Dean's Development Council Members

Sonja Adams

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Sonja earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University, and taught third grade for the Hurst-Euless- Bedford (HEB) ISD until her retirement. Sonja is active in the HEB retired school employee’s organization, the Colleyville Garden Club, Trailwood Women’s Club and she is an honorary life member of the Texas PTA. Additionally, she is past-chair of the City of Euless Library Board and is a member of the Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. Sonja enjoys reading, gardening, and Aggie football/basketball. Sonja and her husband, Neal, have two children, Marti Morgan and Paige Petro.

Gayle Bellomy

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Gayle is a proud graduate of the Texas A&M College of Education, with a B.A. ('74) and M.Ed. ('79). She is married to Marc, who has his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from TAMU. Gayle retired from Texas public schools after a career as a teacher in grades K-12 in both general and special education. She is currently working as an educational consultant. Gayle and Marc are the parents of two sons and enjoy serving in the music ministry at Jersey Village Baptist Church.

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Pamela and Hayne Blakely

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The Blakely’s are from Knoxville, TN and currently reside in Houston.  Pamela is a Certified Public Accountant with a BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University.  She is on the executive board of Houston Junior Forum and an active volunteer for Dress for Success Houston, Houston A&M Mother’s Club, Caring Friends, the Nehemiah Center and Christian Community Service Center.  Hayne holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a registered professional petroleum engineer and owner of Blakely Engineering and Associates.  He is a founding board member of Medical Bridges, Inc, a non-profit that provides medical supplies to third world countries.  The Blakely’s are members of West University Methodist Church, the 12th Man Foundation and the Texas A&M Heritage and Legacy Societies.  They have a son, Grant ’13, a daughter Alane ’10, and son-in-law, Kevin Robert Avila ’10. 


Betsy and Bob Carpenter

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Betsy received her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M in 1972 and her master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Texas.   She has over 30 years of teaching experience and works as an education consultant with BC Enterprises. She was co-author of the Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales (GATES), which is used in schools throughout Texas, and she was  the  founding  Director  of  LCRA's  McKinney Roughs Environmental Learning Center.  Bob earned his undergraduate (1970), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and post- doctorate specialty degree at Texas A&M. He is president and CEO of Texas EnteroSorbents, Inc., a published writer and has been granted more than 200 patents. They enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Betsy and Bob have two children, Robert O. Carpenter, M.D. '91 and Erin Carpenter Westerholm, D.O. '93 and five precious grandchildren.

Margo Dailey

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Originally from Lockhart, Margo graduated with degrees in English and history from Texas A&M and earned a Master’s in American Literature from Midwestern State University. Margo taught high school English and worked as an educational consultant for school districts in the Brazos Valley. She and her husband, Chris, established Dailey Electric, Inc. in College Station in 2003 and Houston in 2009. Their business has been recognized four times by the Mays Business School as one of the 100 fastest growing Aggie- owned or operated businesses. Margo and Chris have one daughter, Sophia. The Daileys are members of the 12th Man Foundation and the Athletic Ambassadors Council, Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students. They also support various charitable organizations such as College Station ISD Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and many local children’s organizations. Margo currently serves as Chairman of the Board for First Lockhart National Bank. 

Jon Denton

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Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from  Northwest  Missouri  State  College  in  1963,  his Master’s degree in Physical Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1968, and his Ed.D. in Secondary Education from the University  of  Missouri-Columbia in 1972.  Jon served as Professor and Executive Director of eEducation in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture; and received national recognition for a number of collaborative science and technology outreach programs at Texas A&M University for over 35 years.  Jon also served as Associate and Executive Associate Dean for Research for the College of Education and Human Development from 1990 to 2001. Recently retired, Jon is an emeriti professor.

Kathy Denton

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Kathy '82 is an associate project director in Clinical Operations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M in 1988.  Kathy has been involved in MD Anderson’s performance improvement initiatives for more than 15 years. Kathy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a certified ASQ Manager of Quality/  Organizational  Excellence, and a MD Anderson Cancer Center Green Belt. Kathy was instrumental in establishing the hospital’s Cancer Survivorship Program, and the driving force in establishing an internship program with the Cancer Center that has benefited a number of Aggies from the college’s human resource development program.

Gogi and John Dickson

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Gogi and John are partners in the Dickson Consulting Group in San Antonio. They have three children – John, Rusty and Amy – all Aggies! Gogi was one of the first 27 women admitted to Texas A&M in 1963.  As a military wife, she and her family moved around a lot, but she was still able to complete her bachelor’s degree in education and art history from Ladycliff College, master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M. Gogi served as a principal, assistant superintendent and adjunct professor. John is a retired Army Colonel and holds a B.S. in meteorology from the A&M College of Texas and an M.S. in geology from the University of New Mexico. John was Associate Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the US Military Academy, West Point. Their six grandchildren are their main hobby, and they enjoy traveling, baseball, art history and photography.

Jim Drew

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Jim graduated from Texas A&M, Class of 1979, with a degree in Business Management. Throughout his career he has worked in the insurance industry and he is a currently senior vice president with Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc. Jim’s volunteer activities include leadership positions with the Women’s Home Advisory Board, Avance, Inc., American Leadership Forum, St. Martin’s Church and Del Monte Civic Association. Jim and his wife, Jennifer live in Houston. They have three children – Sian, who is a junior at Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M Galveston, Michael, who is a senior in high school and Sarah, who is a high school freshman.

Jerry Easterly

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Jerry is the founder and president of INSYTE Information Corporation. He began his career in 1974 with The Burroughs Corporation in the Business Products Division and worked his way up through several other organizations prior to starting INSYTE.  He founded INSYTE in 1991 where he has continued to assist corporations with the automation of business processes using automated data capture, imaging and other document management tools.

Sylvia Fernandez

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Sylvia Fernandez, although an Aggie at heart since age 16, received her B.S. from University of Alabama and an M.A. from UTSA.  In 1988, she received her Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University. She spent 40 years in the educational arena, retiring from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, as Director of Student Life.  Sylvia was a charter member of the CEHD Dean’s Development Council, serving from 1981 to 1992. She has been active in the San Antonio community including the San Antonio Area Foundation, Region 20 Educational Service Center, American Cancer Society, as well as, past chair of the Governor’s Commission for Women.  She currently serves on the Texas A&M University Press Advancement Board and has enjoyed spending time at Fernandez Elementary School for the past 25 years.  Sylvia has been married to Raul '59 for 54 years and they have two children, Monica '84 and Michael '88; as well as, three grandchildren and four great-grandsons.   


Steve Furney

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Steve Furney graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree before going on to complete his master’s in education at the University of Houston, master’s in public health from the University of Texas and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. Steve has been a faculty member at Texas State University since 1980 and has received close to $2 million in grant funding. Steve is very active in the New Braunfels community, serving on city committees, church councils and boards of other organizations including the American Heart Association. His passion is in health education, public/community health and health and wellness promotion. 

Kathy Havel

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Kathy, a retired counselor from Plano West Senior High School, has a real passion for education and preparing individuals for a career in education. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in math from South Methodist University and a master’s in counseling and student services from the University of North Texas. Although Kathy herself isn’t a Texas A&M University graduate, she is surrounded by Aggies in her family: husband, Mike; daughter, Christy; son, Andy; and daughter-in-law, Lindsey. Kathy has 22 years in the education field including teaching and counseling, and has made an impact on the lives of many of her students. Kathy is very active in the Dallas community serving in several volunteer roles including a docent at the George W. Bush Presidential Library as well as a serving on the marketing and outreach committee for the TAMU Press Advancement Board.

Jean Johnson

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Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Health, Recreation and Physical Education with a minor in English, and her master’s in English from McNeese State University. She married her husband, Skip, and following his career, taught in Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and the Netherlands. Now a resident of College Station, Jean volunteers at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum as an education docent, and plays piano for her church and at special events. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O. and an active member of First Baptist Church, Bryan. Jean has three children, three granddaughters and one great granddaughter. She enjoys playing tennis, bridge and traveling.

 

Patsy Kirksey

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A 1962 graduate of Southwest Texas State University Patsy taught English at Lockhart High School for 34 years. Her late husband, Pat ‘56, traveled the world as a petroleum geologist after serving as an officer in the Air Force. In 1966, Pat joined the family business, Kirksey Propane Service in Lockhart where he and Patsy lived since 1968. Pat served as councilman and mayor in the 1970's and he and Patsy became involved in the community and the Methodist Church. Education was a driving force with the Kirksey’s through their participation in Community Education, public school teaching, HeadStart, and Job training. Texas A&M affiliations included the Chancellor's Century Council, Associations for the Band, Corps of Cadets, Former Students, 12th Man Ambassadors Committee, Champions' Council, and Legacy Society.  They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and world.  Patsy is proud of their daughters and sons-in- law, Anna and Patrick Squire and Margo and Chris Dailey - all Aggies!  As a grandparent, her greatest joys are Ryan, Jack, Sophia and dear memories of Spencer. 

Arno Krebs

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Arno '64 is a retired partner with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Arno received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Texas A&M in 1964 and an L.L.B. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1967. He served as president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association from 1978-1979 and was a director from 2000-2001. Volunteering his time, Arno served on the 12th Man Foundation's Executive Committee  from  1983-1989,  as  president  in  1988  and as a member of the Development  Council/Council  of Athletic Ambassadors from 1979 to date. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Former Students from 2004-2008. Currently, he serves on the Bush School Development Council and is a member of the Chancellor's Century Council.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Letterman's Association Athletic Hall of Honor and recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Education and Human Development. Arno and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Kirsten Krebs Calder '89 and Bret Dark '89.


Billy and Mary Jo Lay

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Mary Jo and Billy have dedicated their careers to education–both were classroom teachers before accepting positions at Texas A&M.  Billy retired from Texas A&M and was named Director Emeritus of Admissions, having served in that capacity for twenty-two years.   Mary Jo was a lecturer in the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction for seventeen years.  Since retirement, both have maintained their connection with education by tutoring math and reading in local elementary schools. They have traveled extensively and proudly boast of visiting all seven continents.  Bill does genealogy research and enjoys gardening. Mary Jo works in stained glass, plays bridge and enjoys reading. They are actively involved in their church and various community organizations.  They have three daughters, all graduates of Texas A&M and five grandchildren - classes of '04, '06, '07, '14, '20.

Sue Anne Lockard

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Sue  Ann  graduated  from  TWU  with  a  degree  in Elementary Education and a minor in English.   She has graduate hours from both UT and Sam Houston. Sue Ann taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades for 20 years, in Bryan, Pflugerville, and Spring ISD.  She and husband, Marc '72 moved back to College Station in 2006.  They have 3 children:  Lt.  Commander Jim Lockard '98 US Navy, Melissa Lockard Daigneault '00 JD, and Lauren Lockard Collins, Wake Forest '05 and The Bush School '07. Sue Ann and Marc have 4 grandchildren who all live in College Station. Sue Ann is Chairman of the Board of Lockard & White, a Telecommunications Engineering firm.  She enjoys gardening, reading, sewing, painting and various crafts.


Carolyn Lohman

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Carolyn graduated from the University of Houston with a  Bachelor’s  degree  in  Home  Economics  Education. After student teaching in Spring Branch ISD, they hired her to teach at Spring Woods High School. Carolyn’s teaching experience extends from pre-school through adult education - for private and public organizations, and  education  remains  one  of  her  chief  passions. Carolyn enjoys following Aggie sports, needle point and traveling. Throughout their 54 year marriage, she and her late husband, Tommie, attended hundreds of Aggie sporting events and traveled to each of the seven continents. The Lohmans have two daughters:  Caroline and Amber, and four grandchildren:  Cason, Tommy, Will and Carly. Carolyn was the driving force behind the College of Education and Human Development’s “Shaping the Future” sculpture on the Texas A&M Campus. It was the first sculpture on campus to feature a woman and children.


Sarah Mabry

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Sarah holds a BA in English from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She retired after a 45-year career in public education serving as a school counselor for 28 of those years. In that role, Sarah fostered a climate where fewer than 10% of students pursued additional education to one that saw 100% applying and being accepted to a college, university or training program. For these accomplishments, she was named an honorary lifetime member of the Texas Association for College Admission Counselors. Sarah is married to an Aggie veterinarian, Mike Mabry. They have three sons, John, Milam and Travis; two daughters-in-law, Lindsay and Traci; and four grandchildren, Rileigh, Tatum, Ben and Margaret. She has been active in many organizations over the years and is currently a member of the Texas Farm Bureau and St. James Episcopal Church in La Grange.

Sue and Patrick Mahoney

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Sue is an associate professor at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Department of Urban Education. She received her master’s and doctorate from Texas A&M. She teaches educational technology courses to undergraduate and graduate students.  Patrick is an attorney in Houston, Texas. Patrick  earned  his  B.B.A.  in  Accounting  from Texas A&M in 1971 followed by his J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1988. They enjoy traveling, working with students, and Aggie sports. The Mahoney household is also actively involved with the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary, a rescue group for shelties. Their son, Dan '92 is married with two daughters and lives in Salem, Oregon.

Lynn Martin

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Lynn grew up in Chicago and attended high school at North Park Academy. She earned a B.S. and an M.S. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M.  She has held a variety of positions in teaching and in educational administration.  Retired since 2001, Lynn is grateful to be able to spend more time with her husband, Gary '71 who is a private pilot.  She enjoys sewing, cooking, playing the ukulele, and riding her bike. Retirement has also allowed her to volunteer with the HOSTS Program, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, MSC OPAS and other organizations.


Pablo and Barbara Marvin

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Pablo Marvin ’66, a native of Mexico City, is a real estate executive in Mexico and the Director of the Hacienda Santa Clara Education and Research Center in San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Pablo graduated in 1966 from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He has been an advisor and friend of Texas A&M for many years. Pablo and his wife, Barbara, provided the office space for the Texas A&M Mexico Center in their Mexico City office building for twenty years. Currently, Pablo and Barbara manage the Hacienda Santa Clara Center in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which is Texas A&M’s signature partner in Mexico for education and research. Pablo serves on the TAMU International Advisory Board, the Bush School Development Council, and on the President’s Advisory Council at the Universidad de Guanajuato. Pablo is a recipient of the Texas A&M Outstanding International Alumnus Award and of the Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus Award. Pablo and Barbara live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in College Station, Texas. 


Dorothy McFerrin

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Dorothy  was  raised  in  Beaumont.  She  earned  her bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, and a master’s degree from the University of Houston.  She has worked in crime prevention/education and served on numerous committees in the Humble Independent School District. Dorothy developed special programs for junior high and high school students that addressed social  issues  including  anti-drug  and  alcohol,  anti-gang involvement, crime awareness and career planning. Additionally, she helped to establish “College Nights” to introduce high school students to educational opportunities at various colleges. Dorothy is an avid reader and she enjoys traveling with her family and friends. Dorothy, and her husband, Artie have two children, Jennifer and Jeff, and four grandchildren.


Andrea "Sissy" McKenna

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Andrea “Sissy” McKenna ’79 has a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialties in Early Childhood and Reading from Texas A&M. She also has certification in Library Science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Sissy has been a classroom teacher, a site coordinator for 21st Century Learning Centers for Galveston ISD and was a teacher, grant writer and administrator for Holy Family Catholic School in Galveston. She and her husband, John ’78, had three children, Andi, Lauren and John. Lauren is married to Caleb Wells ’08, and they have two children. John lives in Galveston with the three grand-dogs. Andi died in a car accident the summer before her senior year at Texas A&M. The McKenna’s established a memorial scholarship for Special Education majors in her name and her Aggie ring is displayed at the Association of Former Students

Sue Ellen Miner

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Sue Ellen ’81 graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, minors in industrial engineering and math, and secondary teacher certification in math and psychology. She taught pre- algebra, algebra and geometry at Taylor High School in the Katy ISD. After relocating to New Braunfels, she spent 25 years as a math tutor in both the public and private setting. Sue Ellen tutored every grade level of math from first grade to college calculus and was a volunteer tutor in other disciplines in public schools. She was a mentor in the HOSTS (Helping One Student To Succeed) program and served on the executive boards of New Braunfels PTA at five different campuses for 15 years. Sue Ellen also served on the First United Methodist Day School Board and the Parent Advisory Council of the New Braunfels ISD, and was one of the founders of the New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation. Today she is active in the management of Southwest Border Partners, a real estate investment firm. Sue Ellen and her husband, Phil ’80, are active in the Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation, and various charitable organizations.  

Janine Morris and Kerry Comeaux

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Janine graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University in 2009. Kerry graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1975. Kerry has worked for Boardwalk Pipeline for 42 years and is currently a Vice President. Janine has taught in Friendswood ISD for thirteen years, and taught as an adjunct faculty at College of the Mainland. Janine and Kerry have been married since 1983. Their son, Kyle, graduated from Texas A&M in 2009, with his Bachelor of Science Degree, and their daughter, Kayla, received her B.S. Degree from Southwestern University and her M.S. in Bio Math at Texas Tech University in 2015. Janine was a Charter Member of the Aggie Educator Network Board, and served from 2012-2016. In addition, she is a member of the Friendswood Aggie Mother’s Club. Both Kerry and Janine are Elders at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. They enjoy volunteering in their community, mentoring students, and traveling together with family and friends.

Karen Morris

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Karen  was  born  in  Washington  State  but  has  been a Texan since age two.  She is an Aggie by birthright since her father, class of '47, completed his degree after serving in WWII.  Although she attended Texas State University, receiving her degree in education in 1974, her Aggie pride was completed when her daughter, Kelli, graduated from A&M in 2006 with a degree in education. Karen received her Master’s in Education with a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Houston in 1977.  She spent 10 years as a kindergarten/first grade teacher and assistant principal in Cy-Fair ISD in Houston.  Karen and her husband, Steve, reside in Cypress, Texas.  She enjoys traveling, Aggie sports and spending time with her grandchildren. She is very active in her church and volunteers for several non-profit organizations.

Eddie Mattei Nelson

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Eddie grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she moved to Houston where she met and married Joe Mattei. Joe and Eddie were married 51½ years before his death in 2009. They have two children - Braden and Karyn, and three grandsons - Michael Thornton, and Joey and Georgi Saucedo. In 2014, Eddie married Jim Nelson. Eddie is active in the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, she serves as an Extra Ordinary Minister at St. Cecilia Catholic Community, she is past-president of the St. Cecilia Women Club and she is a sustaining member of the Assistance League of Houston. Eddie is a member of the Friends of Sterling Evans Library Board, on the President’s Council of Advisors and the Chancellor’s Century Council. Eddie is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Eddie loves to garden, play bridge and exercise. She enjoys traveling, and has seen much of the world with the Traveling Aggies.


Bill & Susan Ouren

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Susan and Bill are native Texans. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from TAMU in 1974 and later earned her M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University. Susan was Lead Faculty and Program Director for the Interior Design Department at Lone Star College – Kingwood until she retired in 2012. During her tenure, she designed and implemented a degree in Facilities Management and spearheaded the accreditation of the design program by the National Kitchen and Bath Association to teach the specialized curriculum of kitchen and bath design. Bill earned a BBA degree in Accounting in 1974 and worked for Exxon Mobil Corporation for 35 years, retiring in 2009 as the Global Business Systems Strategy Manager. He and Susan lived in many places in the United States as well as fulfilling assignments in Norway and Australia. Following retirement, Bill became involved in organizations dedicated to citizen education toward conducting fair local and national elections. Both Susan and Bill are committed to the continuation of quality teacher education as well as to preservation efforts through the Cushing Library initiatives on the TAMU campus. 

Michael Park

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Mike is an attorney in Huntsville, Texas.   He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1968 and then earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 1973.  He was also a Varsity Football Letterman.  His legal education was acquired at St. Mary's University of San Antonio (J.D., 1976).

 

Rick Rickman

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Rick  '70,  an  attorney  specializing  in  litigation,  is  one of the founding shareholders  of  Hallett  &  Perrin, P.C. in  Dallas,  Texas.    Rick  received  his  bachelor’s  degree from Texas A&M in 1970, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1974, and a Juris Doctor in 1977 from St. Mary’s University.  He served as president of the Lettermen’s Association in 2003, and was chair of the 12th Man Foundation in 2010. Rick is serving on the President’s Advisory Council; he is also the past-chair of the College of Education and Human Development’s Dean’s Advisory Council. Rick and his wife, Sue, have two children, Kristi R. Cole '93 and Robert L. Rickman '96, and five grandchildren. 

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Deborah and James Robertson

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Both Deborah and James are graduates of Texas A&M. Deborah spent her 30-year career in education, teaching English, Theater Arts, and Speech/Drama and special education. After receiving a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with a professional endorsement as an Educational Diagnostician, she did testing and case management for students with disabilities. James was on the rugby team as an undergrad at Texas A&M prior to getting his degree in Wildlife Science & Fisheries. The majority of his career was spent as a Texas Game Warden, including a stint as an instructor at the training academy in College Station. He ultimately became the Director of Law Enforcement and received many accolades, include the Safari Club International 2000 Conservation Officer of the Year. Deborah and James have been active in numerous church activities as well as the Hays Youth Sports Organization and Hays Athletic Booster Club. Retirement enables them to spend more time with their three children and seven grandchildren. 

Claire Selman

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Claire '77 and her husband, Bill '76 own the Town & Country Veterinary Hospital in Austin.   Claire graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977 (Cum Laude) and received her Master’s of Education in Curriculum
& Instruction at the University of Texas, Austin in 1981. Bill graduated in 1976 with his Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977.  Claire and Bill have two children, Jill '07 received her Master’s from De Paul University in '09, and Wes '09. As an Aggie family, they enjoy attending Aggie games and functions. They also enjoy ranching and are members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Independent Cattlemen's Association.  They are members of the United Methodist Church, Capital City A&M Club, Texas Lyme Association, and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. The Dailey, Squire and Kirksey families honored Claire at the 2010 Dean's Roundtable and she was awarded Teacher of the Year at Creedmoor Elementary, Del Valle ISD. 

Cyndi Short

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Cyndi Short received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, her master’s from Sam Houston State University and her doctorate from Baylor University. She has over 30 years in the field of education and currently serves as the executive director of special services at Clear Creek ISD. She is passionate about growing leaders in the field of special education. She is a member of the House of Delegates for the Texas Association of Administrators and Special Education (TCASE) and has served on numerous committees. Cyndi lives in Friendswood with her husband, a retired colonel who served in the Air Force for more than 30 years. 

Donna Stauber

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Donna is the director of Service Excellence, Education, and Pastoral Care at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration, and The Birkley Institute. She was appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve on the advisory council for the Department of Disability and Aging. She is also a board member and health consultant for GAP Ministries Inc. Donna received her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Texas A&M (while playing basketball), a Master's of Science in Education from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Community Health Education from Texas Woman's University. She has over 30 years of experience in health education, nutrition, wellness, leadership development and motivation; working with public schools, universities, corporations, and various health care institutions.

 

Malcolm Stewart

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Malcolm Stewart received his bachelor's in Building Construction from Texas A&M and was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a Ross Volunteer, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received a regular Army commission as a Combat Engineer and served three years before transitioning into the private sector. Stewart is Chief Operating Officer of Camden Property Trust, a multibillion dollar public real estate organization based in Houston, Texas. He supports many activities at A&M including CEHD study abroad scholarships, the Coaching Academy, Aggie STEM Camps, and the Dean’s Excellence Fund.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Masters of Real Estate Program in the Mays School of Business.  An Inductee to the Corps Hall of Honor, he also sponsors multiple scholarship programs including the Parsons Mounted Cavalry, Ross Volunteer Association, and the Corps Keeper of the Spirit Documentary. He also supports numerous civic and community programs in Houston and Bryan/College Station and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Gulf Coast Sickle Cell Association. 

 

 


Ellen and Rod Thornton

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Ellen  has  a  B.S.  from  Florida  State  University  and an M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University.  She also studied at the College of William and Mary and Sam Houston State University.  Ellen spent 30 years as an educator, both as a teacher and as an administrator. She currently teaches part time at the Student Learning Center at Texas A&M, and is a community volunteer. After graduating from TAMU, class of '63, Rod spent 38 years working for the Federal Government, both in the Air Force, and as a civilian.  Rod earned an M.Ed. from Wayne State University. His most recent position was that of Deputy Director for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.  He is currently retired and is a community volunteer.  

Melanie Toler

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Melanie ’76 is a retired human resources professional with a passion for education. She taught high school completion classes to soldiers while living in Germany for three years and then transitioned into a 23-year career in HR working for a European-owned company in both the US and France. Upon retirement, she traded her corporate hat for a community one, volunteering with a nationally-ranked school district and Girl Scouts in the Cincinnati area. She believes teachers are an untapped resource to impact children and adults both in and out of the classroom. Melanie and her husband, Bill ’76, are in the process of moving back to the Bryan- College Station area. Their two children, Courtney ’17 and Mark ‘19, are students at Texas A&M. 

Susan Torn

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Originally from Dallas, Susan graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Baylor University before graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. While a student at the University of Texas, she met Sam, her husband of 45 years on a blind date to an A&M/Texas basketball game (the Aggies won)! In 1985, she and Sam acquired Camp Ozark, a Christian summer camp that Sam attended as a child. They have built Camp Ozark into what is recognized as the best recreational summer camp in the country. The Torns and their adult children all work at Camp Ozark full time, and they are dedicated to providing an incomparable camp experience for young people. In cooperation with the Walton Family Foundation, the Torns oversee Camp War Eagle, a summer camp for underserved children located in Rogers, Arkansas. Susan and Sam are also the founders of Ozone Ministries, a year round mentorship program for middle school and high school students and Ozark For All, a summer camp for underserved children. In 2011, Susan began working toward a master’s degree in health education at Texas A&M, receiving her Aggie ring and graduating in 2013. Susan and Sam have three children - Scott ‘96 and his wife, Secily ‘96, Chris ‘97 and his wife Ceci ‘98, Angela’02 and her husband, Stephan ‘02 and ten wonderful grandchildren. 

Karan Wester

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Karan was born at Bryan Air Force Base Texas. In her early years, she lived in England where her father was stationed in the US Air Force. After leaving England, at age 4, she lived in various parts of Texas. She attended high school in College Station at A&M Consolidated High School and attended Texas A&M University where she majored in English and minored in Spanish. After leaving A&M, she taught in middle and high school for 4 years and then spent several years as a stay-at-home mom. When her children got older, she returned to teaching and spent most of her teaching career teaching middle school English and Spanish. About 8 years ago, she took a position with Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin, Texas training and supporting individuals seeking teacher certification through the Region 13 Educator Certification Program. She has since moved into a position of senior coordinator for the department and now oversees the teacher, counselor, master reading teacher and paraprofessional certification programs. She has two sons who are both married. One is a policeman with the Texas A&M University Police and the other is a minister in the United Methodist church. She has two wonderful daughters in law. One is a teacher and the other is a marriage and family therapist. She has a two year old granddaughter who is a wonderful joy in her life. Her husband is an electrical engineer with Austin Energy. They live in Pflugerville, Texas.


John and Donna Weston

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Donna was born in Brownwood and graduated from high school there in 1972.  She attended Texas A&M before receiving her degree in elementary education from Howard Payne University in 1977. Donna taught for 15 years at St. James Episcopal School in Del Rio, alternating between kindergarten and preschool.  Currently, she is a substitute teacher and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is active in the Fine Arts Club and Cactus Thorn Garden Club, and is currently renovating their historic home.  She enjoys spending the summer in Creede, Colorado during the brutal Del Rio summers.  John was born in San Saba, Texas and graduated from Sonora High School in 1973.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M in 1977 with a B.S. in Range Science.  He is currently self-employed with interests in real estate development, ranching, assisted living and commercial construction. John is chairman of the Del Rio Friends of Scouting and Director for Texas Southwest Council of Boy Scouts of America, a director of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, a director for Texas Community Bank and a director for the Val Verde County Transportation Committee.   Donna and John have been married for 37+ years and they are the parents of Bryan Weston (wife - Niki '99) and Alyssa Villarreal (husband, Ernesto). Both daughter and daughter-in-law are former teachers. 

Dee and Tom Yates

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Tom graduated from Texas A&M in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and Geological Engineering. He is president of the Tom Yates Petroleum Co., located in Laredo. Dee earned her doctorate in educational psychology in 1991. They live in San Antonio.