David and Jane Jayne – Co-Founders
David and Jane Jayne learned firsthand what being a burn survivor meant when David was injured in an Army helicopter fire in 1959. During his 3 ½ -year recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center Burn Unit, they both began to reach out to other burn survivors and their families, providing comfort and support. After retiring from the Army, David received his law degree and helped several burn survivors through this career. David and Jane formalized Texas Burn Survivor Society in 1994, where it has grown significantly from its start in the Jaynes’ garage. The Jaynes dedicated themselves to touching the lives of burn survivors until they both passed away in 2015. The TBSS Board of Directors and Team Members are committed to assuring that the Jaynes’ legacy continues.
Board of Directors
Blas Catalani – Board Member
Blas earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from St. Mary’s University in 1972. Blas has worked for Hilltop Securities since 2006. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of The Board of Governors Methodist Health System, and has previously served as Chair of University Health System Foundation and has been a TBSS Board member since the organization’s inception. He and his wife Georganne have two sons. In his spare time he enjoys bird hunting and playing golf.
Deborah Foster – President
Fire Engineer Deborah M. Foster joined the San Antonio Fire Department in 1992. During her 23 years in the SAFD she has served as a frontline firefighter and Paramedic and also worked in the Fire Prevention, Recruiting and Communications Divisions. She also served as the Public Information Officer for 8 ½ years. In November of 2009, Deborah and her two sons were injured in a propane explosion while on a hunting trip with her husband and family. The experience fortified her desire to support and promote the mission of the Texas Burn Survivor Society.
Bettie Green – Board Member
Bettie graduated from Southwest Texas State College and worked for Northeast Independent School District for 30 years. She is certified in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is the past president of the San Antonio Handweavers Guild and a past president of the San Antonio Women’s Job Corp. She also is a Kids Hope USA mentor at Larkspur Elementary School. Bettie has volunteered at Camp David and is a member of the TBSS Camp Committee and the Special Events Committee.
Terry Green – Board Member
Terry graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He later obtained an M.S. in Physics from Trinity University. In 2000, he retired from Southwest Research Institute, where he directed a large staff and provided management and technical oversight on nationally recognized programs in areas such as advanced geolocation techniques. Among many others, some of his community activities include serving on the Boards of the San Antonio Rescue Mission and the Baptist Child and Family Services. He has also held numerous leadership positions with a local Boy Scout Troop. Terry has volunteered at Camp David and works with the TBSS Development and Fundraising Committee. Terry is the Past President of the TBSS Board.
BGEN (Ret.) John Jernigan, M.D., – Board Member
A retired Brigadier General and physician, John commanded the 311th Human Systems Wing at Brooks Air Force Base. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. After completing a residency in aerospace medicine, he began his career as chief of aeromedical services, then served as chief of clinic services at Randolph Air Force Base. After retiring from the Air Force in 1999, John joined with others who were active in the non profit community to work with non profit Boards in basic Board responsibilities and strategic planning, including developing the mission statement and setting both short term and long term goals. John explained his interest in the organization by stating, ” I joined TBSS because our founders, David and Jane Jayne, were close personal friends who sold me on the importance of our mission. As a physican I know first-hand how devastating burn injuries can be and I wanted to be a part of the long term solution.”
COL (Ret.) Herbert Klein – Board Member
Herb is a retired USAF Colonel. He had a distinguished career as a pilot, including an assignment at Edwards AFB as a test pilot – an assignment USAF pilots consider a great honor. His last assignment on active duty was as base commander of Brooks AFB. After retiring, he worked in a number of executive positions on Brooks, managing a myriad of programs required to close out the Air Force missions there and making sure the programs were relocated in a timely manner. He currently works at Randolph AFB coordinating the Air Education and Training Command with the Aeronautical Systems Center. He and his wife, Shelia, are active in nonprofit work throughout the community.
Jim Kleypas – Board Memeber
Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. Recently retired, he is the newest member of the TBSS Board. Jim owned and operated an Advertising Agency in San Antonio for over 30 years representing clients in the Aviation and Aerospace industries on a national and international scale. He has served in numerous volunteer roles including Past Chair of a major Building Campaign fund Drive at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. He and his wife Diane have two daughters.
Fred Soupiset – Board Member
Fred graduated from Trinity with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Homebuilding. He spent his career as a homebuilder in San Antonio. Throughout his homebuilding years, he served on many boards and committees including the Board of Directors for the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, as Chairman of the Education Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Homeowners Warranty Corporation. In 1963 Fred married Patricia Pearman. They have twin sons, Mark and Paul. Mark and his wife, Robin, have two children; and Paul and his wife, Amy, have four children. Fred is an active member of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, and served as Scoutmaster of Troop 59 for the Boy Scouts of America. Fred’s interests include enjoying the outdoors, fly fishing, and hiking. After volunteering one summer for Camp David, the Society’s pediatric burn camp, Fred became committed to working with TBSS. Fred, who previously served as President, continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, volunteering at summer camp and generally helping to further the mission of the organization.
Laura Jayne Stawarz – Board Member
Laura, the third and youngest child of our co-founders, was born in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, about a year after David’s long hospitalization for his burn injuries. Laura earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and holds an MS from the University of the Incarnate Word. Laura worked for almost 25 years at USAA. She worked in the Property and Casualty department in a variety of positions handling liability claims as an adjuster, examiner and management. She then moved to the Staff department writing policies, procedures and processes. Her last position was managing a quality assurance team to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. Laura currently enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling and hanging out with friends and family, including the family pets. Laura expressed her desire to continue the work her parents began. “I serve on the TBSS board because this is my parents’ legacy. They saw a need to support burn survivors and their families because they needed help when dad was recovering from his injuries. If I can be a part to carry on his dream I want to do it.”
Jack White – Board Member
Jack graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Building Construction and has been a Senior Project Manager with Project Control for 11 years. Jack and his wife, Caren, have 4 daughters. In 1993, Caren and daughter Jaclyn were critically burned in a propane explosion. During their arduous recovery, Jack met David and Jane Jayne and others from TBSS, who helped the family through this time. Jack and his family have been long-time faithful supporters and volunteers of the organization. He enjoys being with his family, hunting, fishing, wood working, and doing mission and church work.
Texas Burn Survivor Society Team
Sue Dodson – Executive Director
Sue joined TBSS in August 2007. She is a native of San Antonio and graduated with a BA in English from the University of Texas in 1973. She taught in the Harlandale School District for seven years and then taught in the Northeast Independent School District until 1990. After working as a paralegal for a year, Sue attended St. Mary’s School of Law, and practiced law until 2007. She worked in the legal field with TBSS Co-Founder David Jayne. She is happy to have her third career working in the non profit world, and she looks forward to helping ensure that the great work that David and Jane Jayne began is able to continue for many years to come.
Janelle Bazar – Business Manager
Janelle joined TBSS November 2008. She has over 20 years of experience working in non profit organizations in Accounting and Human Resources. She is married and has two children. She enjoys camping and spending time with family.
Kortnee McDowell – Leaders In Fire Education (L.I.F.E.) Program Coordinator
Kortnee began working with TBSS in 2014 to develop the Leaders in Fire Education (L.I.F.E.) Program in collaboration with the San Antonio Fire Department, providing systematic fire prevention and safety education to elementary school children throughout San Antonio. She has an MS, Ed. in Health and Wellness and many years of experience both teaching and developing curriculum.