Board Of Directors

Byron Warren – Chairman of the Board

A US Marine Core veteran, Byron served 1968 to 1970 with deployment to the 1st Marine Division, 1st Recon Bn., I Core area 1969 where he earned military medals for combat valor including the Purple Heart. His last Marine Corp assignment was as a Rifle Instructor Camp Penticton CA. He then attended the University of Texas using his GI Bill benefits, earning a BBA, majoring in accounting.

Byron served 18 years with the Department of Veteran Affairs as an ADP Auditor, Systems Accountant, Tax / Payroll Systems Administrator. His final 17 years of Federal Service was with US Treasury, Financial Management Service advising Federal and State agencies in cash management, electronic commerce, and banking standards. Byron was Treasury’s representative on Standards Committees along with industry in electronic standard messaging in the financial sector. A major achievement was participation in the Treasury / Banking Team that developed codes and transactions for the Direct Deposit program within the banking system. Byron retired from US Federal Service October 2003 with 35 years’ service. 

➢ Buda city council, serving from 2002 to 2004.➢ Buda city council, serving from 2002 to 2004.
➢ Buda Economic Development Board and Planning, Zoning Committee for 2 years.
➢ Treasurer, Austin Federal Credit Union Board of Directors

A.D. “Buz” Dunaway – Accounting Manager,
Treasurer, and Vice Chairman

Buz started his career in 1976 as an Employee of a national firm providing accounting and management consulting services to small business owners in the Houston area. He became the Branch Manager of the Houston office in 1980 before purchasing the operation to become a Franchisee in 1985. He has developed and presented multi day seminars on small business management for major oil companies and other national franchisors while providing services to clients in the Houston Area, many of which he still has today. 

Buz has served on several boards in the past including the E.K. Williams & Co Franchisee Advisory Board, the Indigo Ranch HOA as both Chairman and head of the Architectural Control Committee. He was also active in the Northgate Country Club Men’s Golf Association as long time board member and President.

IIn 2008 he and his wife Kathy purchased land in Kerrville and moved to Kerrville permanently in 2012. He became aware of VA Dogs of Texas in 2014, and was asked to join the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2015.
“As a lifetime dog lover, it was rewarding to join an organization with the goal of rescuing dogs, training them to become service dogs and providing them to disabled Veterans who can benefit greatly from our program. It is an honor for me to help guide the tremendous growth of this organization to provide the maximum benefit possible to our Veteran population in the Hill Country Area and throughout Texas.”

James “Don” Vaughan – Secretary

Don attended Amarillo Jr. College then West Texas State College where he received his B.S. in Economics. At Texas Technological College he studied Economics/ English/ and Survey Research. At the University of Texas at Austin he studied Community and Regional Planning/Regional Economics and was named AIP Planning Student of the Year.
As Research Coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Don worked with consultants in a statewide survey of individuals’ recreation participation and preferences and utilized that data to develop proposal for federal funding.

As Vice President for Economic Studies at Urban Research Group (a private consulting firm) Don conducted a national evaluation of the Department of Labor Migrant Worker Program, numerous housing supply/condition studies and several Economic Development programs including one for the city of El Paso.
At the Texas Department of Human Resources Don served as Director of in-house Management Analysis group where he surveyed activities of field staff to determine time allocations of staff to various Federal funding programs, conducted studies to improve operations along with cost/benefit studies to support funding requests.
In his final career move, Don was Director of in-house Management and Support and later Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Management and Support at the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He developed facility funding formulas for State Schools and Hospitals, developed commercial leases for surplus Austin State Hospital grounds and centralized drug purchasing and testing. Don and his wife retired to Kerrville in 2001.

➢ Horizon HOA Board – Six years including positions as President and Vice-President.
➢ Horizon HOA Board – Six years including positions as President and Vice-President.
➢ Ranch Management Committee – Served as chair for seven years – responsible for the health and safety of exotic herds and reporting to the local tax appraiser’s office.
➢ Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas – Secretary

Jerry W. Ashby

Born and raised in Texas, Jerry received his B.S. from East Texas State University in 1968, and followed with a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1974.
He completed U.S. Navy OCS and commissioned Ensign in U.S. Navy Reserve October 22, 1969. Three years active duty in Western Pacific amphibious navy; primary assignment – operations in Vietnam.
Jerry Separated from active duty October 22, 1972. He achieved rank of Lieutenant in U.S. Navy Reserve. During his law career, Jerry was Associate General Counsel with DuPont and Assistant General Counsel with Conoco. He departed Conoco in 2004 for retirement in Kerrville.

➢ Horizon Owners Association since 2007
➢ Cailloux Humane Society animal shelter board since 2016
➢ Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas board since 2018