University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles


 Name MaryAnn Mills
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MaryAnn Mills, CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator
 Title CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator
 Location UCCE Butte County
 Time with ANR 1 year, 4 months
 Typical Day

As a nutrition education coordinator I provide nutrition and agricultural education to low-income students, families and community members. I also work with community agencies to establish programming and offer nutrition education services at their sites. There is no such thing as a “typical day” at this job, which is one of the many reasons I love it. Some days I’m out in the field providing direct education; some days I’m coordinating with agencies, teachers or administrators; some days I’m working from our office doing program development; some days I’m outside doing gardening lessons or Walk to School events or Farm Tours. Every day is different in this job and that’s part of what makes it wonderful.

 Most Memorable Moment

I can’t think of one specific memorable moment working at UCCE because there have been so many. But those moments when people tell you that they have made changes in their lives because of our program continue to inspire me.

 What I love Most About Working for ANR

There are so many aspects of this job that I love. But if I had to pick one, I would say being able to interact and connect with people through education and being able to inspire change within our communities through the services we provide.

 My Story

I’ve always had a desire to work in the community health education field. I received my undergraduate degree from CSU Chico in Health Education. After I graduated, I joined the US Peace Corps and served as a Community Health Education Specialist in Guyana, South America.  My primary work was spent at a health center working with patients and addressing a variety of health issues. During this time I developed a passion for providing nutrition consultations to people suffering from chronic diseases. After finishing my two-year service, I returned home and began searching for jobs in a similar field. I stumbled across the job description for UC Cooperative Extension Butte County, and felt that it was a perfect fit. I am so happy to have the opportunity to work for this organization and provide such a necessary service to my community. I look forward to continuing to develop this program and empower people to make positive changes for themselves and their families.

Here's to another 100 years of science and service!

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