Busby and Jones named to Georgia Rehabilitation Institute Board of Directors

Augusta, GA—Local business leaders and Augustans Rick Busby and Dawn Jones were recently named to the Georgia Rehabilitation Institute board of directors, the parent board for the Walton Foundation for Independence, a nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in the CSRA.

Rick Busby is the president and owner of Busby’s, Inc. Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, which he joined in 1979. He is a founding board member of the Walton Foundation for Independence and is incoming Chairman-Elect beginning in January 2014. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Augusta Jaycees and the Better Business Bureau, the Board of Trustees for Wesley United Methodist Church and the Contractor Advisory Board for Equigard, Excellence Alliance, Augusta Technical College and the Georgia Trane DSO. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Evans High School Career and Technology Advisory Board and The Conditioned Air Association of Georgia, where he has served as a local and state president. He has also published his first book, Simple Habits That Will Change Your Life.

Dawn Jones is Director of Sales and Operations for Cudos4u and has more than 30 years’ experience in promotional advertising, including serving as President of Dan Cook Associates, Inc. from 1998 to 2012. She is a founding board member of the Walton Foundation for Independence and is a member of its Executive Committee. Previously, she served on the board of directors of the March of Dimes and the Augusta Advertising Federation. Today, she is active in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves on the Women in Business Committee. Jones is also a member of the Fort Gordon chapter of the Association of the United States Army; is president of the Westside High School Boosters Club and serves on its PTO Board of Directors; and has served in the children’s music program and other committees at First Baptist Church of Augusta, where she is a member.


Walton Foundation for Independence restores hope and independence to those needing community support following temporary illness, injury or a life-changing disability. Its partners include Walton Community Services, which provide independent living settings throughout the CSRA for families with disabilities and for seniors; and Walton Options for Independent Living, which provides employment assistance and other services for those with disabilities. For more information, visit www.wrh.org.