Many of our Team Members are Veterans or have a military connection background; having been a military spouse or child growing up in the military. They understand the Mission and the service we provide.
Meet our Board of Directors & Management/Training Team (shown in alphabetical order).
Current Board Members L to R:
Michelle Bryant, Tim Childress-President, Cierra Shipley-Media Relations, Alan White-Executive Director, Adrienne Hare-Treasurer, and Nate Williams-Vice President.
Not Present: Michael Dixon-Secretary and Wendy Salazar.
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 of all breeds; 11 years training/working dogs in the Air Force & Marine Corps where he completed service with HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron.
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. Cierra previously worked for KXXV-TV, ABC 25 as an Emmy-nominated Journalist.
Originally from Arizona, Cierra has now made Waco her home.
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 Marine Corps veteran of 10 years and is the proud 'Dog Dad' of Max, who is in training as an ESA - Canine.
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 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.
Tim is a disabled, 30-year Veteran and retired Major from the U.S. Army; having served as a Finance Officer and as a Combat Armor Officer in Desert Storm.
Tim and his wife, Sonja, have 2 adult children; are the proud grandparents of a one-year old grandson; and are owned by 2 Border Collies: Zeb & Bella.
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.