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Meet Our Staff

County Extension Director

Jessica Gardner, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJessica GardnerCounty Extension Director & Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Jessica Email Jessica Onslow County Center

4-H Youth Development

John Osborne, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJohn Osborne4-H Program Assistant Call John Email John Onslow County CenterTara Taylor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTara TaylorExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Tara Email Tara Onslow County Center


GD Williams, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGD WilliamsCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call GD Email GD Onslow County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Lacey Brown, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLacey BrownProgram Assistant, Agriculture Call Lacey Email Lacey Onslow County CenterMelissa Huffman, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMelissa HuffmanExtension Agent, Agriculture Call Melissa Email Melissa Onslow County CenterEmilee Morrison, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmilee MorrisonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture Call Emilee Email Emilee Onslow County CenterLisa Rayburn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLisa RayburnArea Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture Call Lisa Email Lisa Onslow County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Paige Svetahor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPaige SvetahorEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Paige Email Paige Onslow County CenterSarah Ware, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSarah WareArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Sarah Email Sarah Jones County Center

Local Foods

Marie Schweinefus, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarie SchweinefusLocal Foods and Farmers’ Market Call Marie Email Marie Onslow County Center


Allison Mattocks, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAllison MattocksCounty Extension Support Specialist Call Allison Email Allison Onslow 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 Onslow County Center, they may not be present in the Onslow County Center. Please contact the Onslow 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 Prestage Poultry ScienceCall Marissa Email Marissa Prestage 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 Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 51 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 Lori McBryde, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori McBrydeArea Agent, 4-H Youth Development - East Region Serves 34 CountiesBased out of JohnstonCall Lori Email Lori Johnston County Center Emily Pendergrass, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily PendergrassRegional Nutrition Extension Associate - EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Serves 13 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human SciencesCall Emily Email Emily 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 - Fresh Produce Food Safety (Eastern NC) Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural ScienceCall Dr. Chip Email Dr. Chip Horticultural Science 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