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.
Ann Davis portrait

Ann Davis
November 2017

County Coordinator
Extension Service
Wilkinson County

Years in Position: 14
Years at MSU: 14

As Extension county coordinator, Ann Davis plays a critical role in her community.

“After many years of working in retail and managing a historic site, I wanted a position where I could work with diverse groups of individuals, make a difference in their lives and not be confined to an office,” Davis said.

That perfectly describes her job with Extension. Davis manages the Extension’s Family and Consumer Science, Community Resource Development and 4-H programs. She also has a hand in forestry and logger education classes, financial management, diabetes prevention, local summer camps, and leadership classes in nearby schools.

“Almost every day is different, and it’s seldom boring,” Davis explained.

Her work in Extension has given her many stories to tell.

“Once, I had a call from a producer that something was destroying his soybean crop and he couldn’t determine the cause. I drove 32 miles to the far reaches of the county,” said Davis. “He looked at me kind of funny. Of course I didn’t know anything about a soybean, but I made a valiant effort to look at the leaves. About that time, very small grasshoppers started moving on the plants,” she said. “After that, he called me regularly for Extension advice.”

Stories like these make Davis laugh, but they also remind her of the community and connections she has found through Extension. She said working with local people and a great office staff are two of the greatest joys of her job.

When she is outside of her office, Davis enjoys cooking, reading, fishing and traveling. She has one son, Adam.

Mary Kelly portrait

Mary Kelly
November 2017

College of Forest Resources
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 22
Years at MSU: 32

Mary Kelly’s current career began with a surprising twist. 

“I didn’t choose this job,” Kelly said. “More or less, it chose me. I was offered a great position and accepted it. Now it’s been 22 years.”

She attributes her love for her career to her coworkers, faculty, and students in the Department of Forestry.

“Every day is different,” Kelly said, “but it’s challenging and rewarding.”

Kelly cares for the department’s finances, and as the business manager, she supports teaching, research, and Extension. Each day, she manages the department’s budget, which includes state, foundation, private and federal budgets for over 300 specific and individual accounts. She oversees purchasing, invoicing, travel reimbursement, deposits and Pro-card purchases. Kelly also assists and coordinates the development of various budgets for proposal submission.

“Timeliness is crucial in my job,” Kelly said, “because it could mean a loss or renewal of grants, or it could interfere with refunds due to inappropriate distribution of funds. Missing a deadline is unacceptable.” 

While the punctuality of her job keeps her on her toes, Kelly loves every aspect of accounting.

“It’s rewarding to balance each monthly account perfectly,” Kelly explained. “No words can describe the feeling of closing a million-dollar grant successfully."

“When Kelly is not organizing finances, she advises young women in her sorority on campus and across five states. She is very active in her church’s ministries, especially working with youth. She enjoys travelling and working in her flower beds, but most importantly, she loves spending time with her family and her daughter, Kimberly.

  • 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.