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

Board of Directors

Daniel G. Morris

Daniel G. Morris
Chairman

Daniel Morris is Community President/SVP/Sr. Lender of First Southern Bank in Waycross and resides in Ware County with his wife, Laura. He has a reputable 32- 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 Chairman and past Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, and an 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 in scouting and is an Eagle Scout and he enjoys the outdoors, farming, hunting, and fishing. Mr. Morris has a son Chase and daughter-in-law Elissa, who reside in Kingsland, Georgia, and a son Michael and daughter-in-law Hosannah, who reside 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 privileged 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.

Candice Moody-Rice

Candice Moody-Rice
Vice-Chairman

Candice Moody Rice is a media specialist at Ware County High School. Although she has made a career in education, she has been actively involved in the agriculture industry through her family’s dairy farm, Moody Dairy and Moody- Rice Cattle Company, a joint venture with her father raising bucking bulls for Professional Bull Riding, PBR. After her father’s passing in June 2018, she became managing partner of Three Dollar Farm, LLC which is a landholding company that leases cropland and pastureland. She continues to have limited involvement with Three Creeks LLC, which was formerly Moody Dairy, now owned by her brother, Calvin Moody. Through Moody-Rice Cattle Company, Candice is also shareholder in American Bucking Bull Incorporated. A native of Waycross, Candice received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ) from the University of Georgia in 1993 and later received a Master of Science in Educational Media from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. Candice is an active member of our community as she serves on the Hospice Satilla Board of Trustees – Vice President, Waycross-Ware County Library Board of Trustees - Secretary, Okefenokee Regional Library Board of Trustees, Coastal Pines Library Advisory Board, Georgia Library Media Association – Region Chair, Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher Honor Society, and Waycross Service League - Sustainer. In her spare time, Candice enjoys horseracing and horseback riding. Candice has one son, Cash, who is attending the University of Florida studying agriculture. Candice is honored to be appointed by the Ware County Commission to serve on the WWDA Board of Directors with such a diverse, dynamic group of community leaders; she is excited and committed to working hard with the WWDA board to bring economic prosperity to our area on the behalf of the citizens of Waycross and Ware County.

Charlie Moore
Treasurer

Charlie Moore grew up in Waycross and attended school at Ware County High School, Waycross College, and The Medical College of Georgia. He served as a missionary in Los Angles California for 2 years teaching in Mandarin Chinese. He worked for the late Buddy Adams in the security industry while he was attending college. He married Buddy’s youngest daughter l, the beautiful and musically talented Jessica. They have 18 year old twin girls that are attending BYU and 16 year old triplet girls that are 10th graders at Ware County High School. Being the only male figure in the house, he enjoys woodworking and shooting guns. He and Jessica purchased her father’s business (Security Blanket) that he started 42 years ago. They love being small business owners and are very involved in the community.  The business is challenging and rewarding but they enjoy finding solutions to people’s security needs. Charlie is very involved in his church and does volunteer service work for the elderly. He serves as a board member for the Childers YMCA board, the Board of Zone Appeals for the City of Waycross, the Rebuilding Together board, and is excited to be actively involved with the Waycross/Ware Development Authority.

Dr. Yolanda Rivers

Dr. Yolanda Rivers
Secretary

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 has one daughter, Kingsley. 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

Mayor, Dr. Michael-Angelo James

Mayor, Dr. Michael-Angelo James

Mayor of the City of Waycross, Michael- Angelo James, is a lifelong, born and raised resident of Waycross, Georgia. He attended Troy University, Emory University, Valdosta State University, and Truth Bible College and Seminary, Joint College of Bishops, Cleveland Ohio. Michael-Angelo is a Doctor of Christian Education, Specialist of Education, Master of Education – M. Ed.,  and also has a Bachelor of Science in Education. He is presently a professor of Sociology and Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development at the Coastal Pines Technical College and Graduate Professor of Pastoral Administration at the First Born Seminary and Training School. He is the author of three books and is involved in civic and philanthropic relations and many other local organizations. He has one son, Marshall Lee James, 7 grand kids, and 5 bulldogs. When asked what the WWDA means to Michael-Angelo James he said that the WWDA means progression, promotion, and partnership in every direction.

Dr. William Clark, III

Dr. William Clark, III

Dr. Clark is a second-generation ophthalmologist here and a 5th generation Waycrossan. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1971 as the STAR student and graduated cum laude with a BS degree from Davidson College, NC in 1975. He earned his MD from the Medical College of GA in Augusta in 1979. Dr. Clark then interned at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. 1979-1980. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/University of Miami 1980-1983 and a one-year fellowship at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta 1983-1984 before he joined his father at the Clark Eye Clinic. Dr. Clark is very involved in our community, as well as in state and national associations, currently serving as: Chair, Okefenokee Swamp Park board of trustees; Chair, Waycross Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority; Past Chair, WWDA; Executive Committee/Board of Governors of the GA Chamber of Commerce; Chair, GA Delegation to the American Medical Association; Immediate Past Chair, Southeastern Delegation to the AMA; Executive Committee, Medical Association of GA; Program Advisor, GA Physicians Leadership Academy; Director, Waycross Bank & Trust and Board, Okefenokee Heritage Center. In addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Waycross and Leadership GA (where he served as Trustee), Past President of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the Administrative Board of Waycross First United Methodist Church, Past PTA President of Williams Heights Elementary School and Waycross Middle School, a Past President of the Medical Association of GA and Past Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s national political action committee. 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".

James R. Willis

James R. Willis

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 40-year career with GA power. His current position is Waycross Area Manager. He provides leadership and direction for a 13-county area in Southeast Georgia. Mr. Willis is very involved in our community, serving as Past Chairman of the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, President of the Childers YMCA of Waycross, Waycross Chamber of Commerce Past Board Member, South Georgia State College James Dye Foundation Board Member, Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation Board Member, Waycross Rotary Club , Satilla Water and Sewer Authority Board, Past Board Member Okefenokee Area Development Authority, Ware County High Touchdown Club, Leadership Waycross Alumni, Management Sponsor Citizens of GA Power, and member 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 two grandsons Brayden and Hudson. He enjoys traveling, concerts, NASCAR and golf. 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.

Elmer Thrift

Elmer Thrift

Mr. Elmer Thrift currently serves as the Chairman of Ware County. Born and raised in Waycross, and raised his own family in Waycross as well, a true native to our County. Mr. Thrift Started Elmer Thrift Construction, ETC, in 1983 and retired in 2014. After he retired, his sons started up their own business, Thrift Brothers. Chairman Thrift has 3 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.


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