WVCO Board of Director Bios


James T Fortney – Director

Management Systems Consultant – Has private management, systems, and communications consulting business and contracted for several years as Management Consultant for major consulting firm.

Employed by large multi-national conglomerate for 36 years.  Responsible for identifying, evaluating, and implementing systems to manage the corporation.  Extensive experience with designing engineering, manufacturing, operational, logistic, and financial systems.

Licensed Amateur Radio Operator with Federal license authorizations in support of both Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Security (MARS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS-SHARES).  Member of Yavapai County ARES/RACES supporting the County Office of Emergency Management (VC-OEM).

Active member of multiple community and trade organizations.  Resident of the Williamson Valley near Prescott AZ since 2017.

Don Braun – Director

Don Braun spent thirty-three years in southern California law enforcement, the last eight of his years as a police chief for a 100+ member police department, retiring in 2012. Following that career, he was an executive director for a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization for nearly four years. Don has a good working knowledge of community planning, specifically related to public safety. He is past president of two HOA’s and has worked with both local and regional planning groups / commissions in southern California.

Don and his wife moved to the area in 2014. Don makes it clear he did not bring any of the “California” non-sense here, that is why he and his wife left. He is an active member of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club and currently serves as the volunteer President for Cactus Intertie Inc, a multi-state amateur radio communications system. Don is interested in the preservation of Williamson Valley but remains open minded about future growth which is managed correctly along with appropriate resources.