Onward and Upward: Pamela Prier and Wanda Willis on the Move

Pamela Prier

Prier Appointed to Downtown Council: The Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, also known as DESC, has selected its officers for 2022 — Pamela Prier (retired from Merck) is Board Chair, Claude Moulton (with Claude R. Moulton, PA) as Vice Chair, Trista Carrahar (with the City of Jacksonville) as Treasurer and Deborah Pierson (retired from Bank of America) as secretary.

DESC also added new directors to the Board — Gabrielle Bellamy, Pierson, L.M. Roziers and Juanita Senior

DESC seeks to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ by providing basic needs for those in emergency situations of experiencing poverty. the center is accessible on Ocean Street in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church and provided nearly 7,000 households with food, clothing, financial assistance and case management in 2021.


Willis New VP for Community Foundation – Wanda J. Willis, M.A. has been selected for the newly-created position of Vice President, Civic Leadership for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.  Willis has a long, local career in development and community leadership, most recently as Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at Edward Waters College (now University) including Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She was also the Director of Development for Major Gifts for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Foundation.  When she joins The Community Foundation on April 19, she will be part of the executive team, with primary responsibilities for the organization’s current and prospective civic leadership initiatives.




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