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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Dalton Dockery, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Dalton Dockery, Ph.D.County Extension Director Call Dr. Dalton Email Dr. Dalton Columbus County Center

4-H Youth Development

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Family and Consumer Sciences

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


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


Hannah Ammons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah AmmonsCounty Extension Office Assistant Call Hannah Email 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 Email Marissa Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of OrangeCall Marti Email Marti Orange County Center Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Mike Email 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 Email Peggie Lewis Davidson County Center Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of HarnettCall Colby Email 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 Email 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 Email Stephanie Agricultural & Human Sciences Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of ChathamCall Ashley Email Ashley Chatham County Center Margaret Ross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Margaret Email 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 Email Dr. Chip Horticultural Science Alyssa Spence, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlyssa SpenceArea Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety Serves 18 CountiesBased out of LenoirCall Alyssa Email Alyssa Lenoir County Center Wesley Stallings, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWesley StallingsArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops Serves 17 CountiesBased out of OnslowCall Wesley Email 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 Email 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 Email Mitch Wake County Center