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.
Pamela Poco – Director
Formerly a chemist, safety auditor, and information security manager Pam retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2007 to move to Marana, Arizona and eventually to Prescott in 2021. Her avid interest in Natural History led her to become a docent at Tonoho Chul Park in Tucson, where she was awarded volunteer of the year in 2010. During a short return to California to support her husband’s family she was a Master Gardener from 2012-2015, becoming one of the class instructors for 2 years. She has served as a Board Member of two Homeowner’s Associations (Livermore and Aptos, California) where fulfilled the functions of Secretary, Vice President and President. She was also a Community Representative to the HOA while living in Marana. She is currently a member of the Prescott Area Iris Society.
During Pam’s short return to California in 2011 she became concerned with the dramatic changes that had taken place during her 4 year absence. It was no longer the peaceful, friendly, law-abiding community in which she grew up and worked. As a result of her sorrow at California’s cultural changes she is committed to helping Williamson Valley maintain its rural, tranquil, and natural beauty that drew her to this area.
Jerry Pittman – Director
Jerry Pittman has a 40 year career in cyber security, telecommunications, and IT with global companies such as General Motors and AT&T delivering global programs, technology and strategic planning. He holds business degrees from Regis University and was chairman of the advisory board for the security industry’s largest certification organization.
Jerry has lived in Arizona since 2016 and in Williamson Valley since 2021. He developed a strong affinity for the lifestyle and history of the Rocky Mountain west while living in Denver, Co. for 25 years. He believes it is critical to support the preservation of the rural western lifestyle and history of Williamson Valley while effectively managing the growth of the area in ways that serve its current residents and future generations. He also feels that while growth may be inevitable, it can and should be positively directed by the stakeholders of that growth.