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.


Naomi Roswell

Naomi Roswell is a student at Oberlin College. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and spent her time learning, dancing, hiking, and organizing. At Oberlin, aside from taking classes, she is the co-chair of Girls and Boys in Motion and is working to get Oberlin College to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.

Emma Blackman

Emma Blackman (she/her/hers) is a third year student from Glen Ridge, NJ. She’s a Psychology major and Hispanic Studies minor. In her free time, she is co-chair of SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) and Music Mentors, sings in the Acapelicans, is a head cook in her co-op, and is the accessibility coordinator of the Oberlin Songwriters.

Dennis Grieve

Dennis Grieve was born in Medina, Ohio. He has a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University and is the sole proprietor of a landscape contracting company in Houston, Texas. Grieve was a horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C and Grounds Services Manager of Oberlin College since 1997. He is a certified Permaculture Designer as of 2009. Grieve is a father of two as well as a scuba diver and golfer.

Michele Gross

Michele Gross is the Director of Business Operations and Dining Services. She has worked for Oberlin College for 35 years.

Bill Frawley

Bill is 34 years old. He is the proud father of two children. He has been working at Oberlin
College since 2006 and lives in Grafton. He’s currently cleaning up an old dump site that was on the property and recycling all materials from it. He plants a garden every year and is Head
Baseball Coach at Lorain County Community College.

Sal Talarico

Mr. Sal Talarico is the Finance Director for the City of Oberlin and manages the city’s finance department. He has served the City of Oberlin for 15 years, and a total of 20 years in the public sector. The finance department is responsible for financial reporting, liability, property and health insurances, utility billing, revenue collections, accounts payable, payroll, treasury and investment management, income tax collections and administration, and debt management.

Mark Fahringer

Mark Fahringer is a Coordinator at The Salvation Army Oberlin Service Unit. He also has volunteered as a Board Member and Board Chair for the Catholic Action Commission of Lorain County. In March 2009, he was awarded the Bishop A.J. Quinn Peace and Justice Award for efforts in immigration reform.

Krista Long

Krista Long is the owner of the Ben Franklin in town and was born and raised in Oberlin. She has worked as a bookseller for most of her life before becoming the Ben Franklin owner. She brought an interest in used selling used books to the store, which now includes Mindfair Books.

Alan Mitchell

Alan Mitchell is Oberlin Community Services’ Food Coordinator and an active Oberlin resident, exemplary in his care for others. Alan grew up in Oberlin and after being away for a decade, during which time he attended college and serving in the Navy, he returned to raise his family in an environment he feels can teach his kids essential values.