Robbi joined the Alumni Board after returning to the Rogue Valley, where she was born and raised, after almost 35 years in the aerospace industry. She supported the US Government at classified sites in various positions from leading a technical publications group to over 25 years in human resources, including at remote sites where she was also responsible for training, labor relations and computer integration. The last 10 years of her career were spent overseas. While at Southern Oregon College, completing a BFA in theater, she served as the student representative on the Campus Development and Curriculum Committees as well as the Program Board, which she chaired her senior year. She received the Outstanding Senior Woman Award and scholarship as well as the Bowmer Scholarship for the outstanding theater student. She was selected for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She was also selected to represent the campus by taking a term to serve in administration and recruit at high schools throughout the Oregon. She has always recognized the excellent leadership skills she developed at SOC as an important facet of her career. Over the years, most of her spare time has been spent in theater acting, directing, lighting or stage-managing plays. She also volunteers at various non-profits and is active in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
“I remember the wagon theater program as the highlight of my years on campus. Building a pageant wagon that could travel with a fold down stage and dressing room, designing and building costumes, acting and directing plays for children in Lithia Park, the Children’s festival in Jacksonville and even ‘touring’ to Grants Pass. Professor David Butler designed a wagon which was built from scratch, Harriet Tobin turned everyone into costume designers and Dr. Stolp guided students through the intricacies of theater for children. The Theater Department turned into a huge, very busy family for the entire summer.”