Robin Ridgley serves as family life educator serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Her program priorities relate to social-emotional wellness, brain health, and family relationships. In her role, Ridgely connects with local partners and community members as she provides educational programming and resources on healthy living throughout the lifespan.
A native of Benton, Illinois, and a two-time Southern Illinois University alumna, Ridgley received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education administration. She has many years of experience teaching in the public-school system and most recently served as a family services school-based counselor and a prevention specialist at Centerstone, a not-for-profit mental health care provider. Ridgley has also served youth in foster care as a child welfare specialist at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, a not-for-profit social services agency.
She lives in Creal Springs with her husband, Rick Ridgley. Together, they lead a local support group for those who have experienced or are experiencing divorce. She also has three grown children and two grandchildren with whom she enjoys sharing her love of birding and collecting driftwood.