PAST Club Leadership

 

2017        1

2016        3

2015        5

2014        7

2013        8

2017

Muster Speaker: Sam Torn ‘70

Muster Chairs: Alex and Ashley Holladay

President: Nick Reale ’11

Nick Reale is originally from Michigan, but calls Texas his second home. Nick holds a B.A. in Spanish and minors in health sciences and psychology from Michigan State University. He then earned his Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management from the Texas A&M School of Public Health in 2011. While at A&M, Nick served as president of the school’s student association and on the school’s external advisory board. He was selected as a fellow to the chief health policymaker in the Texas Legislature and later worked in Texas Medicaid program management. In 2014, his health policy career led him to D.C. He has worked for the National Governors Association, done independent consulting, and now works in the Office of the Director for the D.C. Department of Health. As First VP, Nick helped expand the professional networking activities of the D.C. Aggies and increased collaboration with the Texas State Society. Nick, his wife Jen, and their rescue dog Mia live in Cleveland Park, D.C.

First VP: Erika Schultz ’08

Erika M. Schultz ’08 grew up in Donna, Texas, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley. She started at Texas A&M University and received a B.S in agriculture leadership and development. During her first year at A&M, she was part of the student program Aggie Access Learning Community and became a mentor soon after. Before graduating, Erika came to Washington, D.C., as part of A&M’s ANRP internship program, interning with Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. After graduation, Erika started her career as a government employee in Arizona. In 2014, a job promotion gave her the opportunity to return to Washington, D.C. Erika previously served the D.C. Aggies as the Deputy Director of Student Outreach.

VP of Finance: Lauren Pitts ’15

Lauren Kyla Pitts ’15 is originally from Washington D.C. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduating, Lauren became a Soil Conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. After three years of meaningful conservation, she came to Texas A&M under a National Science Foundation fellowship to study and research soil science. Her research at Texas A&M took her to Ghana, where she conducted sustainable agriculture experiments. While at Texas A&M, Lauren joined a diverse network of graduate students, played with the rugby club, and was an active member of the Black Graduate Student Association. She now works in Washington, D.C., as an Environmental Scientist of HGS Engineering, Inc. As VP of Finance, Lauren maintains the club’s books, taxes, and financials.

VP of Communications: Sara Kangas ’14

Sara Kangas ’14 was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but also lived in Durham, North Carolina, and Davenport, Iowa, before finding her way to Texas. She attended school in Denton and became a loud, proud member of the Class of 2014 at Texas A&M, where she majored in entomology with a minor in English. During her time at A&M, Sara volunteered with MSC Hospitality and Fish Camp, serving as the Director of Operations for the largest student-run extended orientation program in the nation. Sara moved to Washington, D.C., as a member of A&M’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy internship program, working as a Government Relations Intern with National Farmers Union, and immediately became involved with the D.C. Aggies, joining the Muster Committee. Currently, Sara works as the Communications and Operations Coordinator for the National Association of Conservation Districts. Sara manages the website, mailings, social media, and monthly newsletter for the D.C. Aggies.

VP of Activities: Jerry Salinas ’09

Jerry Salinas ’09 is originally from Kerrville, Texas.  He was raised in the Hill Country and went on to major in agribusiness with a certificate in international trade and agriculture. While on campus, Jerry was an active member in Beta Theta Phi Fraternity and Texas A&M Flying Club.  After graduating in August of 2010, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. After four and half years with the USDA, Jerry now works for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a Contracting Officer. Jerry coordinates events such as our Howdy Hours and Game Watch Parties.

Deputy Director of Activities: Ernesto Garcia ’01

Ernesto (Ernie) Garcia ’01 is originally from Houston, Texas, and a former communications officer in the U.S. Air Force.  At A&M, he majored in information and operations management and was a member of Company K-2 of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets.  Upon commissioning in August 2002, Ernie served on assignments in South Carolina, Germany, Honduras, and Belgium; as well as deployments to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Afghanistan. After eight years with the Air Force, Ernie went on to earn a Master of Arts in international relations from Tufts University and now works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on their International Public Sector team. Ernie helps coordinate events such as our Game Watch Parties and the Big Event.

VP of Professional Development: Mary Christina Riley ’14

Originally from Newnan, Georgia, Mary Christina considers Texas her second home. She graduated from the A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service in ’14 with a Masters in Public Administration. While at A&M, Mary Christina participated in SGA and was a Bush Foundation Ambassador and host for all Foundation events. She also enjoyed volunteering for BCS Habitat for Humanity, the Bush Library, and as a Texas A&M Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Alumni Advisor. Mary Christina currently works as a Senior Legislative Assistant to a Georgia Congressman. As the VP of Professional Development, Mary Christina plans career networking events to utilize the great Aggie Network!

Deputy Director of Development: Rachel Mallison ’14

Rachel Mallison ’14 hails from beautiful Fort Worth, Texas. To quote Willie Nelson, she has “Texas in her soul.” Rachel graduated in five years with a B.A. in political science and a MPSA in public administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. While at Texas A&M, Rachel worked to combat human trafficking through multiple on campus organizations, and it is this drive for justice that brought her to Washington, D.C. In addition to her social justice work, Rachel studied abroad with the A&M Arabic department in Meknes, Morocco, and held leadership positions in Sigma Phi Lambda, Impact, and the Conference of Student Government Associations (COSGA). Rachel now works as a proposal writer at IDS International in Arlington, Virginia.

VP of Student Outreach: Robby Smith ’14

Robby Stephany Smith ’14, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M and master’s degree in public service and administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. Robby, a College Station native, wrote and edited for the Battalion and volunteered for Breakaway Ministries while at TAMU. In her undergraduate studies, Robby studied abroad and focused on international relations and transatlantic security policy. While at the Bush School, Robby focused on nonprofit management and global governance. Robby works on defense and foreign policy for the United States Senate, and also currently serves as Secretary of Bush School Former Student Network. As the Vice President of Student Outreach, Robby coordinates student outreach and professional development initiatives for current Aggies interning in the Washington, D.C., area, including professional development night and the Developing Connections with Aggies Program (DCAP) mentoring program.

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2016

 Muster Speaker: Porter S. Garner III ’79, President of The Association of Former Students

Muster Chair:  Taylor Coffee ‘05

President:  A. Ann Ratnayake 06

Ann Ratnayake 06 is from College Station, TX.   Ann graduated summa cum laude from the Mays School of Business with a BBA in Business Management and minors in Economics and English.  She went on to earn her  Juris Doctorate from Baylor University.  She is a staff attorney at the child protection unit of the National District Attorneys Association.  She assists prosecutors and allied child protection professionals  laboring on behalf of child victims too small, scared or weak to protect themselves.  Ann plays on the A&M intramural softball team and has served as V.P. of Finance for the past two years.  In her tenure, she has digitized all of the clubs financial practices and standardized the quarterly financial reporting documents to include a statement of activities, balance sheet, and a statement of cash flows.  She also led the development of the Clubs new website and Aggie Connections newsletter.

Anns favorite Aggie tradition is Muster.

 

 

Vice President of Finance: Andy Bailor  08

Andy was born in New Jersey and grew up in New Orleans, LA and Seabrook, TX. A second generation Aggie, he started at Texas A&M in computer engineering, joining Leaders in Freshman Engineering and the Texas Aggie Game Developers before switching majors to Accounting. After a B.B.A. in 2008 and an M.S. in Accounting in 2009, he lived in Baton Rouge briefly before moving up to Virginia in 2010 to be with family. He has worked as an auditor for Cotton & Company, an accounting and IT firm, since 2011, working as a contractor to the federal government. He has dedicated his career to the eradication of fraud and corruption.

 

A beatboxer, novelty-seeker, and apprentice firebender, Andys favorite Aggie tradition is Silver Taps.

 

Vice President of Activities: Jerry Salinas 09

Jerry Salinas 09 is originally from Kerrville, Texas.  He was raised in the Hill Country and went on to major in Agribusiness with a Certificate in International Agricultural and Trade at Texas A&M. While on campus, Jerry was active member in Beta Theta Phi Fraternity and Texas A&M Flying Club.  After graduating in August of 2010, he moved to Washington, DC to work for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.  Jerry coordinates events such as our Howdy Hours and Game Watch Parties.

 Jerrys favorite Aggie tradition is the 12th Man.

 

 

Vice President of Development: John Martin 08

John Martin was raised in Grapevine, Texas and graduated from A&M in 2008. While at A&M, John was active in Fish Camp, Ol Ags, Freshmen Business Initiative, and the Business Fellows Program. After graduation, John worked as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting for several years before moving to Washington, D.C. for a change of pace. He currently works as Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Cotton

 

Vice President of Outreach: Jeffrey Nickeson 07

Jeff was born and raised in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. While at A&M, Jeff was active in the Corps of Cadets, Company F-2; MSC Wiley Lecture Series; Aggie Democrats; and the Century Singers. After graduation, Jeff attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and received a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations, focusing on Foreign Policy and Cross Cultural Negotiations. By 2012, he moved to DC, and obtained a job as a contractor for the Department of States Visa Office.

 

Jeffs favorite tradition is Muster.

 

 

2015

 Muster Speakers: Chancellor Ray Bowen Loftin ‘71,  Former Governor Rick Perry ‘71

Muster Chair:  Emmanual Guillory ‘06

President:  A. Ann Ratnayake 06

Ann Ratnayake 06 is from College Station, TX.   Ann graduated summa cum laude from the Mays School of Business with a BBA in Business Management and minors in Economics and English.  She went on to earn her  Juris Doctorate from Baylor University.  She is a staff attorney at the child protection unit of the National District Attorneys Association.  She assists prosecutors and allied child protection professionals  laboring on behalf of child victims too small, scared or weak to protect themselves.  Ann plays on the A&M intramural softball team and has served as V.P. of Finance for the past two years.  In her tenure, she has digitized all of the clubs financial practices and standardized the quarterly financial reporting documents to include a statement of activities, balance sheet, and a statement of cash flows.  She also led the development of the Clubs new website and Aggie Connections newsletter.

Anns favorite Aggie tradition is Muster.

 

 

1st Vice President: Matt Stellbauer 05

Matt Stellbauer 05,10,  is originally from Bryan, Texas. Growing up as a townie he went on to receive a BS in Political Science. After graduating in December of 2005, He volunteered with the United States Peace Corps, where he served on the island of St. Vincent and The Grenadines from 2006-2008 as a youth and agriculture volunteer. Following his Peace Corps service Matt returned to College Station where he began a Masters in International Agriculture Development. Upon completion of this program in 2010, Matt moved to Washington DC, where he took a position with the United States Department of Agriculture, as an International Agriculture Development Specialist, specializing in conflict and post conflict countries.  Currently, Matt works with a team of experts on the management of USDA programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.    Since moving to DC, Matt has held various elected and appointed positions within the club to include, Vice president of Student Development and 1st vice president.

Matt is an avid photographer, loves puppies and acoustic guitars.  His favorite tradition is Muster

 

 

Vice President of Communications: Amanda Bryant 11

Amanda grew up in Gainesville, Texas. She started her Aggie career at Texas A&M University at Galveston studying Marine Biology. After her freshman year she decided living on an island wasnt as cool as it sounded and transferred to College Station and eventually settled on a major in Forestry. After graduation, Amanda came to Washington, D.C. as part of A&Ms ANRP Internship Program and worked with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

Amanda met who is now her fiancé while completing her internship at NASDA and quickly realized that she needed to find an excuse to stay in D.C. longer. To extend her stay, Amanda started graduate school at the University of Maryland College Park and completed her Masters of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences in May 2013. During that time Amanda completed internships with Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio and with the City of Hyattsville in Maryland. Amanda is currently the Director of Communications for NASDA.

Amandas favorite Aggie tradition is the 12th Man.

 

 

Vice President of Finance: Andy Bailor  08

Andy was born in New Jersey and grew up in New Orleans, LA and Seabrook, TX. A second generation Aggie, he started at Texas A&M in computer engineering, joining Leaders in Freshman Engineering and the Texas Aggie Game Developers before switching majors to Accounting. After a B.B.A. in 2008 and an M.S. in Accounting in 2009, he lived in Baton Rouge briefly before moving up to Virginia in 2010 to be with family. He has worked as an auditor for Cotton & Company, an accounting and IT firm, since 2011, working as a contractor to the federal government. He has dedicated his career to the eradication of fraud and corruption.

 

A beatboxer, novelty-seeker, and apprentice firebender, Andys favorite Aggie tradition is Silver Taps.

 

Vice President of Activities: Jerry Salinas 09

Jerry Salinas 09 is originally from Kerrville, Texas.  He was raised in the Hill Country and went on to major in Agribusiness with a Certificate in International Agricultural and Trade at Texas A&M. While on campus, Jerry was active member in Beta Theta Phi Fraternity and Texas A&M Flying Club.  After graduating in August of 2010, he moved to Washington, DC to work for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.  Jerry coordinates events such as our Howdy Hours and Game Watch Parties.

 Jerrys favorite Aggie tradition is the 12th Man.

 

Vice President of Development: Scott Ferguson 11

Scott was born in Corpus Christi and raised in New Braunfels, TX. At Texas

A&M, he became the first member of his family to attend and graduate from a 4

year university. As a part of his time at Texas A&M, he spent his final semester

in D.C. as an intern for the House Agriculture Committee under the ANRP

internship program. Upon completion of the internship, he graduated with a degree

in Agricultural Economics and went straight back to D.C. Currently, he works as a

Legislative Assistant for Representative Frank Lucas (OK).

Vice President of Outreach: Jeffrey Nickeson 07

Jeff was born and raised in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. While at A&M, Jeff was active in the Corps of Cadets, Company F-2; MSC Wiley Lecture Series; Aggie Democrats; and the Century Singers. After graduation, Jeff attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and received a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations, focusing on Foreign Policy and Cross Cultural Negotiations. By 2012, he moved to DC, and obtained a job as a contractor for the Department of States Visa Office.

 

Jeffs favorite tradition is Muster

2014

 Muster Speaker: Coach Jackie Sherrill

Muster Chair:  Eric Gustafson ‘05 and Ben Boroughs ‘05

President:  Lauren Echols

 1st Vice President: Matt Stellbauer

Vice President of Communications: Bret Tate

Vice President of Finance: Ann Ratnayake

Vice President of Activities: Jerry Salinas  

Vice President of Development: Austin Carnes

Vice President of Outreach: Kim Jones

2013

 Muster Speaker: Andrew Card, Former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

Muster Chair:  Jerry Ann Henry ‘05

President:  Lauren Echols

1st Vice President: Matt Stellbauer

Vice President of Communications: Neal Grabarkewitz 

Vice President of Finance: Ann Ratnayake

Vice President of Activities: Bret Tate   

Vice President of Development: Christi Connors  

Vice President of Outreach: Kim Jones