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Board of Directors

Chair David R. Wilson, Jr.

Profession: Sales
Education: CCNY
Term: Founding member
Community Engagement: Baltimore Community Association and Watch Groups
Why I serve DDWSF: To carry on my parents’ legacy. To encourage and support young people in their pursuit of higher learning. To positively effect the direction of our world, and to enjoy the camaraderie of board and family members.


Vice-Chair Jean Anne Barnes

Profession: Public relations and advertising, retired
Education: UNC – Chapel Hill
Term: 2018-2021
Community Engagement: Board of Childrens Ministries at the United Church Chapel Hill
Why I serve DDWSF: I have long admired the work (David and Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund) of the Wilson Family. Working with the founding board members and the younger generation board members, I want to make sure the valuable work continues. Providing scholarships and support to college students will help prepare them with confidence, courage and capabilities for the opportunities and challenges ahead.


Treasurer Timothy Wilson

Profession: Civil Service Accountant, retired
Education: MS-Accounting-LIU, BA-Mathematics-Adelphi University
Term: Founding member
Community Engagement: Safe Haven United Church of Christ – Keyboard Player, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher
Why I serve DDWSF: I serve on the DDWSF Board because I strongly believe in the cause and I am committed to making the world a better place.


Secretary Charles Wilson

Profession: Chaplain
Education: BBA Adelphi University, MDIV ITC/Atlanta U, THM and DMIN studies, GTU/Univ of Calif, Berkeley and Fuller Theological Seminary. Kranert School of Management, Purdue Univ. Entrepreneurship Certificate, Boston U Genealogical Certificate
Term: Founding member
Community Engagement: David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund, Board Secretary; American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Pacific Region, Board Treasurer.
Why I serve DDWSF: I serve on the DDWSF Board for the purposes of creating a legacy, finding leaders for the future and connecting to a global society.


Meesha Brown

Profession: President of PCI Media Impact. 
Education: MSc – The New School, BA – University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Term: 2019-2023
Additional Bio: Meesha is an award-winning producer whose work includes the #ISurvivedEbola campaign – a multi-media effort to spread life-saving health messages and combat stigma during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak. Meesha began her professional career in the public education sector, including a tenure as Director of Literacy for New York City Public Schools. Meesha hails from West Texas, where she grew up with ten siblings. In all of her work, Meesha aspires to employ a pedagogy of love.


Seleste Wilson Burns

Profession: Manager; Small business owner – Entertainment services
Education: College of New Rochelle
Term: 2010-2021
Community Engagement: Missionary leader
Why I serve DDWSF: I serve on the Board of Directors to be able to enlighten the decisions for our students of the future. To have an impact on a graduating student headed to college to make a better life for their self.


Pravin Gohel

Profession: Audit Manager
Education: New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University
Term: 2018-2021
Community Engagement: Chinmaya Mission; Diocese of
Metuchen; Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Why I serve DDWSF:
To support the Wilson Fund’s efforts to help collegebound youth to pursue higher education. I have long admired Wilson family’s commitment to the society.


Katelyn Jackman

Profession: Classical Musician
Education: MM The Peabody Institute, BM University of North Texas
Term: 2020-2024
Community Engagement: Cantor/Music Minister; Music Education
Why I serve DDWSF:
In addition to financial support, the DDWSF offers moral support, professional guidance, and a platform for its young scholars to engage with a broader community. It is unique in its dedication to its students as whole people. I am moved by the passionate dedication this organization has for supporting young scholars. I want to be a part of that mission.


Tanya Lynn Wilson Thomas

Profession: New York City Community Coordinator
Education: Norfolk State University
Term: 2018-2021
Community Engagement: TAPS Peer Mentor (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors); Veterans Hospital Volunteer; American Legion Auxiliary
Why I serve DDWSF: Our youth are our future! I serve on the Board of Directors of DDWSF to contribute to supporting youth in developing and promoting their efforts in education and community service.


Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson

Profession: Minister
Education: Doctor of Ministry degree from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA; Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA; Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Master of Arts from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI; B.A from Morehouse College
Term: Founding member
Community Engagement: Board of Trustees Andover Newton Theological Seminary at Yale
Why I serve DDWSF: DDWSF speaks to a family giving back for the blessings of our nation, it affords the opportunity to mentor young people, and allows me to put my faith in action.


Freddie Wilson

Profession: Computer MSP
Education: Bernard M Barauch (CCNY)
Term: Founding member
Community Engagement: Consultant
Why I serve DDWSF: Lend A Hand Whenever I Can!


Members of the Board at the 2018 DDWSF Annual Meeting