A new education specialist joins the West Washtenaw Recycling Authority

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The Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) proudly announces the appointment of Carissa Aucoin as its new Education Specialist.

Mark Williams, WWRA Director of Recycling, expressed his excitement about O’Quinn joining the team. “Carissa helped us with a survey project funded by an EGLA grant and The Recycling Partnership last year,” said Williams.

O’Quinn will take over from Shawn Personke, who has been handling the outreach role, including the WWRA’s Facebook page and foam-collecting initiative, since 2017.

In her new position, O’Quinn will be responsible for creating presentations and marketing materials for community outreach, as directed by the WWRA Council. Her duties include giving her presentations to community organizations and schools and serving as a media liaison for the WWRA.

O’Quinn is a native of Chelsea, graduated summa cum laude from Chelsea High School and is currently studying Environmental Science with a minor in Economics at Siena Heights University. She works as the recycling coordinator for the university’s Sustainability Club and is passionate about the intersection between economics, communication, human rights and environmental sciences.

The WWRA describes the Education Specialist role as requiring excellent interpersonal, presentation and team skills, as well as strong attention to detail and flexibility. O’Quinn is expected to be well organized, ethical, and able to meet deadlines while actively engaging with diverse demographics.

O’Quinn expressed her excitement about joining the WWRA, saying, “I look forward to working with the WWRA again, helping our recycling community understand our mission and ways they can support a greener environment.”

WWRA is a collaborative initiative between the City of Chelsea, the City of Dexter, the Borough of Lyndon, Manchester Township and the Borough of Lima, which aims to explore alternative waste management solutions and promote recycling. For more information visit www.wwrarecycles.org.

Photo: Carys Aucoin. Image courtesy of WWRA.