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Sean Purdy of Webb School of Knoxville (left) and Sarah Lewis of Oak Ridge High School were appointed as student representatives to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.  Not pictured is Dorothy Dunn, who was appointed as a board member.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the appointment of a new member and two high school representatives to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).


 “We’re very pleased to welcome this new member and these students,” said Steve McCracken, DOE Oak Ridge Assistant Manager for EM. “The SSAB plays an important role in providing public input on EM program activities on the Oak Ridge Reservation.  We appreciate the fact that they’re willing to volunteer to serve on the Board.”


The ORSSAB is a federally-chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to DOE’s Oak Ridge Environmental Management (EM) Program.


Appointed to fill a recent vacancy on the board is Dorothy Dunn.  She is the Executive Coordinator for Keep Roane Beautiful, a countywide public service program to educate and empower the citizens of Roane County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment.  


Dunn is active in a variety of community organizations, including the Harriman Garden Club, Chamber of Commerce, and is chairperson on the Roane County Solid Waste Board.  She is a resident of Kingston.


Sarah Lewis and Sean Purdy are the new ORSSAB student representatives.  Each year, high school students are seated on the Board to represent the views, concerns, and interests of area youth.  At least one student is selected from Oak Ridge High School, and others are chosen on a rotating basis from schools in surrounding areas.


Lewis is a rising senior at Oak Ridge High School, where she is the Vice President of SECME (Science, Engineering, Math, Communications, and Enrichment) and a National Honor Society member. 


She is a senior Girl Scout, currently working on her gold award project and an Envirothon participant for the Oak Ridge High School team.  Lewis works as a tutor at Woodland elementary and plans a career in biological research.


Purdy is a rising senior at Webb School of Knoxville, where he is a peer counselor, a leader of the Spanish Club, and a member of SALSA (Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse).  He plays baseball and basketball and has helped his community by serving as a counselor at the Nature Discovery Camp, Lego Camp, and various sports camps that Webb offers during the summer. 


Every summer Purdy also volunteers at the Knoxville Open golf tournament, which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs, and he has volunteered at the Special Olympics.  His career interests include education and psychology.


The ORSSAB meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 475 Oak Ridge Turnpike, in Oak Ridge.  Meetings of the Board and its committees are open to the public, and notices are posted on the Board’s Web site (