Michelle Maller – Education/Internship Coordinator – WSE
- When you were young, what job did you think you would have?
I wanted to be a veterinarian really badly, and then I wanted to work for the FBI or CIA.
- What is your job now?
Half of my job is working with students, getting them internships or job opportunities and “momming” them, basically. The other half is split between working with industry and recruitment with high school and community college specific to our renewable materials programs.
- How long have you been at Oregon State?
Fourteen years. I started working here as an undergraduate. I was a butcher at Clark Meat Center, and I just kept on going. This is my sixth position at OSU. I’ve been at the College of Forestry Since 2013.
- What’s your favorite part about your job?
It’s different every day, and I get to be with people all the time.
- What did you do this summer?
I traveled a little bit for work stuff this summer. I hung out with my kids a lot. I also got a bunch of tattoos. I have 12 tattoos. A few of them are of birds because I’m a bird nerd.
- What does your life look like outside of work?
I have been married for seven years. We just celebrated our anniversary, and he’s great. He brews beer at Sky High. I have two delightful children. My daughter Arlie is four and a half, and my son Tate is three. We have a really dumb basset hound named Otter who has no purpose in life. I’ve pretty much always lived in Corvallis, and I’m a fourth-generation Oregon State Beaver.
- Your husband brews beer, so what is your favorite beer?
I am lucky because he brews things for me and brings them home. I like sours, Berliner Weisse and Flemish red ales.
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would bake all the time. I love to bake. I make a lot of birthday cakes for other people, weird cookies and bread.
- What in pop culture do you love right now?
I love the Great British Baking Show, and I’m a closeted Big Brother fan. I’ve watched every single season. I think it’s really interesting – a really interesting portrait of human dynamics.