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

Alyssa Rilinger

UCCE Butte County / Cluster
UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator
Time with ANR
2 years
Typical Day

What I love most about this job is that there is no typical day! Each day is different. One day I may be coordinating education opportunities from the office, the next day I may be at a school providing nutrition lessons and activities to faculty and students, and the next day I may be hosting a class of the parents from that school, providing education that could help their families live healthier, happier lives. 



Most Memorable Moment

My most memorable moment working at ANR was actually my first day of employment. It was an eye-opening experience for me. My very first day I got a tour of our facility and was able to meet the bee research team upstairs. They gave me a protective “bee suit” and I was able to watch first-hand while they studied the colony and described to me different issues they are having with bee colonies and the great effect agriculture has on bee life, and vice versa. From this first day I knew I was going to love working here. Having the research from UC Davis at my fingertips allows me to educate the public on where their food comes from and how, as a consumer, they can make healthy choices that can positively impact not only agriculture but their life and health as well. 



What I love Most About Working for ANR

There are many things I love about my job, and it is difficult to narrow it down to only one thing. I think the thing I love the most is that it is different every day. Monotony and being in one single environment every day has never set well with me in previous jobs. I love that one day is consistently different from the next, and I get to be around new people every day. I am fortunate to have an incredible advisor who, from day one, has empowered me to use my creativity and personality, and helps to guide me whenever I am faced with a challenge. I work with an amazing team and feel 100% supported by them. Unfortunately this is a rare situation in a job, and I feel lucky to have it. 



My Story

I graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have always had a passion for people and medicine. I worked various jobs after college, looking for the right fit, until I found a positive environment working a facility that did bariatric surgery. I found how much I loved working with this population and providing them with education and guidance on what their food habits and behaviors would be like before surgery and after. I loved the challenge of working with a group that had significant issues related to food, nutrition, and sometimes self-worth. One day I had an epiphany in which I knew I loved this field and being a part of people changing their lives, but wanted to work on being a part of the prevention to reach people before they got to the point that they felt they needed bariatric surgery to continue living. I constantly found myself wishing I could have been there to educate and guide these people before they got to this point in their lives. I found this open position on craigslist to be a nutrition education coordinator working with the public to educate and initiate behavior change, and I haven’t looked back since! 





Alyssa Rilinger, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator

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