Board Bios

WVCO Board Bios

 


Neil Thomas – President

NEIL THOMAS HAS BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE PRESCOTT REGULATORS & THEIR SHADY LADIES FOR EIGHT YEARS, HE WAS ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM FOR 6 YEARS AND WAS PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD FOR THREE YEARS. HE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE WESTERN AREA FOR THE STATES CENTENNIAL AND WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SESQUICENTENNIAL FOR THE CITY OF PRESCOTT.

NEIL HOLDS A PH.D. IN ECONOMICS FROM FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY AND HAS HAD EXTENSIVE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE. NEIL STARTED HIS OWN BUSINESS IN PORTLAND OREGON SUPPORTING, DESIGNING AND RUNNING LAW OFFICES AND IS CURRENTLY SEMI RETIRED WORKING WITH HIS WIFE JERRY THOMAS, A CERTIFIED LEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARER.


Diane McKelvey-Vice President

Born in Whittier, California.  Moved to Long Beach in 1972, to attend California State University at Long Beach.  Graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice in 1976.

Began employment with United States Government in 1977, and worked in Los Angeles County.  In 1980 became a a Special Agent/Criminal Investigator with U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General.  Transferred to United States Customs Service, Office of Investigations in 1983 and retired in 10/2003.  Worked as a background investigator under contract with U.S. Government from 10/2004 to 1/2014.

Moved to Prescott, AZ in 11/2003, where I reside with husband Frederick McKelvey, also a retired criminal investigator with U.S. Customs.  Live in Crossroads Ranch I with 2 horses, 4 dogs and 4 alpacas.

Volunteers with Friends of Williamson Valley Fire Department for approximately 10 years, helping with the annual craft show, monthly pancake breakfasts, and other fund raising efforts, and is a participating Master Gardener with Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Service.

Hobbies and interest are gardening, walking with friends, and spending time with my animals.


Vera Leonard- Treasurer

Vera Leonard retired from the Procter and Gamble Company located in Cincinnati, Ohio, a career that spanned 30 years.  Her positions included computer operations and customer service logistics earning a regional “Principles in Action” award in 2001 and 2002. She moved to Prescott in 2007 with her husband purchasing a home in Crossroads Ranch II where she is involved with several community committees. Post retirement she is committed to living life simply and enjoying the things she loves to do such as hiking, gardening, sewing and travel. You can reach her at veraleonard@yahoo.com.


Jimmy Stoner-Acting Secretary

Bio coming soon


Virginia DuBroy-Executive Board Member

Born in Wooster, Ohio. Attended Cleveland State & Baldwin Wallace College w/degree in Business.

Moved to Prescott in 1974, raising 2 children as a single parent. Have lived in Williamson Valley for over 40 years.  Initially worked in business administration at U.S. Electrical Motors, and City of Prescott (City Manager & Mayor/Council office). Has been a real estate Associate Broker for the past 30 years in Prescott.

Currently have 2 quarter horses and a Border Collie/Aussie.  Enjoy horseback riding and dog agility & herding. Have 2 adult children and 3 teenage grandchildren living here in Prescott.

Past & Present Activities:

  • Prescott Town Hall – Participant
  • Granite Mountain Riders – served as President, Secretary, Treasurer (over 20 year period)
  • Prescott National Forest – Site Steward – volunteer
  • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue – volunteer
  • Yavapai County Big Brother/Big Sister – Big Sister volunteer
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)– CASA volunteer
  • Friends of Williamson Valley, Inc. – Membership Chairman
  • Williamson Valley Corridor Plan, Inc. – Membership Chairman
  • Adopt-a-Road Program – Inscription Canyon Ranch section – Chairman & volunteer
  • Campaign Chairman for Georgene Lockwood – BOS Candidate 2008
  • RWOP – Republic Women of Prescott – volunteered at local & State level Boards
  • Adopt-a-Road Program – Mile Marker 3-4 Williamson Valley Road – Chairman & volunteer
  • Williamson Valley Community Organization – President 2010, current Board Member

 

Sandi Brown-Executive Board Member

Retired to Prescott 12 years ago (11 years full time). Born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Retired as Vice President of Operations for a company specializing in Travel Incentive Programs for corporate clients, as well as corporate meeting planning.

Became involved with WVCO 9 years ago and has been Treasurer, Secretary-Treasure rand then Treasurer again for those 9 years.  Volunteered at a horse sanctuary, am a Chino Valley Elk and involved with the Republican Women of Prescott.  Chair for  WVCO Adopt-A-Road Committee, help with newsletter, website and various other items.


 

 

 WVCO Advisory Board Bios

Karen Austermiller

Raised in southeastern Wisconsin and moved to Arizona in 1977.   After graduating from Arizona State University with 2 degrees,  B.S. Biology and MBA, spent 5 years with Arizona Public Service and 20 years with Honeywell International.   Held various positions – Marketing, Contracts Management, and Program Management.

Moved to Williamson Valley in 2010 and live in Long Meadow Ranch subdivision with husband Daryl, 2 dogs and 2 horses.

Past volunteer activities include house building with Habitat for Humanity and helping organize some of Phoenix’s first recycling efforts.   Also worked with the group building some of the first parts of the Black Canyon Trail.

Currently serving on the board of the Williamson Valley Fire District, and a participating Master Gardener with Yavapai County Cooperative Extension program.

A lifelong horseperson, enjoying carriage driving and trail riding; also a licensed pilot.


 

Dave Hollenbeck

Born in Glendale Arizona 1941. Parents had a dairy BETWEEN Glendale and Phoenix  and we had a ranch that was everything between the White Tank Mountains and US Hwy 89. Got to know Prescott in the 40’s as next youngest brother was severely asthmatic, and he had to live in a facility here. There were two ways to get here- Hwy 89 or Black Canyon Hwy (Dirt). Milked cows and worked cattle every day until my parents sent me to live with an aunt and attend Compton Jr College, Compton CA.

Returning from college, parents had sold holdings and lived in Prescott. Fall of 1961, attended ASU for a year.

Left college, met my wife here 1962. Did several jobs–truck driving, carpentry, labor, demolition, heavy equipment operating. Also in that time, got fired from AZ HWY DEPT ( Now ADOT) Survey Crew- asked Project Engineer who had got a subordinate fired for something he did “What did you screw up now?”

Was accepted to Arizona Highway Patrol Academy April 1964. Was there six weeks when I was terminated and told “We do not feel that you are compatible with our Organization.” Tried to show a Lieutenant an easier way to work a square root problem ( NO calculators then)?

Last job in Prescott was as a driver/salesman for 7UP Bottling Company . As time went on costs went up- Top wage was $2/hr. September 1966 asked for raise 3 times.   Denied, quit, caught a Greyhound, talked my way into a shipyard in San Pedro the next morning. Was at the shipyard until Jan 1971. I had gone from Apprentice Shipfitter to Foreman.

Applied for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Went to CHP Academy in March 1971, and from there to South Los Angeles (7 months), Blythe (3 years), San Diego (6 years), Oceanside (5 years), El Cajon (10 years),Oceanside (5 years)  Was mandatorily retired at age 60.

At that time, I thought two things. We were going to stay in California, and I was too young to retire. Became a Private Investigator. Did mainly Worker’s Comp Fraud cases. What I learned as an Investigator convinced me that we would be better off in Arizona.

June 2006, we returned to Prescott. Heard about the push to make Williamson Valley Road a four lane freeway just like I-40. Thought,”WE must have moved next to Slaughter Alley”, as in San Diego, with a County Road,you had to have FOUR fatalities–that were attributed to the road–to get the County to upgrade.

Investigated, found it was politically motivated. Joined the Williamson Valley Community Organization.


 

Larry Jacobs

Larry and his wife Vicilee have lived in the Williamson Valley community since April 2012 and have a 5 acre parcel where they raise several animals.

Larry grew up in the Phoenix area where he completed his early education and entered the Air Force after graduating from Maryvale High School in 1969. He spent four years in the Air force as a crew chief and flight engineer on C-130E aircraft with service in over thirty countries and was a Vietnam veteran.

Upon returning to Phoenix he enrolled at Arizona State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Industrial Technical Education. Missing the comradery he felt in the service, in 1977 he joined the Arizona Air National Guard as a Flight Crew Chief on KC-135A/E aircraft. He was activated in 1990 and served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield / Storm. He continued to serve in the National Guard for an additional 21 years and received over 26 service awards.

In late 1979, he decided to join the Phoenix Police Department where he served in numerous investigative, administrative and supervisory capacities for 34 years before retiring as a Lieutenant. While on the Phoenix Police Department, he was a graduate of the Arizona Regional Community Policing Institute Leadership Development Program (Session 6) and the Arizona State University Certified Public Manager Program. He also enrolled at Northern Arizona University and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (1999). He also was the Arizona State Program Manager for two Department of Justice (DOJ) Programs, “Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Human Trafficking Task Force.” During his tenure on the police department he received over 200 service awards and commendations including the highest award that the police department presents “Medal of Valor”.

Since retiring in Williamson Valley, Larry has volunteered in numerous capacities in the community. He is a past member of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission, Northern Arizona Chair for the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), current Hearing Officer for the Yavapai County adjudicating civil violations of Development Services zoning and building safety violations, Citizen’s Tax Committee (CTC) Board Member, Yavapai Men’s Republican Forum and as a Safety and Security Ministry Team Member at Heights Church.

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Tommy Meredith

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, moved to Prescott in 1997.  Moved to Williamson Valley “Granite Oaks” in 2008.

Graduated from Arizona State in 1963.  Two years on Wrestling Team.  Member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity (V.P.)  Was activities Vice President of student body.  Who’s Who.

Air National Guard 1960-1966.  Activated Berlin Wall Crisis 1961.  Load Master on C-97.

Real Estate Broker 1963 until present.  Affiliated with Arizona Assn. of Realtors and National Assn., of Realtors until 2013. (49 years)

Family businesss – Meredith Construction, Meredith Homes, Phoenix, Arizona

Family ranching in and around Young, (Pleasant Valley) AZ.

Interests and Activities:

Hunting, fishing, car racing, American antiques, outdoors, RVing, horses and auctioneering.

Present:

Former Owner of “Jersey Lilly Saloon” on Whiskey Row” in Prescott.  Active in City of Prescott Politics. Member Prescott Downtown Partnership 8 years. Supporter & fundraiser for Courthouse Lighting. Member of WVCO Advisory Board 2014.

Married to my wife Joan for 53 years.  Have 2 children, one boy and one girl.  3 grandchildren