Meet the Staff

At TexVet, we like to have fun, but we're always serious about serving veterans

Perry Jefferies hails from Waco, the son of a long line of Army Veterans and Shirley Jefferies, creator of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.   He retired from the Army in 2004 and is a member of the Order of Saint George for service to Armor and Cavalry.

An original member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, he is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the Disabled American Veterans and the parent of a Soldier. 

He is married to Mistee Jefferies,  professor of Nursing at Central Texas College in Killeen and a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing to become a Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  He is a graduate of Pierce College in Washington, rides motorcycles and is a member of the Patriot Guard and Military Jeepers in his spare time.  He is the third manager of the TexVet Initiative for Texas A&M.

Micah Burnett is an Army veteran. In 2001, he deployed to Kosovo with the 10th Mountain Division. In 2003, Micah deployed to Iraq with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his time in service.

Micah is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Born across from the Corpus Christi Bay, Betty grew up in the USAF town of Goldsboro, NC.  Following high school graduation, she moved with her parents and lived for a year in the "land down under."  After returning to the States, she met her late husband, Terry, at Abilene Christian University.   During Terry's service in the USCG, they lived from coast to coast ... from Texas to Florida to Virginia to California.

Betty is from a family of Veterans: her grandfather was a World War I Army "Muleskinner." Her father was an Army Personnel Officer, serving with the 50th General Hospital in Scotland and Normandy during World War II. Two of her uncles served in World War II in the U.S. Army; one uncle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in the Pacific … as did her father-in-law. Both her husband and brother were U.S. Coast Guard photo-journalists during the Vietnam Era. Her son volunteered with the Texas State Guard, and her nephew is U.S. Army, currently deployed. 

Prior to joining TexVet in July 2010, Betty wrote a weekly column for the Austin American-Statesman; edited newsletters and coordinated special projects for both statewide and nonprofit agencies; was the benefits manager for an Austin-based corporation; coordinated a county-wide coalition which focused on saving lives through the prevention of underage drinking; and served as a constituent liaison in the District 31 office of Congressman John R. Carter.  In her spare time, she is a loving “Mimi” to her 10 grandchildren.

Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and moved to Austin in 1999.  There's no place quite like Texas -  He can't imagine a finer city or state to live in.

When he's not working on the TexVet website, Jonathan is a semi-professional board game designer.  He publishes free-to-print games on his website at Invisible City Productions and runs an annual board game design conference: Protospiel South.  He spends quite a bit of time thinking about how the rules and systems we create interact with people to promote or discourage specific behaviors.  Consequently, he's a vocal advocate for making systems that robustly support their overt and implicit objectives through deliberate and intentional design.

Amy Pensyl grew up in Seabrook, Texas, right next door to NASA. She is a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Since graduation she has worked as a graphic designer specializing in print media ranging from newspapers to comic books. Additionally, she brings five years of Texas Health & Human Services experience with Food Stamps, TANF and Medicaid.

Amy comes from a family of teachers, preachers, and servicemen. Both of her grandfathers served in WWII. One -due to polio affecting his left arm- served in the Merchant Marines. The other had a career in the US Army Airforce during WWII and, after he refused to 'jump from a perfectly good plane' remained in the US Army for the rest of his career serving in Vietnam and Korea. Her uncles, great uncles and cousins are also veterans.

When not working to promote benefits for Texan Veterans, she is volunteering for the Austin Animal Center as a homeless pet photographer or working with the local charity 'Scare for the Cure.'