Dr. 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 Ph.D. 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.
Rachel Ciomperlik, '13
Career Advisor, Pre-Medical
Rachel earned a B.A. in Biology and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University. Before joining PSA in 2018, Rachel taugh high school science (Biology, Chemistry, & Physics) for five years. She is incredibly excited to partner with Aggies as they pursue their medical school and ultimately career goals.
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys biking & kayaking with her husband, reading, baking, and crocheting.
Brie Garcia, '02
Career Advisor, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Law, and Pre-OT
Brie earned her B.S. in Kinesiology and M.S. 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 W. Severn, '83
Assistant Director, Pre-Law and Pre-Dental
Karen earned a B.S. 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 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
Tammy joined PSA in March 2017 and serves the department in several different capacities, such as webmaster, primary communications contact, special events coordinator, and office manager.
She is from Bryan, TX and graduated from A&M in 2009. She has seen a lot of growth here in the Brazos Valley and more particularly here at A&M (it never seems to stop). Tammy is a Jesus warrior, an Aggie baseball/football fan, a die-hard New York Yankees fan, and a busy mom.
Tammy received the Presidents Meritorious Service Award in 2017 for her service to the university.
Senior Career Advisor, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Physician Assistant
Tommy earned a B.A. 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 M.S. in Education in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M.
In Tommy's free time he enjoys playing video games, hanging with his dogs, and going to metal concerts.