DAFVM Spotlight Employees

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) spotlights 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. See Guidelines.
Thomas Brewer

Thomas E. Brewer
February 2019

Extension Agent IV/
County Coordinator
MSU Extension
Jefferson Davis County

Years in position: 17
Years at MSU: 20

Each day is different for Extension Agent Thomas E. Brewer. He researches and delivers information that improves quality of life for clients in areas such as agriculture and livestock, 4-H youth development, and community development. He enjoys meeting new people and believes he helps clients understand vital information.

Behind the scenes, Thomas is responsible for directing the development of countywide educational programs that meet the needs of local people and complies with the mission of the MSU Extension Service. In addition to working hard as an Extension agent, he currently serves at the president of the Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents.

“I also love working with children,” Thomas said. “My favorite memory so far is when a 4-H’er asked about how he could get a job like mine. So, we sat down and talked about the things he would need to start working on from an educational standpoint.”

In 1998, Thomas chose this career because he knew it would allow him to serve people daily. Extension serves all 82 counties across Mississippi.

In that same year, Thomas graduated from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in extension and technical education. He earned a master of science at Mississippi State University in Agricultural and Informational Sciences in 2007.

“This career has surely provided me with the opportunity and aspiration to assist in developing and improving the economic, social and cultural well-being of all Mississippians,” Thomas said.

Thomas and his wife, Natasha, have two children and are all members of the New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Magee. In his spare time, he enjoys riding and training Tennessee walking horses.

Janie Jan

Janie Taylor
February 2019

Administrative Assistant
Truck Crops Branch
Experiment Station

Years in Position: 24
Years at MSU: 30

Administrative Assistant Janie Taylor knows how to “do it all” after three decades of work at MSU. Her responsibilities at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Copiah County include monitoring and checking out credit card charges, handling new-hire paperwork, advising how to purchase necessary office supplies and even working on the copier.

“Routinely, I pay the bills, monitor purchasing, and reconcile account balances,” Janie said. “I enjoy working with the people in my office, whether that is assisting them with finding and purchasing supplies they need or helping them gather information they need for a project.”

Janie’s smile brightens her office, as she loves meeting new people and spending time with the friends she has found in her co-workers.

“One of my favorite things about working at my job are the many friends I have made over the years,” Janie said.

She said her job requires a lot of focus because the responsibilities of her position are so broad and vital to her office.

“I have discovered new strengths, developed them and built upon them,” Janie said. “I think it helps tremendously to have an attitude of service to others; it is rewarding to be able to be someone’s ‘right-hand-man’ in helping them accomplish a task.”

When she is not spending time with her family, Janie is very involved with her church and its music program as well as in numerous community music events. She also likes to relax by reading and going for walks outside with her husband.

  • 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 ($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.