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County Extension Director

Photo of Eileen Coite, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEileen CoiteCounty Extension Director (910) 592-7161 (Office) eileen_coite@ncsu.eduSampson County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Danelle Graham, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDanelle Graham4-H Program Assistant, Teen Court / Juvenile Restitution / Community Service (910) 592-7161 (Office) danelle_graham@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Denise McIntyre, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDenise McIntyre4-H Program Assistant, Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant- Health Education 592-161 denise_mcintyre@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Elizabeth Merrill, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElizabeth Merrill4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development (910) 592-7161 (Office) elizabeth_rowe@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Genny Thompson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGenny ThompsonExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 592-7161 (Office) genny_thompson@ncsu.eduSampson County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Paul Gonzalez, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPaul GonzalezExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 592-7161 (Office) paul_gonzalez@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Brad Hardison, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBrad HardisonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (910) 592-7161 (Office) brad_hardison@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of James Hartsfield, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJames HartsfieldArea Specialized Agent, Farm Management--A&T State (910) 592-7161 (Office) james_hartsfield@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Della King, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDella KingExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (910) 592-7161 (Office) della_king@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Max Knowles, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMax KnowlesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 592-7161 (Office) max_knowles@ncsu.eduSampson County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Sydney Johnson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSydney JohnsonArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (910) 296-2143 (Office) sydney_johnson@ncsu.eduDuplin CountyPhoto of Lethia Lee, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLethia LeeEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant (910) 592-7161 (Office) lethia_lee@ncsu.eduSampson County


Photo of Patricia Burch, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPatricia BurchCounty Extension Support Specialist (910) 592-7161 (Office) patricia_burch@ncsu.eduSampson CountyPhoto of Lynn Raynor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLynn RaynorCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (910) 592-7161 (Office) ljraynor@ncsu.eduSampson County


Photo of Javier Rivera, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJavier RiveraFarmworker Health and Safety Educator, Agriculture - Health and Safety (910) 592-7161 (Office) cjriver2@ncsu.eduSampson 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 Sampson County Center, they may not be present in the Sampson County Center. Please contact the Sampson County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Chatham(919) 542-8202 (Office) marti_day@ncsu.eduChatham County Photo of Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Jones(252) 448-9621 (Office) mike_frinsko@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Marissa Herchler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Lynette Johnston, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lynette JohnstonArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Science(919) 515-0303 lynette_johnston@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Science Photo of Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of Harnett(910) 814-6041 colby_lambert@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Danny Lauderdale, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Serves 44 CountiesBased out of Wilson(252) 237-0111 (Office) danny_lauderdale@ncsu.eduWilson County Photo of Bill Lord, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Franklin(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Stephanie McDonald-Murray , N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephanie McDonald-Murray Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Serves 11 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences(910) 296-2143 (Office) stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences Photo of Rachel McDowell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRachel McDowellArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 34 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences(919) 515-9155 romcdowe@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences Photo of Diana Rashash, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Diana RashashArea Specialized Agent, Water Quality / Waste Management Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Onslow(910) 455-5873 (Office) diana_rashash@ncsu.eduOnslow County Photo of Margaret Ross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Jones(252) 670-8254 margaret_ross@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Chip Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(919) 414-5632 odsimmon@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Wesley Stallings, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWesley StallingsArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops Serves 17 CountiesBased out of Onslow(910) 455-5873 (Office) wcstalli@ncsu.eduOnslow County Photo of Allan Thornton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAllan ThorntonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(910) 592-7161 (Office) allan_thornton@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County