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County Extension Director

Photo of Dalton Dockery, Ph.D.Dalton Dockery, Ph.D.County Extension Director (910) 640-6605 (Office) dalton_dockery@ncsu.eduColumbus County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Rebekah BentonRebekah BentonEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate (910) 640-6607 rebekah_thompson@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Nakoma SimmonsNakoma SimmonsExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 640-6607 nakoma_simmons@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Evelyn SmithEvelyn Smith4-H Program Assistant (910) 640-6607 evelyn_smith@ncsu.eduColumbus County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Phyllis Creech-GreenePhyllis Creech-GreeneExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 641-3996 phyllis_creech@ncsu.eduColumbus County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Meleah EversMeleah EversExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (910) 640-6605 (Office) meleah_collier@ncsu.eduColumbus County


Amanda CollinsCounty Extension Office Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) amanda_collins@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyCarsha HayesCounty Extension Office Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) carsha_hayes@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Nannetta RackleyNannetta RackleyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) nan_rackley@ncsu.eduColumbus County


Michael ShumanExtension Technician, Agriculture (910) 640-6605 (Office) michael_shuman@ncsu.eduColumbus County

Area Specialized Agents

These agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. While their knowledge and expertise is available to residents of Columbus County Center, they may not be present in the Columbus County Center. Please contact the Columbus County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Mike FrinskoMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Jones County(252) 448-9621 mike_frinsko@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Marissa HerchlerMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Scott Hall (Poultry Science)(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Dr. Lynette JohnstonDr. Lynette JohnstonArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Schaub Hall (Food Science)(919) 515-0303 lynette_johnston@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Photo of Colby LambertColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of Harnett County(910) 814-6041 colby_lambert@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Danny LauderdaleDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Serves 44 CountiesBased out of Wilson County(252) 237-0111 danny_lauderdale@ncsu.eduWilson County Photo of Bill LordBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Franklin County(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Stephanie McDonald-Murray Stephanie McDonald-Murray Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Serves 11 CountiesBased out of Duplin County(910) 296-2143 stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences Photo of Rachel McDowellRachel McDowellArea Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety Serves 34 CountiesBased out of 512 Brickhaven (Agricultural and Human Sciences)(919) 515-9155 romcdowe@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences Photo of Dr. Diana RashashDr. Diana RashashArea Specialized Agent, Water Quality / Waste Management Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Onslow County(910) 455-5873 diana_rashash@ncsu.eduOnslow County Photo of Margaret RossMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Jones County(252) 670-8254 margaret_ross@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Dr. Chip Simmons, IIIDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Kilgore Hall (Horticulture)(919) 414-5632 odsimmon@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Allan ThorntonAllan ThorntonExtension Associate Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Sampson County(910) 592-7161 (Office) allan_thornton@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Wake County(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County