Andrea A. Abat '89

College of Architecture
BS Building Construction

Houston, Texas

abat.andrea@epa.gov

Areas of Expertise
  • Criminal Justice
  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Women in non-traditional roles
  • Federal Law Enforcement

A Special Agent with the USEPA Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training since 1997, Andrea is responsible for: conducting complex, federal criminal investigations; providing crime scene forensics, officer safety and OSHA hazardous materials and national infrastructure protection training programs; and conducting operational high-hazard forensic responses for CBRN threats and incidents with a nexus to environmental crimes.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, she was selected as a Team Leader with the USEPA-National Criminal Enforcement Response Team.  She has led teams across the Continental U.S. and on the North Slope of Alaska, including supporting the Amerithrax Investigation of 2001 in Washington D.C., providing force protection support to the USEPA during the Hurricane Katrina Response, and other operations relating to criminal investigations and federal support where hazardous materials and CBRN subject matter expertise has been required.

She has designed and provided training related to environmental crimes investigations, tactical operations in contaminated zones, crime scene processing, multi-sector infrastructure protection, conducting emergency response operations and incident management under the Incident Command System (ICS), and numerous other OSHA, forensics and officer safety courses.  She is active in high-level regional and national liaison with Federal, State, and local officials in law enforcement matters related to EPA, and is an environmental enforcement advocate in her community speaking to school children and in public forums about environmental crimes.

She developed skills in hazardous materials/waste operations, project management and leadership while serving as a USEPA emergency response contractor at emergency scenes and Superfund sites, and as a US Army Officer, Heidelberg, Germany prior to becoming a Special Agent.

As a proud former Aggie Bandsman (A-Battery, Class of ‘89), Andrea remains active with the traditions at Texas A&M through service on the Texas Aggie Band Association Board. She also previously served on the Corps of Cadets Association Board.




Abbie Adaway '97

College of Business
BBA - Finance

Austin, Texas

abbieadaway@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Leadership
  • Performance Improvement
  • Small Business Owner
  • Strategic Planning 

Ms. Abbie Adaway is CEO of PTM Coaching & Consulting, Inc., a woman-owned company with headquarters in Austin, TX. She received her B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M (c/o ’97) and began her career in Business Consulting and IT Business/Systems Analysis with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). At CSC, she worked with Insurance clients to customize Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Workflow Management software. After her five years with CSC, Ms. Adaway shifted her focus and business analysis skills to Manufacturing, working for Olympic Steel in Cleveland, OH, where she defined requirements for an Enterprise Resource Planning system. From there, Ms. Adaway returned to the Financial Services field as a VP for National City Bank (now PNC) and later VP at Wells Fargo. While at National City, she was selected as part of a team, by the CIO, to develop and roll-out an IT-wide requirements management program, incorporating elements of Six Sigma and the Rational Unified Process (RUP); was nominated and awarded Corporate Winner for Efficiencies Improvement. As a VP at Wells Fargo, she was selected to participate in the corporate leadership program and was awarded Top Sales & Service Performer (2010) for Internet Services. In 2013, she officially incorporated and created PTM Coaching & Consulting, to focus on her love of coaching and consulting with companies, providing talent management solutions enabling organizations to select the right talent and develop them to their full potential.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Adaway has managed individuals, vendors, IT governance and requirements management programs, coached and mentored individuals and managers, and developed and delivered custom training curricula. She is a highly regarded business professional, consultant and thought leader, skilled at working with the back-end operations groups, as well as the CEO/CIO of fortune 500 companies. She has a proven track record of delivering comprehensive, efficient, and robust solutions for business and operational challenges.



 

Stephanie Atkinson '97

College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science - Industrial Distribution

Bandera, Texas

satkinson@compassintelligence.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business

  • Consulting

  • Entrepreneurism

  • President/CEO

  • Small Business Owner

  • Technology

  • Telecommunications

Ms. Atkinson is the founding member and CEO of Compass Intelligence, a research-driven ideation and market research consultancy firm specializing in market intelligence, strategy consulting, and market planning in the high-tech industry, with an emphasis in the mobile/wireless, M2M/IoT, and communications industries.

Stephanie Atkinson is an executive and well-known high-tech consultant and strategist, specializing in market segmentation, technology adoption, and trending in the telecommunications, information technology, network infrastructure, mobility, and other high tech industries.  Ms. Atkinson is a distinguished and respected senior consultant across multiple business high-tech facets, and is widely recognized as a market expert in how businesses and organizations adopt, consume, and implement technology in the workplace.  She is best known for her expertise in technology adoption and market intelligence in the public sector industries including healthcare, education, government, and public safety.

Ms. Atkinson has been quoted in numerous business and trade publications including Washington Technology, EE Times, The Congressional Quarterly, CNN Money, Network World, Healthcare Informatics, the Wall Street Journal, Finance News, America’s Network, Wireless Fidelity Magazine, CEO Magazine, Campus Technology, and many others.  She has also conducts consulting projects with a number of Fortune 500 firms and speaks at various technology forums and conferences. She is a member of HIMSS, CEA, CABA, Aggie Women, and other organizations, as well as a 2014 recipient of the Top 100 Wireless Experts by Today’s Wireless World.

Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She resides in Bandera, Texas with her husband and 2 sons.

 

Christy Baumann '95

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Master of Science Accounting

San Antonio, Texas

christybaumann95@yahoo.com

 Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

►       Assurance partner with over 17 years of public accounting experience, serving both public and private companies throughout this time

►       Has planned and managed audits of multinational companies, assisted with acquisition and divestiture transactions, and has experience with complex debt and equity transactions

►       Leads EY’s audit recruiting efforts at Texas A&M University and serves a leadership role within the firm focused on inclusiveness initiatives

►       Designated as an Audit Quality Reviewer responsible for reviewing the quality of other Ernst & Young audit engagements

►       Earned a B.B.A and M.S. degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant

►       Active supporter of several community and charitable organizations, including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County and San Antonio Youth Literacy

 

 

Amy Bernard '98

College of Science
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Sports Management

Norfolk, VA

albernard03@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Captain Amy Bernard was born on 25 September, 1976 in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology specializing in Sports Management.  She worked as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Center Manager and as a Competitive Swim Coach in Texas, Virginia and Southern California from 2000 until 2004.

Amy Bernard was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in August of 2004, upon graduation from Officer Candidate School.  After completion of The Basic School and Logistics Officers School in 2005, 1st Lieuteant Amy Bernard was assigned as the S-4 Officer for H&S Battalion (Fwd), 2D Marine Logistics Group (Fwd) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from August of 2005 until April of 2006.  While assigned to this command, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06.2.  Once the deployment to Iraq was complete, Captain Amy Bernard was assigned as the S-4A at II Marine Expeditionary Force, G-7, in support of the Certification Exercise from April until June of 2006.  Upon completion of orders, she checked into 2d Medical Battalion where she worked as the S-4, Motor Transport Officer, Supply /Fiscal Officer, and H&S Company, Executive Officer from July, 2006 until April, 2007.  From April of 2007 until May of 2008, Capt Bernard was the S-3A for Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2D Marine Logistics Group (Fwd), where she completed her second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.2.

In May of 2008, Captain Bernard was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 in Miramar, California as the Independent Instructor Officer In Charge for the headquarters detachment.  She was responsible for all administrative processing and tracking, ensuring completion of military occupational status training and annual training requirements.

In May of 2011, Captain Amy Bernard transferred to Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to III MEF Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force where she served in progressively important leadership billets such as the Group Motor Transport Officer, Group S-4 Officer and finally as the Service Company Commander.

In May of 2013, she transferred back stateside to be assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia where she assumed duties in the G-4 as a Regional Logistics Operations and Plans Officer, and then currently as an Aide-de-camp to a 2-Star General Officer.

Captain Bernard completed Expeditionary Warfare School course and is currently enrolled in the Command and Staff course.  Capt Bernard’s personal awards include: Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star.

Amy Bernard resides in Norfolk, Virginia and recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.  She is currently working on her Masters from Concordia University in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

 

Merrill Ann Bonarrigo '75

Mays School of Business 
BBA Management

Bryan, Texas

wine@messinahof.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Branding
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Wine Industry

Merrill Bonarrigo is a mother, wife and co-founder of Messina Hof Winery and Resort and founder of the Designer Events Company.  In 1977, Merrill and her husband Paul began building Messina Hof which was named after their respective ancestral homelands. Paul's family is from Messina, Sicily, and Merrill's family is from Hof, Germany.  Born and raised in Bryan, Texas, Merrill graduated from TexasA&M University with a degree in business management and marketing. She has more than 30 years of experience in the wine business and special events planning.

As a lecturer at the Hilton'sSchoolofHoteland Restaurant Management, Merrill taught Retail Wine Marketing.  She has developed consumer-friendly programs for food and wine pairing, and wine selection. She is an accomplished author with two cookbooks that are organized by wine variety, "The Ultimate Wine and Food Pairing Cookbook."  Her latest book, Vineyard Cuisine, chronicles 30 years of wine and food in the Texas wine industry.  She is a contributor to four other cookbooks and several magazines.

Honors include Woman to Watch in the BrazosValley, Outstanding Business Person, Luis Qualia Award for contributions to the Texas Wine Industry, and Supreme Master Lady of the Knights of the Vine.  She has served on the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, Texas A&M Agriculture Council, East Texas Tourism Association, Bryan/College Station Tourism Advisory Council, Board's of Keep Brazos Beautiful and Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival, Founder of Cattle Baron's Ball for Bryan-College Station, and today she is active in the mentorship program for Aggie women and developing a culinary tourism program for the Brazos Valley.

 

 

Tina Breckenfeld '95

Mays School of Business
BBA Management

Carrollton, Texas

tinabreck@hotmail.com

Area of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Leadership
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Networking
  • Retail
  • Sales

Tina was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She entered Texas A&M on probation in 1991. With lots of hard work, determination and family and friends who believed in her, she graduated from The Mays School of Business in 1996 (Class of 95). Tina is married to her high school sweet heart who followed her to TAMU and he is a proud graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Tina and her husband have two beautiful children who also have goals of attending Texas A&M. After Tina left school, she worked her way up in the retail and corporate world. She was a store manager for Home Depot, Regional Manager for Little Caesars’ Fundraising Division and her dream job was the Corporate Service Manger for Fossil.

However, in 2006 she walked away from it all. She made the decision she would stay home and raise their children. Tina has made many sacrifices,  but along the way is constantly reminded by God that she made the right decision. While being a stay at home mom, she was the PTA President for her children’s school, sat on the council PTA board and served various other volunteer roles.

Currently, Tina is considering entering the job market again (She will have two in college at the same time)! A&M is the foundation of who she is. Tina is proud to be an Aggie and feels blessed to wear the Aggie ring and associate herself with A&M. She knows that A&M was a gift from God and there is not a day she takes that for granted.

 

E. Lynn Burkett '86

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Science- Recreation and Parks

Lakeview, Oregon

eburkett@blm.gov

Areas of Expertise:

  • Communication
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Government & Politics
  • Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Government service – 24 + years

U.S. Army Corps. Of Engineers
U.S. Forest Service
Biologist
Wildland Fire Fighter
Database/Directives
Fire and Aviation staff
National Spokesperson/communications staff
NEPA writer, Recreation Planner

The Bureau of Land Management
Public Affairs Officer
Project Manager
Deputy Division Chief
National Program Manager
National Liaison
Field Manager, District Manager

The White House
Council on Environmental Quality – professional staff

Specialized Experience and Skill
Paramedic and American Heart Association Instructor
National Spokesperson for
National Interagency Fire Center
Secretary of the Interior
National All-risk Incident Management Team
Mediator/Facilitator/Negotiator
Opera Singer and classical pianist
Business Owner – investigative services
Actress/singer – Sea World

I grew up in predominantly Chicano Los Angeles neighborhood and in a small rural East Texas town; my mother sent me to Texas in the summer months to experience the rural lifestyle with family, and to be sure my lungs would develop properly.  Both of my parents were teachers; my father having died when I was six.  My mother raised her three girls to be fiercely independent and to know how or find out how to do most anything from fixing the family car and building furniture to working the stock market and squeezing pennies.  She later married her Texas high school sweetheart bringing together a family of 3 boys, 2 girls and me, the last of the six to remain at home.  I ventured to Boston Conservatory at age 15 to study music and went on to teach and perform.  Common sense practicality and the looming Reagan Recession pointed me toward a degree in wildlife and natural resources as my mother had always instilled a deep appreciation of the outdoors and public service.  My career has taken me all across the United Stated on many different adventures.  I currently manage 3.5M acres of public land in SE Oregon.

 

Sondra Calhoun '87

Texas A&M University
BBA Marketing

Elbert, CO

 sondracalhoun@ymail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • Performance Improvement
  • Time Management/Self-Management
  • Training

For the last 20 years, leaders of organizations of all sizes, missions and cultures have come to Sondra Calhoun in order to gain training, mentoring and coaching that will help them to engage individuals and move the business forward while positively impacting the bottom-line. They have looked to Sondra to guide them as they build stronger teams, create bench strength and “get unstuck”. She taps into her experience as both manager and consultant, as well as her in-depth training, to provide insights and to challenge the status quo.

As a Professional & Executive Coach, Sondra partners with managers, directors and executives to create coaching cultures where individuals are empowered and motivated through autonomy leading to higher levels of engagement and productivity. In this new economy and working environment, leaders are benefitting from fresh perspectives and new paradigms that are proven and effective for improving the “bottom line”. She has successfully partnered with many Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and ministry organizations and served as a Board of Director for two different organizations.

Sondra earned a Master’s in Education after receiving a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Both degrees have helped her to teach powerful and practical concepts and techniques for successfully leading individuals, teams and organizations. She also completed the Master’s Certification in Professional & Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. Sondra is currently credentialed with the International Coach Federation.

“Sondra is an advanced process and leadership development professional. I have great respect for her because she can both teach/coach and do. Her ethics and commitment to excellence are stellar. She is results driven and I would work with her again in a minute. I highly recommended her.” Ron Moser, MA, PCC, Leadership Development Manager, T-Mobile

“At the time I met Sondra, I was going through challenges of restructuring, a new supervisor and expanded responsibilities. I asked Sondra to work with me as a coach for a season. Sondra was very perceptive and discerning. She even picked up significance in how I worded answers to her questions. Sondra held me accountable and gave practical perspective changing advice. I see Sondra as a supportive resource to individuals or to strategic organizational leadership.” Patrick Yanney, Corporate Human Resources Director, The Navigators

 

Kristen L. Cox '83

College of Science
BS Computer Science/Math

El Paso, Texas

kristen.cox@checkpnt.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Disabilities
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Small Business Owner
  • Technology
  • Volunteerism

Born in 1961 in Gallup, NM, Kristen moved to El Paso at the age of six months. She considers herself a native, and is a 4th generation El Pasoan. Her parents, grandparents, and great-grandfather were entrepreneurs, having successful life-long businesses in El Paso, and Kristen is following in their footsteps.

Kristen earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Math from Texas A&M University in 1983. She began her professional career at Shell Oil in Houston and held a number of increasingly challenging positions in the technology industry before founding Checkpoint Services in 1996, a technology company she continues to lead and grow today. Checkpoint has grown from a one-person shop in Kristen’s garage to a regional enterprise with a large presence across the state. Kristen began her MBA studies at UT Dallas in 1986 and, after a 25-year pause to raise her family, completed it in 2011.

Kristen has been married for 24 years to her husband, David, who is a software engineering manager at NASA in New Mexico. They have three children: two daughters who are grown, and a son who attends high school. Kristen’s son, Kyle, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the leading fatal genetic disorder in children. Kyle’s diagnosis fueled a passion in Kristen for people with disabilities. She graduated from Partners in PolicyMaking, an intense, year-long training program in which she learned how to advocate for people with disabilities at the local, state and national level. In addition to running her company and spending time with her family, Kristen enjoys sports, music, hiking, traveling and raising animals. She has been a community volunteer her entire adult life.

Current involvement includes:

  • El Paso Children’s Hospital – Board Member
  • University Medical Center (UMC) Foundation – Board Member
  • Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (2009 appointee, term expires 2015)
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – Advisory Board Member
  • Make-W-Wish of North Texas – Board Member
  • Texas Association of HUBs – Board Officer
  • El Paso A&M Club – President
  • Rotary Club of El Paso – downtown chapter
  • Advocates for and assists numerous people with disabilities in helping them achieve independence by organizing resources to supply unmet needs.

Some of her past community involvement includes:

  • Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce – board of directors, numerous committees
  • Buy El Paso – founder and chair
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – technology advisor, committee member
  • Alzheimer’s Association – board of directors
  • Executive Forum
  • Junior League of Plano, El Paso
  • UTEP – business campaign chair, frequent volunteer, fund raiser, and fan
  • EPCC – community delegate for employment in IT
  • Girl Scout leader
  • Sunday School teacher – children and adults
  • Youth Group leader
  • West El Paso Homeschool Association
  • YWCA Woman’s Lunch – table captain 9 years
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Plano, TX
  • Chair of class reunion – Coronado High School
  • Partners in PolicyMaking graduate, 2006
  • Leadership El Paso – class XIX
  • Leadership Texas graduate, 2007

Mary D. Curtis '95

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Grapevine, Texas

marydcurtis@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Education/Higher Education/Faculty
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teacher Content
  • Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Geoliteracy
  • Educational Policy

Mary Curtis is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program, and the Director of the Center for Social Science Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Curtis worked from 1998 – 2008 as a social studies teacher, lead geography teacher, and curriculum writer for Clear Brook High School (CBHS) in Friendswood, TX. She is a Teacher Consultant for the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) and has presented at several Alliance sponsored workshops and training events for K-12 educators since 2000. As well, she is currently a doctoral student in the Geography Education program at Texas State University. Here she was honored by twice serving as the Grosvenor Scholar at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. When Ms. Curtis returned to Texas State University, she served as a research assistant and supervisor of research for the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and as an instructor for the Department of Geography. In 2013 she came to work for the University of Texas at Arlington as the Director of the Center for Social Science Education and the Director of the College and Career Readiness Initiative (CCRI) Social Studies Faculty Collaborative. Her interests include K-12 education, teacher preparation, teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, geospatial technology, geoliteracy, and education policy.

 

Amber Preston Dankert '02

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Journalism

Salado, Texas

aggie_grad2002@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Education/Higher Education/Faculty
  • Inspirational
  • Sustainability: environment
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Dr. Amber Preston Dankert, Class of 2002, graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in
Agricultural Journalism and received a M.S. in Agricultural Education in
2003. She completed her Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education degree
in 2012 through the Doc @ Distance program, a joint venture between Texas
A&M University and Texas Tech University. Dr. Dankert has worked for the
Department of Defense at Fort Hood since 2005 in the Environmental Division.
She is the Supervisor of Wildlife Management, where she supervises a team
consisting of entomologists, wetland biologists, wildlife biologists, and
agronomists. Her team is responsible for feral hog control, pond and stream
management, pest management, cave and karst management, and game species and
other wildlife management. Her insights on where the military and
environment converge are both interesting and insightful.

What makes Dr. Dankert stand out is her steadfast dedication in the face of
adversity. As a freshman at Aggieland, she lost her hearing due to an
autoimmune disease. Profoundly deaf in both ears, and new to a world of
silence, she defied the odds and did not waver in her quest to be the first
in her family to graduate from college. Dr. Dankert endured countless
medical tests and treatments before receiving a Cochlear Implant in 1999.
She worked with instructors so that she would not miss out on a single
lesson, and completed her degree in only three years. She did what she was
told could not be done, and her positive, humorous outlook is sure to leave
listeners with a newfound strength and commitment to follow their own
dreams.

 

Laura Davis '97

College of Architecture
Bachelor's Environmental Design (BED);Master's of Architecture (MARCH) AIA, IFDA

Richardson, Texas

laura@hpdarch.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Architecture
  • Branding
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Networking
  • Small Business Owner
  • Social Networking/Media

Laura is a registered Architect and Interior Designer with a range of experiences that includes remodel, renovation, and new construction of homes and offices. She excels at asking the right questions to help her clients identify the driving forces behind their design goals. Laura enjoys working with existing spaces to bring new life to older properties.

As a founding member of HPD Architecture LLC, a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), she is Vice President and Director of Marketing and is highly involved in the firm’s business development. In 2010 Laura started The Architecture Happy Hour networking group. Targeted to professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and real estate, the highly-acclaimed group has grown to over 1,600 members in the Dallas area. Laura is also a co-host of the audio podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, available on iTunes.

Laura has created a professional brand and built awareness for her company that continues to result in new clients and media attention. Maximizing online tools and in-person networking enables her to foster a dialogue and grow a community. Laura has been interviewed for articles in blogs, books, case studies, and magazines, including Success Magazine and the Dallas Business Journal to tell her story of small business success.

Laura speaks to industry and community groups on topics related to new home design and remodeling, working with an architect, and the business and practice of architecture. Laura is an engaging, insightful, and refreshing speaker. Her conversational approach to speaking creates a relaxed energy that helps her audience connect with the topic. Laura has shared her experience about alternative marketing strategies; personal and professional branding; raising balanced interns; starting a design firm; and social media activities for architects and interior designers at AIA, IFDA, and ASID/IIDA conferences in Texas, Virginia, Georgia, and Minnesota.

Laura was recently named one of the “Best Designers in Dallas 2014” by D Home magazine. She was also honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under 40” outstanding business professionals in 2012. Her firm, HPD Architecture was selected by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Dallas Chapter for “Under the Radar – The Best of Small Firms 2013” and earned the “Best of Houzz 2014 – Client Satisfaction” honor from Houzz.com.

 

Rebecca (Becky) Demeter '75

College of Science
BS Chemistry

Port Neches, Texas

beckyd@gt.rr.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Careers
  • Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Communication
  • Community Relations
  • Compliance

Rebecca (Becky) Demeter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.  She began working at the Texaco (now Motiva Enterprises LLC)  Port Arthur Refinery in June of 1975 as a chemist in the Product Control Laboratory.

Over the past thirty-seven (37) years she has filled positions in the Computer Services Department (engineer), Process Engineering Department (unit engineer), Utilities Department (water chemist) and the Environmental Department (engineer, Environmental Manager – CEP, Environmental Manager – Technical) .  She is currently working in the Communications Department as an adjunct professor of Chemistry at Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA).

She also recruits for Shell in the United States and serves on the Process Technology Board at LSCPA. Becky worked to start an internship program between Motiva and LSCPA Process Technology (PT) students and she continues to serve as mentor to the interns during their employment at Motiva.  Last summer she acted as Shell representative and instructor in Shell Energy Venture Camp for Port Arthur area high school students.

Both of her children attended Texas A&M and she served as President of the Federation of Texas A&M Mother’s Clubs 2009 – 2010.


Lauren Flake '06

B.A. in English and History

Buda, Texas

lauren.flake@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Bereavement
  • Caregiving
  • Child & Family Issues
  • Community Relations
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Philanthropy
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Small Business Owner
  • Social Networking/Media
  • Volunteerism
  • Writing/Publishing/Editing

A seventh generation Texan, Lauren Flake '06 lives near Austin, Texas–where she was born and raised–with her husband and their two preschool-age daughters. An award-winning author and prolific blogger passionate about topics including grief, faith, mental health, caregiving and motherhood, her writing has been featured locally in Austin Woman and online at All Mom DoesThe Glorious TableThe Huffington PostThe Mighty and SheKnows

Flake’s children’s books, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?:  A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing A Loved One and its companion Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?, feature artwork by Flake and her mother, Dixie Benton Stucky '76, who died of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

She honors her late mom’s legacy through raising funds and awareness for her favorite causes–including Alzheimer’s Texas and United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties. Flake’s #TexasStrong shirts raised nearly $150,000 for central Texas flood relief in 2015.

She is the co-founder of Daughters of Dementia, a growing community connecting women for hope and health; an active member of both the Writers’ League of Texas and the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; and the former executive director of Texas Landowners Council, a statewide organization dedicated to protecting property rights at the Texas Legislature.






Lauren Faulkner '97

College of Business
Production Operations Management and Marketing

Houston, Texas

lauren.b.faulkner@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Consulting
  • Networking
  • Technology
  • Volunteerism
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Lauren Faulkner graduated from the Mays School of Business with a degree in Production Operations Management and Marketing in 1997.  Upon graduation, Lauren took a role with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Houston, specializing in ERP implementations.  After five years with Andersen, Lauren moved to the Manhattan office of Deloitte Consulting, with a focus on Oracle Financials.  Lauren later returned to her hometown of Houston and has been with Deloitte for twelve years.  She was recently certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and transferred to Deloitte’s Method & Tools practice focusing on how best to deliver Technology projects to our clients.

In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Lauren is involved with a variety of roles that are focused on recruiting and retention.  Lauren leads the recruiting efforts at Texas A&M for Deloitte’s Technology practice and also serves as the lead for all campus hires in Houston.  She is also responsible for facilitating training for campus hires as they start working and as they transition to promotion within their first two years.  Lauren has a passion for serving as a mentor and coach for many of the Aggies in both Houston and Dallas.  Lauren frequently presents to students at A&M around such topics as their potential future with Deloitte Consulting and Women in Technology.

Outside of work, Lauren is passionate about being involved in her local community.  She is a volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and is a United Way Young Leader.  She also volunteers with other organizations and events, including Boys & Girls Club, Komen Race for the Cure, Light the Night, and Vita-Living.  And of course, one of her greatest passions has always been, and continues to be, Aggie Football.  Lauren is a proud season ticket holder and attends as many games as possible.

Jennifer Blair Granberry '87

Mays Business School
Bachelor of Business Administration

Parkland, Florida

jbgranberry@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Compliance
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Process Management

Jennifer Granberry, ’87, serves as Vice President, Medical Coding and Information Management for Pediatrix Medical Group.  She joined the physician services company in 2004 as a Director of Operations responsible for several practices in the South Central Region.  In her current role, she leads departments responsible for medical coding operations, medical coding audit and education and the company’s master database including data integrity and governance. In addition to her formal responsibilities, she leads the Business Process Management initiative for her company focused on improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of core business processes.  In this role, Jennifer, along with her team, are reengineering the way employees view their work to break through bottlenecks, enhance process controls,  tighten integration points, eliminate non value-add activities and implement key performance indicators.

Prior to joining Pediatrix, after graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, she launched a successful 16 year technology career  in the healthcare industry with the professional services giant EDS (now known as HP Enterprise Services).  Specializations during her tenure included Systems Engineering, New Technology Development, Business Development, and Global Human Resources.

Jennifer also received a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University in Washington, D.C.  The skills developed as a result of this program have enabled her to become a dynamic leader skilled at building and leading high performance teams.  She serves as a mentor to young leaders and finds joy in helping them optimize their potential.

 

Lynn Purnell Hagan '77

College of Liberal Arts
BA Anthropology with Recreation & Parks Minor PsyD, LCSW

Gause, Texas

lynnhaganicsw@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Bereavement
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Human Rights
  • Recreation & Leisure
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work

Lynn graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi with Masters degrees in recreation and social work, and Southern California University with a doctorate in psychology.  She has worked in such varied fields as museum education, recreation therapy, and mental health. She is currently faculty with the University of Phoenix, teaching online psychology courses.  Lynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana and Texas and a national Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

For over 30 years, Lynn has worked for the empowerment of women and girls and social justice.  She has worked internationally in Kuwait and Scotland and has been active in such organizations as AAUW, Civil Air Patrol, Aggie Women, University of Southern Mississippi, and Texas A&M University.  She has been recognized by several organizations for her service.

Now, back in the United States, Lynn is continuing her humanitarian work through the American Red Cross.  She is a disaster mental health worker, providing critical incident stress debriefings for survivors of such disasters as floods, aviation accidents, and wildfires.  She has recently been selected to provide Red Cross reconnection workshops for US military families returning from active duty.

In 2010, Lynn was awarded Texas A&M Women Former Students’ Network Legacy Award for her work with TAMU and her international humanitarian work.  She has served on the Aggie Women Board of Directors for multiple terms.

She lives in rural Milam County with her husband and four cats.  Their adult son lives in Louisiana and is an account manager with a beverage distributor.

 

 

Mary Frontiera Horne '95

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Houston, Texas

mfrontiera@comcast.net

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Compliance
  • Consulting
  • Risk Management

Mary Frontiera earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

Mary currently is a Director at AXIA Resources and has 18 years experience in Internal Controls and Process Improvement.  Her experience includes internal audit, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, process improvement, quality assurance programs, control self-assessment, vendor audits and bid analysis/vendor selection.  She has a broad background in industries, including Energy with emphasis in retail power and oil & gas, Financial Services  with emphasis mortgage servicing and banking, Entertainment, Technology  with emphasis in computers and software, Telecommunications and Public School Districts.

Prior to joining AXIA Resources, Mary was Vice President, Process & Controls, at Litton Loan Servicing, a mortgage servicer of subprime mortgage loans and home equity mortgages, where she had responsibility for implementing Litton’s internal controls framework for its loss mitigation processes.  Mary also has worked for Sirius Solutions, Reliant Energy, KPMG and NationsBank (now Bank of America) where she gained broad and diverse experience in consulting, process and controls and auditing.

She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Texas Society of CPAs and serves as President of Hogan Square Property Owners Association and Board Member of the Texas A&M Women Former Students’ Network (WFSN).   As part of her responsibilities on the WFSN Board, she serves as the Chair of the Mentoring Committee.

 

Carol E. Jordan '80

College of Liberal Arts
BS/MS Psychology

Lexington, Kentucky

carol.jordan@uky.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Education/Higher Ed/Faculty
  • Gender Issues
  • Government & Politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Office
  • Violence Against Women

Carol E. Jordan, M.S., currently serves as Assistant Provost and Director of the University Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Ms. Jordan has authored two books, six book chapters and over 35 peer reviewed articles on violence against women and related legal and empirical matters. She is presently under contract to write a third book detailing the legislative history of addressing violence against women. Ms. Jordan has almost 30 years of experience in public policy, legislative advocacy, and the development of programs addressing intimate partner violence, rape, and stalking.

Before coming to the University, Ms. Jordan served for eight years as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services. Ms. Jordan has been recognized nationally with the Paul H. Chapman Award from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Justice and by the U.S, Department of Justice, the U.S., Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She has also received awards from the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition, the Kentucky Psychological Association, and the Kentucky General Assembly for her work.

In 2005, she was honored with the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award for Outstanding Contributions On Behalf of Women by the University of Kentucky and in 2010 was awarded a Presidential Proclamation by Texas A&M University.

Ms. Jordan is a 1980 graduate of Texas A&M University (Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts). In 2008, she was joined by Sue Redman in founding the Women Former Students’ Network; and in 2009 she served as the first elected President of the organization.

 

Rayne Knight '90

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bachelor of Arts - Animal Science

Franklin, Texas

rknight@crsystemsinc.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Life Balance
  • President/CEO
  • Safety/security
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Rayne Knight is the founder and President of CR Systems, Inc.    Additionally, she is the owner and director of several other businesses. She has augmented her client list with the addition of Wal-Mart, Raytheon and Texas A&M University by providing service contracts to these institutions.  In 1999-2002 she was the recipient of the Master Contractor award by Conklin Company and was the first woman to ever achieve this award. She has also been nominated by the Better Business Bureau for Torch Awards and has served on the BBB board for six consecutive years. Rayne holds a BA in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. She went to A&M on a Home Builders Scholarship and it did not take her long after college to return to her construction background. She founded CR Systems in 1996 and has served the roofing industry since. After several attempts to talk her Father into starting a division selling SPF roofing systems he told her if you believe in it that much then start your own company. Rayne truly does believe in the products she sells and installs. If you ask her the best part of her business she will tell you without any hesitation – “the before and after for my customers!”

Laird Elizabeth Lawrence '75

Dallas, Texas

laird@klbf.com

BA History

Areas of Expertise:

  • Law
  • Small Business Owner

Laird Elizabeth Lawrence  in an attorney with Kleiman Lawrence Baskind Fitzgerald LLP, a preeminent commercial litigation boutique whose lawyers emphasize commercial, construction, contract, employment, surety, uniform commercial code and fidelity law.

In her more than 30 years of practice, Laird has handled cases as diverse as suing the United States for contract balances to defending employers at administrative hearings on unemployment claims. Currently, she represents business owners, contractors, sureties and individuals in a variety of business disputes. The majority of Laird’s practice relates to construction and surety law, which is a natural outgrowth of her previous work as associate surety counsel for a major surety. In addition to acting as an advocate for her clients, Laird serves as a neutral on the American Arbitration Association’s commercial and complex case panels.

Laird is recognized by Martindale – Hubbell Attorney Directory with the AV Preeminent Ratings(5.0 Out of 5.0).

Laird was selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Construction/Surety law in the Texas Monthly Super Lawyer’s Edition for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and is listed in the Best Lawyers Directory.

Areas of Practice:

Business Disputes

Construction and Surety Law

Business and Commercial Law

Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1978

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education:

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1978
J.D.

Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, December, 1974
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:

The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement: Law and Practice (2nd Ed.) (Contributing Author), American Bar Association, 2008

Performance Bond Manual (Contributing Author), American Bar Association, 2006

Texas Construction Bond and Lien Claims (Contributing Author), Half Moon, LLC, November, 2005

Construction Lien Law and the New Residential Construction Commission Act in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, August, 2005

Are Breach of Warranty Damages Caused by an Occurrence?, Texas Building Trends, September/October, 2001

Legislative Wrap-up (Co-Author), Texas Building Trends, July/August, 2001

Construction Lien Law in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, July, 2001

Pending Legislation Affecting Construction, Texas Building Trends, May/June, 2001

Construction Claims in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, May, 2001

Times May be Changing for Texas Employers (Co-Author), Texas Building Trends, March/April, 2001

Construction Litigation in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, March, 2001

When Construction Goes Wrong: The Surety’s Perspective, University of Texas School of Law, Mortgage Lending Institute, 2000

The Availability and Scope of Appeal of Arbitration Awards Under the Federal, Uniform and State Acts (Co-Author), 29 The Brief 32-37, Spring, 2000

Practical Advice on Drafting Contractual Insurance Provisions, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Spring Meeting, 1999

Construction Warranties in Texas (Co-Author), 13 The Construction Lawyer 20, April, 1993

Texas Construction Law (Contributing Author), Federal Publications, Inc., 199

 

Jennifer Lindsay '88

College of Liberal Arts, College of Engineering
BS Economics, BS Aerospace Engineering

San Francisco, California

aggie1988@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Leadership
  • Money Management
  • Volunteerism

Jennifer S. Lindsay ’88 graduated from Texas A&M University with two degrees while earning Distinguished Student honors:  B.S. Economics and B.S. Aerospace Engineering.  She also completed Masters level Economics classes as a non-matriculated graduate student.  She continued her graduate studies at Stanford University and received a M.A. Economics degree in 1992.

As a Principal with the audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG LLP, Jennifer leads the Forensic practice and serves as the Partner in Charge of Corporate Responsibility for the Silicon Valley office.  She is also a small business owner who co-owns two wine bars in San Francisco.

Jennifer has over 20 years experience providing internal investigation services to technology and utility clients along with litigation support and regulatory compliance assessments related to the FCPA, UK Bribery Act, Dodd-Frank Act, CPUC regulations, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  She works with clients daily to identify and mitigate their risk of noncompliant behavior, fraud, bribery, and other misconduct from their employees, business partners, vendors, and customers.

Jennifer has been a resident of San Francisco and a member of the San Francisco Bay Area A&M Club for over 20 years for which she has served as President, Vice President of Finance, and Muster Chair.  She currently serves on the College of Liberal Arts Development Council for Texas A&M University and on the Board of the American Conservatory Theater Master of Fine Arts program.  She previously served on the Audit Committee and Board of the Association of Former Students along with the Board of the House Corporation of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Yvette Martinez '90

College of Liberal Arts
BA Speech Communications with minor in English

Dallas, Texas

ymartinez8368@sbcglobal.net

Areas of Expertise:

  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Small Business Owner
  • Business

The fall of 1986 is where the journey began for Yvette Martinez as she planted her two feet firmly in Aggieland soil.  With the intention of pursuing a degree in education, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in Speech Communication with a minor in English in 1990.  In the fall of l987, Yvette pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was initiated as an active member in the spring of 1988.

Upon completion of her studies at A&M, she taught second grade students at the San Antonio Independent School district from 1990 through 1994.  In 1995, Yvette was offered a sales position at Russell Stover Candies that included the South Texas territory.  After eight months as a sales representative, she was promoted to a sales specialist position.  After two years of sales and development in the south Texas retail stores and managing employees, Yvette was offered a position in the Dallas area to manage and market a radiologist and outpatient diagnostic testing facility.  In 1997, Yvette relocated to Dallas, Texas for her current position as chief executive officer for North Texas Imaging Hampton Center and Dee L. Martinez MD, board certified radiologist and medical director of the center.

With the experience Yvette gained in the medical filed of radiology, she opened and owned an x-ray center from 2004 through 2010 in Mesquite, Texas.  After the x-ray center was fully developed and earning an annual profit, Yvette sold the company.  While managing and developing three companies, Yvette developed as passion for long-term career in healthcare and entrepreneurship.

Yvette is also an active alumna member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.  Her current position as panhellenic delegate officer advisor to a collegiate member at SMU from 2010 to present. She has previously served as Communications officer advisor to a collegiate member at SMU form 2008 to 2010.

Yvette also serves as vice president of the executive board of Texas Business Women of Oak Cliff in Dallas fro 2009 to present and was voted “Woman of the Year” from 2011-2012.

 

Sarah Hlavinka McConnell '86

College of Liberal Arts
BA History; Minor in Spanish; JD University of Texas Law School

New York, NY

sarah.mcconnell@abm.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • General Counsel
  • Law

Sarah McConnell is a senior advisor and business executive with broad based legal experience in the service, manufacturing, information technologies and healthcare industries. A results-driven professional with a proven track record of advising senior executives on a wide array of issues, including corporate governance, mergers and
acquisitions, compliance, and significant litigation, she is an excellent communicator possessing the ability to liaise and build relationships with all parts of an organization.

Ms. McConnell is currently serving as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ABM Industries Incorporated, a Fortune 600 company headquartered in New York City. In that role, Ms. McConnell reports directly to the Chief Executive Office and is a key liaison between the Board of Directors and Management. She works closely with the Chairman of the Board and, among many other responsibilities, is ultimately responsible for shepherding all corporate governance matters for the Company. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer, manages the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management function and provides strategic oversight for the Company’s significant litigation.

Prior to working for ABM, Ms. McConnell served in a number of roles, either as a C-Suite Executive, or closely supporting C-Suite Executives. At Fisher Scientific International Inc. (“FSH”), Ms. McConnell reported to the Vice-Chairman of the Board and was responsible for all legal aspects of FSH’s $10 billion merger with Thermo Electron Corporation. She also served in various other capacities at FSH, including supporting the respective chief executive officers of multi-billion dollar international business divisions. At Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (“BHE”), a multi-billion dollar international manufacturer of electronics, Ms. McConnell served as the general counsel reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and supporting the Board of Directors.

Prior to her work at FSH and BHE, Ms. McConnell had successful roles at both Compaq Computer Corporation and Cooper Industries, Inc. She began her career as an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Throughout her career, Ms. McConnell has managed multi-million dollar budgets and supervised staffs of varying numbers; at ABM Industries, Ms. McConnell’s Department consists of over 20 professionals.

 

Jill A. McKean '00

College of Education and Human Development
BS Kinesiology with a Specialization in Sport Management

Fort Worth, Texas

jill.mckean@ge.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Banking
  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Fitness
  • Sales
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Volunteerism

Jill McKean was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Sport Management fromTexasA&M University in 2000, and a Master of Business Administration from The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in 2008. 

Jill is a Vice President and Sales Representative at GE Capital – Corporate Finance in Irving, Texas supporting the Texas and Louisiana markets. She was recently named to this role, but has been the Senior Redeployment Sales Representative for nearly five years prior, and was previously on a Management Training Program with CitiCapital, where she started her employment out of college and completed various rotations in risk, collections, operations, asset management, and sales. After six years with CitiCapital (and an acquisition from The Associates), Jill moved over to GE Capital to broaden her skill sets. Since being employed at General Electric, she was named Rookie of the Year in 2006, and was named the Top Redeployment Sales Representative from 2007–2010, where she handled commercial equipment sales and financing for the United States and Canada. 

In 2000, Jill interned with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs,Colorado, and worked with TeamUSA on planning the logistics for the Sydney 2000 Games. While atTexas A&M University, Jill was recognized by the university as a Distinguished Student for several semesters, received the “Reaching Higher Award” from theCollege of Education, and was the recipient for four years of the Texas Student Housing Authority Scholarship. 

McKean has served as the Vice Chair for the Texas Student Housing Authority and on their board for seven years as a way of giving back. She served three years as a Board Member for the Women Former Students’ Network. In 2009, she served as the organization’s Membership Chair. Jill has been a member and serves on the GE Women’s Network since 2006, and is serving on the Steering Committee as a Co-Lead for the Women in Commercial Committee. She helped GE Capital receive Inaugural Status by becoming a certified site for the HealthAhead program, where she served as Co-Lead for the Nutrition Committee. She serves on GE’s campus recruiting team for Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University, as well as the Charitable Contributions Committee promoting corporate involvement in the community.  She is a member of the Tarrant County A&M Club, Kiwanis International, and is very active in her church and in the Fort Worth community serving others.  She was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2011. 

Jill lives in Keller, Texas, and enjoys outdoor activities with friends and family, including camping, training for triathlons and marathons, and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this past summer.

Lisa Schubert McMillan '84

College of Business, College of Architecture
Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance, Master of Science - Land Development

Bedford, Texas
lmcmillan@tarrantcounty.com, lsmcmillan2@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community Relations
  • Government & Politics
  • Economic Development

Lisa McMillan is the Economic Development Coordinator for TarrantCounty, where she has worked for 20 years.  In her position, she works in partnership with developers, chambers, municipalities and other taxing entities to encourage and incentivize new business locations, job growth and capital investment in the community.  Through this work she has gained extensive experience in the use of Tax Abatement and Tax Increment Financing as economic development tools.  She also has experience with Public Improvement Districts, Foreign Trade Zones, Historical Site Exemption, Freeport Exemption, Enterprise Zone Projects, Transportation Infrastructure Development, Job Training Programs and Tax Exempt Bond funding.  Her years at Tarrant County have provided additional knowledge and experience assisting in the areas of emergency management, legislative initiatives, grants, environmental and wellness programs, job evaluation, and conference planning.

Prior to the County, Lisa served as Assistant to the City Manager in the City of Forest Hill and as an Urban Planner for the City of Galveston.  She holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a Masters of Science in Land Development, both from TexasA&MUniversity.

Lisa is married to a fellow Texas A&M graduate, Scott McMillan, and has two daughters, one a recent graduate of Tarleton State University and the other a junior at Texas A&M University.  She is active in Meals On Wheels, Adopt-A-School, Aggie Moms’ Club and other community volunteer activities and has served as a member of the City of Bedford Parks and Recreation Board for 12 years.


 

LaRhesa (Pollock) Moon '86

College of Liberal Arts
BA English; Minor in Business

San Antonio, Texas

larhesa@me.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Branding
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Media

Since 2009, LaRhesa has had her own communications strategy company, Articulate Strategic Communications. Known for her creative and effective problem solving skills, LaRhesa specializes in working with corporations to solve strategic issues impeding corporate progress or that could enable significant growth. Currently, she is supporting multiple oil & gas companies committed to working with the communities where they operate. Additionally, Articulate Strategic Communications is supporting a major acquisition for a $3.2B business and multiple branding initiatives for companies and product lines repositioning themselves for significant growth.

Prior to 2009, LaRhesa was a senior executive of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp, a $1.2B organization. Starting as Director of Communications, she quickly moved up through the organization to one of 9 senior level executives reporting directly to the CEO. She continues to support major communication initiatives for the organization, now known as Harland Clarke Holdings Company.

During her tenure at Harland Clarke Holdings, LaRhesa was responsible for internal and external communications, investor relations, learning & development, and marketing functions. She also oversaw multiple product line introductions and led several award winning cross-functional teams. Before joining Clarke American, LaRhesa was VP of Operations of Prime Time Publishing, responsible for a daily and three weekly newspapers as well as other publishing projects. Prior to that, LaRhesa lived in Germany and worked for an Apple computer independent distributor honing her skills in sales and advertising in an international market.

Committed to giving back to the community, LaRhesa has held several philanthropic leadership positions. She was the United Way Chairman for Clarke American multiple times, a three year board member of Any Baby Can, and has served nine years on the Executive Board of the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, including three years as Chairman of the Board. She is also past president of the TAMU WFSN.

 

Patricia Moore '86

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance, MBA

Houston, Texas
pmoore@verdewealth.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Adoption
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Money Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Women in non-traditional roles

VISION & MISSION

Patricia believes that as a planner she is in a unique position to not only touch an individual’s but also to have a positive impact on countless others.  She understands the value of planning based on her years of experience in corporate financial and strategic planning.  She works with clients to educate them and create more than one way to achieve their financial goals.  Patricia’s goal is to help her clients envision their future, create a plan to reach financial independence and ultimately achieve peace of mind.  She believes that achieving financial independence allows people to spend their time and energy on themselves, their family, their community or others.

SERVICE

As a holistic planner, Patricia starts by first gaining a full understanding of the client’s unique perspective and values.  She helps clients better understand their own relationship with money and create a balance that allows them to enjoy the present moment and still work towards achieving their future goals.  Patricia uses an integrated approach to their retirement, investment, business and charitable planning to help her clients reach their objectives. She believes that financial planning and regular consultations can benefit a client in all stages of life whether it involves creating a solid foundation, accumulating wealth, or growing and preserving the assets inside of an estate.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Patricia has over 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry. She served as President and Lead Strategist of Patlyn Consulting Group, LLC providing solutions for profitability enhancement and improved cash flow management for start-up public companies.  She also served as Executive Vice President and Director of Finance for Compass Bank where she gained over 15 years of experience in financial statement evaluation, budgeting, forecasting and cash flow analysis.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from University of Texas at San Antonio.   She is a Registered Investment Advisor of Verde Wealth Group, LLC and ValMark Securities, Inc. as well as a Registered Representative of ValMark Securities, Inc.  She also holds her Life, Health and Accident Insurance license as well as her FINRA Series 7 and 66 Securities licenses.  Patricia acquired her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM designation in 2012.  

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & INTERESTS

Patricia is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).  She is a member of the Texas A&M University Alumni Association in Houston and Katy.  Patricia is also a member of the Women’s Former Student Network of Texas A&M (WFSN) focused on providing mentorship to future generations of women students.   Patricia served as one of the founding members of the American Cancer Society Junior Board in Houston.  Patricia now serves on the Advisory Board of Pathways for Little Feet dedicated to helping families adopt children through financial assistance.  She also volunteers for the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston committed to building financial literacy.

Patricia’s passions include spending time with her family and friends, running, playing the piano and gardening.  She resides in Katy, Texas with her husband, L. Cullen Moore and twin son and daughter, Maks and Masha Moore.

 

Marceline (Marcy) J. Newman '80

College of Engineering
BS Civil Engineering PE

South Padre Island, Texas

marcy.newman@jacobs.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Engineering
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Life Balance
  • Networking

Marcy (Wilson) Newman graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a BS in Civil Engineering.  While at A&M, she was involved in the student chapter of ASCE, Concrete Canoe and Student Y.

After graduation, Marcy spent 14 years with TxDOT in Fort Worth and has spent the last 16 in the private sector now working in Program Management and Business Development for Jacobs Engineering Group, a California based, multi-discipline engineering and architecture firm with offices worldwide.  During her career she served on statewide research committees for TxDOT, been a member of ASCE and TSPE, served as a board member and officer for the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Council Of Engineering Companies and as a member of the TxDOT – CEC liaison committee.  Through the CEC she has participated in career days at Fort Worth area high schools teaching how engineering impacts our daily lives and the benefits it brings as a career.  She has focused her career on infrastructure development and looked for ways to improve her profession and the professional development of those she works with through in-house mentoring for EITs and young engineers in Jacobs’ Austin office.

Marcy has been active in her community volunteering for Streams and Valleys, Race for the Cure, Project Celebration, served as a Sunday school teacher and with her family in supporting TCU women’s basketball traveling across the country with the team.  She chaired a fundraising golf tournament for Cook Children’s Medical Center – a tournament that raised over $50,000 under her five year leadership.

Marcy is married to Ron (a UTA grad).  They currently live in South Padre Island, Texas and she commutes to work in Dallas and Austin.  They have a daughter Rebecca who recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and is living and working in Matagorda County.


Katherine Nixon '90

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Houston, Texas
KNixon@KNixon.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Consulting
  • Motivation
  • President/CEO
  • Strategic Planning
  • Time Management/Self-Management

Katherine Nixon holds a BBA from Texas A&M University in Accounting.  She is a CPA who is also a project management professional (PMP) and certified professional coach (CPC).

While still in college, Katherine began her career in public accounting.  In 1990, she started her own firm providing business consulting and complex tax planning and reporting as the cornerstones of her services.  Her firm continues to provide comprehensive services for stakeholders including but not limited to, post-acquisition process and ERP systems implementation.   Katherine and her consulting firm, SETFS, LLC, were honored and ranked 20th in the 2010 Aggie 100.  The Aggie 100 identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or led businesses in the world.

Katherine has served on numerous boards, including the Houston CPA Society and the TSCPA Insurance Trust Board.  She is an active volunteer in her community, professional and alumni associations.  She conducts project management and technical writing workshops, as well coaching and leadership classes on a regular basis. 

Today, she invests herself wholeheartedly into providing you with tools and techniques to improve your role at work and for success in your projects.   She is positively different.  Enjoy your time with Kathy.

Katherine Nixon, CPA is a licensed CPA, however, not a CPA firm.


 

Lauren Olson, PA-C '78

College of Science
Bachelor of Science - Biomedical Science

Woodlands, Texas

lolsonpa@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Healthcare
  • Medical/Dental
  • Small Business Owner

Lauren Olson, PA-C ’78, is the founder and owner of Radiance Advanced Skin and Body Care, a Medical Day Spa and Wellness Center in The Woodlands, Tx.  She graduated from Texas A&M in 1978 with a B.S. in Biomedical Science.  She then went on to Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program and became one the early Physician Assistants in this country.  In 1982, there were only 1200 PAs in the U.S.

Throughout Lauren’s career, she worked in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Family Practice.  She was a clinical coordinator of a diabetes practice and a Certified Diabetes Educator.   After practicing for many years, she began to realize that our “health care” model is really a disease management approach and for the most part, only symptoms were being addressed.  Believing that we are created to be healthy and that symptoms are evidence of an underlying malfunction, Lauren pursued additional training in functional and regenerative medicine.

In 2005, Lauren opened Radiance Advanced Skin and Body Care.  After studying various business models, and realizing that the concept of “retail medicine” is still a new concept, she created a Wellness Village within a Medical Spa.  Anti-aging and medical aesthetics drive revenue while the concept of functional medicine is growing in client awareness.  She now has twenty-five employees and the medical team consist of herself, a facial plastic surgeon and rhinologist, a chiropractor as well as licensed therapists.  Lauren has become active on the legislative front to defend her right to own her own business as a Physician Assistant.

Lauren joined the Board of Directors of the Women Former Students’ Network at Texas A&M in 2012 and now serves as the President.  Lauren served as coordinator of the WFSN’s first Leadership Conference in 2013 to celebrate 50 years of women at Texas A&M.

She was tapped by the founder of the Cypress Symphony, a young student at Rice School of Music to help start a symphony in the North Houston area.  She now serves as Chairman of the Board.  Lauren was honored as a Woman of Excellence in 2012 by The Federation of Houston Professional Women.

 

Dolores Ortega Carter '76

College of Liberal Arts, College of Education
Bachelor of Arts - Spanish and English, Master of Science - Education Administration

Austin, Texas

do2050@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Diversity
  • Education/Higher Education
  • Faculty
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Government & Politics
  • Leadership
  • Public Office
  • Religion/Spirituality 

Dolores Ortega Carter was elected Travis County Treasurer in 1987 and has served this capacity to the present.  She was the first woman ever elected to the position.  Also, she was the first Hispanic woman elected to a countywide office in Travis County.  She is a Certified County Treasurer and a Certified Investment Officer.

Ms. Ortega Carter has served as Chair of the Minority Business Enterprise and Women’s Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Task Force as appointed by the Commissioners’ Court.   She is very active in community affairs and is very active in all issues pertaining to the disenfranchised population of Travis County.  In addition, she has served on various city recreation boards.  She has served on the Board of the Lone Star Girl Scout Council, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Austin Women’s Political Caucus as well as the Samaritan Center.  Ms. Ortega Carter is a graduate of the Leadership Austin class of 1996-97.

Currently, she is a member of the board for the County Treasurers Association of Texas.  She is also on the Legislative Committee and is actively working on bills during this legislative session of 2009 that is pertinent to counties and especially, county treasurers.  She serves as 2nd Vice Chair on the Bail Bond Board and is Director at Large for the National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers.  She is on the Large Urban Counties Committee for the National Association of Counties.

Dolores Ortega Carter is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and English (1976) and a Masters degree in Education Administration (1980).

 

Sandra Parét '80

College of Architecture
Bachelor's Environmental Design; Master's Architecture AIA, IIDA

Dallas, Texas

sandra.paret@hok.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Architecture
  • Communication
  • Design

Sandra served as the Women Former Students’ Network 2010 President. She was awarded a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1980 and a Masters in Architecture in 1982. 

Sandra is a practicing architect, licensed in 34 states.  After being part of a regional partnership in Dallas for 13 years, Parét joined Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, (HOK) as Senior Vice President and Director of Interior Design.  For many years she was Managing Principal of the Dallas Office.  She now leads the HOK Global Accounts and Consulting Practice, tying together the 25 HOK offices with their client projects around the world. 

In 1999, Parét was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to a six year term at the Texas Military Facilities Commission.  In 2005, Parét was re-appointed and named Chair of the Committee by Governor Perry and continues to serve as advisor to the Adjutant General of the National Guard about Guard facilities.  In 2009, she became head of the real Properties Advisory Council for the Adjutant Generals Department in Texas. She has devoted many hours to community service for the State of Texas, earning the Yellow Rose Award for Community Service from the Governor’s office. 

Parét is a member of the Dallas Chapter of the AIA and the Texas Society of Architects, serving in many positions for the statewide organization including Annual Convention Chair, Practice Management Chair, Government Affairs committee and others. In addition, she has served on the Professional Leadership Board for the College of Architecture and was named College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni in 2004; the first female architect bestowed that honor. 

She lives in Dallas, Texas and is actively involved with her sons, Taylor, who is in high school and Carter, Class of ’11.

Charis Ewing Pollard '96

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bachelors - Bioenvironmental Science PHR

League City, Texas cpollard@acutx.org 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training

Charis Ewing Pollard attended Texas A&M University from 1992-1997.  Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioenvironmental Science.  Upon graduation, began a career in Human Resources by working for Snelling Personnel in San Antonio from 1998-2000.  From 2000-2002 she worked as a Human Resource Manager for Charles Schwab & Co. in Austin Texas.  In 2002 she accepted a Vice-President of Human Resources position with Associated Credit Union of Texas in the Houston Area,  She currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer with ACU of Texas and manages the functions of  human resources as well as the real estate, community development corporation, and property & casualty insurance divisions of the credit union.  In 2006 she received her Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, is currently PHR certified, and holds her Texas property & casualty insurance license.  Charis currently resides in Pearland, Texas and enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, traveling, and reading.


 

Margaret A. Price '74

College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science-Secondary Education, Master of Art-History, PhD-Curriculum and Instruction

Lubbock, Texas

Peggie.price@ttu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Education/Higher Education/Faculty

Personal Biography: Margaret A. (Peggie) Price was born in Bryan, Texas and lived in College Station until 3rd grade, when her family moved to Odessa. She graduated from Permian High School in 1970.

Education: Margaret A. (Peggie) Price received her B.S. in Secondary Education from Texas A&M University in 1974 and her M.A. in History in 1977 from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She taught public school in 6 different school districts in Texas for a total of 18 years service. In 1994 she returned to Texas A&M to pursue her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. While at Texas A&M she was in instructor for the C&I department, teaching 4 different classes. She received her Doctorate in August 1998, winning the outstanding dissertation award from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Professional Biography: Dr. Price has been at Texas Tech since 1998. She is currently the Department Chair for Curriculum & Instruction and previously was program chair for Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education and the Secondary Education Program. She taught public school for 18 years prior to returning to Texas A&M for her doctorate. She taught in Kermit, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio Northside, Richardson and Carrollton-Farmers Branch school districts.

Areas of Expertise: Teacher Education/Social Studies Education; Preservice Teacher Education Qualitative Research; Action Research; Curriculum Development;

Selected Publications:

McMillan, S. & Price, M. (2012) The Twelve Steps of Academic Adolescence: Our Autoethnographic  & Archetypal Map through Academia. In Susan D. Myers & Connie Andersons (Eds.) Dimensions in mentoring: A continuum of practice from beginning teachers to teacher leaders. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers, pp. 205-218

Price, M. & McMillan, S. (2012) Team Teaching Qualitative Research as Academic Mentorship – Spanning the Continuum. In Susan D. Myers & Connie Andersons (Eds.) Dimensions in mentoring: A continuum of practice from beginning teachers to teacher leaders. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers, pp. 181-190.

Myers, S. & Price, M. (2012).Expanding University Faculty’s Vision of a PDS: So This is What Partnership Really Means? NAPDS Journal, 4(2).

McMillan, S. & Price, M. (2009) Through the looking glass: Our autoethnographic journey through research  mind-fields. Qualitative Inquiry 16 (2), 140-147.

Simpson, D. & Price, M. (2009). The Ideal High School for Future Adolescents: A Neo-Deweyan Perspective. In Joseph DeVitis and Linda Irwin-DeVitis (Eds.) Adolescent Education: A Reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang, pp. 251-262.

 

Kathy Rapp '92

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Houston, Texas

kathy@hrQinc.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Generation Issues
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Leadership
  • Social Networking/Media

Kathy Rapp is the SVP and part-owner of hrQ, an award-winning human resources professional services firm focused on national HR search work, HR interim staffing and HR consulting. Additionally, Kathy booked 15+years of HR leadership experience with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Morgan Stanley and First Data, as well as experience within the technology, entertainment and healthcare industries. Kathy is a native Houstonian but has traveled extensively and lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region.

Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto County and on the HR Committee for Neighborhood Centers, Inc. She writes for Fistful of Talent, a Workforce Management blog, for Inc.com and for Workforce Now, an oil and gas industry blog. She is a frequent speaker at HR and C-level conferences, an Executive Mentor for the University of Houston Bauer Business School and a member of HR Houston, Houston Compensation & Benefits Association, SHRM, Texas A&M Women Former Students Network and the United Way Women’s Initiative.  She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M, class of ’92, and an M.B.A. from University of Houston.

Kathy has been married for 18 years to her Texas A&M sweetheart, Steve, also a native Houstonian and class of ‘91.  They have a 3 year old daughter, Kate, who left the hospital in an aggie onsie and hat.  Her first words weren’t “Gig’em Aggies” but they weren’t far behind!

 

Christi Redfearn '02

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance

Frisco, Texas

christi.redfearn@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Branding
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Small Business Owner
  • Social Networking/Media
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainability: environment

Christi Redfearn has over a decade of experience in marketing and branding within her family’s commercial janitorial business. In 2008, she began taking on business strategy in addition to her marketing because the space in which her company operated began facing several new pressures from the larger commercial real estate financial pressures. She continues to manage the company’s overall brand, marketing strategy, social media strategy, as well as head up the efforts to ensure the company maintains a position of strength within commercial janitorial, as well as commercial real estate in general. Her market, client, and industry research shapes the decisions the company makes on a daily basis, as well as helps steer their long term goals and aspirations. She determines where the company spends its marketing dollars to maximize exposure and ROI.

Christi’s experience working within and on her family’s business gives her unique insight for other small businesses. She’s experienced the different growth phases and obstacles, both internal and external, that many face in her time at the company. She also grew up surrounded by it, learning many things before finishing high school. She’s also spent time with publicly traded and privately held Fortune 500 companies, so she knows the differences small businesses face firsthand.

Finally, Christi became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008, with experience on over thirty LEED projects across the country. She created the company’s green cleaning program, is passionate about preserving resources and the environment, and is dedicated to awareness about full product life cycle as it relates to true sustainability.

Christi Redfearn has a BBS in Finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Strategic Leadership.  She was named a Dallas Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2009.

 

K. Sue Redman '80

Mays School of Business
BBA Accounting CPA

College Station, Texas

ksueredman@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Education/Higher Ed/Faculty
  • Life Balance
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning

K. Sue Redman is the President of Redman Advisors LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in the areas of enterprise risk management, corporate finance, accounting and strategy. Ms. Redman is also Executive Professor in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Ms. Redman’s career has included financial, operational and executive experience in the corporate, consulting, government, health care, not-for-profit and education sectors. She has been a CFO, a COO, and a consultant and is an Audit Committee Financial Expert.

Ms. Redman has been a Director of Apollo Group, Inc. since 2006. She is the Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, former member of the Special Litigations Committee Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Apollo Group, Inc., a publicly-held education provider with annual revenues of $4 billion, market cap of $6 billion and traded on NASDAQ. As Audit Committee Chair, she has been instrumental in enhancing corporate governance and overseeing enterprise risk management initiatives. She is the author of several audit committee and governance articles, including “What Qualities Make a Sound Financial Expert” (published in Compliance Week) and “A First Step in Audit Committee Effectiveness” (published in Directors and Boards.)

From 1980 to 1999, Ms. Redman served as Lead Engagement Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for a number of key multinational and national clients, including retail, energy, engineering and construction and private equity.

From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Redman was the Vice President and Corporate Controller of AdvancePCS, a leading provider of health improvement services, including pharmacy benefit manager with annual revenues of $14 billion and traded on NASDAQ.

From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Redman was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Texas A&M University.  Ms. Redman provided comprehensive oversight of the financial operations of the university and led the non-academic operations (Restaurant and Food Service Operations, Parking, Transportation and Logistics.)

Ms. Redman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas, Arizona and California.   Ms. Redman is a member of the AICPA, National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and the West Audit Committee Network, a corporate governance network convened by Tapestry Networks. In 1999, she was recognized as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Women in Business. Ms. Redman is also a director and co-founder of Women Former Students’ Network, a not-for-profit organization that supports Texas A&M University. Ms. Redman was awarded Proclamation in 2010 by the President of Texas A&M University recognizing her accomplishments in founding the Women Former Students’ Network.

 

Sandra Ricca '80

College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Houston, Texas

sricca@eprod.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Sandra Ricca graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in December 1979 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.  Her early work experience includes two years at Coastal Oil and Gas Corporation and three years at a small CPA firm.  At Coastal, she worked in the Special Projects group clearing a backlog of accounts receivable and accounts payable and later in the Marine Transportation group.  At the CPA firm, she handled corporate and individual tax returns, sales tax returns, payroll tax returns, write up work and audits.  She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987.

In 1986, Sandra joined Enterprise Products Company as an Accountant, was promoted to Supervisor in 1988, to Manager in 2004, and to Director of Financial Accounting in 2009.  She watched the company grow from a privately held company with about a thousand employees to a Fortune 500 publicly traded master limited partnership with about seven thousand employees.  Sandra played a key role in the IPO process, helped facilitate several acquisitions and mergers, and created the Sox documentation for the Financial Accounting Department.  Sandra is on the College Recruiting Team and is committed to educating students about careers in industry.

Sandra is married, with four children and three grandchildren.  Her youngest daughter is the only one to follow her footsteps and attend Texas A&M, graduating in 2011.

 

Tiffany Skaggs, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. '95, '99

College of Science, College of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts - Biology, Doctor of Medicine

College Station, Texas

drtskaggs@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Life Balance
  • Medical/Dental
  • Parenting

Dr. Tiffany Skaggs is a staff physician at Student Health Services – Beutel in College Station, Texas.  She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1995 and her M.D. from The Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1999.  She completed her training at the Texas A&M Scott and White Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Temple, Texas in 2002.  She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine in 2002.  She worked as staff physician and associate professor of medicine at the Scott and White Clinic in Taylor, Texas until August 2005 when she became a staff physician at Hillcrest Family Health Center in Belton, Texas.  Dr. Skaggs decided it was time for a change of scenery in late 2009 and moved to the Ozarks of Branson, Missouri.  There, she was a staff physician at Skaggs Regional Medical Center (no relation) and Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of  Missouri School of Medicine teaching family medicine rotations.  She soon realized that she left her heart in Texas, and moved to Wichita Falls in the Summer of 2011, to be closer to her parents and grandparents.    Dr. Skaggs became a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice in 2012.  Dr. Skaggs is most proud of her role as a wife to Rick since 1996 and mother to Will (age 15), Jill (age 12), and Abby (age 11).  She now resides in College Station, TX.


 

Robin H. Starnes '76

Mays Business School
Bachelors in Marketing; Masters in Business Computing Science

College Station, Texas

rstarnes@tamu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Careers
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Consulting
  • Education/Higher Ed/Faculty
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technology
  • Women in non-traditional roles

Born in Bryan, Texas, Robin was raised an Aggie from birth.  She graduated from A&M Consolidated High School and attended Texas A&M University (TAMU) with the assistance of scholarships from DAR and Bryan College Station A&M Mother’s Club.  Robin majored in Marketing and worked part-time while in school at TAMU and at J.C. Penney’s in Ladies Dept. sales.  She met her husband, Bob ’72, at Texas A&M. After her graduation in ’76, they were married and moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, as Bob had been in the corps at TAMU and was a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.

As a military wife, she worked in Human Resources at N. C. Natural Gas and then began teaching Merchandising classes at LaFayette College.  She was asked to become the Registrar and was subsequently the Asst. Registrar for Embry Riddle University at Langley AFB when her husband was transferred.  She and her husband had the opportunity to return to TAMU to work on their MBA’s while her husband completed his military service as a Military Science Instructor.  Robin was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Business Analysis and then a Programmer/Systems Analyst at the Data Processing Center at TAMU.

After she and her husband moved to Houston, Texas, Robin continued her career in Information Systems as a Systems Analyst with Mitchell Energy.  When an opening occurred in Austin, Texas for her husband, Robin took a position as Sr. Systems Analyst and with Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG).  With over thirteen years at TG, she moved into Management and Executive Management positions in the IT area there.  She managed all areas of IT at various points in her career.  Moving to TRW Systems Consulting, she had the chance to provide consulting services to local state agencies.  BMC Software then provided a position combining both the IT background and the Marketing background in the role of Product Management responsible for products, teams, training, marketing, and technical manuals for another nine years.   She traveled internationally with development teams supporting her products.

With thirty years of industry experience, Robin brought her industry knowledge back to the classroom in her current position of Executive Professor in Information Systems at Mays Business School, TAMU.  With season tickets to football, basketball, and baseball, she and her husband are also active in many TAMU athletic events.  They have one son, John, with BBA and MS degrees from TAMU.  Robin’s hobbies include Hunt Test training/competition with her Labrador retrievers, antiquing, and genealogy research.  Robin and her husband were honored to be named TAMU Fish Camp Namesakes 2012.

Current Organizational involvement includes:

  • Women in Technology International
  • Association for Information Systems
  • National Center for Women in Technology
  • Faculty Board Member for Center for Management of Information Systems at Texas A&M University
  • TAMU Eppright Distinguished Donor
  • TAMU Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans sponsor
  • TAMU Mays Business School Honor Roll Donor and scholarship sponsor
  • TAMU Mays Business School host for annual Austin freshmen Business Honors reception
  • TAMU College of Agriculture Scholarship sponsor
  • TAMU Global Business Brigades Advisor
  • TAMU Former Students Network
  • TAMU Endowed Century Club Member
  • TAMU Women Former Students Network
  • TAMU Women Faculty Network
  • Daughters of the Republic of Texas

 

Tara Storch '91

Mays College of Business
Marketing

Coppell, TX

tarastorch@taylorsgift.org

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Marketing/Merchandising
  • Philanthropy
  • Social Networking/Media
  • Volunteerism

Tara Storch ’91 is co-Founder of Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing organ donation to Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families which began after losing her eldest daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident three years ago.

Utilizing her experience as a marketing professional, author and community leader, Tara actively works to make an impact on the world around her. Sharing her family’s journey on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, as well other national and international media, she brings a message of hope that is making a visible difference in the lives of so many individuals. She and her husband Todd were recently featured in People Magazine as the “Heroes Among Us” for the work they are doing across the country.

In just over three years – through the intentional work of Taylor’s Gift that she and her husband (Todd ‘91) continue to pour their hearts into – the original mission of their foundation has brought about incredible results. In Texas alone, the adult population of registered organ donors has grown from a mere 2% to an astonishing near 25% (with over 3.6 million people now listed in the Texas state organ donor registry); additionally, the United States registry has grown by over 14 million registered organ donors.

Tara, alongside Todd and a dedicated team, works diligently in numerous efforts as she helps to carry out the mission and programs of the foundation. Most recently, she helped launch the Legacy Gift program, which provides financial, housing, and counseling assistance to those touched by organ donation. She continues to oversee other programs of the foundation including providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are making a difference in their community, and ongoing efforts to change the conversation about organ donation to focus on the gift of life. Taylor’s Gift upholds the legacy of Taylor Storch by promoting the “Outlive Yourself” spirit – doing good for others in both life and donation.

In 2012, Taylor’s Gift received an award for “Best New Charity in the Nation” from the largest philanthropic awards program in the nation. And just recently, Todd and Tara authored a book called “Taylor’s Gift” which has been an inspiration to many worldwide.

First and foremost, Tara is a mom. Including Taylor, she is mother to Ryan, a wonderful high school Freshman and Peyton, a fantastic 7th grader. Tara continues to care for her family and serve her local community, all while serving communities across the country by sharing her journey of finding hope through grief and speaking in various settings about organ donation awareness. As co-founder of Taylor’s Gift, she also devotes her time to bring partners to the foundation, helping to support, share the further the mission.

Learn more about Tara and Taylor’s Gift at www.TaylorsGift.org.        #outliveyourself

 

Amy Stanford Tawney '92

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, MBA in Organizational Development - University of Dallas

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

amtawn@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Performance Improvement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training

Amy Stanford Tawney has over 22 years of experience in business and human capital management in both domestic and international environments. Ms. Tawney is Vice President, Organization and Talent Effectiveness with Ascension, a faith-based, patient-centered healthcare services organization that is committed to improving the health of individuals and communities.  She serves in an executive role collaborating with key stakeholders in the design and deployment of talent strategies that support leaders in ensuring development and retention of talent and achieving optimal business outcomes.

Ms. Tawney has multi-industry experience inclusive of automotive, telecom, airline catering, airline and healthcare.  Additionally, she has experience deploying talent management platforms, change initiatives, organizational restructuring, merger and acquisitions, employee engagement, employee and labor relations and executive coaching. Her background also includes managing business operations and establishing a market presence in DFW and northwest region of England (UK) markets. She has consulted and partnered with Canadian and US executives and business leaders regarding identification and planning for strategic business imperatives, changing business needs and related talent implications.

Ms. Tawney holds an AA in Business from Brazosport College, BA in Psychology (Class of ’92) from Texas A&M University, MBA in Organization Development from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management as well as Senior Professional in Human Resources, Human Capital Strategist and Master Human Capital Strategist certifications.

Ms. Tawney was the 2007 recipient of the University of Dallas Women Of Excellence in Organizational Development award. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Women Former Students’Network (Texas A&M University) and serves as the 2015 co-chair for the Mentoring Committee.  She was a member of the Delta Chapter of the Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority while at Texas A&M.

Ms. Tawney resides in the Austin area with her husband, Mace, and two boys, Noah and Zachary. She loves spending time with her family, watching Aggie football and traveling.

 

Katherine G. Taylor '06

College of Veterinary Medicine
BS Biomedical Science; PhD Experimental Pathology (UT Medical Branch
)

Hamilton, Montana
kitsag06@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Science/Engineering

Through both her time at TAMU and by living briefly in South Africa, Katherine focused her career on enhancing vaccine and therapeutic development for infectious diseases.  Katherine’s primary interest is on development and implementation of dual-use biological countermeasures examining potential biological threats to national defense that also represent emerging infectious diseases in the United States.  Many of these diseases are currently severe problems in developing countries.  Thus, the lack of efficacious, cost-effective vaccines and therapeutics for infectious diseases is a global problem.

Born and raised in Texas, Katherine Taylor earned a  Bachelors of Science in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 2006 and  a Doctorate of Philosophy in experimental pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2012.  She received a a Career Training Grant from the Department of Homeland Security through the Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Center Center of Excellence at Texas A&M University to support her graduate studies in identifying intervention points for development of biological countermeasures. She also received an National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Fellowship to study tuberculosis in South Africa. She currently holds a post-doctoral scientist position at the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana.

 

Staci Thetford '05

College of Liberal Arts, Bush School of Government and Public Service
BA Political Science; Masters in Public Administration

Dallas, Texas

staci.thetford@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Community Relations
  • Consulting
  • Government & Politics
  • Leadership
  • Time Management/Self-Management

Staci Thetford is an Analyst with Sendero Business Services, a Management Consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. She has five years of experience in government and utility industries in the areas of public relations, communications, project management, and custom application development. During her time at Sendero, Staci has played an integral role in several customer experience initiatives for her client, a large electric utility, to assist them with improving their communications with customers during power outages. Additionally, Staci has also contributed significantly to the design and authorship of training curriculum for managers at Sendero.

Prior to joining Sendero, Staci spent four years working for the City of Dallas as the Northeast Service Area Coordinator. In this role Staci worked closely with community leaders and elected officials to ensure that the various City departments were meeting the needs of the Northeast Dallas community. Staci was also an integral player in the design and implementation of a City-wide neighborhood improvement grant, Loving My Community. Through the Loving My Community Grant, the City awarded Dallas neighborhoods $200,000 to improve their quality of life.

Staci earned a Masters in Public Service and Administration (’07) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (’05) from Texas A&M University.


 

Molly Underwood '99

Mays Business School
BBA Accounting, MS Accounting

Southlake, Texas

molly.underwood@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • Life Balance
  • Financial Operations
  • Process Improvement
  • Operations Management

Molly Underwood ’99 is an accomplished leader, problem solver, and strategist with over 15 years of experience building and leading teams and developing and managing programs and projects in finance, human resources, compensation, payroll, information management, and process improvement.  Molly completed the professional program in accounting with the Mays Business School receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting and started her career at Ernst & Young in their audit practice focusing in the retail, aerospace & defense and financial services industries.  From there she joined TPG, a leading global private equity firm during a significant expansion of capital under management in new funds and businesses managed in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Molly initially led the accounting teams focusing on fund and management company operations and later built and led the Compensation and Human Resources team serving a global employee base.  Her versatility and agility allowed her to contribute to the development of programs, implementation of enterprise-wide systems and leadership of various departments serving all facets of TPG’s internal operations including accounting, compensation, human resources, technology, and legal operations.

Molly has a passion for leadership, people development, problem solving, executing organizational strategy, and process improvement.  Most of all she seeks to help those around her and finds ways to mentor, lead and inspire people.

Molly and her husband, Chris Underwood ’98 live in Southlake with their two sons, Jackson and Lucas.  She is currently on the board of directors for the Women Former Students’ Network and is preparing to lead the organization as President in 2015.  She is also active in her local Boy Scouts of America organization serving as a den leader and on the leadership committee in an effort to teach and provide opportunities for her young sons to develop the integrity, leadership skills and service to others that will build a foundation for their success.

 

Jody Weiss Venturoni '86

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts - Speech Communications

Dallas, Texas
jody@ldwwgroup.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Communication
  • Community Relations
  • Leadership
  • Life Balance
  • Women in Society

Jody Venturoni is a founding partner of LDWWgroup, an integrated communications agency that creates high-impact marketing communications strategies that build brands, protect reputations and inspire action among customers, employees, investors, civic leaders and other audiences who matter most to its clients. Jody has 25+ year’s communications experience and deep expertise in managing critical corporate reputation issues. She has counseled numerous Fortune 500 companies through serious business situations, including American Airlines’ crisis response following the September 11 attacks.

Prior to helping establish LDWWgroup, Jody was executive vice president of the U.S. region of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she managed the firm’s 10-plus national specialty practices – comprised of the foremost experts in distinct areas of specialization and accounting for more than half of the firm’s U.S. clients and revenues. She also helped to formerly launch the national Corporate practice for the firm with lead client Pacific Gas & Electric.

Before joining H+K, Jody was president of the Southwest U.S. region of Weber Shandwick, one of the largest global public relations firms, where she served as the worldwide client leader for American Airlines. Among her many accomplishments, Jody led the crisis response team for American Airlines following the crash of Flight 587 from New York’s JFK Airport to the Dominican Republic. Jody mobilized communications professionals to assist American Airlines in successfully navigating the ensuing barrage of media inquiries by providing an informative and timely channel of communications with the company’s employees, partners, vendors and customers. In her role as regional president, she also managed approximately 120 professionals supporting organizations including Verizon, General Motors, the U.S. Army, RadioShack and Omni Hotels, among others.

Previously Jody served as director of public relations and employee communications for Sprint. There, she implemented large-scale, integrated communications programs, including product and service introductions, as well as merger and acquisition announcements. Jody also managed a company Intranet for field and channel communications, as well as handled crisis communications, executive visibility and strategic philanthropic initiatives.

Jody has been profiled by PRWeek as a “Top 20 Agency Manager” in the U.S., was named as Editors’ Choice “People to Watch” and was a PRNews “PR Team Leader” finalist in 2011. She was featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled, “Weber Shandwick: The Client Relationship Leader Program.” She serves as judge for numerous national and international industry awards, including the prestigious Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil and the global Cannes Lions PR Lions Awards.

Jody is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Women’s Foundation and serves on the Southern Methodist University Communications Studies Advisory Board. She also volunteers as a communications liaison for the Plano Independent School District and is an active volunteer at Operation Kindness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Texas A&M University.

 

Gay Gill Wathen '80

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science- Psychology

Montgomery, Texas

gay.wathen@nov.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Petroleum/Energy Industry
  • President/CEO
  • Small Business Owner
  • Women in non-traditional roles
  • Manufacturing

I graduated from Texas A&M in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I went to work for Gill Services, Inc., in Houston, TX., which was owned by my Dad and manufactures Oilfield Equipment. I began to learn the business from the bottom up and had many “lifelong lessons” along the way. I experienced everything from Shipping & Receiving, Sales, Accounting and Management. In 1992, my Dad passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 57.  I eventually took over the business and we grew it to 10 times the revenue that it had generated in previous years. Gill Services, Inc. was a 3 time recipient of the Aggie 100 Award.

In December 2012, National Oilwell Varco acquired Gill Services, Inc. and we suddenly went from a “Small Business” to being a part of a “Publicly Held Corporation” with 62,000 employees. I have experienced the many trials and tribulations of running a small business and am now serving as Director of Operations and General Manager of Well Servicing and Handling Tools for NOV. The Petroleum Industry is a male dominated industry and being a female has had its advantages and disadvantages.

I have been married for 27 years to John and have 2 sons, Kristopher (Fightin’ Aggie Class of 2013) and Justin who is attending Blinn.

 

Rebecca L. White '07

College of Science
PhD - Microbiology

Midland, Texas

reba.white@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Life Balance
  • Safety/security
  • Science/Engineering
  • Women in non-traditional roles

While Rebecca’s academic training is in microbiology and molecular genetics, her passion is building dynamic, well rounded teams through organizational development and coaching/mentoring of individuals and groups.  She strives to exhibit leadership through service, which she had the honor to practice as a member of the Texas A&M Graduate Student Council, as organizer of Student Research Week, and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology while at A&M.  She believes that regardless of your role in your organization, it is critical that you are viewed as a resource, asset and ally by those you work and interact with.  With that in mind, she works with her team members, project groups, and the departments she oversees to help them define their core values and create meaningful goals in service of fulfilling the organization’s mission and vision.  At the core of Rebecca’s coaching philosophy is that leading isn’t about power, it’s about empowering the people around you, so you must lead carefully, and with your heart.

 

Rebecca is currently the Texas Production Site Manager for Qualitas Health, Ltd. Qualitas Health is a privately-held company developing high-value vegetarian food supplements and pharmaceutical ingredients based on Omega-3 oils from a sustainable algae source. Her role is to ensure on-time, cost effective production of quality algal biomass that is then used for the production of Omega-3 oils, by managing all aspects of Texas operations. Previously, she worked at Sapphire Energy, Inc., where she held several positions. From early 2012 to mid-2015, she was the Director of Cultivation and Site Manager for Sapphire Energy, Inc.’s Columbus Algal Biomass Farm.  Her primary roles were to translate the science and technology developed by Sapphire R&D in San Diego and field tested at Sapphire in Las Cruces to field operations at the IABR; to ensure that the know-how and lessons learned at the IABR feed back into primary technology development at the other Sapphire facilities; and to develop and implement the IABR organizational structure, work processes, and staff development and training.  Rebecca led the transition from construction to operations, and is currently managing the site as both an administrator and technical lead.  Rebecca was responsible for operational improvements, hiring of key positions, budget management, technical metrics, technology integration, development of operational know-how, and reporting to stakeholders.  From 2008 through 2011, she led operations at the Sapphire R&D facility in San Diego, where she built and oversaw the support services team (Lab Services, Facilities/Maintenance, IT, Safety and Security), served as the VP of Technology’s chief of staff, and the Corporate Safety Officer.  Rebecca was the first recipient of the “Sapphire Ring”, Sapphire Energy, Inc.’s award for exceptional dedication and service, and established the Sapphire Energy, Inc. programs for interns and the San Diego Science Festival.  She was a 2013 nominee for the Athena San Diego Pinnacle Awards (Individual in Technology) and the U.S. Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Energy Award in Innovation and Technology Development. 

Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University (Class of ’07), where she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow studying the genetic and physiological characterization of the bacteriophage lambda holin protein, S.  During her graduate studies, she received the Guseman Award for outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate Student Council and the graduate student body, the Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship for making major contributions to the academic opportunities and quality of life of her fellow graduate students, and the Biology Department Graduate Teaching Award.  Following her Ph.D., Rebecca worked as a post-doctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) characterizing envelope/receptor interactions in feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a lentivirus that causes and AIDS-like syndrome in the domestic cat. 

Rebecca and her husband, Philip Lee, have two children, Emmalyn and Ben.  They currently reside in Midland, Texas.



Nancy J. Wood '13

College of Education and Human Development
Ph.D. Educational Psychology with concentration in Educational Technology

San Antonio, Texas

nancy@nancyjwood.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Education/Higher Education/Faculty
  • Motivation
  • Art, Digital Art, Design



I was trained as an oil painter in traditional B.A. and M.F.A. programs at the University of California, Los Angeles where I studied with and was exposed to the work of influential California artists including Robert Heineken, Richard Diebenkorn, John Baldessari, William Wegman, Ed Ruscha, and others. During the early 1990’s I began working with digital media and that has been my primary medium for the past twenty years.
During the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries I was hired by colleges to teach art classes using the new digital media. At that time digital imaging, web design and multimedia design were brand new. The Adobe products were just beginning to be marketed. I found myself developing and teaching college courses for which there were no precedents: courses in web design and multimedia design had never existed before and I had to develop the courses from scratch. For some classes the only textbook available was the software user guide.  I decided to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology with concentration in Educational Technology at A&M. I focused my studies on instructional design and adult learning.
I found an online art teaching position that allowed me to pursue the PhD studies while supporting my household. Knowing that the online job was unstable I  hoped that my PhD degree from TAMU would give me another possible career field in which I could earn a living for myself and my husband.

Currently I am seeking positions in instructional design or online teaching. I am also developing my art career in public art and individual art projects.My recent conference presentations and most recent art exhibitions are listed below. More information on my website
http://www.nancyjwood.com

Recent Conference Presentations

2015 Wood, N. Task analysis of drawing. Poster presentation College Art Association, New York, N.Y.
2014 Wood, N. The relationships of media, task, and learner engagement in an online tutorial to teach art criticism. Presented to the National Association of Art Education Convention, San Diego, CA.
2011 Wood, N. An analysis of task structure, media type, learner engagement, and learning outcomes, in a tutorial designed to teach learners to critique a work of art. AACE E-Learn 2011, World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.

Recent Art Exhibitions and Awards

2017 San Antonio Tricentennial TriArt Proposal Public Review by Department of Arts & Culture panelists.
2017 Digital Landscapes, Art Institute of San Antonio, TX.
2016 One of 10 San Antonio artists selected for the San Antonio Department of Creative and Cultural Development’s Public Artist Mentorship program.
2016 San Antonio Art League and Museum. Ronald C. Keller in Memory of Betty Keller Sponsor Award
2015 Rivers and Roads. Moody Learning Center, San Antonio, TX
2015 Nancy Wood Digital Photography and Painting. BBVA Bank, Austin, TX


 

Deborah K. Wright '80

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science - Economics

Dallas, Texas

deborah.wright@prudential.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • General Counsel
  • Law
  • Leadership

Deborah K. Wright is responsible for providing legal advice to Prudential Mortgage Capital Company’s servicing affiliate, Prudential Asset Resources.  PAR’s $75B+ commercial real estate loan portfolio covers Prudential’s General Account, CMBS, Fannie Mae, FHA, Freddie Mac, and other loan portfolios.  This includes assistance in strategic initiatives, business planning, corporate matters, insurance matters, rating agency matters, operations and development, and documentation and negotiation of the acquisition of servicing portfolios.  Recently, she has been very involved with the coalition working to ensure continued availability of Evidence of Insurance to commercial lenders.  Deborah has over 30 years experience in servicing, special servicing and workouts.  Prior to joining Prudential, she was in private practice with concentrations in banking, real estate, finance, and bankruptcy, followed by a 13 year experience with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc. and AMRESCO, Inc., advising those companies with respect to international fund management, portfolio and corporate acquisitions, CMBS acquisitions and servicing (in both Master and Special servicing capacities), bankruptcy, litigation & workout matters, information technology and other intellectual property areas, and general corporate governance, and a position as General Counsel for Asset Management Company of America, L.P. (formerly a Goldman Sachs subsidiary).


 

Kristie Young '96

College of Liberal Arts
Speech Communication

kristie.young@lamar.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Communication
  • Community Relations
  • Grant Writing
  • Philanthropy
  • Volunteerism
  • Resume Writing/Interviewing

Kristie Young graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Speech Communication and currently is serving as the Associate Director of Development at Lamar University in Beaumont.  Prior to this role, she served as executive director of the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation that she helped establish four years ago. While there, Kristie launched the hospital’s signature black tie gala, La Soirée, which features a high-end multi-media fashion show complete with professional models.  It quickly became the must-attend event in Southeast Texas.

She has volunteered her time with many community organizations over the years serving in various capacities. Currently, Kristie is a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, Press Club of Southeast Texas member, a member of the Texas A & M Communication Advisory Board and a board member of the Children’s Museum of Southeast Texas and Regina Howell Elementary PTA.

Kristie is a past president of Beaumont Junior Forum and helped establish the Suits of Success program that clothed women in need with interview appropriate clothing. She is also a Leadership Beaumont and Leadership of Southeast Texas alumna.

The Junior League of Beaumont and the Beaumont Junior Forum have each recognized Kristie with volunteer of the year awards.  She held the title of Mrs. Beaumont 2012-2013 and competed in the Mrs. Texas International Pageant last year.

Kristie has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 15 years and has extensive experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, event coordination and administration.  She and her husband, Rodney, have two handsome, active boys, Haden, 10, and Bryce, 5. The Young family resides in Beaumont.

Kristie has expertise in the areas of: nonprofit, fashion, higher education, marketing, public relations and event coordination.


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