OU Student Maria Willett Joins the Age-Friendly Auburn Hills Team

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development and Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

We would like to introduce Maria Willett to the community.  Maria has been selected as the City of Auburn Hills’ Age-Friendly Community Planning Assistant and has been working with us for the past month or so.

As a little background, the City is an active member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network and our team (consisting of the Planning Commission, staff, and volunteers) is in the process of conducting a variety of assessments to analyze the community’s strengths and gaps.  This is being done to provide recommendations to the City Council on ways to make Auburn Hills a place where all generations feel welcome in the years to come.  Maria’s role is to assist the team with a variety of assignments, along with learning about how municipal government works.

Maria Willet

Maria Willet

Maria anticipates graduating from Oakland University with a Master of Public Administration degree in May 2015.  She’s an active member in the community through the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Committee and Oakland University’s Young Leadership Committee.  At Oakland University, Maria also works in the Department of Alumni Engagement as their Student Outreach Coordinator and runs Leadership OU, a program that educates students on leadership, mentoring, and networking.

This lady is very busy.  When we interviewed Maria, we were impressed with how well she juggles all her commitments and school.  She’s driven to succeed.

Maria’s enthusiasm is also contagious. When we recently asked her how she likes the internship she said, “I’m ecstatic to have this opportunity to make a difference.”

We’re glad to have Maria on our team.  She’s already making a difference!