DAFVM Spotlight Employees
David Carter   Debra Kinser

Dr. David Carter
January 2015

Extension Agent III
County Coordinator
MSU Extension Service
Adams County

Years in Position: 8 years
Years of Service to MSU: 8 years

David Carter takes on a multitude of responsibilities in his position as Adams County Coordinator for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and he does it all to keep others informed.

Carter’s position requires him to keep current with the issues facing his clients, from technology changes to agricultural diseases and pests to child care and health care.

Carter’s favorite part about his job is being able to work in Adams County.

“It offers a diversity of lifestyles, cultures and agricultural opportunities,” he said. “Every day I have the chance to do different things, meet new people and help impact people’s lives.”

Carter said he became interested in his profession through his love for 4-H.

“My 4-H leaders, Bobby Fletcher, Ray Core and Bobby King, impacted and influenced me as a child,” he said. “These men and the opportunities the Extension Service gave me made me look at it as a career opportunity long before ever stepping onto a college campus.”

Carter said one thing he would like people to know about his job is that it is always a learning curve.

“While most people think we are experts at everything, we really struggle sometimes to find answers,” he said. “We give advice and recommendations daily to loyal clients, but we are also learning ourselves, which makes us better able to serve in the future.”

Carter has been married to his wife, Paige Carlton Carter, for 10 years. They have an eight-year- old son, Coleman David, and a five-year-old daughter, Harper McKinney.

In his spare time, Carter enjoys coaching youth football and baseball, riding horseback, running a cattle operation with his children, spending time with his family and friends, leading the boys’ groups at First Baptist Church Natchez, and participating in community outreach programs.


Debra Kinser
January 2015

Sample Receiving Assistant
MS Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Lab
College of Veterinary Medicine
Rankin County

Years in Position: 12 years
Years of Service to MSU: 12 years

As the sample receiving assistant for the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, Debra Kinser runs a courier route in the morning to pick up veterinary diagnostic samples from veterinary clinics in Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties. In the afternoons she enters results from equine infectious anemia tests into a computer database that is used by the state veterinarian to monitor this disease.

She also fills supply orders and delivers the evening mail to the post office. She sorts and prepares the invoices for mailing, and answers the switchboard when needed.

Debra enjoys her job because of the friendly, low-key environment surrounding it.

“My job is flexible and low pressure,” she said. “I have nice people to work with and a nice place to work. I enjoy being involved with agriculture.”

She became interested in her profession through her love for animals. She has a degree in Animal Science from MSU.

“When I was going through the animal science program up at State, one of my favorite courses was Diseases of Domestic Animals,” she said. “I used to work in a brucellosis testing lab and I enjoy working here where testing is done for various animal diseases. I like working with professionals in the veterinary industry.”

Debra enjoys race walking and is a member of the Mississippi Track Club. She is currently training to walk a marathon. She also enjoys horseback riding, watching MSU football, and watching “Farmweek” on PBS. She is an active member and elder in her church.


The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) plans to spotlight 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.


  • 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 from Barnes and Noble ($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.

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