New Education and Outreach Specialist Joins WWRA Team

Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority is pleased to announce that Karissa O’Quinn will be joining the team as the Education and Outreach Specialist.

“Karissa helped us with our EGLE and The Recycling Partnership grant-funded survey project last year,” said Marc Williams, recycling manager for the WWRA. O’Quinn will take over from Shawn Personke, who has been handling the outreach role, including the WWRA Facebook page, website and foam collection initiative, since 2017.

A lifelong Chelsea resident, O’Quinn graduated Suma Cum Laude from Chelsea High School.

Currently, she is studying Environmental Science with a minor in Economics at Siena Heights University. She serves as the university’s Recycling Coordinator for the Sustainability Club, helping plan recycling events on campus. Her focus and passion lies in the intersection between economics, communication, human rights, and environmental science.

“I’m looking forward to working with the WWRA again, to help our recycling community understand our mission and the ways in which they can support a greener environment.”

To direct questions to Karissa, please message the WWRA Facebook page or contact her directly at