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, '91
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.

 


Anne.jpgDr. Anne Blum, '82
Director, Professional School Advising
Dr. Anne Blum began working in the health professions field in 1994 following graduating with a PhD in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Blum began pre-veterinary advising in 2010 and works specifically with the TAMU Veterinary School to ensure Aggie students have the most current information available in order to be a competitive applicant to veterinary school.


 


Career Advising

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

Abdullah-(1).jpgAbdullah Abdul Kader, '16
Career Advisor, Engineering (Master's Students)
Abdullah received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from India. After a brief career in the engineering industry he joined the Career Center in January 2017 in a newly created position and serves Master's students in the College of Engineering. With his international & engineering background, Abdullah is determined to transform Aggie Engineers into world class communication and leadership ninjas. He is passionate about working with A&M's diverse population and is a big proponent of involvement in student organizations and campus wide events. To achieve this goal he continues to collaborate with industry, faculty and the engineering student body.


Pat-A-(2).jpgPatricia Alexander
Associate Director, 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.


Roland.jpgRoland Block, '92
Associate Director, Engineering
Roland graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Career Center in March 2017 following a 20+ year career in the Medical Device Industry. With a passion for innovation, Roland has commercialized 100+ new products, received multiple patents, and was the R&D Project Manager and Marketing Product Manager concurrently for products grossing $250+ Million. Roland progressed from Product Engineer to R&D Project Manager, Product Manager, and ultimately Director of Global Marketing. Roland returned to Aggieland to give back to the University he loves dearly. By working hand in hand with Industry, Faculty, and Students, Roland and the Engineering Career Services Team is committed to promoting career learning & development, to empowering Aggie engineers to realize their potential, and to establishing A&M as a preferred source for engineering talent.
  


Lisa-B-(1).jpgLisa Burton, '10
Senior Career Advisor, 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 from Texas A&M University. Lisa calls College Station home with her husband and two adult sons.

 


Brad-C-(2).jpgBrad Collet, '93
Assistant Director, 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_new.jpgBob Foley, '69
Assistant Director, 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.


Paige.jpgPaige Hellman, '15
Career Advisor, 1st and 2nd Year Students
Paige joined the Career Center in 2017 to serve 1st and 2nd year students by helping them pursue careers that align with their values and passions. She also serves as the primary advisor for Aggie Career Team. Paige earned a B.A. in Communication from Texas A&M University in 2015 and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in 2017. She loves all things Texas A&M and is thrilled to be serving students in a place that is near and dear to her heart!


 


bradley.jpgBradley Matthews, '13
Career Advisor, Liberal Arts
Bradley joined the Career Center in 2016 and serves Aggies pursuing undergraduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts.  He is the advisor to Liberal Arts Student Council and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the Liberal Arts Career Fair.  He enjoys helping students find their passion in life and teaching them how to communicate their liberal arts degree to employers.  Prior to joining the Career Center, Bradley served as an Americorps College Advisor at Booker T. Washington High School in Houston with the Texas A&M Chapter of Advise TX, College Advising Corps. Bradley is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013 and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Texas A&M University.


David-M-(4).jpgDavid McMahon, '69
Senior Career Advisor, 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, '11
Senior Career Advisor, 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).jpgDr. Michael Shehane, '02
Assistant Director, University Studies 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 secondary 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 a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development in 2017. Michael is married with two wonderful children.
 


Katie_New-(1).jpgDr. Katie Stober, '05
Associate Director, 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 two toddlers she’s somehow responsible for.

 


Amy-T-(6).jpgAmy Thompson, '10
Senior Career Advisor, 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_new.jpgMarilyn Yeager, '94
Assistant Director, 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.

 

Professional School Advising

Our Professional School Advisors help students of all disciplines realize their potential through the pursuit of a professional education. We currently advise students and Former Students interested in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Get to know your Professional School Advisor

Jo Aker, '06
Senior Career Advisor, Pre-Medical
My name is Johanna Aker, but you can call me Jo. I am Texas A&M class of 2006 and I received my bachelor of science degree in Ag Leadership and Development. During my career on campus I have worked for different departments until I came to PSA in November 2013. My position here in PSA consists of advising students when it comes to pre-medical. I married my husband, Joe, in May 2006 at All Faith’s Chapel here on campus. We had our son, Drew in August 2010 and our daughter, Harper in January 2014. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and playing with my kids. I also like to read, listen to music and watch movies. My favorite weekly activity is family movie night. On these nights we usually watch a Disney movie of some sort and eat popcorn. I love all things Disney and my favorite character is Stitch, very mischievous yet fun loving and loyal.


Anne-(2).jpgDr. Anne Blum, '82
Director, JAMP Faculty Director, Pre-Veterinary
Dr. Anne Blum began working in the health professions field in 1994 following graduating with a PhD in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Blum began pre-veterinary advising in 2010 and works specifically with the TAMU Veterinary School to ensure Aggie students have the most current information available in order to be a competitive applicant to veterinary school.



 


Brie.jpgBrie Garcia, '02
Career Advisor, Pre-Pharmacy
Brie earned her BS in Kinesiology and MS in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M in 2002 and 2011 respectively. Prior to joining PSA in March 2017, she was an academic advisor in A&M’s College of Engineering and Mays Business School and taught high school in the Bryan, East Texas, and Houston areas.
 
Her advising philosophy is shaped by her role as a lifelong learner. Advising is about more than just choosing which courses to take; it is about an opportunity to teach students how to think critically about their futures. Each advising session allows her to learn about a student’s goals, so she can help him or her create a plan of action. She educates students on the resources available to them. Brie believes each student will get as much out of his or her education as they are willing to put in. It is her hope that her students are inspired by their time at Texas A&M University and move on to become ethical leaders and lifelong learners.


Karen.jpgKaren W. Severn, '83
Assistant Director, Pre-Law and Pre-Dental
Karen earned a BS in Animal Science and a MPA from Texas A&M. She has received numerous advising awards, including the Presidential Advising Award at Texas A&M. Karen serves on numerous state, regional and national organizations related to advising and admissions. She enjoys helping Aggies pursue their passions and make college a fun learning experience. Outside of work, she enjoys living and working at her ranch in Burleson County, where she raises registered goats and is building her Barndominium. Happily married for over 30 years, she is an accomplished fiber artist and cook as well.

 


Dionne.jpgDionne Thomas
Administrative Coordinator
Dionne Thomas began working for PSA in 2002; she supervises and coordinates the retention, maintenance and creation of all office files and records, works electronically editing, updating and approving required file components in database. She assists and works closely with the Assistant Director, medical/dental schools and application centers; she also supervises hires, trains and evaluates all student workers. Dionne has learned everything she knows from the PSA staff, on the job training and TAMU training courses.

Dionne is married with one daughter and two granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, she also enjoys traveling and shopping.


Tammy L. Whisenant, '09
Administrative Associate
I joined PSA in March 2017 and am the departments webmaster. In addition to maintaining the PSA website, I also serve as the primary communications contact, schedule professional school workshops, group advising, special events, and I maintain/update all PSA handouts.

I am from the local area and went to school at Bryan High.  I have seen a lot of growth here in the Brazos Valley and more particularly here at A&M (it never seems to stop). I am a Jesus warrior, an Aggie baseball/football fan, a die-hard New York Yankees FANATIC, and a mom to 3 awesome kids.  Sports is a big part of my life, anywhere from toting my son to and from practices/games to watching it on TV/in person.  My family enjoys worshiping Christ together, watching movies, hanging out, and trying to garden.


Tommy.jpgTommy Wills
Career Advisor, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Physician Assistant
Tommy earned a BA in Philosophy in 2008 from the Catholic University of America and then went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army prior to seeking an MS in Education in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 2013. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M.

He currently advises Aggies in pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, and pre-physical therapy. In Tommy's free time he enjoys playing video games, hanging with his dogs, and going to metal concerts.


 

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
Senior Career Advisor, 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
Associate Director, 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

Kevin-M-(4).jpgKevin McGinnis, '82
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
Administrative Associate

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





 


Ashley.jpgAshley Bryant, '13
Administrative 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.



 


Maritza Garza, '12
Administrative Associate

Maritza joined the Career Center in November 2017 after graduating from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience in August 2012. She previously worked as a Teacher at Donna North High School in Donna, TX for 4 years, gaining leadership, student guidance, and customer service skills. Maritza has a passion for helping students and is eager to meet all who come into the Career Center. 


Madison Haas, '17
Customer Service Associate
Madison joined the Career Center in September 2017 after graduating from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Sport Management in August 2017. She previously worked as a Student Assistant in the Department of Enterprise Information Systems for 5 years, gaining customer service and administrative experience. Madison is very excited to interact with students at the front desk.


Brenda Riley
Administrative Coordinator

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).jpgSue Wolfert
Administrative Associate

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.
 


 


Susan-W-(6).jpg

Susan Wyatt
Administrative Coordinator

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, '05
Assistant Director, 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 Coordinator

Dolores joined the Career Center team in August 2012. In her current role, she serves as the assistant to the Career Center’s Executive Director as well as the office manager and business coordinator. She schedules and processes travel, oversees the retention of Career Center files and records, manages Career Center accounts, and processes a full range of HR actions. Whenever she isn’t solving all the Career Center’s issues, Dolores loves spending time with her grandbabies.

 


Elizabeth Windon, '17
Customer Service Associate
Elizabeth made it to the Career Center after a couple student worker jobs across campus, an Aggie ring, B.A. degree, and a front desk position at the TAMU Small Animal Hospital. She majored in Horticulture with an emphasis in floral design and event planning. She knew having a solid minor of Business would keep her grounded, and a Professional Event Management Certification would help too. Elizabeth works very closely with Dolores Gonzales to ensure the accounts, HR, and whatever else comes their way is running smoothly.



Share

The A&M career center’s employees are always top-notch. Friendly and welcoming.

John Cook, Towers Watson

Share Your Success Story