Meet the 2019 Marketing and Communications Committee
2019 Committee Chair
Chad Vrla '12
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Chad Vrla graduated from Texas A&M in December of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While enrolled at Texas A&M, Chad was a Fish Camp Counselor for three years and represented his class as a member of Class Councils for two years. As a Class Council Member, Chad worked on many committees including Maroon-Out, Veteran's Day, Junior E-Walk, and Ring Dance. During Chad's senior year, he was appointed as the Crew Chief of Texas A&M's Formula SAE Racing Team who placed 2nd in racing events against 79 other teams across the world.
After graduation, Chad went to work for FMC Technologies in Houston, Texas within their Rotational Engineering Training Program. He now resides with his wife, Jenna, in Granbury, Texas and works as a Flowline Engineer for TechnipFMC (Previously FMC Technologies) designing new and improving existing products related to the hydraulic fracturing industry.
2019 Committee Chair-Elect
Jenna McCormick '13
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Jenna McCormick graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Business Administration from May's Business School in 2013. Following graduation, Jenna moved back to her hometown of Houston and currently lives in the Heights. Jenna now works as a Marketing Account Manager for Hewlett-Packard, leading all marketing efforts for designated accounts in the ever-changing and exciting tech industry. In addition to volunteering with the Young Alumni Advisory Council, Jenna also serves as a committeeman for the Communications and Special Services committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Greg Gilmer '09
College Station, Texas
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Greg Gilmer is part of the Texas A&M Ventures team tasked with creating strategic, integrated partnerships between Texas A&M University and Corporate America. Greg transferred to Texas A&M where he soon became involved with the Sport Management program, specifically the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA). During his time as a student, he also worked for the 12th Man Foundation and the Texas A&M Athletics Marketing Department.
After graduating in 2009, Greg joined Texas A&M Sports Properties staff developing corporate partnerships for Texas A&M Athletics. Following four years of substantial grown and increased sponsorship revenue for Texas A&M, he took on the new challenge of managing Mocs Sports Properties at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga in 2013. Duties as general manager included the oversight of all corporate revenue for athletics and advancing the UTC brand.
In 2016, Texas A&M University announced a new campus-wide revenue model that is the first of its kind in the country. Greg was asked to return to be a part of this new initiative with Texas A&M. He returned to College Station in June of 2016 to join Texas A&M Ventures as the Director of Business Development, focusing on strategic corporate partnerships for the university.
Greg and his wife Holly ’09 reside in College Station, Texas and welcomed their first born daughter Hadley in August 2016.
Kayla Daugherty '16
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Kayla started her post-secondary education in Seattle, Washington at Green River Community College. When she graduated high school she moved up to Seattle to live with her mother. After living in Seattle and attending two-quarters at a community college she decided she needed to get back to Texas.
Once she decided she was moving back to Texas, she decided she wanted to attend Texas A&M University. After moving back to Texas in 2012, Kayla completed her Associate's Degree at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. In August 2014, Kayla was finally able to attend Texas A&M. After graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in History with a minor in Military Studies, she immediately started working on her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Teaching Certification. Kayla completed this program in August 2017.
Katie LaMantia '10
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Katie LaMantia joined BevCap Management in June 2010. Katie graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Mays Business School in 2010. Katie has both her property/casualty and health insurance licenses. Her focus at BevCap Management is growth and risk and program management.
Originally from Coleman, Texas, Nicole Bender graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Journalism in 2013. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as the staff assistant, then press assistant and legislative assistant for Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. She then ventured to work as a communications specialist for Texas A&M University Health Science Center and GE Transportation.
Nicole currently works for Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas. She is the planning and communications specialist in the Labor Relations Department and serves on negotiation committees for several labor union contracts. Nicole is married to Bryce Bender, Class of 2012, who also works at Southwest Airlines as a Flight Operations business consultant. They live in Grapevine, Texas and have two babies, both of which are furry – Ellie and Fratcat.
Mollie (Lastovica) Dreibrodt ’14 currently serves as a Marketing Communications Lead at Cargill, where she manages a portfolio of brands; develops and implements marketing strategies; and leads all internal and external communications initiatives for the U.S. Beef Team in the Animal Nutrition enterprise. Before joining Cargill in 2016, she was a Senior Account Executive at FleishmanHillard, an international communications agency, in Houston. At FleishmanHillard, she supported a number of global clients, including Elanco Animal Health, the National Pork Board, Cigna, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and Earth Balance. Her work included social media strategy and community management, employee relations, executive thought leadership, social media analytics, media relations, and issues management.
Mollie graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a B.S. in agricultural communications and journalism and a B.A. in political science. She received the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award, the Texas A&M Foundation Outstanding Senior Award, the Gathright Scholar Award, Buck Weirus Spirit Award, and a number of other accolades on the college and university level. Mollie is active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, National Agri-Marketing Association, and various community organizations. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with her husband, Canaan ’12.
Ashlei Fong-Kutchins ’15
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Ashlei Fong-Kutchins graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 - WHOOP! While at Texas A&M, she was a part of Fish Camp, MSC ALOT, CARPOOL, Future Former Students (now Aggie Network Student Ambassadors) and Texas A&M Legacies. Throughout her time in college, she also worked for the Dallas Mavericks as a Hoop Camp Coach for their summer camps.
Ashlei has been with her company, Medix, since August 2015 and has had the opportunity to experience 4 different roles - first a Recruiter, then a Recruitment Advisor, then an Account Executive and now a Director of Business Operations. Some of her professional accolades include winning Recruiter of the Quarter in Q4 of 2016, Sales Person of the Quarter in Q4 of 2017 and Rookie Sales Person of the Year in 2017. Her company is very focused on positively impacting the lives of everyone they work with which is something Ashlei likes to live by both in and out of the office. She is looking forward to bringing that philosophy to the Young Alumni Advisory Council!
Roslynn Velasquez '12
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A self-appointed Houston native (she was born in Ohio but got here as quickly as she could), Roslynn is an advocate for the city and the organizations, people and businesses doing great things here. Roslynn is currently an Account Director at The Black Sheep Agency, a cause-driven brand strategy agency. As a strategist working with both nonprofits and for-profits big and small, she's a connector and relationship builder. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Initiative to museum campaigns to combat hate to building communities for equitable park access, Roslynn is constantly seeking opportunities to grow impact through collaboration and community-centered marketing. Prior to Black Sheep, she spearheaded community building and marketing at the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a nonprofit technology accelerator.
Roslynn graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in English. During her time, she worked with the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship which spurred her passion for small business and cause-driven work. She stay involved in student organizations by participating as a Fish Camp Counselor and a committee member of the Student Communication Association. In important part of her A&M experience was Freshman Leaders in Progress (FLiP)—serving as a counselor and the Director her junior year.
Ashley Hagan is a loud and proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2018! Her Aggie Story started in 2004, when her brother started his college career in College Station. At a mere 8 years old, she fell in love with Texas A&M and knew she had to get to Aggieland as soon as possible. During her time at Texas A&M, she tried to get as involved as she could. Ashley was in MSC FISH for two years and oversaw the production of Kyle Field Day. She was also a Fish Camp Counselor for two years and later went on to serve as a cochair for Camp Ging in 2017! Ashley was also involved in various kinesiology organizations and Student Government.
Ashley also had the privilege to work at The Association of Former Students as a Student Assistant in the Former Student Programs department. In this role, she primarily helped with the planning and execution of class reunions, which she felt was such an incredible experience. Immediately after college, Ashley worked for the Brazos Valley chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes as their Event Coordinator. She now work as a Corporate Recruiter for Reynolds and Reynolds here in Aggieland and absolutely loves her job!
David Trigg ’15
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Matt Pyryt '11 graduated from Texas A&M in December 2011 with a bachelor of science degree concentrated in leadership studies from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He was initially enrolled at the Texas A&M University-Galveston campus in 2007 and transitioned to the College Station campus at the beginning of the following academic year. While at Texas A&M, Matt was a member of the Traditions Council, a part of the Student Government Association.
After graduating, Matt began working at Mercer, in Dallas, Texas, as a defined benefits analyst. He has since been promoted and is currently an associate serving as a client services team lead. Matt has earned a Lean Six Sigma certification while at Mercer and is a member of the company's Rising Professionals business resource group.
Since graduation, Matt has stayed involved with Texas A&M as a member of the 12th Man Foundation's Council of Athletic Ambassadors and the Association of Former Student's Young Alumni Advisory Council. In addition, he enjoys returning to College Station for Aggie football games and has attended the last 61 home games (through 2015), dating back to his time as a student at the beginning of the 2007 season.