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YAAC A&M Clubs Committee

Committee Purpose
The A&M Clubs Committee is made up of young alumni representatives who advise The Association of Former Students and its A&M Club coordinators on best practices for engaging young former students on the local level. This committee is charged with assessing existing engagement strategies, recommending new, and improved, initiatives that appeal to this demographic, and assisting The Association with managing its Club programs by evaluating data and ensuring that Clubs are actively engaging young alumni in their area.


Meet the 2019 A&M Clubs Committee

2019 Committee Chair  
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.


2019 Commitee Chair-Elect
Ross Brady '14 
College Station, Texas
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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), and recently moved back to Aggieland to continue his career.


Committee Member 
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.    


Committee Member
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.


Committee Member  
Sarah Hollis ’16
Kansas City, Missouri
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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. Sarah now works for the McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips Law firm in marketing and event planning. She is enjoying her new city and the career opportunities provided. Sarah currently resides in Kansas City with her dog, Lola. In her spare time, she loves to travel, attend sporting events, and try new restaurants.


Committee Member
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. 


Committee Member
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.


Committee Member
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.


Committee Member
Judson LaGrone '17 
Ontario, California
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Judson LaGrone was born and raised in Fannett, Texas. He is a graduate from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Nursing. He was among the first cohort from the graduate program for nursing education. In 2012, he graduated from East Texas Baptist University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Judson’s nursing career started in Emergency and Trauma Services and currently practices in Cardiac Services within the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at a local college as a nursing instructor for the simulation lab. Recently, he obtained his national board certification from the American Board of Cardiology as a Cardiovascular Registered Nurse, the second nurse to ever receive this certification in his hospital’s history. He serves on several committees to improve the quality of care and flow of cardiac patients who are suffering from a heart attack and has also written several policies within the hospital. Judson was recognized for his quality improvement project on defining roles for the Cardiac Alert Responders and established the “Cardiac Alert Box." He also aided the hospital to gain national recognition as an American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with this project.

While attending Texas A&M during his online graduate program, Judson and his wife Frankie, class of 2014, moved to the Los Angeles area where he started as a Social Chair for the Southern California A&M Club in the Summer of 2014. With three game watch locations, the club began collecting “touchdown dollars” every time the Fightin’ Texas Aggies would score with the each dollar going towards a charity. He also planned baseball game events when the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros would play the Angels or Dodgers, began the club’s annual crawfish boil where almost one hundred Aggies attend every year, and assisted with the annual beach bonfire. He then became the Activities Director for 2015-2017 for the club. Judson partnered up with several other club officers and The Association to organize, plan, and execute one of the largest out-of-state tailgates with over 3,500 in attendance for the Texas A&M vs. UCLA 2017 game. Currently, he serves as the Muster Chair with at least 125 Aggies in attendance for the past two years. Leading one of the largest out-of-state Musters has truly enriched his desire to continue to serve within The Association. Muster is one of Judson's favorite traditions within the Aggie Family due to the gathering of any and all Aggies within driving distance to come together and remember the times as a student and continue the relationships as Former Students. Judson states, "Not only are we sharing a meal and reminiscing, but we are truly embracing the Aggie Spirit and being there for all Aggies young and old."


Committee Member
Joe Rodriguez '15 
Boston, Massachusetts
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Joe Rodriguez IV graduated with his Bachelor's in Political Science and History in 2015 and his Master's in International Affairs in 2017. During his time at Texas A&M, Joe was involved in several student organizations including MSC Freshman Leadership International (FLI), Aggie Network Student Ambassadors, and MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, where he served as Chairman. Additionally, during his time on campus he worked as a Resident Advisor, for The Association of Former Students as a student worker in Former Student Programs, and as a graduate assistant for the Texas A&M Policy Internship Programs. While at Texas A&M, Joe was able to take advantage of the plentiful professional opportunities that Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students offers. Through these opportunities, he was able to intern abroad with a European Think Tank, The Department of State in Washington, D.C, and with The Department of Defense in Germany.

After graduation, Joe was selected to be a part of Raytheon Company's Leadership Development Program, a dynamic multi-year corporate program that allows young professionals to work across different business units and in different areas. His first rotation was in Dallas, Texas and he is currently on his second rotation at the office in Boston, Massachusetts. In his free time, Joe participates in his company's Young Employee Success Network and volunteers with a veteran's organization called Veterani where he edits cover letters and resumes for military veterans transitioning out of the military (a skill he honed while working as a graduate assistant for the Policy Internship Programs).


Committee Member 
Andrew Wipke ’10
Lubbock, Texas 
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Andrew Wipke graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English/History, and a minor in Classical Studies in 2010 from Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate, Andrew was actively involved in student organizations and activities, such as M.S.C. F.I.S.H., Fish Camp, Student Body President’s Executive Council, Student Service Fee Advisory Board, and the Athletic Council. Among accolades received at the college and university level, he is a Buck Weirus Spirit Award recipient.

After graduation, Andrew attended law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. During his time in law school, he served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense. He graduated from law school cum laude in 2014, and, thereafter, was admitted to practice in this state and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Tech University, and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from Kansas State University. Andrew currently resides in Lubbock and works as an Assistant District Attorney, where he practices civil law. He is a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association. He is also a qualified Texas mediator and is a John Jay Fellow. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, fishing, hunting, and participating at his church. As a fourth generation Aggie, he further enjoys watching Texas A&M athletics.


Committee Member 
Abby Miller '15
Dallas, Texas
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Abby Miller is a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2015. During her time at Texas A&M, she was very involved in the Fellows Program, Business Honors, Muster Committee, Business Student Council and Chi Omega. Abby is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her BBA in Accounting and Business Honors and Masters in Finance from Mays Business School.

Abby is currently an analyst in the Goldman Sachs Private Real Estate group in Dallas, TX where she focuses on Multifamily Asset Management. Abby serves in leadership for the Dallas A&M Club and is involved with the Urban Land Institute. She enjoys Aggie football, running and traveling.


Committee Member
Ryan Wilks ’13
Chicago, Illinois
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Ryan Wilks is a loud and proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013! He is absolutely thrilled to serve his university and peers on the Young Aggie Alumni Council! Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Science with a focus in Tourism & Event Management. During his time in Aggieland, he served as 2013 Class President, Crew Team (Rowing) athlete and Assistant Coach, RPTS Reps Vice-President and volunteered in the city as a member of the College Station Citizen's Fire Academy.

Ryan currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he works for United Airlines in Social Media Engagement. Before moving to Chicago, Ryan had the honor of serving as Young Aggie Coordinator for the San Antonio A&M Club & Foundation. While at work, he serves as the Social Chair to EQUAL, United's LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group, and also as Chief of Staff for United's Persons with Disabilities Business Resource Group. Outside of the office, Ryan is proud to sit on the Associate Board for Compass to Care, a non-profit organization that provides travel for children and their family's commuting for cancer treatment. Ryan is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to serving, growing and strengthening the Aggie Network


Committee Member
Bradley Gaulden ’14 
Dallas, Texas 
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After growing up in Greenville, Texas, Bradley Gaulden graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from the College of Architecture. After completing an internship in real estate development consulting, he decided continue his education at Texas A&M by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from Mays Business School. Throughout his time in Aggieland, he spent the majority of his time staying involved in various student organizations and working part-time as a real estate agent. Bradley was a member of the Singing Cadets for all 5 years of his attendance, performing all over the State of Texas and Southwest US. Additionally he traveled abroad to China for a goodwill tour to promote Texas culture through music. Other organizational involvement includes MSC ALOT, serving 2 terms as a student senator for the College of Architecture, MSC Hospitality, and served as the public relations chair of the SEC Exchange student government summit in 2013.

Upon graduation in December 2015, he accepted a role as an investment analyst in the Dallas office for small investment banking firm specializing in mortgage backed securities headquartered in Boise, ID. In November 2017, Bradley accepted a position with Ernst and Young as a consultant in their Transaction Real Estate practice supporting the Corporate Real Estate group. His primary focus is performance improvement through organizational restructuring, real estate portfolio optimization, and corporate strategy.

When he’s not working, Bradley is involved in the Real Estate Council on the public policy committee, which lobbies for the real estate industry at the local, state, and national level, as well as engages in philanthropic activities in under-served neighborhoods in Dallas through the Young Guns leadership program. Additionally, Bradley serves as the treasurer for the Dallas Symphony Chorus, managing the endowment fund and investments of the symphony organization. An avid traveler, Bradley has been on every continent except Africa, Antarctica, and Australia, but hopes to knock off a new continent in the coming year.


Committee Member
Pranav Kannan, Ph.D ’18 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
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Pranav Kannan graduated with his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering in August 2018 from Texas A&M University. Originally from Mumbai, India, Pranav served as a research assistant in the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute working in the areas of corrosion, risk analysis and modeling and human factors engineering. He is the first recipient of the title of Lamiya Zahin Memorial scholar for Process safety and has received numerous other recognitions including the Clarke A and Pauline Jones Matthews Scholarship Aggies Commit fellowship, and Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship. He was selected as a Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has also received the Buck Weirus Spirit Award and the Margaret Rudder Community Service Award during his years at Texas A&M University.

Pranav was actively involved in the Aggie community and served as the head of outreach of the Graduate and Professional Student Council and the Editor of the Nth Degree Newsletter. He was a member of the Aggie Network Student Ambassadors for multiple years, and served as a core member in the rebranding of the organization in 2015 and was the inaugural Aggie Networking Chair. He was also a writer for The Battalion, Assistant Director and Chair of ‘Grad Camp’, officer in the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, and Marketing Director of the SEC Career Fair. Pranav currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys traveling, listening to Pink Floyd and interacting with fellow Aggies.


Committee Member
Priscilla Castro '08 
The Colony, Texas
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Priscilla Castro graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a degree in Agricultural Journalism and Communications. Priscilla is a first-generation college graduate and spent much of her time in College Station working to fund her education. Her summers were spent selling children’s educational books door-to-door for The Southwestern Company. During the school year, Priscilla was a member Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and was elected treasurer in 2008.

After graduation, Priscilla worked as an IT recruiter in her hometown of Houston before making her way to Dallas where she now works as a senior marketing consultant for a digital publishing company. In her six years with Multiview, Priscilla has been recognized for her high achieving monthly sales. Her clients include several international businesses including companies in China, Italy and the United Kingdom. Priscilla spends her free time volunteering with the Dallas A&M Club. In her role as social media chair, Priscilla established and now manages the Club’s Instagram account which has the highest number of followers of all Aggie Clubs. Priscilla has raised money for Club scholarships as co-chair of the annual DAMC Crawfish Boil and many other fundraising events. Priscilla enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and meeting other Aggies. Priscilla is looking forward to her first Traveling Aggies trip to Italy this year!


2019 Immediate Past-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 


 

 





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