While she’s spent the past month highlighting the successful women of Richmond County, Tourism Director Meghann Lambeth is a leading lady in her own right.
Lambeth started her current job as the executive director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority in April of 2019 and immediately went to work redesigning the website and promoting the area.
She has produced several videos and written multiple blog posts featuring the county’s main attractions, in addition writing stories recognizing residents for Women’s History Month, Black History Month and other occasions. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lambeth also detailed how local industries were adapting to the challenges.
The website’s Visitor Guide features places to eat, stay and shop, as well as highlights things to do — from museums and motorsports venues, to indoor and outdoor recreation options and agritourism.
Lambeth’s agricultural roots run deep in the sands of Derby, growing up helping out on the family farm. She learned to drive a tractor at 7 years old and has worked in the fields and at the Triple L Farms produce stand ever since, even during the summers when she was away at college.
She was also crowned Peach Queen in 2001.
After graduating from Richmond Senior High School in 2002, Lambeth attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She later earned a master’s from UNC-Pembroke. She also earned national board certification for counseling.
Lambeth worked with Richmond County Schools as a counselor from 2008-2019, first at West Rockingham Elementary, then at Mineral Springs Elementary and Ellerbe Middle.
Before becoming tourism director, Lambeth worked part time at Rockingham City Hall. She has also helped local businesses with websites and social media.
She has one son, Jack, who is on the autism spectrum, which led to her heading up the Richmond County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Through that organization, Lambeth has helped provide training to first responders and make parents aware of resources that are available, as well as plan group activities for families at Discovery Place Kids and Krystal Dawn Retreat.
And if that wasn’t enough, Lambeth is also a member of the Rockingham Rotary, Seaboard Festival Committee, the Rockingham Downtown Corporation and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Although she usually prefers to work behind the scenes, Lambeth has been in the spotlight in the past year, hosting a weekly activities video produced by the Richmond County Daily Journal and collaborating with the Richmond Observer on “Roaming Richmond.”
As much as she recognizes others, Lambeth is well deserving of acknowledgement of her own accomplishments.