Meet the Team

Established in 1939, the Texas A&M Career Center is a comprehensive career planning and employment service for students of all majors and classifications, providing one point of contact to expedite the recruiting efforts of companies and organizations. Annually, our staff has more than 16,000 advising contacts with students and facilitates more than 750 programs and presentations with more than 37,000 attendees.

Executive Team

Meet our Directors!

Leigh-T-(1).jpgDr. Leigh Turner
Executive Director

Dr. Leigh Turner has served as the Executive Director since 1992.  A&M has a way of keeping people and Leigh is grateful that she is one of them! Before this, she served as the Director of Career Services at her alma mater, the University of Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and both a Master’s and Doctorate in Higher Education. She is passionate about helping students to choose careers that are right for them – in her words, “I’m still that old Psychology major trying to save the world, one student at a time.”
Samantha-W-(4).JPGSamantha Wilson
Associate Executive Director

Samantha has served Aggies since 1993, when she began working for the Athletic Department. Since then, she has served as an Undergraduate Advisor for the College of Science, the Premedical/Paradental Advisor for the Office of Professional School Advising, and the Life Sciences Career Coordinator in the Career Center. Samantha is currently the Associate Executive Director within the Career Center, leading Campus Programs and helping students to pursue their dream jobs!  Samantha has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M and has been a Fish Camp and a Howdy Camp Namesake.

Paula-M-(5).jpgPaula Moses
Director of Employer Services

Paula started her career with the Dow Chemical Company.  With a background in chemistry and information science, she guided Dow’s R&D proprietary information resources globally, managed market development projects in Plastics, and led the North America recruiting, internal transfer and relocation efforts before retiring.  Joining the Employer Services team at the Career Center in 2004, her corporate experience has been valuable in expanding the employer base and facilitating growth of opportunities for Aggies.

Career Advisors

Our Career Advisors help students of all disciplines realize their potential through career exploration, professional skill development, experiential education, and post-graduation planning.

Get to know your Career Advisor

Pat-A-(2).jpgPatricia Alexander
Education & Human Development
Patricia has been affiliated with Texas A&M and the Career Center for over 20 years.  With a passion for career development, her niche involves assisting and directing students toward their career aspirations.  Her life-long pursuit is for quality and enlightened Education evidenced by her certification as a secondary business teacher.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Delta State University.  During her tenure at A&M, she has pursued continuing education coursework in Human Resources Development.  Her previous experiences have involved counseling and teaching in high school and proprietary, business school settings with retail sales and product marketing in the business sector.


Lisa-B-(8).jpgLisa Burton
Mays Business School (Juniors & Seniors)
Primarily serving juniors and seniors in Mays Business School, Lisa helps students polish their professional skills and presence. She is actively involved in the American Business Women’s Association and serves as the campus advisor. Prior to joining the Career Center in 2012, Lisa had a successful career in sales and marketing in retail, special events, and nonprofit. Lisa holds a BFA in Radio-TV-Film from Sam Houston State University and an MS in Marketing in from Texas A&M University. Lisa calls College Station home with her husband and two adult sons.


Brad-C-(2).jpgBrad Collet
Architecture & Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical & Ocean)
Brad graduated with a degree in Family Financial Planning and Counseling and a Minor in Japanese Language and Literature from Brigham Young University. After graduation, he worked for a private consulting company and for Fidelity Investments before coming to Texas A&M for his MBA degree. Brad began working in the Career Center in 1994. During this time he has been involved in all aspects of student career development advising; including career opportunities, resume assistance, interviewing skills, job search assistance and especially, experiential education (co-op/internships).


Bob-F-(1).jpgBob Foley
Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear, Petroleum, Eng Technology, BioMedical, Industrial Distribution)

Bob brings an attitude of service first with years of extensive experience.  Graduating from Texas A&M in 1969, his first career experience was as a combat pilot in the US Air Force.  After fulfilling his five-year commitment, he spent 30 years in the petroleum industry in multiple management roles including project management, financial analysis, regulatory affairs, commercial activities, business development, and operations.  Upon retirement from industry, he taught public school math for 6 years.  In his career development advising role, he works with engineering students, students interested in federal employment, and veterans.


bradley.jpgBradley Matthews
Liberal Arts







 


David-M-(4).jpgDavid McMahon
Engineering (Aerospace, Industrial, & Mechanical)

David graduated from Texas A&M with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering.  After serving 2 years in the US Army,  he spent 31 years in the chemical industry in various aspects of logistics, safety, quality, production, consulting and environmental  operations.  For over 20 years, he also served as the Recruiting Team Leader between his employer and Texas A&M.  Upon retirement from industry in 2004, he joined the Career Center where he works primarily with engineering, Co-op, and veteran students.

 


JAS-(5).jpgJennifer Ann Scasta
Agriculture
Jennifer Ann joined the Career Center in 2011 and serves Aggies pursuing undergraduate degrees in agriculture. She is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the AGLS Career Fair. Jennifer Ann holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. She and her husband, Andy, were married in May 2015.

 


Michael-S-(4).jpgMichael Shehane
University Studies (all concentrations) and General Studies

Thinking about changing your major? Michael joined the Career Center in 2009 and manages career services targeted to undecided students as well as University Studies majors, including topics such as career and major exploration. He also serves as the primary advisor for Aggie Career Team. Michael earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M in 2002, a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Baylor University in 2009, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development. Michael is married with two wonderful children.


Katie-S-(1).jpgKatie Stober
Graduate Students (All Disciplines)
Katie joined the Career Center in 2012 after completing her doctorate at the University of North Texas (yes, I finished and you can too!).  Assisting graduate/professional students, she’s part career advisor and part dissertation-support therapist.  Katie also serves as liaison for international students and Aggie Allies.  Katie is the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 2005 and does NOT enjoy long walks on the beach because wet sand is icky. She lives in Bryan with a sensible, patient husband and a toddler she’s somehow responsible for.



Amy-T-(6).jpgAmy Thompson
Mays Business School (Freshmen & Sophomores)

Amy joined the Texas A&M Career Center team in a newly created position in July 2013 as the Career Coordinator for 1st and 2nd year students in Mays Business School. Since starting, Amy has developed several new initiatives focused on helping Mays freshmen and sophomores realize and pursue their dreams and passions! With a background in marketing and branding, her previous experience includes overseeing marketing and programming efforts for a national convenience store chain. Amy received her undergraduate degree from West Texas A&M and her Master’s degree from Texas A&M.


Marilyn-Y-(10).jpg Marilyn Yeager
Sciences, GeoSciences & Vet Med
Marilyn has had a lifelong love of science. Her career path is an example of how a science career can change in ways you could not imagine as an undergraduate student. In her first career she conducted marine and freshwater environmental monitoring and assessment for a consulting firm, a state agency and a city bureau. Marilyn then came to TAMU, earned a MS degree in Oceanography, and continued working as a research associate in a paleo-oceanography laboratory. For her third career, Marilyn joined the Career Center in 2005 to help Aggies identify, explore and pursue their science career goals.

Former Student Advising

We provide resources, experienced advisors, and a proven strategy that helps Former Students explore, research, and effectively network; to uncover and compete for job opportunities in a changing, global economy.

Looking for the perfect career? Are you changing jobs OR moving up?

Our resources extend far beyond resume reviews and links to job listings. Our advantage is our network building strategy.

Debbie-J-(3).jpgDebbie Jackson '76
Former Students (Serves most recent 2 graduating classes)
Debbie shares her experience and her enthusiasm for helping former students find their passion in life.  She encourages, motivates and provides positive reinforcement to those who are unsure about what they want to do, or who think they have exhausted all options.  She treats each student individually, and does her best to encourage him or her to think creatively, striving for that perfect first or second opportunity, post-graduation.  Recent graduates typically leave an appointment with a renewed sense of excitement, anxious to utilize the various tools that Debbie has shared with them. 


Paul-P-(6).jpgPaul Pausky '78
Former Students (Serves former students graduating 3 or more years ago)
Paul leads the Former Student Services Team helping Aggies implement networking strategies using informational interviews to understand employer needs and opportunities in hidden job markets. He advocates the use of those same networking resources and tactics for Aggies moving up their career ladder. His 22 years of sales and project management served engineering and operations teams in oil & gas, pulp & paper, and telecommunications. He started the Aggie Resume Library responding to the needs of the Aggie Family dealing with the oil industry collapse in 1986.

Employer Services

These staff members work directly with employers to provide recruiting services and strategies, including job postings, on-campus interviews and information sessions.

Employer Services

Megan-S-2-(1).jpgMegan Stoltzfus
Associate Director
Megan joined the Employer Services team in August 2016, and has been a member of the TAMU Career Center since 2014. Megan began her career in Sports Marketing & Advertising after receiving her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. She earned a Master of Education from the University of Florida, where she specialized in Employer Services and Student-Athlete Career Development. Megan manages the AggiExternship Program, and with over 7 years of industry and employer services experience, she is excited to leverage these professional experiences to help employers recruit more effectively and prepare students for their dream jobs! Megan and her husband, Paul, welcomed their son, Jackson in June 2016!
 
Kevin-M-(4).jpgKevin McGinnis
Assistant Director
Kevin McGinnis joined the Career Center in 2015 to manage employer development and outreach programs for new and existing employers.  He provides leadership and guidance to organizations, helping them establish recruiting strategies, engage with students in campus activities, and market employment opportunities.  Kevin graduated from A&M with a Business Management degree, was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a 4-year Letterman on the track team. He retired from the Air Force after a 22-year career and worked in the defense industry before returning to Texas A&M.


 
Shirley-A-(4).jpgShirley Alvarado
Senior Office Associate

Shirley started with the Career Center in 1999 as a Recruiting Coordinator, accommodating companies with their on-campus visits to interview students.





 

 
Ashley Bryant
Senior Office Associate

Ashley joined the Career Center in June 2016 after graduating from Texas A&M in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. With her previous experience in customer service and event planning, she is excited to assist employers in planning their recruiting events. 
Martha-F-(8).jpg Martha Fields
Senior Customer Service Assistant

Martha Fields began her career with the A&M Association of Former Students in 1996 as the Campus and Aggie Ring Program Assistant. In 1998 she joined the Career Center using her skills in assisting students, parents, staff and recruiters.  Her knowledge, dedication and experience serves as a great asset to further enhance satisfaction and productivity.




 
Brenda Riley
Lead Office Associate

Brenda manages recruiting schedules and events for the Fortune 100 companies and the Career Center’s corporate partners. She also handles the recruiting schedules for the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA).   

 
Sue-W-(2).jpg Sue Wolfert
Senior Customer Service Assistant

Sue Wolfert started her career at A&M in 1996 in Payroll, handling employment verification.  After 5 years, she transferred to General Academics to handle questions from students, parents, and faculty.  She used her long term knowledge of A&M when moving to the Career Center in 2010, where she has helped employers in their talent acquisition efforts and students seeking opportunities.
 


 
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Susan Wyatt
Administrative Assistant
Susan joined the Career Center in 2006 after a 20+ year career in the staffing industry in Houston.  Her corporate and staffing experience enables her to assist employers with their recruiting initiatives and Aggies seeking opportunities.



 
 

Operations

Marketing & Operations

Tracey-C-(6).jpgTracey Capehart
Director of Marketing

Tracey moved to Aggieland in 1996.  Her first career, licensed manicurist, led to popularity as a nail artist, and the first person ever licensed by TAMU to paint custom Aggie nail art. Her creativity and growing talent as an artist led her to Texas A&M, Department of Journalism, from which she received Bachelor of Science in 2006.  She worked at Newman Printing Company as a graphic designer and later joined the Career Center in July 2011. Tracey's experience in graphic design has enabled the Career Center to highlight and expand its brand across campus.  Working with gifted staff members she has broadened the marketing footprint the Career Center needs to extend its services to current and former students and the many corporations who seek them for employment.
 

Dolores-G-(4).jpgDolores Gonzales
Administrative Assistant








 

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