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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 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 Call Marissa Email Marissa Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Prestage Poultry Science Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Call Marti Email Marti Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Orange County Center Tom Dyson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom DysonArea Specialized Agent, Agromedicine Call Tom Email Tom Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Gaston County Center Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Call Mike Email Mike Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Jones County Center Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Call Colby Email Colby Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Harnett County Center Danny Lauderdale, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Call Danny Email Danny Serves 44 CountiesBased out of Wilson County Center Lori McBryde, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori McBrydeArea Agent, 4-H Youth Development - East Region Call Lori Email Lori Serves 34 CountiesBased out of Johnston County Center Emily Pendergrass, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily PendergrassRegional Nutrition Extension Associate - EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Call Emily Email Emily Serves 13 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Call Ashley Email Ashley Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Chatham County Center Margaret Ross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Call Margaret Email Margaret Serves 32 CountiesBased out of Jones County Center Chip Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Fresh Produce Food Safety (Eastern NC) Call Dr. Chip Email Dr. Chip Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science Allan Thornton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAllan ThorntonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Call Allan Email Allan Serves 26 CountiesBased out of Sampson County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Call Mitch Email Mitch Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake County Center