Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Staff Directory

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 329 (mailing),
205 South Ludington Dr (shipping),
Columbia, NC 27925

Howard A. Phillips, Refuge Manager

252-796-3004 X 226

The refuge manager position includes broad responsibility for all refuge operations, programs, and functions including fire management, wildlife and habitat management, public use (including law enforcement and public safety), outreach, public relations, infrastructure maintenance, and administration. Provides overall guidance and direction to the staff in executing refuge programs. Ensures that refuge programs are delivered within our budget allocation and in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and policy. Serves as a law enforcement officer on the refuge.

David Kitts, Assistant Refuge Manager

252-796-3004 x225

Involved with the planning, design and prioritization of many projects, including water level manipulation, water control structure installation, dike construction and repair, habitat restoration and manipulation for different wildlife needs. Works on budget requests and the expenditure of funds, coordinates projects with other groups and organizations, supervises refuge employees and plans the refuge's hunting and fishing programs.

Debbie McGowan, Budget Assistant

252-796-3004 x222

Responsible for the day-to-day purchasing of supplies and equipment. Formulates and implements the funds received from Congress each year, and tracks the budget. Involved with all the clerical, administrative, and personnel-related issues for the refuge staff.

Edwin Christopher, Fire Management Officer

252-796-3004 x229

Responsible for the planning and implementation of the prescribed fire program and suppressing refuge wildfires.

Christopher F. Lucash, Wildlife Biologist / Intern Coordinator for Red Wolf Recovery Program

252-796-3004 X230

Field biologist (one of a crew of 5) who works out of Pocosin Lakes NWR to help manage the surrounding wolf population.

Frank Simms, Refuge Officer

252-796-3004

Official full-time law enforcement officer for Pocosin Lakes NWR.

Sherryreed Robinson, Visitor Services

Responsibilities include volunteer coordinator, leading interpretive and environmental education programs, working with students and public, and the day-to-day operations of a visitor center.

 

Additional Staff are assigned to the Refuge Shop at Pungo Unit:

Harry Gibbs
William Lowe

Equipment Operators / Fire Fighters - Primary duties are to assist with fire program needs: fire equipment upkeep, prescribed fire, road/canal/water structure maintenance. Fire fighters assist with local, regional and national wildfires.
Melvin Walston
Kenny Powell
Anthony Davis "Hillbilly"
Equipment Operator - Primary duties are canal/road/water control structure/equipment maintenance.

Matthew Howle

Forestry Technicians / Fire Fighters - Primary duties are to assist with fire program needs: fire equipment upkeep, prescribed fire, road shoulder and firebreak maintenance, and vegetation monitoring. Fire fighters assist with local, regional and national wildfires.
Last Updated: 5/9/13