The Women’s Fund honors Sue Powers as a Door County Shero!

We all appreciate a good neighbor. Neighbors keep us safe and have our backs. In our case, we have a super-neighbor. She’s got our backs, and, in fact, she’s got everyone in the community’s back. Our neighbor is Door County’s Public Health Manager Sue Powers.

Before COVID struck and Sue’s name started to show up on televised briefings and radio interviews, I knew her as our quiet, friendly neighbor. We’d often meet taking our dogs for evening walks. I knew her as a responsible mom who’s raised two incredible daughters.

Then, earlier this year, her position, which was probably always fairly stressful, almost overnight, without any warning, took on a magnitude of stress few of us can imagine.

I am nominating Sue as my “Shero” for the work she does day in and day out – communicating news that none of us want to hear, keeping us informed as we negotiate an arena none of us was prepared to enter. Sue’s been, in many ways, the community mom. Through all of it, she maintains a calmness. She exudes wisdom, an occasional hint of wry humor and a sense of underlying hope.

County Administrator Ken Pabich said, “In dealing with COVID-19, it has been a constant state of change as we learn more about the virus; however, Sue Powers has been a strong and consistent leader in protecting the health of the community.  With Sue’s leadership and her team, they have been exemplary in their service to the community.”

 Thank you, Sue!