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.


Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson Interview by: Carolyn Burnham August 20, 2015 Maggie Robinson is an Oberlin native and has worked at the College for over 35 years. She is currently the Manager of Academic Operations and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and has worked for many different departments as well. Robinson is passionate about serving as […]

Heather Adelman

Heather Adelman Interview by: Sophie Davis, September 25, 2015 Heather is the liaison to the Education and Local Land and Agriculture Committees. She is also working on projects related to waste and material flows, with the goal of zero waste throughout the community.  Previous to her work with the Oberlin Project, Heather served as the Supervisor of the Tribal Solid Waste and […]

Cullen Naumoff

Cullen Naumoff Interview by: Bryan Rubin Cullen Naumoff joined the Oberlin Project in September 2014 as the Director of Sustainable Enterprise. Naumoff leads the sustainable economic initiatives to drive smart growth in and around Oberlin, Ohio. Naumoff brings to this role innovative and inclusive strategies that aim to both attract and grow triple bottom lined businesses in the community. Prior to joining The […]

Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell Interview by: Mikaila Hoffman Lynn Powell is a professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She has published two books of poetry and one non-fiction book. She created and continues to teach the “Teaching Imaginative Writing” course at Oberlin, where she assists interested college students in running week long poetry residencies at Langston Middle School. The course is partially […]

Lester Allen

Lester Allen Interview by: Carolyn Burnham   Lester Allen visited his father in Oberlin during his childhood summers and felt so at ease within the community that he decided to make it his permanent home as an adult after service in the military. Allen began work at the Oberlin Postal Department, connecting with people of all ages as he delivered […]

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes Interview by: Rick Yu Yue   Sean Hayes is Executive Director of The Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and individual and institutional partners, to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of the Oberlin community through development of a robust, vibrant, and local post-carbon economy. Prior to joining The Oberlin Project, Hayes was the […]

Barbara Pierce

Barbara Pierce Barbara Pierce, an Oberlin resident and the first post-war blind student to attend Oberlin College, has worked for the last 40 years for the National Federation of the Blind, advocating for the civil rights of blind people. She is a leader nationwide as well as in the Oberlin community. Q: What words or images would you use to […]

Samantha Beetler

Sam Beetler Interview by: Becky Kalish Sam Beetler, graduate of Lorain County Community College, is the lead gardener for The People’s Garden at Oberlin Community Services (OCS). Sam’s main work is running the garden but she is also involved in many of the other projects that OCS facilitates. Beetler’s favorite outdoor spot in Oberlin is the arboretum. Q:  My first question […]

Jennifer Smillie

Jennifer Smilie has been an Oberlin High School mathematics teacher for 12 years. She lives in Bay Village, which is about half an hour away from Oberlin. She has always felt passionate about sustainability and tries to incorporate sustainability in her math classes with the Dashboard.

Jennifer Shults

Jennifer Shults is an Oberlin native and has a lot of family history and roots in Oberlin. She is a chiropractor but is interested in many different methods of natural healing. She sees a deep connection between individual, human health and the health of the environment.