Recycling and Sustainability Manager
Jay Price has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Bioregional Planning from Utah State University, as well as an MBA from the University of Memphis. Jay was the Recycling Education Coordinator at Utah State University for three years prior to arriving at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. Jay started out as the Environmental Coordinator at UT, coordinating the budding recycling program and the residence hall sustainability competition. As the program evolved to include more staff, AmeriCorps members, and student workers, Solid Waste Management, Universal Waste management, and the UT Composting Facility, Jay was promoted to Recycling Manager in 2013. With the merger of UT Recycling and the Office of Sustainability, Jay was promoted to Sustainability Manager in 2019.
Outreach Coordinator, Recycling Focus
Sarah hails from Springfield, Missouri and received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from Missouri Southern State University. When looking at post-college opportunities, she decided to put art on hold, and looked towards her passion for the environment. While searching online for environment-oriented service organizations, she found AmeriCorps! As an avid and passionate recycler, she has loved learning about recycling through interesting, often gross, but rewarding first-hand experience. In her spare time, she enjoys biking around Knoxville and trying all the local dessert shops.
Academic Engagement Coordinator
While Megan is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee where she majored in Economics and minored in Sustainability. In college, she was inspired to be a part of AmeriCorps after volunteering for a VISTA member at the Knoxville Market Square Farmers’ Market. Moreover, after learning about UT Recycling, she wanted to serve in order to experience how an environmental program works on a university level before she pursues law school and hopefully, one day, environmental law. Right now, she is excited that she was able to create and launch an official UT Recycling Student Internship Program for Spring 2019. When not working, she enjoys reading, long walks downtown, and cats.
Operations and Information Coordinator
A native of East Tennessee, Marlee graduated from UT in 2017 with a degree in Geology and Environmental Studies. She immediately headed out to hike the Appalachian Trail solo and along the way met several AmeriCorps alumni who spoke highly of their experiences. She was sold on the prospect, and an opening at UT Recycling through CAC AmeriCorps appeared she jumped at the opportunity to join this amazing team and continue perusing her passion for the environment.
Food Systems Coordinator, Grow Lab & Free Store Director
Leah grew up and still lives on a farm in Maryville, TN. She is currently finishing a degree in Anthropology & Religious Studies with a focus on socially sustainable communities. She loves books; quirky, dark comedies; tea; solo traveling; and her gaggle of nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Leah is very passionate about sustainable agriculture, food justice, issues surrounding women and children, and living a purposeful life. She hates unnecessary packaging, cilantro, and scented candles more than is probably good for anyone.
Zero Waste Services Coordinator
Originally from the Chicago-land area, Annalisa studied Italian and French with a minor in Global Sustainability at the University of Michigan. But near the end of her time at Michigan, she realized that environmental work and sustainability are her true passions. So, after graduating, she applied to AmeriCorps to gain real world experience in the field she’s planning to pursue in the future. She loves playing guitar, backpacking, and traveling whenever she can.
Student Interns and Assistants
Josie Tunnell, Graphic Designer
Josie is a second year Architecture student in the College of Architecture and Design, originally from Brentwood, Tennessee. She has a love for concerts, music, embroidery, crafts, big cities, traveling, plants and her growing collection of seventeen species as of right now—and of course—all things design!
Rachel Heckle, Communications and Outreach
Rachel is a junior from Brentwood, Tennessee studying Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. On the weekends she likes to cheer on the Vols, hike with her friends and play guitar.
Cecelia Cordera, Data Analysis Assistant
Cecelia a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee. This is her first year at Tennessee but she is so far absolutely loving it! Cecelia is a Sustainability major, something else she loves. Some of her other favorite things to do are hiking, hanging out with friends, kayaking, and going to concerts.