Community Voices Articles

The Community Voices component of Environmental Dashboard is designed to celebrate and promote thought and action that build stronger, more sustainable and more resilient communities. Community members representing the diversity of this community are being interviewed to share their perspectives. Click below to view recent interviews or search by subject name, interviewer or any keyword or topic to view associated stories. Many of the quotes used for Community Voices slides are taken from these interviews.


Dori Tiller and Shelley Clagg

Dori Tiller and Shelley Clagg are committed residents at John Frederick Oberlin (JFO) Homes who put together a recycling program at the John Frederick Oberlin (JFO) apartment complex. For both of them, recycling and reusing have come to feel very natural, and they are working hard to share this spirit with other members of the Oberlin community.

Manuel Espinoza

Manuel Espinoza Interview by: Brooke Ortel 2014 When Mr. Manuel Espinoza first came to Oberlin in 1964 for a job interview at the local barbershop, he knew right away that he wanted to stay. A self-identified “people person,” he enjoys interacting with his clients and making them look good, one haircut at a time. Q: What word or image would you […]

Midge Brittingham

Midge Brittingham has been a resident of Oberlin since 1969. She is an alumni of Oberlin College, class of 1960, and is the mother of two Oberlin graduates. She served many years with the Oberlin College Alumni Association and is an active layperson at Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. She and her husband Smith enjoy hosting meals for international students at their house each Sunday night.

Barbara Fuchsman

Barbara Fuchsman has been an Oberlin resident for 43 years. She is a layperson at the Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She works closely with the Santa Elena Project that supports human rights for workers in Guatemala. She enjoys gardening with her husband.

Caroline Meister

Caroline Meister is an Oberlin resident who works as a tutoring coordinator for America Counts. She hires, trains, and supervises college students who work as math tutors for K-8 students. She is a member of the Oberlin College class of 2014 and enjoys her work with Oberlin Community Services connecting college students and children and families in the community.

Maureen Simen

Maureen Simen is not only a mother and local community leader, but also coordinator of America Reads through Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for Service and Learning. Maureen earned her Master degree in Reading Education from Oakland University. She has worked in various college communities developing curriculum design and education technology. Currently, her work with America Reads focuses on inspiring college students to become involved with the Oberlin community by promoting literacy and volunteering in local schools.

Robert Q. Thompson

Robert Q. Thompson is a chemistry professor at Oberlin College. He has invested time, money, and effort into installing solar panels in his home and has created an energy-efficient and green household. He has lived in Oberlin and worked at the college for thirty-two years.

Shirley Owens

Shirley Owens Interview by: Emily Belle A lifelong Oberlin resident, Ms. Shirley Owens is General Manager of Quick and Delicious restaurant, located at 311 South Main Street. She believes in creating community through the continuous beautification of neighborhoods, and by making good-tasting food accessible to everyone. Ms. Owens is thankful that Quick and Delicious is equipped to serve people of all […]