor and assistant director. Returning to Fond du Lac, WI. in 1977 she became director of an AODA prevention/intervention nonprofit for adolescents for 4 years and then as a drug and alcohol counselor for 16 years. Moving to Door County Orlaine worked part-time for HELP as the Older Adult Advocate primarily focusing on prevention. Orlaine enjoys being a Director of a Duplicate Bridge game and also teaches the game. Currently, she is a bi-monthly contributor to the “In Search of Civility” column in the Peninsula Pulse newspaper.
"My last year at HELP I was working on eliminating Non Violent language when I went to a Civility training. I had seen how harmful violent language was on relationships as well as all other aspects of life. It is critical that the majority, if not all our communication, is civil in order for each individual to flourish."
- Orlaine Gabert
Susan McAninch spent the early part of her career life in nursing, focusing on the hospice movement of the early 1980s, and then staying on as a hospice care coordinator for a total of 20 years in the hospice field. Her interest in human behavior led her to graduate school for a masters of social work degree, followed by a 16 year career as a psychotherapist. Susan and her husband, Jim, lived in Illinois for 33 years, where they raised their four children. Living in Door County since 2000, they are happy to be the destination location for those children, now grown, and for their grandchildren. Professional writing has been a thread through the years, including an award-winning co-authored guide for patients and families about pain control and articles about the joys and burdens of care giving. Susan authored a monthly “Dear Abby” advice column that was translated for a foreign magazine. Currently, she is a bi-monthly contributor to the “In Search of Civility” column in the Peninsula Pulse newspaper.
“I consider civility to be the space between us. Visualizing that space is a reminder for me that I have a choice in how to fill it. I choose civility.”
- Susan McAninch
Shirley Senarighi was raised on a farm in northern Minnesota. After a few years working in the juvenile justice system and finishing an M.A. in Educational Psychology she began a career in the public schools of Wisconsin, first as a guidance counselor
and later as an elementary principal. She and her husband Rudy have resided in Door County since 1978. They always intended to return to Minnesota in retirement,
but they fell in love with beautiful Door County.
Besides the Door County Civility Project, Shirley has been active with the League of Women Voters of Door County, PFLAG Door County, the Door County Non-Profit Group, American Red cross, and Hope UCC.
"I appreciate conversations I’ve had with people in Door County regarding civility; I’ve gain from their stories and perspectives. I look at civility as a conscious effort, when faced with a challenge, to stop, breathe, and think and then speak or act." - Shirley Senarighi
Diane Slivka became involved in the Door County Civility Project to see if there was a way to share differences and address challenges when those close to you are far away in philosophies and ideals. She found that through the tools of the “Speak Your Peace” program there is hope towards mutual recognition of our differences, and I get to share that hope with, and, learn from others in our workshops!
Diane retired from the Sturgeon Bay School District after teaching elementary school for twenty-seven years. She is active in the WI Education Association Council Retired Educators and enjoys being a docent work at the Miller Art Museum. Reading is another her passions!
"The civility we need will not come from watching our tongues, it will come from valuing our differences."
- Parker J. Palmer
"To me, a community that is civil can have discussion about matters that concern all, without being negative or aggressive. Being able to talk and not get upset about another’s point of view seems to be a rare thing in today’s world. In a small community such as ours, where we see each other often and work with each other, we must be more compassionate and allow each other to have one's owns beliefs, without getting bent out of shape about it." - Andy Starr
Andy Starr is a Door County native who resides in Sturgeon Bay with his young family. He is the Manager of Materials Management at Door County Medical Center.
Sue Todey has been a lifelong educator having worked as a teacher, counselor, and central office administrator. She currently serves on the Sevastopol School Board,
the Cooperative Education Services Agency 7, and the Wisconsin Association of
School Boards. She was a consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and continues to do part time consulting work. She is involved in a variety of community organizations. Sue lives on the family farm in Sevastopol with her husband and six cats.
Patti Vickman had over 40 years of educational experience before returning to her home town to serve as Southern Door School District Superintendent. Key to her leadership has been her commitment to partnerships developed which prepare students to be college, career, and community ready. As member of the Civility Project’s steering committee, her district collaborated with the Civility Project to develop high school curriculum in civility which was recognized as one of the State Superintendent of School’s 2017 Friends of Education.
"Civility means going beyond the 'golden rule' to the next level of treating others the way 'they' want to be treated: to be understood, respected, and valued as individuals for the unique perspectives they may bring to the conversation, their family, the workplace, and society." - Patti Vickman