Most of our Team Members are Veterans or have a military connection background (a military spouse or child growing up in the military family). They understand that the Mission and Service we provide to our Veterans is badly needed.
Meet our Board of Directors & Management/Training Team (shown in alphabetical order).
Board Members (L to R):
Michelle Bryant, Michael Dixon-Secretary, Matt Pirko, Nate Williams (& Lucy)-Vice President, Wendy Salazar, Cierra Shipley-Media Relations, Adrienne Hare-Treasurer, and Alan White - President/Exec. Director
Adrienne has spent her career in the non-profit and education arenas with experience in communications, community engagement & event planning for non-profits and board development & scholarship/grant processes for private foundations.
She and husband, Daniel, have 3 children and a standard Bernedoodle, named Waffles.
Alan has 20+ years of Non-profit Management experience and 15+ years training dogs; 11 years training/working dogs in the Air Force & Marine Corps where he worked in the US Embassy in several countries and completed service with HMX-1.
Szva (Zeeva) is Alan's personal Service Dog assisting with his diabetes & anxiety.
Cierra currently works with the Waco Police Department as the Public Information Officer (PIO) and handles their day-to-day public communications with the media. Previously working for KXXV-TV, ABC 25, Cierra was an Emmy-nominated Journalist.
Originally from Arizona, Cierra and Ryan have now made Waco their home.
Matt served in the US Air Force for 20 years before relocating back to Waco in 2010 with wife, Patty. Prior to his current position with a government contractor, Matt was a Baylor grad and professor, specializing in cybersecurity.
Matt and Patty have two GSDs; Jack (4) and Ryder, a one-year old WhiteHaven graduate.
Michael works for the Midway Independent School District in the Waco area. When he is not working, Michael enjoys shooting, gaming, going to the gym, and spending quality time with his family.
Michael is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 10 years.
Michelle is currently serving with the Texas Army National Guard with the Deputy U. S. Property and Fiscal Office and has just completed 35 years of service. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Business Administration in Leadership.
Michelle and her husband, Brad, are the proud dog parents of 1-yr old Bella Kay
With a Masters in Counseling from Denver Seminary and 24+ years experience at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Nate is now the Owner of Higher Directions Counseling in Waco.
Nate is a Disabled Air Force veteran of 4 years and is married with 2 grown daughters.
Nate is owned by Lucy, his diabetic alert Service Dog.
A Practice Manager in the field of Integrated Behavioral Health for 11+ years, she will be graduating with her Doctorate in 2022.
Wendy provides program development & consultations, clinical supervision and oversight for doctoral psychology interns with Austin-Travis Co. Integral Care.
Wendy is mom to Hans Christian.