Waycross - Ware County Development Authority | 2855 Forest Drive | PO Box 2046 | Waycross, GA 31503 | 912.283.2112 | info@wwda.us
Waycross-Ware County, GA

Board of Directors

Dr. William Clark, III
WWDA Chairman

Dr. S. William Clark, III is a third-generation ophthalmologist in Waycross, Georgia. He was born in Atlanta, GA in 1953, but has called Waycross home for the majority of his life. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1971. He graduated cum laude with a BS degree from Davidson College, North Carolina in 1975. He graduated with his MD from Medical College of GA in Augusta in 1979. Dr. Clark then Interned at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. 1979-1980. He received his Residence from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami 1980-1983 and his Fellowship at Emory Eye Center in Atlanta 1983-1984. Dr. Clark is very involved in his community, currently serving as: active staff member at Mayo Clinic in Waycross; Board Member, Medical Association of GA; Delegate, Medical Association of GA, Okefenokee Medical Society; Secretary, Eighth District Medical Society; Finance Committee,   Okefenokee Medical Society; Program Advisor, GA Physicians Leadership Academy; American Medical Association Delegate from Medical Association of GA; Chairman, GA American Medical Association; Chair-elect, Southeastern Delegation to the American Medical Association; Lifetime Member, American Medical Association; American Medical Association Ophthalmology Section Council; Chairman, Satilla Regional Medical Center Medical Executive Committee; Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross Medical Executive Committee; Honorary Board member,  Okefenokee Heritage Center; Board of Directors, Waycross Bank & Trust; Board of Trustees, President and Chairman, Okefenokee Swamp Park Association; Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Vice-Chair Political Affairs Committee, GA Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Clark has received numerous awards for his outstanding service and excellence in the medical field, among them being listed in "The Best Doctors in the United States".


Mr. James Willis was born in Thomasville, GA. He attended Valdosta State University where he received a M.B.A. and B.B.A. Mr. Willis has had a 37-year career with GA power. His current position is Waycross Area Manager. He provides leadership and direction for a 5-county area in Southeast Georgia. Mr. Willis is very involved in our community, serving as Vice Chairman of the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, President of the Childers YMCA of Waycross, Waycross Chamber of Commerce Board Member, South Georgia State College James Dye Foundation Board Member, Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation Board Member, Waycross Rotary Club, Okefenokee Area Development Authority, Ware County High Booster/Touchdown Club, Leadership Waycross Alumni, Sponsor of Citizens of GA Power, and Osprey Society Okefenokee Swamp Park Foundation. He received the Community Service Award in 2002 from the Waycross Ware County Chamber of Commerce and the Community Service Award in 2012 from Childers YMCA.  Mr. Willis has a son Christopher and daughter-in-law Ashley and a wonderful new Grandson Brayden. He enjoys traveling, concerts, NASCAR and golfing. He lends his leadership to the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, where his skills, knowledge, and experience enhance the organization and help to create opportunities for the overall development of Ware County. Mr. Willis on the Development Authority, "I am honored to be appointed by the Ware County Commission to serve on the WWDA with an enthusiastic, diverse group of community leaders. Each board team member brings a unique set of talents and experiences to the table and are committed to improving the economic prosperity of Waycross and Ware County. I look forward to what this group can accomplish for the benefit of our community and our citizens.


Dr. Yolanda L. Rivers is the owner and pharmacist of Waycross Family Pharmacy. She is a prominent philanthropist in the community, founder of R.I.V.E.R.S. Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on exposing students to positive, enriching experiences outside of their current environment in the effort to build stronger youth, families and communities. She is a Leadership Georgia 2017 Alumni, Leadership Waycross 2014 Alumni, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Vice President) and on the Waycross Zoning Board. Dr. Rivers graduated from Florida A&M University with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She resides in Waycross and is expecting her first child, "Kingsley Dion" in July. In her spare time Dr. Rivers enjoys traveling, relaxing, spending time with family and friends. Dr. Rivers is proud to serve with a team committed to the forward progress of our community. She is excited about the continuous growth and opportunity for our citizens.


Mr. Daniel Morris is Vice President/Marketing Executive of First Southern Bank in Waycross and resides in Waycross with his wife, Laura. He has a reputable 28-year career in banking and finance. He was raised in Ware County and educated in Ware County School System, and is passionate about his community. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University, with a BBA in Finance. Daniel is an active member in our community as he serves as Treasurer of the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, and active member of Central Baptist Church and the Waycross Rotary Club. Daniel is past President of the Waycross Jaycees, Ware County Touchdown Club, Waycross Rotary Club, and past Chairman of the Satilla Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is alumnus of Leadership Waycross and Leadership Glynn. Daniel grew up scouting and is an Eagle Scout. He enjoys the outdoors, farming, hunting, and fishing. Mr. Morris has a son Chase and daughter-in-law Elissa, who reside in Montgomery, Alabama, and a son Micheal, who resides in Blackshear, Georgia. Daniel lends his experience in finance and leadership to the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority through his extensive commercial lending career and his real estate investing experience. He is excited about the recent growth Ware County has had and works to ensure that it continues. Mr. Morris on the Development Authority, "I am privilaged to be appointed by the Ware County Commission and to be a representative of our community in my position on the WWDA. Our Development Authority works well together with City and County officials and with the continued goal of improving job opportunities and economic growth for Waycross and Ware County. Together, we are all making a positive difference in our County. 


Chairman Jimmy Brown was born and raised in Ware County. He was educated in the Ware County School System and graduated with the 1964 Ware County High School Class. Jimmy and his wife, the former Beverly Fern Boatright, are parents of three sons, Jimmy Jr. -  Dell, -  and Sean, and one daughter -  Hope, and now have nine grandchildren - six girls and three boys. Four of the nine are in college at present. Jimmy was employed by Ware County as a rookie firefighter on March 7, 1968. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1971. In 1973, he was appointed to the position of Ware County Fire Chief by the Ware County Board of Commissioners. In January 1990 he was appointed and served as airport manager as well as his fire chief duties. Chairman Brown has been very active in organizations, including International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia State Fireman’s Association, and the Georgia Rural Fire Defense Council, where he served the 8th District. He was a member of the Georgia Airport Association. Chairman Brown is a member of the Waycross Exchange Club where he has served on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, and is past president. He also served as the E.M.A. Director following the tragic loss of Jack Hobbs until a successor was appointed. Throughout his career, Chairman Brown has received numerous recognitions; among these recognitions are the Exchange Club Outstanding Service Award, the Erin W. Johnson Trophy, the Exchangite of the Year Award, and the Kiwanis Club A. G. Miller Medal. He received congressional recognition by Congressman Jack Kinston and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine appointed him an honorary state fire marshal. President George W. Bush, Senator Saxby Chambliss, and Governor Sonny Perdue recognized him for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ware County and he was recently awarded the 2016 Golden Eagle by Coastal, Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America. Chairman Brown retired from the Ware County Fire Department on March 7th, 2008, with 40 years to the day of service. Some 10 and a half years ago he started making plans to enter the political arena. In 2008 he ran for the office of Chairman of the Ware County Board of Commissioners and was successful in being elected. On January 1st, 2009, he was given the oath of office and is serving the people of Ware County as their Chairman of the Ware County Board of Commissioners. Chairman Brown and his wife Fern are members of Kettle Creek Methodist Church.


Board member Alex Cornelius was born in Waycross but resides in Manor, GA, with his wife Cathy. Manor is a nearby community in Ware County where Alex owns and operates Cornelius Farms. Cornelius Farms consists of 150 acres of conventional blueberries and 100 acres of organic blueberries, as well as 2 acres of blackberries. There is a 33,000 square foot packing facility with an additional 35,000 square foot distribution center on-site that is managed by Cornelius Farms Marketing Co-Op. It provides packing for farmers from 6 surrounding counties. Alex is a graduate of Ware County High School. He attended Waycross College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, but his love of the land and desire to continue and expand the family farming business drew him back home. Alex and Cathy have 2 grown children,  Heather and husband Jon Simmons and grandson Jake, Megan and husband Skyler Oliver and granddaughter Blaire. Alex, Cathy, and their border collie, Sarah, enjoy spending time together with family, hunting, and fishing. Alex has an affinity for antique trucks and tractors. They worship together as a family at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Alex is on the Board of Trustees at the Okefenokee Swamp Park. He is an asset to the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority with his knowledge of the land and other local resources. He feels that we have great resources in Ware County - available land, good climat, and hardworking people. He works to ensure these resources are marketed for the best results for Ware County and the future of its citizens.

John Knox, Mayor

Board member John Knox, Mayor of Waycross, was born in Waycross and resides in Waycross with his wife Yvonne and their dog Chewy, who the Mayor refers to as "The best little dog in Georgia"! John and Yvonne have three sons, John David, Turner and Roger. Mayor Knox attended Waycross College and the University of Georgia in Athens where he attained a degree in Business Administration. He retired from a career of being a successful Financial Advisor. Mayor Knox is former Mayor of Waycross, serving from 1989-1992. He also served as former Ware County School Board Chairman, former Recreation Board Chairman and former Exchange Club President. Mayor Knox makes time in his busy schedule to cheer on his Alumni, University of Georgia Bulldog Football. He and Mrs. Knox are members of Central Baptist Church in Waycross where he serves as a Deacon. Mayor Knox brings extensive leadership to Waycross-Ware County Development Authority. He feels that WWDA has made great progress over the past year with many new projects underway. "There is a feel of great momentum flowing through our community right now" the Mayor remarked.


Pam Hart

Board Member Pam Hart was born and raised in Waycross, GA. Pam graduated from the Ware County school system and then earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia in Athens. She is the president of Chinahart, Inc., and is involved in real estate development. Pam and her husband, Joseph W. Hart III, reside in Waycross and have 2 children, Ben and Harrison Hart; 2 dogs, Lilly and Daisy; and Lucky, the cat. She serves on not only the board at the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority, but also Chairs the operating board for Satilla Health Foundation. She serves on the advisory board for Satilla Health Foundation and had been a member of Leadership Georgia since 2007. Pam enjoys painting, drawing, and fitness. She is currently pursuing a Florida Master Naturalist Certification where she has completed two modules. Pam also enjoys creative writing. Her focus is bringing jobs to Ware County that will improve people's quality of life.


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