Nominate a Young Alumnus for the 2019 Spotlight
Deadline to Nominate: March 2, 2018
Each year, The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight recognizes 12 Aggies who have graduated within the past 12 years for their outstanding accomplishments in business, civic service and philanthropy, and for representing Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service.
The 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was conceived by the Young Alumni Advisory Council, a body of young former students who advise The Association’s staff on matters related to young alumni programming and communications.
These Aggies were selected for the 2018 Young Alumni Spotlight. We congratulate these young men and women on their accomplishments, and thank them for their outstanding representation of Texas A&M University and the Aggie Spirit.
Honorees will be announced Oct. 17-19, and will be featured in the January-February issue of Texas Aggie magazine.
Marcella Burke '04 has accepted an appointment as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was named the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Houston Young Lawyers Association in recognition of both her professional accomplishments and for her pro-bono work representing military families in need of health care for children with special needs. Burke started a quarterly women’s breakfast for professional leaders in Houston, is heavily involved in volunteering on various committees with her church, and regularly speaks to high school students about civic engagement.
James C. Jones '05 is senior vice president at Jones & Carter, Inc. He was named Young Engineer of the Year in 2016 by the Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Jones is a past president of the Young Professional Association of the Petroleum Club of Houston and volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Jones serves on the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Council and is a guest speaker for the Civil Engineering Department.
Kevin Lanan '04 is an area manager at BP in Denver, Colo. He received the international Tallow Chandlers award in 2010 for designing equipment that was used to stop the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Lanan has published domestic and international papers on his patented engineering designs. Lanan served as a co-chair on the steering committee in 2017 for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s Energy Summit and on the professional advisory board for the Fort Lewis College Department of Engineering and Physics.
Leo Lopez III '11, M.D. is a physician, scientist, and journalist, specializing in health disparities in vulnerable communities. He was named 2017 National Hispanic Resident Physician of the Year by the National Hispanic Medical Association. As CEO of El Renovatio Films L.L.C., Lopez produced documentaries on healthcare policy and human rights in the Middle East, Japan, and the United States. Lopez presented his research in global health ethics at the World Congress of Clinical Safety in Rome, Italy, and delivered talks at TEDxSan Antonio and TEDxTAMU.
Kelly Davis Baylan '05, M.D. is president of Baylan Wellness and a psychiatrist at the Warrior Transition Unit for the U.S. Army, specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. During residency, she was recognized with many teaching and performance awards including the 2014 Outstanding Psychiatry Resident at the Veteran’s Association Hospital. Baylan works with Hope Happens, a suicide prevention organization in Central Texas, and volunteers for many community causes including the Junior League of Bell County, animal rescue, and her church.
Mike Parrott '07 is a company commander in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, an associate director of investment banking at Chicago-based Livingstone Partners, and an emerging media executive. He has served with active and reserve mounted and ground reconnaissance, infantry, and aviation units, completing combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Parrott has advised business owners on nearly $3.0 billion in M&A and capital markets transactions, and is CFO of Novo Media Group, whose slate of feature films is set for theatrical release in 2018.
Marcos Rosales '05 is senior vice president and general counsel for The Adam Corporation/Group. He is director of the Houston Urban Debate League and a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation. Rosales received the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Litigation and Corporations from Stanford Law School and has served as a guest speaker for Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders. Rosales is a representative at large on The Association's Leadership Council and an active member of the Brazos County A&M Club.
Nate Snow '07 is the executive director of Teach for America in Connecticut and serves on Teach For America's national executive leadership team. He was appointed by the Connecticut Governor to serve on both the Connecticut Commission for Community Service and the Connecticut Educator Preparation Advisory Council. Snow received the Diversity Leadership Award from the Urban League of Southern Connecticut in 2016. Snow volunteers as a classroom reader in his local school district and is active in his church community.
Brandon Coleman '05 is president of Del Frisco's Grille brand at Del Frisco's Restaurant Group. He was named one of the Top 14 Marketers in Dallas by Agencyspotter.com and recognized in Advertising Age's "Top 40 Under 40". Coleman has been involved in philanthropic partnerships benefiting causes such as No Kid Hungry, Camp Twin Lakes, and breast cancer awareness, and most recently campaigned to raise more than $800,000 for Houston-area food banks after Hurricane Harvey. Coleman serves as a mentor for startups, young companies, and curious students.
Aaron Cavazos '05 is a Lt. Col. select in the United States Air Force and served as one of the chief F-35 instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. He also served as a chief instructor pilot in the A-10, flying two tours in Operation Enduring Freedom where he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, including one with valor. Cavazos has been an air advisor for Colombia and Canada’s defense departments and is an Air Force Chief of Staff Scholars Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Samantha Lischka '12 is founder of Modern Burlap, a successful children’s lifestyle brand. She has welcomed more than 900 retailers around the world, including major national retailers such as Nordstrom and Magnolia Market. Lischka’s products have been featured in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, People magazine, and InTouch magazine and have gained the support of families across the globe. Lischka’s business regularly donates a portion of its proceeds to charitable causes including St. Jude’s, Morning Star Project, CHD awareness, and others.
Jordy Moorman '06 is president of TimeClock Plus, a leader in cloud-based workforce management solutions that was recently named in Fortune magazine's 100 Best Medium Workplaces. Under his leadership, TimeClock Plus has also been recognized by CIO Review as one of the nation’s 50 Most Promising Education Solution Providers, was voted San Angelo’s Best Place to Work in 2016, and has grown to include more than 300 employees. Moorman also serves on the Leadership Council for the National Association of Small Business in Washington, D.C.
Please use the links below to access profiles of previous honorees:
2017 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight Recipients
2016 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight Recipients
2015 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight Recipients
2014 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight Recipients