Denny Smith is a former teacher and coach, a motivational speaker and trainer and the author of God Did TOO Make Adam & Steve. The book is designed to help all of us to deal with issues in a calm and respectful manner and replace blistering rhetoric with meaningful dialogue. He is a long time activist and the founder of “Winning Marriage Equality.” He has worked tirelessly to promote courageous yet civil dialogue  as we strive to make America safe, welcoming  and opportunistic for all Americans. The major focus of his involvement in our recent campaign was to promote civility in political discussion. He has conducted numerous seminars and training sessions on diversity and inclusion, bringing people of  divergent backgrounds together to engage in frank but respectful dialogue.

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Sue Kircher O’Hara brings a wealth of commitment and experience to the Civility In Politics, Inc. board of directors. She is a 1991 graduate of St.Cloud State University and worked as a medical laboratory specialist in Cytology for 40 years before retiring from Quest Diagnostics, Inc. in 2011. Sue was Vice President of the Minnesota Society of Cytology from 1991 to 1995. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN from 1997 to 2000 and Unity Spiritual Center in Sartell from 2008 to 2011.

Nate Fiene is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with majors in Democracy Justice Studies and Political Science with a minor in History. He is currently a graduate student at St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University working towards his Master of Public Administration degree.  He brings a vast knowledge of our political process and history to the board and is committed to our mission of teaching and promoting courageous and civil activism. He is a member of the St. Cloud State University Student Senate where he served as Chair of  Legislative Affairs.

Zach Dorholt is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving from 2012 to 2014. With strong commitment and  tireless effort, Zach was instrumental in the quest to achieve Marriage Equality in Minnesota. He continues to remain active in the political arena, directing his energy to promoting education, health care and other issues so important to the people of Minnesota. Zach is a Counselor at the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center , working with adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

Program Facilitator

Dale Neuschwander holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Education, and teaching credentials in Communication Studies. He taught high school English for 20 years with a one year sabbatical to teach and coordinate gifted and talented instruction for an educational cooperative. Dale’s career in higher education included teaching College English, Study Skills, and Speech Communication at St. Cloud State University from 2001-2015. He also served as Adjunct Instructor and Supervisor of Student Teachers at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University from 2013-2015. Dale has been involved in coaching and judging high school speech activities since 1989, during which time he coached 15 state champions. He is trained in meditation, mediation, mindfulness, and personal empowerment practices. Currently a member of the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association, Dale also volunteers at the Sundance Film Festival and Unity Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota.