New Face of Pender County Cooperative Extension

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Melissa Massing

Melissa Massing started as the new administrative assistant for the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pender County Center on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. She filled Reatha Hoffman’s position after her 30-year retirement. We miss Reatha so much, but we are so happy to welcome Melissa aboard! Melissa comes to us from Wilmington, but has lived in Burgaw for the past 20 years. She lives with her husband of 15 years, Shawn, and their 2 children. Her daughter, Abby is a junior at Heide Trask High School where she has played softball and volleyball. Her son, Shawn Jr. is at Cape Fear Middle School where he enjoys football, basketball, and baseball. She also has 3 dogs and 9 cats. What a busy life!

Melissa really enjoys being outdoors with her family in her free time. She likes to camp along the Cape Fear River and to garden. She likes to grow plants to use for medicinal purposes. Her biggest challenge has been to try to grow succulents from seeds. Melissa’s best vacation was a couple years ago when she went to the mountains with her family. They hiked and did a fun family scavenger hunt. You can really tell that Melissa’s pride and joy is her family. She gets very excited and her face lights up when she talks about them. She said that her kids are the best gift that she has ever received. Melissa also has 2 older brothers, which she said has made her one tough cookie.

Melissa dreams of one day visiting the castles of Ireland, Scotland, and Israel. She also enjoys folklore about the Loch ness Monster and Big Foot. She doesn’t watch a lot of tv, but when she does, you can usually find her trying to solve crime watching programs like CSI and Forensic Files. Melissa is a real go getter and is excited to help make Pender County a better place in her new role. If you would like to send her a welcome message, her new email address is or stop by and introduce yourself to her the next time you are in the Extension office.

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Tiffanee Boone, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTiffanee BooneExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture & Local Foods Call Tiffanee Email Tiffanee N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pender County Center
Posted on Mar 1, 2022
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