Robin has worked with OSU Extension since 2009 and has focused her work on community food systems with an emphasis on food security and garden-based nutrition education. Recently she has been expanding skills and programming in trauma informed care and community resiliency.
Robin is an Extension Faculty member serving Union and Baker counties in Eastern Oregon. She works in the Family & Community Health program area and oversees the SNAP Ed program. She also supervises the Master Gardener program in Union County. Robin is an Outreach Coordinator on the two-year USDA NIFA/RHSE-funded grant titled, From Coast to Forest: Building on Community Strengths to Promote Mental Health and Reduce Opioid Abuse in Rural Oregon that begins in April 2020.
Robin participates in the Union County Emergency Preparedness Coordination Group, the Trauma Informed Coalition, the Local Community Advisory Council, and the Interagency Resource Group. She is on the Greater Oregon STEM Advisory Board and is a member of the La Grande School Board.
Robin received her BA in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound, a Master’s degree in Forestry from Yale University, and an MA in Secondary Science Education from West Virginia University. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at Oregon State University in 2015.
Prior to moving to La Grande Robin worked with West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service in Families & Health, as well as Forestry Outreach, and WVU Division of Forestry & Natural Resources. She taught middle school and high school science for two years in West Virginia and she and her husband Peter operated an eco-friendly country bed and breakfast inn for seven years. She also worked with the USDA Forest Service International Programs office for eight years as staff and then as a consultant. Over the years Robin has worked on research projects in the field and in the lab looking at water quality, wetland ecosystems, and non-timber forest product use. Robin was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa working with agroforestry projects.