The A&M Clubs Committee is made up of 14 Regional Representatives who advise The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M Club liaisons (Club Presidents and Young Alumni Coordinators) on best practices for engaging young former students on the local level. This committee is charged with assessing existing engagement strategies, suggesting improvements, and recommending new initiatives for engaging this demographic.
The YAAC Regional Representative is a volunteer who serves on behalf of The Association of Former Students, responsible for maintaining regular communication and guidance to A&M Clubs within their assigned region, and is a member of the Young Alumni Advisory Council A&M Clubs Committee.
To see a complete list of A&M Clubs within each region, click here
Meet the 2017 A&M Clubs Committee
2017 Committee Chair
Laura Maskell '06
Laura Maskell is a business professional with a passion for building brands, people and communities. While at Texas A&M, Laura was involved with various student organizations including Class Councils, FLDR, Fish Camp, and the Aggie Gymnastics Team. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in genetics, she worked for an international leadership education program aimed at building bridges of understanding between cultures. Laura’s work brought her to various countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, where she oversaw program logistics, marketing and student recruitment. Laura later earned her MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management and had the honor of serving as Student Body President.
Subsequently, Laura developed a marketing strategy for Lama Hourani (a top jewelry designer in Jordan), consulted for Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and spent time working with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, a U.S. Department of State program that enables high school students from predominantly Muslim countries to attend school in the U.S. for one year. In 2011, Laura began working for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA where her projects ranged from college football, music festivals and sweepstakes programs, to recycling initiatives and scholarship programs for underprivileged youth. While in Atlanta, Laura served as VP of Volunteer Activities at the Ronald McDonald House, Thunderbird School of Global Management Atlanta Chapter President, and Membership Chair of the Atlanta A&M Club.
Currently, Laura lives in Philadelphia, PA and leads the marketing for a number of Coca-Cola’s top domestic asset partners. Her partners include professional sports teams, NASCAR, top tier universities, and theme parks. She is also involved in Coca-Cola Women’s LINC, having recently served on the operating board in an effort to engage, inspire and develop women within the company. In her spare time, Laura enjoys volunteering, hanging out with Philadelphia area Aggies, hiking, and doing hunt tests with her vizsla dog, Oslo.
Region 1 Representative
Alycyn Keeling graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. She was a member of Class Councils, Zeta Tau Alpha, Mays Business Fellows and participated in the Texas A&M Public Policy Internship Program.
Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC and served as a confidential assistant in the Office of the Secretary and as a regional representative in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education during the George W. Bush Administration. Following the Administration, she became a Project Manager and Executive Assistant for Margaret Spellings & Company, an education policy and consulting firm.
In January of 2014, she moved back to Texas to work for George W. Bush Presidential Center as a Special Projects Manager. In this role, she coordinated a conference for all University Presidents in Texas and assisted in the development of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
She now resides in her hometown of Levelland, Texas and serves as the Executive Director of the Wallace Theater, a 501c3 non-profit organization working to restore and renovate the historic theater to become a cinema and live performance venue.
Alycyn currently serves on the board of the Levelland Main Street Program, the Hockley County Endowment, and is a member of the Medici Circle at the Texas Tech School of Art. She is the program coordinator for the Levelland Noon Rotary Club, a member of the Hockley County Historical Society, and Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
Region 2 Representative
Jonet Gonzalez ’12
Jonet is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012 from Harker Heights, TX and she continues to serve her beloved university through YAAC and the Dallas A&M Club. Though she is a first generation Aggie, she quickly embraced the Aggie Spirit and gravitated strongly towards the Aggie Core Value of Selfless Service. As a student, she was involved in Class Councils, OneLove, Fade to Black, GUIDE, and Fish Camp. Jonet's passion as a student was Fish Camp and she served as a counselor all 4 years and postponed her graduation a semester to fulfill her leadership position as a Co-Chair.
Upon graduation in December of 2012, Jonet moved to Dallas to pursue a career in Human Resources and is currently employed with Invitation Homes as an HR Business Partner. Jonet continues to uphold the value of Selfless Service in her new community. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for DallasHR as the first Young Professionals Director and was an integral part of founding the Young Professionals committee. Jonet is an active member of Junior League of Dallas where she serves the Dallas community through volunteering 60+ hours per year at the Cancer Support Community of North Texas. She is also in her 4th year as an officer for the Dallas A&M Club. She most recently served as Muster Chair where she led the 2016 Dallas event that hosted over 800 Aggies. Above all, Jonet enjoys spending quality time with the two main men in her life: her fiance, Bill, and their chocolate lab, Governor Clarence Bumblesnout.
Region 3 Representative
Augustus (Gus) Scott Blessing '15
Augustus (Gus) Scott Blessing graduated from Texas A&M in the spring of 2015. His four year program allowed him to graduate with a B.A. and Masters in International Affairs. Further, Gus sought out opportunities outside the classroom. He was a member of a Freshman Leadership Organization, a Fish Camp counselor, ambassador of the Honors Program, served in the Student Senate, a member of One Army: Texas Aggie Men United, participated in the Abbott Family Leadership Conference, and served his community through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Professionally, Gus has had experiences in an eminent domain law firm, the Department of Defense Office of Legal Counsel, CNN in Chile, and an education non-profit. After his graduation in May 2015, Gus started working for Infosys Consulting. As a consultant, Gus helps large corporations maintain and improve a targeted technology presence for their strategic needs. He specifically helps with project management and stakeholder communication capacities. Gus seeks to develop fundamental competencies and learn the professional environment with the hopes of returning to academic for his MBA.
Region 4 Representative
Cody Eberhart '13
I was born in Carrollton, TX, but grew up in Granbury. I attended my first Fightin’ Texas Aggie football game at six weeks of age when I attended my mom's A&M class reunion. Since both of my parents are Aggies and very active in former student activities, that was only the start of a long history of Aggie "exposure", from A&M Club meetings and Aggie Musters, to numerous football weekends to watch my brothers march ins for the Corps.
After high school, I attended Texas A&M University and obtained a degree in Industrial Distribution with a minor in Business. While at A&M, I was involved in numerous organizations on campus. I spent four years in the Corps of Cadets, holding multiple leadership positions. That was never enough. I served as a Fish Camp Counselor, Big Sib for MSC Fly, and as an officer position in the Professional Association for Industrial Distribution. I also stayed busy working part time during the school year, and completing internships in the summers.
After graduating, I began working for Texas AirSystems in Dallas as an Outside Sales Representative. I have been involved on many large commercial projects in Dallas and just transferred to Houston in September. I am involved in ASHRAE, ASA, and YEA organizations in my industry and stay active in the Houston A&M Club. When I was in Dallas, I actively networked, volunteered and invited people to young alumni events to encourage participation with the Dallas A&M Club. I also head up our career fairs every semester to recruit the next young Aggies for our company. I enjoy attending football games with my family and traveling to away games. I also enjoy hunting and fishing.
Region 5 Representative
Preston Sturdivant '15
Born and raised in College Station, Preston is a second generation Aggie. He graduated in May of 2015 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. Following graduation, Preston moved to Conroe and began working as a sales representative for a distribution company out of Houston.
While a student at Texas A&M, Preston was a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and the Corps of Cadets. He also served on the Nichols Rising Leader Conference Staff, was on the Corps Marathon Team, and served as the Commanding Officer of the Ross Volunteer Company his Zip (senior) year. Outside of the Corps, Preston was an Aggie Rep for the department of Agricultural Economics and an Impact Counselor. Preston also spent the summer of 2013 working in Washington D.C. as an intern with the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program.
Preston and his wife now live in Palestine, Texas where he works for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as an Extension Agent. His primary responsibility is 4-H and Youth Development, where he manages the 4-H program in Anderson County and oversees all Extension programming in schools. Brooke is a 5th grade Science teacher for Palestine ISD. Together, they enjoy being active in their church, being part of the local A&M club, and exercising with Scout, their dog.
Region 6 Representative
Jon Maldonado '09
Jon is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for UBS Wealth Management in Austin, Texas and is passionate about helping families create clarity and confidence with their financial objectives. Prior to working at UBS, Jon worked at Northwestern Mutual and Teach for America and also attended the Kanakuk Institute. As a Teach for America alumni, Jon is a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for students throughout the Austin community and is a recent graduate of Leadership Austin.
Jon enjoys serving on the Young Life Executive Committee for Hays High School. During his college experience, Jon was involved with Brotherhood of Christian Aggies (BCA), Aggies in Mission, Fish Camp and Impact. In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Region 7 Representative
Stephanie Almeter '08
Stephanie M. Almeter is a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University, where she was involved in numerous leadership organizations, including MSC ALOT, Fish Camp, and Maggies, and awarded the J. Malon Southerland Aggie Leader Award, recognizing her commitment to servant leadership. Stephanie was also awarded the Honors Incentive Award for her achievement in the A&M Honors Program, as well as the Aggie Bar Scholarship for her display of exceptional promise in the legal field. Stephanie attended Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas, where her litigation skills were developed and honed through Baylor’s rigorous Practice Court program. While at Baylor Law, she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for her achievements in advocacy and was very involved with Baylor’s nationally recognized advocacy teams, including the UC Davis Political Asylum & Refugee Moot Court Competition Team and the National Security Law Moot Court Competition Team. Stephanie was a semi-finalist as a member of the National Security Law Moot Court Competition Team and co-authored an appellate brief that was awarded Second Runner-Up in a competitive pool of candidates.
Stephanie was also a Semi-Finalist in the Naman, Howell, Smith& Lee Client Counseling Competition. During Baylor Law’s Appellate Practice Program, Stephanie co-authored a bench memorandum used in preparation for oral argument in a case of first impression before the Texas Supreme Court. Stephanie joined McCathern as an Associate in 2011. Stephanie is rapidly honing her litigation skills and appreciates every opportunity to participate in the courtroom. She is currently in the process of being admitted to all Texas state and federal courts and is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and its Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). In 2014, Stephanie was selected to become a member of the 2014 DAYL Leadership Class, a group dedicated to honing leadership skills and exploring how attorneys can make a difference in their profession and community. Further, Stephanie has been selected as a 2014 and 2015 Rising Star, an accommodation given to only 2.5% of eligible attorneys for excellent work in the legal field. Stephanie was also featured in the Texas A&M Foundation article "Raising the Bar."
Region 8 Representative
Abbey (Hartgrove) Rice '11
Abbey attended Texas A&M University from 2007-2011 where she was heavily involved inside and outside of the classroom. Abbey served as a Fish Camp counselor for two years and then went on to become a Co-Chair in 2010. She served the Texas A&M Football program as an Aggie Hostess in 2009 and 2010. Although she considered staying in College Station for graduate school, she decided she wanted to experience the city life and moved to Houston.
She attended The University of Houston for Graduate School in 2012 where she studied Educational Psychology with a concentration in Higher Education. During her time at UH she worked worked in leadership and community service leading multiple programs and advising student organizations. This included the assistance of kick-starting the Ignite Freshmen Leadership Program, which went on to grow with multiple levels and become available for the freshmen - senior classes. In 2014 the UH Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services awarded Abbey the Graduate Student of the Year award for all of her contributions to the University of Houston's student life.
In the last 6 months of her Masters program Abbey was offered a position at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business as the Assistant Director for the Full-Time MBA program office. In her first year at Rice, Abbey was awarded two JGSB Impact Awards for going above and beyond for her role with international initiatives and her work with exchange students.
Currently, Abbey continues to work for the Jones School where she is now the Associate Director of Global Programming. Her position is working to build global programming into the MBA curriculum so that every student has a global experience. In the past three years she has led three international trips to China and Argentina with about 50 students each year.
Abbey hopes to continue building her career in Higher Education and aspires to one day contribute to student success at the University that developed her passion for it in the first place, Texas A&M!
Region 9 Representative
Arielle (Carchidi) Dunbar ’12
Arielle (Carchidi) Dunbar received her bachelor’s degree in Maritime Studies with minors in Economics and Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University at Galveston in May of 2012. While at TAMUG, Arielle served her fellow students in several organizations, including as Student Body President and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs in the Student Government Association. She was in the inaugural class of the TAMUG Honors Program and conducted research with her faculty advisor, coauthoring a paper presented at the International Conference on Piracy at Sea in 2011. As an undergraduate, Arielle received the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, the Edwin Eikel Outstanding Student Award, and the Texas Institute of Oceanography Research Fellowship.
Following graduation, Arielle decided to follow her passions for public service and policy by pursuing a Master of Public Service and Administration at the Bush School at Texas A&M. At the Bush School, she focused on policy analysis, homeland security, and technology policy. Throughout her graduate studies, Arielle worked as the IT Policy Graduate Assistant with Texas A&M Networking and Information Security. She also completed an internship with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and served on the planning committees for Student Research Week and the Texas A&M Women’s Leadership Conference.
Currently, Arielle is the Special Projects Coordinator with the Maritime Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. She is the Vice President of the Killeen-Fort Hood Area A&M Club and the Communications Officer for the Sea Aggie Former Student Network. Arielle currently lives in Killeen, Texas with her husband, Nathan Dunbar ’13, and their dog, Rudder.
Region 10 Representative
Fernando "Ag" Escalante '13
After graduation Texas A&M I went into an operations development program within my company. I worked every position available in the field from the ground up, and after a year and a half I ended up in charge of a drilling rig. After repeated record breaking performances in South Texas, I took over the marketing, and branding departments in West Texas.
I am now the face of my company in the most critical area in the continental United States, and definitely a key part of our current success contracting rigs in the middle of the worst market in 40 years.
Region 11 Representative
2017 Committee Chair-Elect
John Brock '12
San Francisco, California
John Brock graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M in 2012 with a degree in Computer Engineer and minor in Mathematics. Upon graduation he moved to San Francisco, California to work for Salesforce as a Software Engineer. During his time at Texas A&M, John was an active member of CARPOOL (Texas A&M's student-run safe-ride program) serving as Vice-Chair his senior year and Deputy Director of Risk Management his junior year. Additionally, he was a student ambassador for the Department of Computer Science providing tours to prospective students, participating in interview and Q&A panels, and other various campus activities. John started work for Salesforce in June of 2012 working on the Platform - Admin team which is responsible for all user access control within every Salesforce application. Last year, he transitioned to the Enterprise API team which provides the framework for all Salesforce data APIs and serves over 1 Billion requests per day. In 2014, John was recognized as a Technology All-Star which is a peer-nominated award given to 1% of the Technology and Products organization.
Outside work, John is currently serving his second term as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Aggie Club. He helps coordinate weekly football watch parties which average 30 to 50 attendees, monthly happy hours in the off-season, an annual summer BBQ, an annual ski trip (if the weather permits), the club's Muster ceremony which had over 75 attendees in 2014, and various other events throughout the year. John is currently starting a scholarship program which will provide assistance to California students attending Texas A&M. John also remains active helping CARPOOL with their technology needs and desires. He built and supports a new membership application website which hosts and manages the Fall and Spring membership rounds and automates many of the time-consuming manual processes of the past. In 2014, John received the inaugural CARPOOL Distinguished Alumni Award for his continued dedication to the organization.
Region 12 Representative
Rachel Fisher '15
Rachel Fisher graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a minor in English. While attending Texas A&M, Rachel served as Chair of Memorial Student Center (MSC) OPAS, an on-campus organization dedicated to presenting professional productions of theatre, music, and dance programs to the student body and Brazos Valley community. Overseeing the 130-member student committee and a team of student directors, Rachel led the organization in hosting and publicizing world-class entertainment – such as Phillip Phillips, Jerry Seinfeld, Willie Nelson, and various Broadway shows – to Texas A&M. She was also involved in MSC ALOT and volunteered with Breakaway Ministries.
Recognitions earned include the MSC Stark Award for Outstanding Leadership, the MSC OPAS Reynolds Leadership Award, the Connie Wortham Award for Superior Achievement in Community/Student Relations, and – in high school – the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Rachel continues to pursue her passion of making the arts accessible by serving as Marketing Coordinator at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, which provides programming that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse, and always free of charge to the public – the largest of its kind in the country. Her role includes overseeing branding efforts, developing and maintaining a strong web and social media presence, and drafting marketing collateral. Rachel is an active member of her church and enjoys traveling and writing in her free time.
Region 13 Representative
Bryce Bender '12
Bryce has received degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S. Industrial Distribution) and from George Washington University (Masters of Public Policy with concentration in Homeland Security/Defense policy). Professionally, Bryce has worked with nationwide political campaigns developing data visualizations and targeted communications plans through the use of extensive political and consumer data.
At Deloitte Consulting, Bryce has supported the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense by working with division directors to develop wide-ranging portfolio management systems to reduce waste and control costs. He specializes in designing change, resource allocation, supply chain strategy, analytical modeling, cost reduction, and data visualization.
Region 14 Representative
John Martin '08
John Martin is currently the Legislative Director for Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), where he manages the Senator's legislative agenda in the Senate and his legislative staff. He previously for Governor Asa Hutchinson as Senior Health Policy Advisor, developing Arkansas Works, the Governor's continuation of the Medicaid-expansion. He also served as the Governor's point person for the Department of Human Services, where he led the search for the new Director, Cindy Gillespie, and worked with DHS to address the challenges they faced in serving the state's most vulnerable populations. Prior to working for the Governor he served as Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Cotton from 2013 through 2015.
John’s career in politics started in 2012, managing the statewide grassroots operation for former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in Wisconsin. John previously worked as a consultant for Deloitte, helping large energy and wholesale-distribution clients make their business operations more efficient and effective. John is a native of Grapevine, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Supply Chain Management.
Jason Boullioun ’06
Jason Boullioun, a second generation Aggie, graduated with a B.B.A. in marketing from the Mays Business School in 2006. On campus, he was involved in several activities and organizations, most notably the American Marketing Association, Aggie Catholics, and he served as a Fish Camp counselor in 2003. After internships with Sewell Automotive and Walgreen Co., he discovered he had a passion for retail.
Upon graduation, he joined the Executive Development Program with Neiman Marcus, where he worked in both Merchandise Planning in the home office in Dallas and Sales Management in a store in Bellevue, Washington. In 2011, he joined Macy's Inc., serving as the Millennial District Planner in the company's office in Plano, Texas. Following a brief return to Neiman Marcus from 2014-2015 as Manager of Merchandise Planning in Men's Acccessories/Shoes, he joined 7-Eleven in 2016 and serves as their Manager of Merchandise Planning for Private Brands.
Boullioun is a weekend warrior cyclist/triathlete, football season ticket holder, and donor to both the 12th Man Foundation and The Association of Former Students. He currently resides in Allen with his wife and high school sweetheart, Meredith (TCU '06), daughter Laurel (Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2036), and chocolate lab mix, Layla. Boullioun has been honored to serve on the YAAC since 2012 and enjoys meeting recent graduates of Texas A&M in the DFW Metroplex and beyond.