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YAAC Marketing & Communications Committee

Committee Purpose
The Marketing and Communications Committee’s purpose is to advise The Association on marketing to and communicating with young alumni, and to amplify The Association’s engagement with that cohort.

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Meet the 2020 Marketing and Communications Committee

2020 Committee Chair 
Jenna McCormick '13 
Houston, Texas
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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.


 

2020 Committee Chair-Elect 
Roslynn Velasquez '12 
Houston, Texas
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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.


Committee Member
Greg Gilmer '09 
Houston, 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 Houston, Texas and have two wonderful children.


Committee Member
Kayla Daugherty '16 
Pasadena, Texas
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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.


Committee Member 
Ashlei Fong-Kutchins ’15
Kansas City, Missouri
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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, Rookie Sales Person of the Year in 2017 and Sales Person of the Year in 2018. 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!


Committee Member
Ashley Hagan ’18
College Station, Texas
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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!


Committee Member
Chelsea Sweat ’17
Dallas, Texas
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At a young age, Chelsea learned that the more her plate had on it, the happier and more successful she was. It was no surprise to her parents when she decided to pursue a career in the ever-changing, ever-moving industry of advertising.

Chelsea joined The Richards Group in 2017 after graduating cum laude from Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a minor in journalism and certificate in strategic communications. She was the first of her family to graduate from a four-year university. She spent a year channeling her love of telling stories into securing media placements client like Discount Tire, the nation’s largest independent tire dealer; JPI, a Dallas-based luxury apartment developer; and The Salvation Army. In 2018, Chelsea joined in Brand Management team at The Richards Group where she is part of a team that oversees and manages The Salvation Army’s national advertising.

Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, black Lab, Hank, and dachshund, Tooter; leaving Yelp reviews for up-and-coming restaurants around Dallas; and pretending she’s the next Joanna Gaines.


Committee Member
Natalie Mitchell ’15
Dallas, Texas
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Natalie E. Mitchell is a loud and proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2015! Natalie is a first generation Aggie, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Business Administration & Mathematics.

She currently resides in the great city of Dallas, TX where she works for AT&T as a Senior Engagement and Data Strategist for the Consumer-Digital organization. In her spare time, you can find her trying the newest workout studio in Dallas, volunteering at her local STEM high school, or hanging out with her family!


Committee Member
Elise Featherly '15
Houston, Texas
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Elise graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication Media Studies. During her time at Texas A&M, she participated in Fish Camp as a Counselor and also served as an Executive Officer for Traditions Council. In addition, Elise worked as a videographer for the Texas A&M Foundation.

After graduation, Elise began working in marketing and communications. Most recently, she worked as a graphic design intern for the Houston Astros. Elise currently works as the Communication Coordinator for the University of Houston Department of Student Housing and Residential Life where she enjoys the opportunity to be creative. She is responsible for maintaining all social media sites, designing social graphics, writing press releases/feature stories and art directing projects. She is also a member of the University of Houston's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Marketing and Communications Committee.


Committee Member
Claire Raabe ’16
College Station, Texas
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Claire Raabe currently serves as Academic Advisor and Selections and Recruiting Coordinator for Business Honors as well as the Deputy Director of the Business Fellows Program at Mays Business School. Claire grew up in the small town of Poth, TX and completed her BBA in Business Honors and Accounting from Texas A&M in 2016 as well as her M.S. in Educational Administration in 2018.

At Texas A&M, Claire was involved in Business Honors, Fellows, MSC Abbott Family Leadership Conference, St. Mary's Catholic Center, and served two years as a Muster Host. Before returning to Mays Business School full-time, Claire worked for the Tim Tebow Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Texas A&M Leadership and Service Center. Claire loves all things Aggie football, talking about interesting podcasts with friends, playing trivia, and speaking across campus to student organizations about values, reflective learning, and leadership.


Committee Member
SC Whelan ’12
Washington, DC
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Sheehan ‘SC’ Whelan ’12 was born in the piney woods of Longview, Texas, but calls Lake Conroe home. She received her BA in International Studies, with a minor in Spanish and Economics. She went on to graduate with her MPA from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. She has experience working for the Department of State, for the Under Secretary of Democracy and Human Rights, as a Communications Advisor for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, and as a Consultant for the US Army and Office of Head Start.

She currently serves as the National Donor Stewardship Manager for Children’s Defense Fund, a not-for-profit child advocacy organization that has worked for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. She volunteers with several local organizations and currently lives in the District of Columbia--which she greatly adores.


Committee Member
Tim England ’15
Houston, Texas
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2020 Immediate Past-Chair 
Chad Vrla '12 
Granbury, Texas
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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.

 

 


Committee Member
Justin Hargadine '09
College Station, Texas
JustinHargadine@AggieNetwork.com


Justin Hargadine is a landman for an oil company in College Station, Texas. He started as a landman in Fort Worth shortly after graduating from Texas A&M in May 2009 and lived there for about two and a half years before taking a position with his current company. He has worked on projects in various parts of Texas and Wyoming. 

He is working on his MBA with a concentration in energy management and expects to graduate in December 2014.
 
Committee Member
Justin Hargadine '09
College Station, Texas
JustinHargadine@AggieNetwork.com


Justin Hargadine is a landman for an oil company in College Station, Texas. He started as a landman in Fort Worth shortly after graduating from Texas A&M in May 2009 and lived there for about two and a half years before taking a position with his current company. He has worked on projects in various parts of Texas and Wyoming. 

He is working on his MBA with a concentration in energy management and expects to graduate in December 2014.
 
Committee Member
Justin Hargadine '09
College Station, Texas
JustinHargadine@AggieNetwork.com


Justin Hargadine is a landman for an oil company in College Station, Texas. He started as a landman in Fort Worth shortly after graduating from Texas A&M in May 2009 and lived there for about two and a half years before taking a position with his current company. He has worked on projects in various parts of Texas and Wyoming. 

He is working on his MBA with a concentration in energy management and expects to graduate in December 2014.
 


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