Nick Harris – Chairman

A regional native, Harris grew up in Brunswick and moved to Jesup in 1979. After graduating from Wayne County High, he went to North Georgia Technical College and stayed in the northern part of the state until 1996 when he and wife, Candee, returned to Jesup to be closer to family. With a passion for the problem-solving aspect of electronics and IT, he spent 13 years working at Scientific-Atlanta as an electronic and calibration service technician. Today he owns Diversified Technical Solutions, where he manages computer networks for businesses.
 
Harris is the City Commissioner for District 3 in Jesup and a member and past Chair of the Chamber of Commerce and local Elks Club. He serves on the advisory board of Tabitha’s Place and is an active member of the First Baptist Church. He spends his free time working in his yard, fishing or hunting.
 
Harris knows agriculture is not just Wayne County’s biggest industry, it’s a big part of who the residents are. After hearing about the community’s desire to see a farmers market, he began working with a group of likeminded individuals to research the possibility. When the Georgia Department of Agriculture market site was mentioned, he got in touch with the Department and, after a series of meetings and discussions, a letter of request (written by fellow board member Mike Deal) was submitted and accepted. In Jan. 2014, Harris and his newly appointed board received notification that the state market had been deeded to the City of Jesup. His vision is a place to promote agribusiness in Wayne County, where agricultural producers can market and sell their products, and provide consumers with fresh, local, healthy foods. 


Cora Wujceak – Vice Chairman

Wayne County native Wujceak moved to Florida at the age of six but was blessed to move back in 2011 with her husband Gary and their two dogs (Mocha and Java) and cockatiel (Cappuccino). She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University, Miami, Fla., and worked as a licensed clinical social worker in Florida before going into private practice. Today, she provides personal and business coaching to people with an intent to create lives that move and inspire.
 
While living in Florida, Wujceak observed firsthand the steps required to create a thriving market that was well-attended by local residents and those in surrounding communities. She got involved with the Executive Board to be a part of this same concept in Wayne County, creating opportunities for people to have a better quality of life. She has worked to help set up market guidelines, networked with vendors and canvassed the community to determine the needs for the market. She is active in Leadership Wayne and is a member of the Tourism Board and Hospice Camp Hope. In her free time, she is learning how to garden in Georgia (much different than gardening in Florida), with a large collection of orchids. You can find her getting her hands dirty and being at one with nature. She is grateful for the chance to help bring the WCFM back to life in a way that can move and inspire all of Wayne County.


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Candee Harris – Secretary/Treasurer

Originally from Wayne County, Harris graduated from Wayne County High and attended Valdosta State College. She has worked in customer service and administration roles for much of her career. She moved to Gwinnett County in 1984 and served in a variety of roles at a national oil analysis firm in Atlanta until 1996, when she returned to Jesup with her husband, Nick, and their daughter to be closer to family. She began working for the non-profit organization Green Thumb, Inc./Experience Works, Inc., and during her 16 year tenure she received two outstanding service awards. In 2013, she joined forces with her husband at his IT consulting firm, Diversified Technical Solutions, Inc., where she is the Office Administrator. She is a past member of the Altamaha Woman’s Club.

Harris is passionate about family – her husband, their children (Erica and husband Ryan, and son Nicholas), her mother and aunt, and other close relatives. She is equally passionate about her four-legged family – Great Dane Ziva, terrier Rufus, and cats Sam and Nacho (who actually rule the family). She always tries to have a good book on hand and enjoys reading in her downtime.

When husband Nick first mentioned the idea of the WCFM, Harris was excited; reminded of shopping at this same market site with her mother to purchase farm-fresh vegetables every summer growing up. She says it is rewarding to be a part of the board in their effort to impact the community in a positive way. Her vision is the biggest, best farmers market in South Georgia: A regional marketplace where folks from Wayne and surrounding counties can come buy and sell fresh produce and other wonderful products.


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Mike Deal

As a lifelong resident of Wayne County, Deal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University and has worked in the county for more than 40 years. Starting with the local police force, he was an officer for one year before becoming Detective. After eight years, he became Police Chief and served in this role for 14 years. For the past 18 years, he has alternatively been Wayne County Manager and City of Jesup Manager, which is his current role.

Deal is active on the City Council and actively supports all local tourism and community events, such as the Hog Jam and Day For Wayne. He is an active member of the Boys and Girls Club and the Downtown Development Authority, and supports Altamaha River projects and Altamaha Wildlife. In his spare time, you can find him coaching t-ball, hunting, fishing, and attending his local church. Deal sees this farmers market as a major economic driver for the community. He is passionate about helping local farmers and providing increased availability of fresh produce raised on the farm to residents in the community.


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Jim Dieveney

Born in Jesup, he grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Florida. Returning to Wayne County in 1990, Dieveney was Owner/CEO of Jaico Custom Homes from 1991 until 2013, a company responsible for building many of the residential homes in the county and surrounding area. Today, he serves on the Board of Equalization for Wayne County while spending his free time hunting, fishing and gardening. Dieveney knows the importance of Wayne Countians having access to healthy, locally grown produce from a venue that supports local farmers and agribusinesses and is excited to be part of the WCFM executive board.


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Mark Frye

Frye grew up on a small farm right here in Wayne County. He scouted cotton and soybeans while attending college and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy. He has been a part of the UGA County Extension program in Wayne County for 20 years and is currently the County Coordinator, where he works with Ag and Natural Resources. He is active in many professional groups and in his spare time, can be found cheering on his girls on the softball field, or out hunting and fishing.
 
Frye says the farmers market will increase profitability and sustainability for local producers by providing a closer connection between them and the consumer. With an opportunity to purchase locally grown products, it also helps keep local money in the community. His vision is a safe and meaningful gathering place for the community and, looking to the future, he hopes the market will become a product distribution hub for Southeast Georgia, further expanding ag production and sustainability for the area. 


Bill Harvey

Born and raised in Jesup, Harvey went through the Wayne County school system and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Atlanta Law School and has practiced law in the county for the last 36 years as a general practitioner. In 1988, he was elected Solicitor General of Wayne County State Court and served in the position until the end of 2013, when he retired.
 
Harvey is an active member of Jesup’s Rotary and Shrine Clubs, Masonic Lodge and Elks Lodge. He has served as an officer, or on the Board of Directors/Trustees for all these organizations. He is also a member and past President of the Wayne County Bar Association; he additionally served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Solicitors Generals Association and the Georgia Correctional Educators Association. In the past, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Wayne County Tourism Board and Chairman of the Jesup Downtown Development Authority.
 
As an avid lifelong gardener, Harvey took his pastime to the next level when he retired. After purchasing a pasture between Jesup and Screven, he started the Red Barn Market Garden in 2014. As a board member, Harvey’s vision is to promote the market for agricultural producers and provide a consumer-friendly place to find the freshest “Georgia Wayne County Grown” products, and he is personally delighted to play a small role in seeing it happen. In his spare time, you can find him working on his farm or on a small campground he owns at Carter’s Bight on the Altamaha River.


Will Murphy

Originally born in Baton Rouge, LA, Murphy moved to Jesup in 1972 at the age of three; his father Bill Murphy was originally from the area. Murphy graduated from Wayne County High and went on to get a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Georgia Southern University in 1992. That same year, he was hired by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and has worked primarily in and around Savannah and Brunswick where he has overseen all construction projects in a 24-county region. Today, he is the District Preconstruction Engineer, overseeing project delivery in 26 counties. He and his wife also operate The Berry Patch in downtown Jesup.
 
Murphy first heard about the WCFM from fellow board member Nick Harris during Leadership Wayne. He immediately volunteered to help, wanting to be part of something that will help Wayne County continue growing. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area and the GDOT Employees Association. He is actively helping to revitalize Jaycee Landing and is a member of the Wayne County Tourism Board while also volunteering his time to the City of Jesup and Wayne County. When he is not working or volunteering, you can find him hunting, fishing, working in the yard or spending time with his family.


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Ralph Hickox

Originally from Folkston, Ga., in Charlton County, Hickox has lived in Wayne County for 30 years. With an Applied Sciences Associate Degree from Altamaha Technical College, he has worked in residential, commercial and industrial refrigeration and A/C for 30 years and currently is Owner/Operator of several businesses, including: Jesup Drive-In; Arctic South Heating, Air & Electrical; Arctic South Commercial; Re/Max of Jesup; Re/Max of Baxley; and Hickox Holding. With an immense pride and love for his county, he is excited to be part of the WCFM Executive Board and says this market adds a needed "flavor" to the county. Hickox also serves as County Commissioner of the 5th District and is very active in the Heart of Worship.