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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Dalton Dockery, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Dalton Dockery, Ph.D.County Extension Director, Columbus and Interim County Ext. Director, Brunswick Call Dr. Dalton E-mail Dr. Dalton Columbus County Center

4-H Youth Development

Rebekah Benton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRebekah BentonEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate Call Rebekah E-mail Rebekah Columbus County CenterNakoma Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNakoma SimmonsExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Nakoma E-mail Nakoma Columbus County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Phyllis Creech-Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPhyllis Creech-GreeneExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Phyllis E-mail Phyllis Columbus County CenterJonathan Jacobs, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJonathan JacobsProgram Assistant, Agriculture Call Jonathan E-mail Jonathan Columbus County CenterLydia Miles, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLydia MilesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops Call Lydia E-mail Lydia Columbus County CenterMichael Shuman, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMichael ShumanExtension Technician, Agriculture Call Michael E-mail Michael Columbus County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Meleah Evers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMeleah EversExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Meleah E-mail Meleah Columbus County Center


Carsha Hayes, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCarsha HayesCounty Extension Office Assistant Call Carsha E-mail Carsha Columbus County CenterNannetta Rackley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNannetta RackleyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Nannetta E-mail Nannetta Columbus County Center


Hannah Ammons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah AmmonsCounty Extension Office Assistant Call Hannah E-mail Hannah Columbus County Center

Regional Positions

Area Specialized Agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. Area 4-H Agents provide support to county based 4-H programs. 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.

Marissa Cohen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa CohenArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry ScienceCall Marissa E-mail Marissa Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of OrangeCall Marti E-mail Marti Orange County Center Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Mike E-mail Mike Jones County Center Peggie Lewis Joyce, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPeggie Lewis JoyceArea 4-H Agent - Central Region Serves 36 CountiesBased out of DavidsonCall Peggie Lewis E-mail Peggie Lewis Davidson County Center Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of HarnettCall Colby E-mail Colby Harnett County Center Danny Lauderdale, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Serves 44 CountiesBased out of WilsonCall Danny E-mail Danny Wilson County Center Stephanie McDonald-Murray, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephanie McDonald-MurrayRegional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Serves 11 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human SciencesCall Stephanie E-mail Stephanie Agricultural & Human Sciences Diana Rashash, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Diana RashashArea Specialized Agent, Water Quality / Waste Management Serves 18 CountiesBased out of OnslowCall Dr. Diana E-mail Dr. Diana Onslow County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of ChathamCall Ashley E-mail Ashley Chatham County Center Margaret Ross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Margaret E-mail Margaret Jones County Center Chip Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural ScienceCall Dr. Chip E-mail Dr. Chip Horticultural Science Alyssa Spence, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlyssa SpenceArea Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety Serves 18 CountiesBased out of LenoirCall Alyssa E-mail Alyssa Lenoir County Center Wesley Stallings, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWesley StallingsArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops Serves 17 CountiesBased out of OnslowCall Wesley E-mail Wesley Onslow County Center Allan Thornton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAllan ThorntonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 26 CountiesBased out of SampsonCall Allan E-mail Allan Sampson County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of WakeCall Mitch E-mail Mitch Wake County Center