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.


Special Events Committee

  Ann-Marie Willacker,  Executive Director and Special Events Coordinator   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, Executive Director and Special Events Coordinator

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   Josh "Ginger Beer" is from South Carolina. Ginger Beer has been entertaining as a drag queen for 9 years and assisted DeLand Pride in fostering a opportunity in entertainment for the local community. Ginger has started the DeLand Pride Pageant which is a prelim to National Competitions.

Ginger Beer - Entertainment Coordinator

Josh "Ginger Beer" is from South Carolina. Ginger Beer has been entertaining as a drag queen for 9 years and assisted DeLand Pride in fostering a opportunity in entertainment for the local community. Ginger has started the DeLand Pride Pageant which is a prelim to National Competitions.

  Desiree Deshannon -  Monthly Social Chairperson   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. She absolutely treasures all the wonderful friends she has made both in Orlando and DeLand.

Desiree Deshannon - Monthly Social Chairperson

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. She absolutely treasures all the wonderful friends she has made both in Orlando and DeLand.


Public Relations and Marketing Committee

  Vincent Barbieri -  Social Media Manager   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.    email: vincent@delandpride.org

Vincent Barbieri - Social Media Manager

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.

email: vincent@delandpride.org

 
  Meg Young  - Marketing and Donor Relations   Meg has been in DeLand for 10 years and joined DeLand Pride to show her support for her fellow LGBTQ+ community. Her goals are to promote love and acceptance throughout the DeLand community. She is a Stetson alum and current faculty members at Stetson University.    email: meg@delandpride.org

Meg Young - Marketing and Donor Relations

Meg has been in DeLand for 10 years and joined DeLand Pride to show her support for her fellow LGBTQ+ community. Her goals are to promote love and acceptance throughout the DeLand community. She is a Stetson alum and current faculty members at Stetson University.

email: meg@delandpride.org

 

Outreach Committee

  PJay Peck  - Outreach Coordinator  email: pj@delandpride.org

PJay Peck - Outreach Coordinator

email: pj@delandpride.org

  Kevin Demers

Kevin Demers

 

  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