Robin Maille is an Extension Faculty member serving Union and Baker counties in Eastern Oregon. Robin works in the Family & Community Health program area and oversees the SNAP Ed program. She also supervises the Master Gardener program in Union County and serves as County Leader for Union County.
She 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.
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. Robin participates in the Union County Emergency Preparedness Coordination Group, 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.
Prior to moving to La Grande Robin worked with West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service 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. Robin has two boys, one who just graduated from La Grande High School and the other who is graduating from Eastern Oregon University.