TCVO Leadership

Officers

James Cunningham - Chairman

James Cunningham was elected Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations in January, 2016.   


​Since his retirement from SBC Communications in November 2000, He has maintained an active participation in the Alamo Chapter of the Military Officers Association, in San Antonio. In doing so, has had the jobs of Personal Affairs Officer and Executive Vice President. During that period, in addition to his Chapter duties, he participated in the Texas Council of Chapters – MOAA becoming the Secretary of the organization and then its President. 


As a result of this involvement, He has become heavily involved with the non-partisan legislative advocacy of both the State and National MOAA where it concerns taking care of the Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Retired military personnel and their dependents. Working with other Veterans Legislative leaders, "I like to think that we have been instrumental in assisting with the passage of legislation benefiting these groups, particularly at the State level."  


The work that he has done over the years has brought him to the point were he is heavily involved as the Chairman of the Alliance for Veterans and Families, which is beginning its important life and project in San Antonio/Bexar County.  


He served as the Vice Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans for the State of Texas. He also is involved with the Texas Veterans Commission, serving on the Communications Committee, chaired by Lt. General Rick Sanchez 

John McKinny - Vice Chairman

John served as Director of the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) from January 21, 1991 to December 31, 2010 when he retired.    


John entered the U. S. Army in 1969 and served two years, one of which was in Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged as a Specialist E-5. After returning from military service, he was hired by the Texas Employment Commission as a Veterans’ Placement Specialist.  He was promoted to Interviewer, Site Manager, and then served as the Local Office Veterans Employment Representative for the Port Arthur Texas Employment Office.    


John received a degree in Business Management from East Texas Baptist University.  


John was hired by VETS in May of 1974 and served as an Assistant State Director in the Lubbock, Houston, and Austin offices. VETS promoted John to State Director in 1991 and he served in that position until his retirement. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award 2000 and 2001.  He was the recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for federal service in 2010.  He received the Distinguished Partner of the Year Award in 2013 from the Texas Veterans Commission.    


John is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a Life Member of  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He has been a member of The American Legion for over 40 years. John served as the Department Veterans Preference Chairman on the VA&R Commission for over 25 years and is a Past State Commander of the Department of Texas. He served on the National Legislative Commission and VA&R Commission 

Bill West - Secretary/Treasurer

William "Bill" West was elected as the TCVO Secretary/Treasurer in January 2011. He also serves as the State Adjutant for The American Legion, Department of Texas and is invaluable in his position in the TCVO.  


Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1993 as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic working his way up to Company Motor Sergeant for an Engineer Company, with assignments at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Polk, LA, Fort Hood, TX and two overseas tours in Germany. His military awards include Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. ​ 


Bill is a Paid Up For Life Member of George Johns Post 447, Round Rock, Texas. He has served as a State Adjutant since his appointment in 1998; he was hired as the State Adjutant for the Department of Texas in 2006. He has served in numerous positions within The American Legion to include – Post Commander, Post Adjutant, Department Membership Chairman, Department Public Relations Chairman and on the National Public Relations Commission.  


Bill is a graduate of The American Legion's National Legion College in 2001, In 2014 he served as a group facilitator and instructor for the National Legion College. 

Board Members

Morgan Little - Chairman Emeritus

Morgan Little was elected Chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations in January, 2010. 


He is a retired 30-year Navy Reserve Captain with broad command experience during his 15-year ship repair career and Operational Evaluation command experience in Chemical & Biological Warfare. Morgan’s military career included service in Vietnam, the Cold War, and Bosnia. ​ 


Morgan has over 35-years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry where he has designed and conducted clinical studies and statistical analyses for new human and animal drugs. These were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  ​ 


He has authored many papers and presentations, and holds multiple software copyrights on clinical software. 


He holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics, a Master of Science in Animal Science and Statistics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Rider University. 


Morgan has held positions in various organizations, particularly the Reserve Officers Association, where he was National Vice-President Sea Services. He also served as president of the Austin Military Service Coalition. 

John Spahr

John joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2000 and has held numerous leadership positions and appointments in the Department of Texas.  He is a recipient of the prestigious J.T. Rutherford Award given to the top members of the Department of Texas. John was elected as the VFW Department of Texas State Commander in 2011-2012.  


He has served on a number of committees both at the Department and the National levels. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Texas Budget and Finance Committee and is in his fifth year serving as Chairman of the State Legislative Committee.  


At the National level, he has served as a member of the National Legislative Committee and travels to Washington DC twice a year to speak with United States Senators and Congressmen on what the VFW wants from Congress. The experience that he has gained at both the State and National levels makes him uniquely qualified to represent our Department and our veterans.  


In addition to his many VFW activities, John is also serves as Volunteer Coordinator for Honor Flight Austin, a program that provides all expense trips to Washington DC for our veterans. He is also associated with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation which provides free flights to Senior Veterans in a Boeing Stearman biplane. John most enjoys speaking to others about the VFW, Honor Flight Austin and the AADF.   

George E. Harley

George recently joined the leadership team of TCVO. He is a career soldier who retired from the Army in 1992 with the rank of Colonel after 26 plus years of active duty service.  


His career included command assignments from company to brigade level with oversea duty positions in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.  He also served at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. on the staff of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G4), in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Logistics Directorate (J4) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. George attended all military officer educational institutions up to and including the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC) plus three other achievement medals. 


Upon his retirement of the Army 2009 George joined SRA International, a Defense consulting firm headquartered in Northern Virginia. He was hired as an senior logistics subject matter expert and advanced to positions as project manager, account manager and business programs director.  

George is a member of the Military Officers Association of America (Life Member), Austin Chapter; Association of United States Army (AUSA); Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); and Vietnam Veterans of America

John Boerstler

Bio to be updated soon.

James Duncan

Bio to be updated soon.

To be announced

Bio to be updated soon.

Directors

Jim Brennan - Legislative

Jim Brennan was appointed as the TCVO Director, Resources & Research in 2009 and assumed the duties as TCVO Legislative Director in 2014.  


These appointments followed several years of advocacy at the Texas legislature related to business and veteran issues. 


Jim served in the U.S. Army in 1969 -1970 as a medic. His assignments included Ft. Polk , LA and Ft. Sam Houston, TX.  


Jim is the President and owner of AAUSA Electric Supply, Inc, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, in Austin , Texas . The company, founded in 2004, supports government projects around the world. 


Jim has been a relentless advocate for veterans and their families at the Texas legislature. He is committed to protecting the interests of veterans through monitoring proposed legislation and initiating legislative proposals based on the expressed concerns of our members.  


He serves on the Texas Veteran Commission Advisory Board for Employment & Training Past Vice Chairman, Current Board Member National Defense Industrial Association Central Texas Chapter Past President, Current Board Member Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter # 915

John Miterko - Research & Resource

John A. Miterko was appointed as the TCVO Legislative Liaison in 2008 and now serves as the Research & Resource Director where he has brought a broad range of experience and knowledge for the benefit of veterans.  


From 1968-1972 John was a U.S. Army Captain, Military Intelligence serving initially as a Special Agent and subsequently as an Area Intelligence Collection Officer. He served in the Republic of Vietnam from 1971-1972 as the Chief of Military Intelligence Collection Operations for the 3rd Military Region RVN. John is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. ​ 


In 2003 John retired from Telecom Systems Division of 3M Company after a 30-year career. Since that time he has devoted his time and energies to 11 Veteran Service Organizations at the local, state, and national level. John is dedicated to defining, promoting, and implementing legislative programs that directly benefit veterans, their families, and their communities, and to increase the effectiveness of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations. 

 

John is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter # 915; and serves as VVA State Council Government Affairs Chair and Legislative Coordinator; Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, Vice President; Military Service Coalition, Legislative Affairs; Communications Advisory Committee, TVC, Vice Chairman; and VA VISN 17 Veterans Advisory Board

Bobby Pechukas - Veterans Outreach Advisor

Robert “Bobby” Pechukas is currently the Senior Community Liaison for the City of Houston’s Office of Veterans Affairs. In this position since 2013, he has worked on enhancing services to female veterans, is an advocate on behalf of Post 9/11 veterans, and developed a resource seminar that connects veterans with benefits specific to the Greater Houston Area.


The events of September 11th had a great effect on Bobby so he enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after his high school graduation in 2003. He spent seven years in the Marine Corps, deploying twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.  


In 2010 he decided to leave the Marine Corps in order to pursue higher education. Bobby graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and will graduate from the University of Houston with a Masters in Public Administration in 2014.  


During Bobby’s tenure at Texas A&M, he became involved with benefits certification and outreach while working for the Veteran’s Service Office. 


While working for the Veteran’s Office, Bobby realized how much he enjoyed serving others and began pursuing that as a career, which led him to his current position within the City of Houston. ​