Meet the Team.

DeLand Pride is run by a group of volunteers dedicated to celebrating the diversity, culture, and well-being of the LGBTQ community in DeLand and beyond.

For information on joining any of the committees please email info@delandpride.org and you will be forwarded to the appropriate committee chair.


Special Events and Entertainment Committee

Ann-Marie Willacker,  SEEC Chairperson    email:    annmarie@delandpride.org    Ann-Marie is a Florida native and has lived in Volusia County for nearly 20 years. She joined DeLand Pride to help foster a community where her children could safely, openly, and genuinely be themselves. Ann-Marie owns Odd Elixir MeadWorks and runs Support Volusia, a local nonprofit that aims to unite the creative forces in our community to create positive change.

Ann-Marie Willacker, SEEC Chairperson

email: annmarie@delandpride.org

Ann-Marie is a Florida native and has lived in Volusia County for nearly 20 years. She joined DeLand Pride to help foster a community where her children could safely, openly, and genuinely be themselves. Ann-Marie owns Odd Elixir MeadWorks and runs Support Volusia, a local nonprofit that aims to unite the creative forces in our community to create positive change.

 
Ginger Beer -  Entertainment Coordinator   Ginger Beer is our Entertainment Coordinator. Coming from South Carolina Ginger Beer has been entertaining as a drag queen for 10 years and assisted DeLand Pride in fostering an opportunity in entertainment for the local community. Ginger has started the DeLand Pride Pageant and DeLand Pride Nights

Ginger Beer - Entertainment Coordinator

Ginger Beer is our Entertainment Coordinator. Coming from South Carolina Ginger Beer has been entertaining as a drag queen for 10 years and assisted DeLand Pride in fostering an opportunity in entertainment for the local community. Ginger has started the DeLand Pride Pageant and DeLand Pride Nights

 
Desiree Deshannon -  Monthly Social Chairperson    email:    desiree@delandpride.org    Desiree is our Monthly Social Chairperson. Originally hailing from Long Island, Desiree has been living in central Florida since 1991. She moved to DeLand four years ago from the Orlando area, where she was active with Equality Florida, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and several transgender support groups. While in Orlando, she arranged the first Transgender Round Table discussion bringing lesbians, transgender people, and gay men together face-to-face. With assistance from HRC, she helped organize the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in Orlando.  Retired since 2016, Desiree has embraced the opportunity to live life as her authentic self. She's married and has two grown daughters and a grandson.

Desiree Deshannon - Monthly Social Chairperson

email: desiree@delandpride.org

Desiree is our Monthly Social Chairperson. Originally hailing from Long Island, Desiree has been living in central Florida since 1991. She moved to DeLand four years ago from the Orlando area, where she was active with Equality Florida, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and several transgender support groups. While in Orlando, she arranged the first Transgender Round Table discussion bringing lesbians, transgender people, and gay men together face-to-face. With assistance from HRC, she helped organize the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in Orlando.
Retired since 2016, Desiree has embraced the opportunity to live life as her authentic self. She's married and has two grown daughters and a grandson.

 
PJay Peck  - Outreach Coordinator    email:    pj@delandpride.org    Moved to DeLand December 2015. Originally from Richmond, VA by way of Eastern North Carolina. Currently working in the home health care field as a finance manager. She has worked with and volunteered for many non-profits organizations such a Humane Societies, Breast Cancer foundations, and various LBGTQ events. Attended the first DeLand Pride Block Party as a participant in 2016. Answered a volunteer opportunity to work with DeLand Pride in April of 2016 where she met Ann-Marie, Drake, Dagny, and several other supporters. Since that time have worked with the DeLand Pride Team to help bring people and businesses closer to help support and promote the LBGTQ community throughout Volusia and surrounding counties.

PJay Peck - Outreach Coordinator

email: pj@delandpride.org

Moved to DeLand December 2015. Originally from Richmond, VA by way of Eastern North Carolina. Currently working in the home health care field as a finance manager. She has worked with and volunteered for many non-profits organizations such a Humane Societies, Breast Cancer foundations, and various LBGTQ events. Attended the first DeLand Pride Block Party as a participant in 2016. Answered a volunteer opportunity to work with DeLand Pride in April of 2016 where she met Ann-Marie, Drake, Dagny, and several other supporters. Since that time have worked with the DeLand Pride Team to help bring people and businesses closer to help support and promote the LBGTQ community throughout Volusia and surrounding counties.

 

Public Relations and Marketing Committee

 
Vincent Barbieri -  Public Relations and Marketing Chairperson    email:    vincent@delandpride.org    Vincent has been in DeLand for 4 years and Volusia county for 25 years. He joined DeLand Pride to better the community and bring the best out of the LGBTQ community. He has been married to his husband of many years, is a pharmacy technician, and encourages anyone to reach out to him for anything.

Vincent Barbieri - Public Relations and Marketing Chairperson

email: vincent@delandpride.org

Vincent has been in DeLand for 4 years and Volusia county for 25 years. He joined DeLand Pride to better the community and bring the best out of the LGBTQ community. He has been married to his husband of many years, is a pharmacy technician, and encourages anyone to reach out to him for anything.

 

fundraising and membership Committee

 
 
 
Kevin Demers,  Membership Coordinator    email:    kev@delandpride.org    He moved to central Florida in 1988 from Boston, Massachusetts then relocated to DeLand in 2000. Retired now Kevin was once a printed circut board programmer, auto mechanic, and tractor trailer driver.

Kevin Demers, Membership Coordinator

email: kev@delandpride.org

He moved to central Florida in 1988 from Boston, Massachusetts then relocated to DeLand in 2000. Retired now Kevin was once a printed circut board programmer, auto mechanic, and tractor trailer driver.

 
 

Youth Outreach and Scholarship Committee

 
 
 
Dan Hensley,  Youth Outreach Chairperson

Dan Hensley, Youth Outreach Chairperson

 

Committee Members At Large

 
Cheryl Willacker

Cheryl Willacker

 
 
Nathanial Cook    Nathanial is a native Floridian whose passion has been in music, the rights of individuals in equality, and education. His current project is working on our library program helping the community obtain a library share program with LGBTQ literature and LGBTQ authors. He has lived in DeLand for 4 years and    email: nathan@delandpride.org

Nathanial Cook

Nathanial is a native Floridian whose passion has been in music, the rights of individuals in equality, and education. His current project is working on our library program helping the community obtain a library share program with LGBTQ literature and LGBTQ authors. He has lived in DeLand for 4 years and

email: nathan@delandpride.org