What might have once seemed like a few paper cups and plastic spoons at Tammy Jeansonne Cheatham’s first job at a snowball stand now looks a little more like the lifeblood of her work. Cheatham is vice president of commercial operations at the only facility in Louisiana capable of separating a plethora of recyclable materials—from cardboard boxes to glass bottles and paper—from a single stream down to individual categories mechanically (the system is called a Materials Recovery Facility). And Cheatham’s passion for her work shows through. “To have the opportunity to work and laugh with family every day,” she says. “Doing something good for the environment at the same time is the cherry on top.”
To read the full Q&A with Cheatham, click here. Here is a sample:
Question: What is your greatest fear for Baton Rouge?
That we will never reach our full potential as a Capital City to attract and retain young professionals, encourage business growth, and offer a first-class public school system.