A Tribute To Mercy Board Member Wes Dean

May 15, 2018

 

Mr. Wes Dean of Jacksonville, Florida, after several years of faithful service as Treasurer on the Board of The Mercy Ministries (TMM), will be moving on to focus his attention more on his family. 

 

Dean's contributions to Mercy's board have been invaluable, and his attention to detail regarding Mercy's finances and monthly budget will continue to influence Mercy's mission well beyond his tenure as a valued board member of TMM.  We have been so very grateful to have the level of experience and expertise Dean brought to the table!  

 

Let's begin with his education and experience: On October 1, 1993, Mr. Dean retired as the Director of Procurement at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, a position he held from May 1987 until his retirement.

 

He began his Government career as an Intelligence Specialist in the U. S. Air Force in 1953.  Following his graduation from college in 1960, he joined the U. S. Army Audit Agency as a contract auditor in Orlando, Florida. 

 

In 1962, he transferred to the NASA Audit Office at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Three years later, he moved to the Procurement Office at Kennedy Space Center as a cost/price analyst.  Subsequently he became a Contracting Officer before becoming Chief of the Cost & Pricing Staff in 1974.  In 1983, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Procurement and four years later became Director of Procurement.

 

During his NASA career, Mr. Dean served on numerous Source Evaluation Boards, exercised oversight or was the Source Selection Official on many others.  He is considered a leading expert in the evaluation of cost proposals and development of probable costs.

 

Since his retirement, he has been President of Dean of Business, Inc., teaching courses relating to the SEB process, COTR authorities and responsibilities, performance based contracting, incentive and award fee contracts, financial management reporting systems, Cost Accounting Standards and other contractual aspects. 

 

Additionally, he consults with Government contractors on proposal strategies, development and reviews.  He has been an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Florida Institute of Technology, teaching procurement and accounting courses.  He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Cost Analyst (CCA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

 

Mr. Dean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida State University in 1960, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stetson University in 1973.  He is the recipient of the President’s Meritorious Executive Award, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and numerous other performance awards.

 

Most who know Dean would agree his passion for his family and community shines as bright as his career.  Like any career, their family has had ups and downs. 

 

He has been married to his wife, Joyce, for twenty-eight years.  "She was a volunteer at Mercy when we lived in Vidalia.  As a matter of fact, she got me started as a board member and serving on the Financial Committee," said Dean. 

 

Together, the couple have a daughter, Janet, who is the Program Manager for All Points Logistics in Huntsville, AL.  Their son, Stephen, is a Project Manager for InDyne, Inc. at Kennedy Space Center, FL. 

 

And, sadly, their oldest son, Richard, and his wife, Donna, both succumbed to cancer recently.  

 

Dean's stepdaughter, Jill, is a Speech-Language Therapist.  She and her husband (who is a Physical Therapist) own two rehabilitation clinics - one in McRae, Georgia and one in Hazlehurst, Georgia.  His other stepdaughter, Julie, is a computer specialist/web designer, but is significantly hindered by severe Chrohn's disease.

 

Dean has 8 grandchildren (7 girls and 1 boy), and three great grandchildren!

 

 

Through all of life's ups and downs, Dean and Joyce have remained faithful believers who give to the community around them.  In addition to their support of TMM, they are members of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in South Jacksonville, FL.  "It is a growing, evangelistic church that is very mission-minded.  20% of our offerings ($750,000 last year) are given to missions through the SBC Cooperative Program," Dean said proudly. 

 

Dean is also the Associate Treasurer of the St. Augustine Orchid Society, and provides free income tax and accounting services to senior citizens, widows, friends and family.  In addition to being an avid orchid grower, Dean enjoys fishing in the Suwannee River and the Gulf of Mexico in his free time.

 

 

The Mercy Board have benefitted greatly from Dean's participation as a board member.  We are better because of him, and it has been a great privilege to work with him.  Please, join us in giving Mr. Dean a heartfelt "thank you" for his commitment to Mercy's mission and the 500+ Mercy patients we serve at any given time! 

 

Mr. Dean, your integrity and generosity throughout the years will not be soon forgotten!

 

 

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