Roscoe resident Martha Byrnes joins KNIB

Martha Byrnes, of Roscoe, Ill., is the new community relations coordinator for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB). With a background in public relations, customer service, publications and development, Byrnes will be responsible for all the media relations, communications and volunteer management for the organization.

We are pleased to have Martha join our team,” said KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow. “Her enthusiasm for educating our community about our environment will be a great asset for our agency.”

One of her first priorities at KNIB will be to reach out and introduce herself to the hundreds of volunteers who support the many programs of the environmental awareness organization, including the volunteers who staff special events such as the Metals and Electronics Drive and the Recycling Center in Roscoe. The Recycling Center is the only nonprofit, volunteer-staffed recycling center in the stateline area.

Byrnes has been a local resident for 13 years, coming to the area from her home state of Connecticut in 1999. Previously, Byrnes was an account executive at Lifetouch; served as communications manager for the Council of 100; and was director of college relations at Rockford College. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Byrnes remains active in several other area volunteer efforts, including Midway Village Museum and St. Bridget Church Food Pantry.

Since 1988, KNIB has positioned itself as an outcome-based organization engaging all elements of the community to enhance neighborhoods by reducing, reusing and recycling the world’s resources for future generations. For more information, call (815) 637-1343, visit the website at or “like” the organization’s page on Facebook.

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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