Meet Our County Partners
Beret (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 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.
The 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 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.
Patty 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.