Roberta (Robin) Mayrl earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Daemen College (formerly Rosary Hill College), and credits the college with encouraging her to be a critical thinker.
“During my college years, Sister Angela Canavan served as president and she was a strong supporter of free speech at a time when there was much opposition against the Vietnam War,” she said. “She was an amazing role model who taught us about the importance of free speech.”
After graduating, Mayrl worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities of Buffalo. She lived abroad for a year with her husband, Bill, and then moved to Milwaukee, where she helped to organize the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging. She later had a more than 20-year tenure with the Helen Bader Foundation.
Mayrl has served as president of Grantmakers in Aging and as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Since retiring from the foundation in 2013, Mayrl and her husband reside in Boca Raton, Fla. during the winter, and spend the summer in Crystal Falls, Mich. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and three grandchildren, and serves on Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Advisors to the Lifelong Learning Society.