The Women Former Students’ Network established the Women’s Legacy Award to recognize the extraordinary contribution that women make to the life of Texas A&M University and the world around us. This award is presented annually to women who exemplify the core values of the university: Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service and who serve as an inspiration to future generations of Aggie women.
Join the WFSN as we present these awards at our annual event and conference on October 3, 2014 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. To learn more about this event and to register visit http://aggiewomen.org/members/signup/2014-conference.
Congratulations to the 2014 Legacy Award Recipients:
Merrill Bonarrigo ‘75 is a wife, mother, grandmother and co-founder of Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.; Messina Hof Hospitality Management LLC, and founder of Designer Events Company. She has continued her service to Texas A&M through the development of an internship program with the TAMU Parks and Recreation department that continues today to mentor students in the hospitality industry. As a guest lecturer Merrill teaches about the Texas wine industry and success in business. At Messina Hof she hosts a monthly 1st Thursday gathering for Aggie Women to connect and provide support, encouragement and mentoring for Aggie Women of all ages. She believes strongly in giving back to the communities that have supported and encouraged her. She has served on boards of Women Former Students’ Network and many other charitable and professional organizations.
Kathleen Gibson ’81 joined Southwestern Medical Foundation as President and CEO, after serving in numerous leadership positions at both Citibank and Bank of America. Kathleen has remained active at Texas A&M, currently serving as Chair of the Board of The Association of Former Students. A recipient of the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry Award, she serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for International Business Studies and the Mays Business School Development Council. She is a member of Charter 100 and International Women’s Forum–Dallas and has been recognized as a ‘Top 25 Industry Leader in Women in Business’ by the Dallas Business Journal and by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in the 10th Annual Women Worth Watching edition.
Elaine Mendoza ‘87 is founder, President, and CEO of Conceptual MindWorks, Inc. (CMI), a biotechnology and medical informatics company located in San Antonio, Texas. Elaine has demonstrated her commitment to Texas A&M and higher education by continued service on the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System, appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2011, where she is Chair of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs. She has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M and the ATHENA Leadership Award from the North San Antonio Chamber. Elaine has been involved in community initiatives and has served on many task forces and committees revolving around the expansion of educational opportunities, health care, and economic growth both locally and nationally.