While she has spent the past month spotlighting successful women in Richmond County, Tourism Director Meghann Lambeth is a leading woman in her own right.
Lambeth began her current job as Executive Director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority in April 2019 and immediately got to work revamping the website and promoting the area.
She has produced several videos and written several blog posts showcasing the county’s top attractions, in addition to writing stories recognizing residents for Women’s History Month, Black History Month and others. occasions. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lambeth also detailed how local industries were adapting to the challenges.
The website’s visitor’s guide features places to eat, stay and shop, as well as things to do — from museums and motor sports venues to indoor and outdoor recreation options and agritourism.
Lambeth’s agricultural roots run deep in the sands of Derby, having grown up helping on the family farm. She learned to drive a tractor at age 7 and has worked in the fields and at the Triple L Farms produce stand ever since, even during the summers when she was in 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 then earned a master’s degree from UNC-Pembroke. She has also obtained national board certification for counseling.
Lambeth worked with Richmond County Schools as a counselor from 2008 to 2019, first at West Rockingham Elementary, then at Mineral Springs Elementary and Ellerbe Middle.
Prior to becoming director of tourism, Lambeth worked part-time at Rockingham Town Hall. She has also helped local businesses with websites and social media.
She has a son, Jack, who is on the autism spectrum, which led her to lead the Richmond County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Through this organization, Lambeth has helped provide first responder training and inform parents of available resources, as well as plan group activities for families at Discovery Place Kids and Krystal Dawn Retreat.
And as if that weren’t enough, Lambeth is also a member of the Rockingham Rotary, Seaboard Festival Committee, 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 for the past year, hosting a weekly activity 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 recognition for her own achievements.