Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Faces of Rural Action

Spotlight: Michelle Shively
Submitted by Katy Sulfridge, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

For this week’s Faces of Rural Action, we bring you a face that we don’t see around the Trimble office very often. Michelle Shively is an outreach and education coordinator VISTA with Huff Run Watershed, located in Mineral City, OH. Michelle comes to Huff Run from Kettering OH, but spent the last four years as a student at Ohio University.

Michelle is a 2002 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School. After graduation, she continued her education at Ohio University in Athens by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography. During her time at Ohio University, Michelle was involved with the community in many capacities. She worked for the Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD). Many of her projects involved southeastern Ohio watersheds.

Michelle is responsible for organizing the environmental education outreach programs for Huff Run, including classroom presentations and field trips for local schools. They have an Awareness Day field trip each spring, and this year there are 215 seventh graders scheduled to participate. She also leads the Environmental Explorers Club, which is a club for children ages 7-13 that is focused on learning about the world around us.

Michelle will finish her VISTA term with Huff Run and Rural Action in July, and we wish her the best of luck!