Current Board

Phil Miner ’80

Phil Miner ’80
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New Braunfels, TX

Phil is serving as The Association of Former Students’ 2017 Chair of the Board. His love for the world’s oceans led him to Texas A&M University where he graduated with a degree in Ocean Engineering. In 1994, Phil launched The Miner Corporation, a leading national provider of mission-critical services for material handling equipment. The company’s 1,500 employees serve more than 250 of the Fortune 500 and has been recognized by the Aggie 100 and among the top 500 fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine. Today, The Miner Corporation is owned by Harvest Partners of New York, and Phil has transitioned to investing in other entrepreneurs and helping them to grow their businesses as CEO of Southwest Border Partners. Phil was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and serves on the advisory board for the Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Sue Ellen ’81, have three children and one grandson: Brady, who is married to Jelena with son, Davor; Nick ’10; and Mallory ’12 who is married to Scott Odom ’12.

“Young alumni can impact the future of The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M by becoming a member of the Century Club. Why? Because it is through these gifts, that The Association is able to provide financial and program support to the University as well as recognized student organizations on campus. To continue this impact to future generations of Aggies, our young alumni must pass it on.”

Jimmy Williams ’83, Ph.D.

Jimmy Williams ’83, Ph.D.
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Wexford, PA

Jimmy serves as The Association of Former Students’ 2017 Chair Elect. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and went on to earn a MBA in marketing and management from Lindenwood College and a doctorate in engineering and policy from Washington University. He is the Executive Director and Distinguished Service Professor of the Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (ETIM) program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The ETIM program is an interdisciplinary, master’s degree course of study offered by Carnegie Mellon’s top-ranked College of Engineering in collaboration with the university’s Heinz College and Tepper School of Business. Prior to this position, Jimmy served as Vice President, Global Engineering at Pall Corp. where he led the 750-member engineering function, driving Pall’s global growth initiatives across its Life Science and Industrial Products business. Before joining Pall Corp., Jimmy spent 10 years with Alcoa, serving as Director of Development and Defense. At Alcoa, he led all facets of business and technology management, including innovation management, portfolio management, market analysis and product development, budgetary and project management, engineering design, production operations, quality systems, people development, and labor relations. During his distinguished career at The Boeing Co., he held a number of significant research and development and program management assignments. Jimmy also lectures in the Engineering and Technology Innovation Management graduate program at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh. A selfless servant to Texas A&M, Jimmy served on the Department of Mechanical Engineering Industry Council and was a National Representative for The Association of Former Students prior to his election to the Board. He and his wife, Valerie, have two children, Danielle and Justin.

“Our young alumni, by early and purposeful engagement will ensure that The Association of Former Students continues on the evolving journey of selfless and impactful relevancy for all.”

A. Dwain Mayfield ’59

A. Dwain Mayfield ’59
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Dublin, TX

Dwain serves as The Association of Former Students’ Immediate Past Chair. He graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and went on to earn a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1961. He also attended Texas Christian University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1973. He later completed the TCU Ranch Management program in 2005. Dwain joined General Dynamics in 1961 as a design engineer. He was one of the lead engineers on the highly successful F-16 aircraft program. After working in a variety of engineering, business development, and marketing roles, Dwain was appointed Vice President of Program Development for the Fort Worth division of General Dynamics. In this role, he led a team that was responsible for the worldwide marketing of the F-16 aircraft. He maintained this role when Lockheed Martin acquired the Fort Worth operation in 1993. Dwain later moved from this position to a special assignment as Vice President of Marketing Initiatives, where he reported to the President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and served as a senior advisor for a variety of Lockheed Martin fighter and transport business initiatives. Throughout his career, he remained connected to Texas A&M University as a recruiter for General Dynamics and later as Lockheed Martin’s appointed university executive for Texas A&M. Volunteering his time at Texas A&M, he is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Council, the Chancellor’s Century Council and serves on the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council. He also serves on the International Programs Advisory Board, the Development Council of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and is an emeritus member of the Private Enterprise Research Center board. Texas A&M has honored Dwain as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Dwight Look School of Engineering and as an Outstanding Graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering. He and his wife, Lynda, have endowed several engineering and study abroad scholarships. They have one son, David, and they balance their time between their home in Weatherford and their ranch near Stephenville. In addition to his volunteer work at Texas A&M University, he is active in a variety of roles at Tarleton State University that is near their family ranch in Erath County.

“The young graduate will not find a better way to maintain contact with their university and feel the pulse of the Worldwide Aggie Network than through the Association of Former Students. The Century Club provides an inexpensive and efficient way of staying connected. Early involvement usually grows into a lifetime of participation in giving back to the university they love.”

Porter S. Garner III ’79

Porter S. Garner III ’79
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College Station, TX

Porter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a B.B.A. in marketing and began his career with Hughes Tool Company before joining The Association’s staff as Field Director in 1981. After nearly 18 years of service to The Association, Porter was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization, making him only the seventh chief executive in The Association’s 138-year history. He assumed the leadership position in 2000 and over the last 16 years as President and CEO, has led initiatives to achieve The Association’s vision to become the premier alumni association, enhance Association services, and broaden the organization’s reach and relevance to the worldwide Aggie Network. Porter serves as a non-voting member of The Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, working closely with the Board to ensure that donated funds are used in the most efficient and effective ways to benefit Texas A&M and the Aggie Network. Under his leadership, The Association of Former Students has raised more than $153 million in support of Texas A&M University as well as capital and endowed gifts including gifts for the enhancements to the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center–the premier alumni center in the world. Porter is a member of the Self-Governing Alumni Forum (SGAF), Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and serves on the board of directors of the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – College Station Region. He served on numerous boards to include: CASE District IV, CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, Brazos Valley Rehab Center and March of Dimes. Porter and his wife, Lisa ’91, have three children: Claire ’21, Callie and Porter IV.

“We are fortunate to be a very young alumni association! The overall demographics of our former student base points to a bright future for Texas A&M. As The Association engages more of our younger former students, we have the opportunity to substantially impact Texas A&M and future generations of Aggies in meaningful ways.”

Mark W. Albers ’79

Mark W. Albers ’79
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The Woodlands, TX

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but raised in Texas, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979 and joined ExxonMobil upon graduation. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of positions in engineering, operations, and management. After several assignments in Texas, he was transferred to New Jersey in 1991 with responsibility for joint venture activities in the Netherlands. He was later transferred to Esso Australia in Melbourne as technical manager and subsequently as operations manager. He then held positions as Alaska interests manager and production manager for the Western U.S. In 2001, Mark became vice president, Africa, Chad/Nigeria for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston, and later served as executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation in Irving, Texas. He then became president of ExxonMobil Development Company in October 2004. He was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in April 2007. Mark has served on the Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council since 2004. He serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee. In 2010, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus by Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and in 2005 was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. Mark is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Institution of Engineers Australia, and the Board of Trustees of the US Council for International Business. He serves on the executive committee of the Board of Visitors of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Industry Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), and is a Trustee of the Grace School of Theology. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Cindy. They have four adult children: Byron ’06, David, Amanda ’11 and Amy ’15 along with six grandchildren: Caleb, Rebecca, Savannah, Cole, Adelaide, and Liesel.

“Young alumni ARE the future, and their ideas and interests will soon shape the strength and direction of The Association of Former Students.”

Pat C. Beaird ’83

Pat C. Beaird ’83
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Dallas, TX

Pat earned his degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1984 and has practiced as a CPA for over 30 years. He is also licensed as a Personal Financial Specialist, which is the highest financial planning designation awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 1989, Pat co-founded the Dallas CPA firm of Beaird Harris & Co., P.C. where he serves as President and Managing Shareholder. With extensive experience in complex tax matters and a background in advanced estate planning, he works with high net worth individuals and closely-held businesses. Beaird Harris has been named to Accounting Today’s list of the 100 Best CPA Firms to Work and HQ Advisory’s list of Top Accounting Firms in Dallas. In 1996, Pat co-founded Beaird Harris Wealth Management, Inc., a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm with approximately $800 million of assets under management. Beaird Harris has been named to CNBC’s list of the Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms in the United States. It has also been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of The 25 Largest Wealth Management Firms in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Pat has been further recognized by Medical Economics as one of The Best Financial Advisors for Doctors. He combines his extensive background in tax with a strong resume in wealth management to help clients structure their business and personal lives for the objective of achieving and maintaining financial independence. Pat currently serves on four other boards, including one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the United States. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. Prior to being elected to The Association of Former Students Board, he served as a Representative at Large. Pat and his wife, Colleen, are Endowed Century Club donors to The Association. They have three daughters, including their oldest who is a member of Texas A&M’s Class of 2011.

“When young alumni get involved with The Association of Former Students, they will quickly confirm one of the great truths about Texas A&M. It was a family while you were on campus and it’s a family after you graduate. The Association is a huge asset for all young alumni as they begin to make contacts and start their careers.”

Gregory M. Cokinos ’79

Gregory M. Cokinos ’79
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Houston, TX

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Houston, Texas



Gregory graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in December 1981. For more than 30 years, he has concentrated his practice in commercial litigation and transactions, both nationally and internationally. A founder of Cokinos | Young, his law firm is considered to be the largest in Texas focusing on construction and engineering law, with offices in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. Gregory’s experience includes all aspects of commercial and industrial real estate construction and development. Although his practice is concentrated in the area of construction and real estate development issues, the firm handles a wide range of litigation matters and contract negotiations, including significant cases in virtually every area of commercial law, securities fraud, patent infringement, employment, banking, franchise agreements and oil and gas. Gregory is a member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and was the first lawyer from the City of Houston inducted into this prestigious organization. He has been named as one of The Top 100 Super Lawyers in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly every year since 2007. He was instrumental in the creation of the Construction Law Journal and has been the Journal’s editor since its inception. He is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, on both the commercial and construction panels, and for the International Center for Dispute Resolution, and served on the American Arbitration Association’s Grievance Committee Panel for USA Track and Field. Gregory comes from a long line of Aggies, with 25-plus former students in his family. In addition to being an Endowed Century Club Member with The Association of Former Students, he served as the 2006 Chair of the 12th Man Foundation where he continues to remain actively involved. Married to the former Page Crowther, Gregory and Page have six children with two, Katherine ’17 and Carter ’19, enrolled at Texas A&M and one graduate, Kyle ’16.

“In an increasingly diverse and changing society, it is essential that our young alumni remain engaged with the University through The Association of Former Students to maintain the Aggie Network, which provides invaluable support for our former students around the world.”

Mark A. Fischer ’72

Mark A. Fischer ’72
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Edmond, OK

Mark graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He began his career with Exxon Company USA that same year in the Permian Basin of West Texas where he held various positions as production engineer, reservoir engineer, field superintendent and finally supervising production engineer. From 1977 until 1980, Mark served as the drilling and production manager for the West Texas and then Mid-Continent Divisions of TXO Production Corp. He held the position of division operations manager for Slawson Exploration Co. from 1980 until 1988, focusing on the Mid-Continent and Panhandle Divisions. In 1988, Mark founded Chaparral Energy, an independent oil and gas producer operating in the midcontinent area and headquartered in Oklahoma City, where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since its inception until his retirement in 2016. Under his leadership, Chaparral Energy grew in size to more than 350 employees in the company and had annual revenues in excess of $400 million. Chaparral received the Oklahoma City Metro 50 Award eight times and the prestigious Aggie 100 Award four times. Mark is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He served as a director of the API from 1984 to 1986. He chairs the Board of Directors and owns Dippin’ Dots, LLC, Pointe Vista Development, LLC, SuMark Pharmacies, LLC, Doc Popcorn, LLC, Crumbs, LLC. He also serves on several non-profit boards including the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Mark was a national finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a recipient of both the Aerospace Department Distinguished Alumnus Award and the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M in 2014. Volunteering his time to Texas A&M University, Mark serves on the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council and is one of several chairs for Texas A&M’s comprehensive “Lead by Example” campaign. He is a major donor to the Kyle Field Redevelopment Project and the new Engineering Education Complex. He is a member of the Texas A&M Legacy Society and the Eppright Distinguished Donors Program. Mark and his wife, SuSu, have two children: Scott and Christy Fischer Speakes ’04.

“Being recognized as a former student of Texas A&M University, one of the leading universities in the country, is an honor and one that every former student should cherish. Maintaining relationships with their class and other former students has many merits and benefits that they will not be able to achieve with any other organization affiliation.”

George N. Harris, Jr. ’85

George N. Harris, Jr. ’85
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Alexandria, VA

George graduated from Texas A&M University with his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1985 and earned his law degree in 1990. He is the Managing Partner of Kozusko Harris Duncan, a boutique private client law firm with offices in Washington DC, New York, and Chicago. George’s practice focuses on domestic and international families and the many personal issues they face including complex tax, succession, and charitable planning; family offices, private trust companies, and closely-held businesses; and the resolution of tax and fiduciary disputes. He serves as a fiduciary for family trusts, including responsibility for the selection and oversight of investment advisors, and frequently provides legal advice to others who are serving in that capacity. As an extension of his family-service practice, he works closely with Wealthbridge Partners LLC, a leading education provider for families of significant wealth, on curriculum development and governance consulting. Before entering private practice, George served as a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, and was awarded the division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. He previously served as a Representative at Large for The Association of Former Students and as a member of the board of directors of the National Capital Texas A&M Club. George and his wife, Karen Zent ’86, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

“To paraphrase Emerson, if we persist in doing something it becomes easier because our ability improves. Selfless service is like any other activity in this regard and time is a precious resource for almost everyone. Early engagement with The Association, no matter how limited in the first few years after graduation, lays the foundation for deeper involvement with A&M in the future. Working together through The Association with thousands of their fellow recent graduates, these Aggies can ensure students and future students have the same great experiences and opportunities as they had when they were on campus.”

Glenn D. Hart ’78

Glenn D. Hart ’78
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Houston, TX

As Laredo Energy’s former Chairman, CEO and co-founder, Glenn contributed more than 30 years of experience to the company and its predecessor, as a successful developer of oil and gas resources throughout South Texas. Following graduation from Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering, Glenn began his career as an engineer in the late 1970s with Tenneco Oil Co.’s Gulf Coast Division. He moved on to serve as an engineering manager for Sanchez-O’Brien Oil & Gas Company before founding Michael Petroleum in 1983. In 2001, Houston-based Michael Petroleum was sold to Calpine Natural Gas and, with other members of his management team, Glenn formed Laredo Energy. He holds membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A sports entrepreneur, Glenn was the founding owner of the Laredo Bucks professional hockey team in 2002. He was also the founder of the Houston Aeros in 1994, and was a co-owner of the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA minor league baseball team. In addition, he was a founder of the Aerodrome Ice Skating Complexes and served as Chairman of Arena Ventures, which owned the Laredo Bucks. Arena Ventures also developed the Laredo Entertainment Center, now known as Laredo Energy Arena, and the surrounding property. He was a founder of the Spirit Ice Arena located in College Station. Glenn was inducted in to the Laredo Business Hall of Fame in 2016. He served as a deacon of the Second Baptist Church of Houston and is an Elder at Faith Bible Church of Brazos County, near their ranch and part-time residence near Kurten. Glenn has served Texas A&M on the Board of Trustees of the 12th Man Foundation, the President’s Corps of Cadets Board of Visitors, the Chancellor’s Century Council, and the Industry Board of the Petroleum Engineering Department. Glenn and his wife, Lauren, reside in Houston and have three children, Michael ’04, Katie Baskara ’06 and Landon; along with four grandsons, Caleb, Joshua, Luke and William and two granddaughters, Victoria and Charlotte.

“During the hectic period of establishing marriages, children and career paths, it is easy to see how one can fall “out of touch” with the tremendous continuing achievements of their fellow recent students and those of Texas A&M University. The Association of Former Students keeps the flame alive until one can return to serving in various ways.”

Dara G. Hegar ’95

Dara G. Hegar ’95
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Katy, TX

Born and raised in the Houston area, Dara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with honors from Texas A&M University in 1995. She received her Master of Arts degree in International Relations and her law degree from St. Mary’s University, where she served as Associate Editor of the Law Review Journal in 1998. During her time at Texas A&M, Dara served as a member of SCONA, studied abroad in France, participated in a cooperative education program with the Walt Disney Corporation, and was a scholar on the James Earl Rudder Normandy Program. Upon completing law school, she served as briefing attorney to the Honorable Richard H. Edelman at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. In 1999, Dara joined The Lanier Law Firm, P.C. where she is currently the Managing Attorney for the firm’s offices in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. She has represented clients in each of the firm’s practice areas and has focused on trial coordination in complex litigation matters. Dara has represented clients and Fortune 500 companies from across the nation. While her proficiency spans across all of the firm’s practice areas, her specialty has been managing complex litigations and providing specific insight at trial that has resulted in many significant verdicts and settlements over the past 17 years. Dara has been named a “Rising Star” in the legal community eight times by Texas Monthly, receiving the honor each year from 2006 through 2013. She also was named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in 2013 by The National Trial Lawyers. Furthermore, she was also honored to be included in U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition to having serving on the Board of Directors for The Association of Former Students, she is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and Texas Senate Ladies Club. Dara and her husband, The Honorable Glenn Hegar ’93, reside in Katy and have three children all striving to be future Aggies, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.

“Young alumni are the future of The Association of Former Students and have the opportunity to sustain and enhance the Aggie experience for future Ags. By creating opportunities for current students, staying active with The Aggie Network, and making an annual gift, young alumni are ensuring Texas A&M’s continued growth and success.”

Kristi Sherrill Hoyl ’86

Kristi Sherrill Hoyl ’86
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Dallas, TX

Kristi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration. From 1991 to 2001, Kristi served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Dallas. In addition to coordinating a range of successful programs with other government, corporate and not-for-profit entities, she oversaw special projects for the Mayor’s Office, such as launching the Mayor’s Annual Summer Reading Program and developing the Mayor’s Annual Summer Jobs Program. Kristi transitioned into the non-profit sector developing the Education is Freedom Foundation for 7-Eleven, Inc. This national foundation focuses attention and financial support on helping students, who otherwise would not have the opportunity, pursue a college education. In 2004, Kristi joined the Baylor Health Care System as vice president of external and government affairs. In this role, Kristi was responsible for setting the legislative agenda and cultivating relations at the local, state and federal level of government as they relate to health care issues. In March 2014, Kristi became the chief government affairs officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, the newly formed parent company for the combined health systems of Scott & White Healthcare and Baylor Health Care System. Kristi is active in the Dallas community and has received numerous civic awards, including the Boys and Girls Club Rising Star Award, the Downtown Renaissance Award, the Volunteer Nurses Association Volunteer of the Year award and participated in The Marshall Memorial Fellowship and the British American Partnership among others. Kristi is married to Ron Hoyl and has three children: Alex, Luke and Sydney.

“It is important for young graduates to stay connected through The Association of Former Students. Not only do you build important relationships for your career and connections, but you also give back to an institution that means so much to all of us. It is a win-win proposition!”

Robert Jordan ’85

Robert Jordan ’85
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Flower Mound, TX

Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Texas A&M University. He currently serves as Southwest Airlines’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer where he provides executive leadership for Marketing, Revenue Management, Network Planning, Customer Support and Services, Customer Relations, and the Customer Experience. Bob’s key responsibilities include oversight of the Southwest brand, continuous improvement of the customer experience, growing the award-winning Rapid Rewards loyalty program, product distribution and southwest.com, and delivering on the company’s revenue plan. He is also responsible for the delivery of key company initiatives and served as President of Southwest’s formerly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Bob joined Southwest Airlines in 1988, and has served in roles including Corporate Controller, Vice President Procurement, Vice President Technology, Senior Vice President Enterprise Spend Management, and Executive Vice President Strategy and Technology. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines, Bob worked for Hewlett-Packard as a programmer and financial analyst. Bob also currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Container Store, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is the recipient of both the Computer Science Distinguished Former Student and the Mays Outstanding Alumni awards, and serves on the Mays Business School Dean’s Advisory Board. Bob and his wife, Kelly ’86, are members of the Texas A&M Legacy Society and are active in charitable organizations, including Cross Timbers Community Church, Compassion International and the Metropolitan Opera. They have two grown children: Sheryl ’09 who is married to Gabe ’07, and Soren ’10 who is married to Victoria ’12.

“It’s important to view graduation as a beginning, not an end. Life gets busy and there is a constant competition for your time, attention, and resources. The Association provides so many ways to stay engaged as a student, graduate, and former student, and your life will be enriched through an ongoing connection and commitment to Texas A&M.”

Stephen L. "Steve" LaMantia ’81

Stephen L. "Steve" LaMantia ’81
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Laredo, TX

Steve graduated from Texas A&M University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He serves as Vice President, General Manager and Partner in L&F Distributors, the leading Anheuser-Busch distributor in the lower Texas region, west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Steve spends his weekends in the fall working as a D1 college football referee. A selfless servant, he has held leadership positions on several boards and currently serves on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Regional Mobility Authority, the Texas Rangers Foundation and the Laredo PAC Board. His contributions to south Texas have impacted students and the education community greatly. In 1991, he, along with his family, formed a partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which raised over $5 million and awarded over 2,600 scholarships to students in south Texas over an eight-year period. In 2002, upon joining forces with his family again and respected business leaders from the community, Steve helped establish the South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to students from south and west Texas. Together, the community has helped STARS raise over $28 million since its start a decade ago and has enabled over 13,500 students from south and west Texas receive a higher education through scholarships to date. Steve and his wife, Linda ’82, have five daughters, two sons-in-law: Annie ’08 and Casey Cullen, Morgan, Katherine ’10, Samantha ’12 and Matt Luchak ’11, and Molly ’15; along with two granddaughters, Avery Cullen ’32 and Blair Cullen ’34.

“Part of the A&M tradition is service above self. A young alumni’s participation with our former students applies that mantra that they can be proud of and carry with them for years to come.”

Cathy Mann ’92

Cathy Mann ’92
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Kingwood, TX

Cathy graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1992 and later earned an MBA from Rice University in 2011. While at Texas A&M, she was active in Student Government, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, served as a Fish Camp counselor, and was a member of the Aggieland yearbook staff. She serves as Vice President for Marketing & Communications at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a leading international classification society. Previously, Cathy led Halliburton’s global marketing strategy and execution, and has held senior leadership positions in corporate communications and human resources management, with global work assignments completed in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. In 2011, Cathy was named as one of the ‘Women Worth Watching’ by the Profiles in Diversity Journal and has received many other awards including the Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators, the Excalibur Award from the Public Relations Society of America, and Best of Texas and Silver Spur honors from the Texas Public Relations Association. While at Rice University, she received the Jones Citizenship Award and the M.A. “Mike” Wright Award for leadership excellence and exemplary service to the Jones Graduate School of Business. Cathy is a registered descendant member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. Cathy and her husband, Stan, reside in Kingwood.

“Young alumni are a critical component to The Association’s future success through their engagement and impact to the organization. The current generation of students and recent graduates are helping define and shape how The Association supports the Aggie Network as well as Texas A&M University today and tomorrow. Future generations of Aggies will look to young alumni today to understand how they have kept the university’s spirit and traditions alive, as well as what they have done to continue offering the opportunities and rewards available through The Association of Former Students.”

General T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley ’71 (USAF, Ret)

General T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley ’71 (USAF, Ret)
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Sumter, South Carolina

General Moseley earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and entered the United States Air Force. He served a 38+ year career as a fighter pilot and combat commander at all levels. Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, General Moseley assumed command of the 9th U.S. Air Force/U.S. Central Command Air Forces where he was responsible for the planning and execution of all joint/combined air and space combat operations against hostile Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), terrorist activities along the Horn of Africa and later, hostile Iraqi and insurgent forces in Iraq (Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom). In 2003 he returned to Washington and served first, as the Vice Chief of Staff and next as the 18th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. In that capacity he was the nation’s senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organizing, training and equipping of more than 700,000 active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian personnel serving worldwide. General Moseley has been “knighted” by Her Majesty, the Queen of England and has received numerous national-level awards from Allied and Coalition Partner nations. For his principled leadership, innovation and contributions in combat as well as in peacetime, he has been awarded eight Distinguished Service Medals from the Secretary of Defense, the Departments of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Homeland Security. He has also had the special honor of having an elementary school in his hometown of Grand Prairie named after him for his exemplary service to the country. He remains active in lecturing on leadership and the international security environment. He currently serves as a Director of the EastWest Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has led Aggie Musters, served as Muster Speaker at various locations, while deployed in combat and within the State of Texas. He has chaired numerous lectures and discussions on campus and has led various leadership and character seminars for the Corps of Cadets as well as civilian students. General Moseley was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in 2005 and he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University in 2013.

“The Association of Former Students is a foundational piece of the culture that defines our beloved Texas A&M University and makes it the envy of the world. There are no other comparable associations or activities that so define the relationship among a university, its current students and its graduates as The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.”

Hon. Ingrid M. Warren ’93

Hon. Ingrid M. Warren ’93
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Dallas, TX

Judge Warren graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and went on to attend The University of Texas School of Law where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1996. She currently serves as the Judge for Probate Court No. 2 in Dallas, Texas where she presides over 37.5% of all probate matters in Dallas County and through the court's administrative powers, manages more than $600 million in assets annually. Judge Warren's professional experience includes serving as a United States Bankruptcy Court law clerk from 1996 to 1997. Following law school she was an associate with a large Dallas-based law firm, Jenkens & Gilchrist, from 1997 to 1999 where she researched, prepared, and argued bankruptcy pleadings on behalf of debtors, financial institutions, landlords, and franchisors. She researched issues for the Plan of Reorganization in the bankruptcy of FirstPlus Financial, Inc., one of the 10 largest filings in 1999, and published periodic bankruptcy case updates in trade magazines. Later, Judge Warren became a financial consultant at Smith Barney where she developed client relationships with high net-worth individuals and small businesses. She created investment policies, determined asset allocations, and recommended investment opportunities during the worst investment environment in decades, and was the highest producing Financial Consultant Associate in the Plano office in 2002. Judge Warren was a contract attorney in the greater Chicago area from 2004 to 2005, and was a shareholder at Mahomes Bolden Warren Sigmon PC from 2008 to 2011. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Center for the Judiciary and National College of Probate Judges. In her spare time, Ingrid enjoys social dancing, spending time with friends and family, mentoring children with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and volunteering with her church.

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