ROCKINGHAM- The Richmond County Tourism Development Authority has hired Derby native Meghann Lambeth as its new executive director.
The announcement was made in a press release on Wednesday from RCTDA Chairman Steve Morris.
Lambeth will get to work April 1 at the Rockingham Depot, which houses the RCTDA, Visitor Center and Richmond County Museum.
The daughter of Jim and Marcia Lambeth, she has two brothers, Jamie and Jed, all natives of Richmond County and active in local agriculture. She also has one son, Jack.
Lambeth is a 2002 graduate of Richmond Senior High and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has been employed by the Richmond County School System since 2008.
“Meghann’s agricultural upbringing along with her experience in education will allow her to bring that personal farming heritage to promoting agri-tourism in Richmond County,” Morris said in a press release. “Meghann has a strong working knowledge of all of Richmond County’s outdoor and tourism related assets. Her background in education will be particularly beneficial in working with all the county’s museums and promoting the unique local history of Richmond County to visitors.”
Morris added that Lambeth also worked part time at City Hall the past two summers helping prepare for the 2020 Census and said the city “was very impressed with her work habits.”
Lambeth replaces Kelly Chance, who was hired as the first executive director in 2015 and resigned earlier this month, along with assistant Jennifer Seaman.
Seaman was recently hired as the manager for the Hamlet Depot and Museums and downtown coordinator.