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YAAC A&M Clubs Committee

Committee Purpose
The A&M Clubs Committee is made up of 15 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.

Regional Representatives 
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 2018 A&M Clubs Committee
 

2018 Committee Chair 
John Brock '12 
San Francisco, California
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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 1 Representative
Alycyn Keeling ’07
Levelland, Texas
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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 
Evan Harmon ’16 
Dallas, Texas
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Evan graduated in undergrad in August of 2017 with a degree in Finance and finished his Masters of Financial Management in December 2017. While in school, he was involved in various organizations including the Interfraternity Council, Kappa Alpha Order, Aggie Network Student Ambassadors, BUILD, and the Trading, Risk & Investment Program.

Currently, Evan lives in Dallas working as an Investment Banking Analyst for Stephens Inc. At Stephens, he works with the Energy, Transportation, Media, Industrials, and Power & Industrial Technology industry groups. In addition to YAAC, Evan is actively pursuing other ways to get plugged into the community. Outside of the office, he enjoys staying active, reading, spending time with friends & family, and riding the emotional roller coaster that is Aggie sports.    


Region 3 Representative  
Victoria Acuff '12
Dallas, Texas
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Victoria Acuff is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Sport Management and immediately returned for an M.S. in Sport Management. Lucky she did because that year was A&M's first in the SEC and the year Johnny Football won the Heisman!While at A&M, Victoria was a member of Delta Zeta and a Counselor and Teamer in T-Camp. She was also a member of CARPOOL, where she held various leadership positions.

After Texas A&M, Victoria attended law school at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her time at Tulane, Victoria was the Editor in Chief of the Sports Lawyers Journal and served as an intern for Judge Jorge Solis in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas and Judge Nannette J. Brown in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. She graduated from law school cum laude in 2016 and was admitted to the Texas Bar later that year.

Victoria lives in Dallas, Texas and works as an Associate at Jones Day, where she practices real estate law. She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, The Real Estate Council and the Junior League of Dallas. During her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, attending theater and musical performances and watching A&M football and baseball.


Region 4 Representative  
Sarah Hollis ’16
Tyler, Texas
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Sarah Hollis graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M in May of 2016 with a BA in Horticulture and minors in Business Administration and Tourism Management. While on campus, Sarah was very involved in and out of the classroom. Organizations including Aggie 30-Loves, Student Event Planners Association, MSC OPAS and the Student American Institute of Floral Designers kept Sarah active and engaged in student activities on campus. Sarah served as the Aggie 30-Loves Social Chair her junior and senior year and loved encouraging support from other students for the Aggie Tennis Team. Sarah received the Outstanding Senior Award from the Horticulture Department along with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Senior Merit Award her final semester.

After graduation, Sarah accepted a position in Disney's Floral and Gifts at Walt Disney World. It was an amazing experience learning and helping create the magical memories for over 100 weddings across the Walt Disney World Resort. But family and friends drew her back to Texas where she is currently living in Tyler. Sarah now works for the #1 real estate team in East Texas as the Director of Raving Fans and Other Fun Things. She loves planning all of the events for the team members and the thousands of previous clients as well as making sure each client has the best possible experience with the team. Sarah loves visiting College Station whenever she gets a chance and hopes to be able to attend more sporting events in the future.


Region 5 Representative 
Preston Sturdivant '15 
Palestine, Texas
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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
Buda, Texas
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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 
Jason Briggs ’10
New Braunfels, Texas
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Jason is a member of the Class of 2010, graduating from Texas A&M with a political science degree. During his time on campus, Jason was an active member of Fish Camp and One Army and worked with the Department of Rec Sports.

Jason currently serves as Chief of Staff to State Representative Jim Murphy and has served as a staff member during three legislative sessions. In addition to his work in the public sector, Jason worked for three years in South Texas as an operations and division manager for an oilfield services company. Jason currently studies law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He lives with his wife, April (Class of 2010) and their two children, Asher and Everett, in New Braunfels.


Region 8 Representative 
Rachel Fisher '15 
Bellaire, Texas
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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 9 Representative
Bryce Bender '12 
Dallas, Texas
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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 10 Representative 
Colton McCarty ’12
San Antonio, Texas 
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Colton McCarty graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management, and a minor in Business Administration. While enrolled at Texas A&M, Colton spent two years working for the Texas A&M Athletic Department. In one of many roles, Colton was a Marketing Coordinator for the Texas A&M Baseball team. There, Colton helped build the marketing strategy for the new Blue Bell Park and managed the in game promotions at the ballpark. Colton also worked as a Team Leader at Aggieland Outfitters for three years while at Texas A&M. Throughout Colton's time at Texas A&M he was a part of the Sports Management Society, the Texas A&M Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and a volunteer for Big Event.

After graduation, Colton went to work for Spurs Sports & Entertainment in San Antonio, Texas as a Sales Representative. In 2014 Colton was lucky enough to be on staff for the Spurs NBA Championship. After three years with SS&E, Colton accepted a job with Ducks Unlimited where he is now the Director of Development for South Texas. Colton currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Julie, and their Chocolate Lab Shiner. Together they enjoy traveling, trying new breweries and wineries, sporting events, and the outdoors.


Region 11 Representative  
Augustus (Gus) Blessing '15
Dallas, Texas
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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 12 Representative 
Madeline Kinnaird ’16
Chicago, Illinois
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Madeline graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Science studying electrical engineering and minoring in mathematics. While attending Texas A&M, Madeline served as a Chair on the Aggie Muster Committee, Vice President of Alpha Chi Omega, Development Commissioner for the Student Government Association, a writer for "The Mugdown", a member of the Maggies women's organization, and a Texas A&M Foundation Maroon Coat.

Madeline currently lives in Chicago, Illinois where she works for AT&T in the Technical Development Program. She is involved with the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, Chi Hack Night, Back on My Feet Chicago, and takes classes at the Second City Institute. In her free time she likes to hike, read, travel, and listen to NPR.


Region 13 Representative 
Arielle (Carchidi) Dunbar ’12 
Broadway, North Carolina 
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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.

Previously, Arielle was the Special Projects Coordinator with the Maritime Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.  She was 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 Broadway, North Carolina with her husband, Nathan Dunbar ’13, and their dog, Rudder. 


Region 14 Representative 
Zach O'Neal ’15 
Dallas, Texas 
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After growing up in Southlake, Texas, Zach O’Neal graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a B.B.A. in Marketing from Mays Business School, and a certification in Non-Profit Management. While in undergrad, he spent the majority of his time involved in various student organizations. Notably, he was a member of Business Student Council, and the served as the Vice President of Publicity for the Texas A&M Century Singers. Throughout his college experience, Zach worked as an Associate for Fox News Channel in New York City, in the areas of Digital Strategy, Business Development, and Consumer Marketing.

Upon graduation, he accepted a role as a Primetime National Producer for the network, where he facilitated all of the digital and editorial content for Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network’s social and digital media platforms. He worked directly with leading television figures and mentors, such as Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Ainsley Earhardt, and more. Zach traveled around the country to experience the 2016 presidential debates, the election, and the inauguration up-close and personal – from the perspective of both political parties. He was also on the forefront of covering major healthcare and financial legislation on Capitol Hill, domestic and foreign terrorism stories, and United States Armed Forces content.

In January of 2018, after deciding to change up the pace from politics and media, he moved back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to accept the role of Marketing & Communications Manager for Healthcare Associates of Texas, a private equity-backed primary care acquisitions group. Zach now resides in Irving, Texas, and is a proud member of the Dallas A&M Club and Young Alumni Advisory Council.


Region 15 Representative
Ross Brady '14 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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As a fourth generation Aggie Ross Bady '14 grew up around the traditions of Texas A&M. While on campus he was privileged to be a part of several outstanding organizations including the Corps of Cadets (Company A-2) and the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA).

After graduating from the College of Architecture with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning Ross continued his studies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service with a degree in Public Administration. Post graduation Ross moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to pursue a fellowship with the International City Manager Association (ICMA).


2018 Immediate Past Chair
Laura Maskell '06 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
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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.


 

 





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