DAFVM Spotlight Employees

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) spotlights two employees each month. All benefits-eligible professional and support staff employees within the Division qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. Highlighted employees will be randomly selected and given his or her choice of a $50 prize from DAFVM to be claimed from specific vendors at MSU. See Guidelines.

Barbara Collins
September 2019

Office Associate
MSU Extension Service
Montgomery County

Years in position: 11
Years at MSU: 11

For eleven years, Barbara Collins has served as the office associate at the MSU Extension office in Montgomery County.

Throughout her day, she answers phones, greets clients, answers client questions when possible or puts them in touch with the experts they need. She also assists county agents with preparations for their programs.

“This job is a perfect fit for me because I enjoy meeting new people,” Barbara said. “With my responsibilities at the Extension office, I get to see new faces nearly every day.”

Barbara said she had to learn quickly to be ready for anything. She never knows what she will encounter during the work day; however, she tries to stay positive, friendly, and willing to help everyone.

“Working at MSU Extension is a very rewarding job,” Barbara said. “My coworkers are the greatest people to work with and are always willing to help you out.”

Barbara has been married for 44 years. She and her husband Lee have 2 daughters who both attended MSU, and she has 5 grandchildren. She and her family enjoy watching MSU football and women’s basketball. In her spare time, she loves doing jigsaw puzzles, mowing grass, and taking care of her flowers.


Melissa Kinslow
September 2019

Expanded Food and
Nutrition Educator
MSU Extension Service
Wayne County

Years in Position: 12
Years at MSU: 12

Melissa Kinslow works in Wayne County teaching nutrition education to grade school children and adults.

“My favorite part of my job is the privilege I have working with children,” Melissa said. “Each day is different, every child is different and there is never a dull moment working with them.”

Her favorite memory in her last 12 years is when the children referred to her as “food lady” because they could not remember her name.

“However, they knew exactly what I talked about when I visited their schools; spreading the word about nutrition is more important than my name.”

Melissa’s mission is to show children and adults how important it is to make healthy choices. She said eating nutritious food in the right portions can change a person’s life.

“It is very important to be flexible and open-minded because everybody is different, but we are all trying to accomplish one goal: healthy eating habits,” Melissa said. “I have learned to adapt and to help people adapt to their own specific nutritional needs.”

  • The drawing for the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recognition will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.  Names are pulled randomly from a pre-populated Banner list.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance evaluations on file. Those evaluations will be reviewed prior to acknowledgement of the employee and awarding a prize. The evaluation itself will not be viewed but rather HRM will provide a general recommendation based on the employee’s past reviews.
  • The selected employees will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM.
  • A required photo and a brief  interview of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/. This information will also be displayed on the monitors of the first floor of the Bost Building, as well as in other MSU locations and publications.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following prizes:
    • $50 gift certificate to the University Florist
    • $50 gift certificate to the MAFES Sales Store
    • MSU apparel item ($50 value)

At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.

An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.