Meet Our County Partners

 

Clackamas County

Beret Halverson

Beret HalversonBeret (pronounced “Bret”) is the Food Gardens and Systems program manager for the OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program in Clackamas County. Beret is the county lead on the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities USDA grant, she runs the GREEN Corps-Fresh Start youth farm, job training program for youth in the Juvenile Justice system, and she co-teaches in the Plot-to-Plate program, traveling to several limited resource community gardens across the county to deliver gardening, nutrition and food resource management education to underserved audiences.

Beret has worked with Extension for 4 years. She began as a program coordinator with the Portland Metro area Urban and Community Horticulture program. Beret’s previous education and experience includes a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Public Administration from PSU. Beret has worked on several organic farms and with garden projects in Vermont, India, New Zealand and Oregon. She has helped to launch several garden programs in the Portland metro area such as; The Garden of Wonders Program at Abernethy Elementary School,  The Garden Works Program at the Community Transition School/ Learning Gardens Laboratory, and the CREST West Linn/Wilsonville District Farm.

 

Erin Devlin

Erin DevlinErin Devlin is a newly hired field educator for the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities project in Clackamas County. She is moving from the Nutrition Education program within OSU Extension Family and Community Health. Her past experience includes working at the Portland Nursery on Stark Street and serving as a Food Security Facilitator with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. 

Erin is thrilled to have the opportunity to further serve her community here in Oregon, and to be working with the GROW project in Molalla and Estacada. She was born in Beaverton, OR and graduated from high school at the International School of Bangkok. She earned a BS of Foreign Service and her MA of Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 2008.

 


Columbia County

Liana Harden

Liana HardenThe daughter of a naturalist, Liana was raised touring and exploring the biodiversity of North America. On the plains of Oklahoma and the farmlands of Northeastern New Mexico she began work in organic gardening and livestock.  Liana earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. In 2009, she continued her education with a Master of Science degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University.

In the meantime, she taught garden-based education, developed garden-based curriculum, and engaged diverse communities in gardening at the Learning Gardens Lab in Portland, Oregon.  In 2011, Liana continued this work with the Delta Garden Study, a program addressing childhood obesity in the Mississippi River Delta in rural Arkansas.  In that role she taught science and health through gardening, as well as collaborating on the development of school garden programs in public schools across Arkansas. Her experience teaching low-income and at-risk youth has led her to facilitate trainings in garden-based education, garden-class management, and student engagement for other educators, such as AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members.

 

Jenny Rudolph

Jenny RudolphJenny starting working with OSU Extension Service in 2003 as an AmeriCorps Member providing health and safety outreach to migrant farm workers and their families. She was then hired on as a Bilingual Education Program Assistant in the Extension Nutrition Education Program where she taught hands-on nutrition classes to low income youth and families in Washington County. In 2008, she became the Extension Family and Community Health faculty member in Columbia County.

Jenny manages the local SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program, 4-H Financial Literacy Program, and also teaches nutrition and food safety classes throughout the county. Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. She loves to work in her garden and enjoys spending time with her family and her 10 year old bunny rabbit, Samuel.  

 

Klamath County

Patty Case

Patty CasePatty has worked in the area of nutrition for 25 years. She started her dietetics career managing the nutrition department in a small hospital in Yreka, California. In 1990, she married and moved to Klamath Falls to work at the hospital covering clinical areas and specializing in diabetes education. In 2000, she shifted career directions and became a professor for Extension Service. She works to link resources between the University and the community to "advance knowledge, policies and practices that enhance the lives, health and environment of Oregonians."

She currently teaches community classes on nutrition, diabetes and health. Patty also coordinates the SNAP-Ed program which helps limited resource youth and adults learn how to eat healthy on a budget. She considers it a privilege to serve the residents of Klamath County as champion for disease prevention and health promotion. You'll often find her outside enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Klamath with her husband and two teenagers.

 

Janet Rojina

Janet RojinaJanet Rojina graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a double major in Biology and Public Health. Driven by her passion for learning about global health, in 2008 Janet traveled to the Philippines through the South East Asian Leadership Network (SEALNet). There, Janet helped carry out an educational campaign that aimed to improve the gastrointestinal worm burden among Filipino children.

After her trip to the Philippines, Janet returned to the US more inspired to improve the quality of life and health in the Philippines.  Since then, Janet has served as a project leader of several public health projects in the Philippines through SEALNet.  Currently, Janet is home in Oregon where she enjoys practicing public health by volunteering her time at the Klamath County Department of Public Health and working on the GROW Healthy Kids & Communities research project through the OSU extension program. During her spare time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, rock climbing, painting, and practicing taekwondo.

 

Laurie joined OSU Extension in June, 2012. She is excited to be part of an amazing team at the Klamath Falls Extension Office as well as being part of the GROW HKC team with colleagues in Benton, Klamath, Columbia, and Clackamas counties. She enjoys closely with the rural communities in Klamath County.
Laurie comes to OSU via the high-tech world of the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland State University's Applied Linguistics department, and she has spent time over the past 10 years developing a U-Pick farm and education center in rural Fort Bidwell, California - an ongoing project. Trained as an OSU Master Gardener, she has worked with school and community gardens for 20 years, and taught English as a Second Language for immigrant and refugee families in gardens in Portland. She loves growing and eating healthy food, spending time observing nature, bicycling, art, reading, and connecting with people. She feels at home under the big skies of the High Desert and is thankful every day for the many opportunities it offers.

*Sorted alphabetically