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The National Capital Texas A&M Club is led by a volunteer group of Club Officers and a Board of Directors, both elected by the club’s general membership. Club officers are elected to one-year terms, except for the President who is elected to a two-year term. The President, First Vice President, and all other Vice Presidents are voting members of the Board of Directors. Each Vice President is supported by a Deputy Director.
Non-officer members of the Board of Directors are elected to three-year terms and serve in an advisory role to the Officers as well as provide oversight on club activities and decisions.
President: Will McCauley ’06
Will McCauley, class of 2006, hails from Tyler, Texas. He serves as the Director of the Veterinary Biologics Section at the Animal Health Institute, a D.C.-based trade association that represents the manufacturers of veterinary drugs and vaccines in the United States. Will attended Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelors, MBA, and DVM, finally leaving school in 2012.
After vet school he completed a small animal rotating internship in Charlotte, NC before moving back to Texas and practicing small animal and exotic medicine in Dallas for four years. Will moved to the D.C. area in July of 2017 and stays involved in numerous groups, sports, and associations.
First VP: Andrea McGee ’11
Andrea McGee ’11 hails from Austin, Texas, but left as fast as she could to attend Texas A&M, where she majored in political science and minored in business. While at Texas A&M, Andrea participated in the Danube Summer Institute, which focused on the political, economic, and strategic issues facing Europe and the broader global community. After graduating, Andrea moved to Houston to work for U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
In 2015, Andrea joined Senator Cornyn’s Washington, DC staff where she handles federal grants for the state of Texas, as well as trade, transportation, and homeland security policy.
VP of Communications: SC Whelan ’12 & ’14
Sheehan ‘SC’ Whelan ’12 was born in the piney woods of Longview, Texas, but calls Lake Conroe home. She received her BA in International Studies, with a minor in Spanish and Economics. She went on to graduate with her MPA from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. She has experience working for the Department of State, for the Under Secretary of Democracy and Human Rights, as a Communications Advisor for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, and as a Consultant for the Army and Office of Head Start.
She currently serves as the National Donor Stewardship Manager for Children’s Defense Fund, a not-for-profit child advocacy organization that has worked for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. She volunteers with N St. Village, Miriam’s Kitchen and Martha’s Table, and currently lives in the district proper.
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.
VP of Finance: Rex Rhyne ’06
Rex Junior Rhyne ’06 is from Houston, TX. During breaks from time away from home with the U.S. Army, he was able to graduate from Mays Business School and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Rex received the George and Barbara Bush Fellowship and served as the Treasurer for the Public Service Organization while at The Bush School.
He’s supporting the Executive Branch in their mission as a Senior Consultant at a management and technology firm focused on working with federal clients to improve performance. Rex plans to help with the management of funds for the DC Aggies and look for innovative ways in which the Club may raise and use funds.
VP of Development: Monika Laird ’16
Monika Laird ’16 studied International Relations and Journalism, with a focus on Spanish and Latin America. While at A&M, she participated in leadership organizations, the Salsa Fusion dance team, co-founded an organization called the Student Initiative for International Development, and worked for the College of Liberal Arts. After graduation, she worked in the field of advertisement and graphic design before deciding to go to graduate school.
She moved to Washington DC in 2017, where she is finishing her Masters at American University’s School of International Service. She focuses her talents on governance and security and works at IntegrityRisk International, where her research focuses on anti-money laundering investigations.
VP of Outreach: Cameron Poursoltan ’15
Cameron, class of ’15 was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a die-hard Aggie football and Houston sports fan. At Texas A&M, he attended the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and majored in Agricultural Economics. In 2015, Cameron was selected for Texas A&M’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program (ANRP) and moved to D.C. to intern on Capitol Hill.
While on the Hill, he has served in various positions from intern to his current role as a Legislative Assistant for a Texas Congressman. In this role, he covers multiple legislative issues such as agriculture, natural resources, and telecommunications. Cameron lives in D.C. and has the cutest dog in the Capital, and he goes by Miles!
Secretary: Sadé Walker ’07
Sadé, class of ’07 is originally from Angleton, Texas. She knew she was going to be an Aggie since the age of 10 thanks to her 5th grade teacher (also an Aggie). She majored in political science and minored in dance. While at Texas A&M, she worked with the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance and was selected to participate in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute at Duke University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Political Science from Texas A&M.
Sadé is a Senior Research Analyst at Prince George’s Community College in the Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness office. Prior to becoming a research analyst, she was a lecturer in political science at the University of Texas Pan American for two years. She is currently serving as the Secretary for the NCTAMC.
Deputy Director of Student Outreach: Rachel Thompson ’17
Rachel Thompson ’17 is originally from Boerne, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. While at Texas A&M she was heavily involved in student life including Traditions Council, Aggie Sweethearts, and Fish Camp. Outside of coursework she was a student worker at The Association of Former.
In coming to DC, she took a weeklong seminar on the legislative process, and returned through the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP). She joined Representative Will Hurd’s team in August of 2017 and currently serves on his legislative team.
Deputy Director of Watch Parties: Ernesto ‘Ernie’ Garcia ’01
Ernie, class of ’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, worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on their International Public Sector team, and recently joined Ernst & Young.
Deputy Director of Activities: Matt Fransted ’10
Matt Fransted, class of 2010, was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He earned a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, as a member of the Corps of Cadets in Squadron “Talon 12.” After graduating, he commissioned into the Navy in 2011 as a Surface Warfare Officer (nuclear.) He has served tours in Japan and San Diego prior to being stationed in Washington D.C.
Matt met his wife Kara when they were both stationed in Japan. They have two daughters, Madeline and Aurora, and Matt is ensuring they are indoctrinated into the A&M tradition from here in D.C. He finished his time in the Navy in June of 2019 and now works at an Engineering Consultant in Alexandria.
Muster Co-Chairs: Sara Kangas ’14 & Calvin Mackey ’14
Sara, class of ’14 was born in Minnesota and also lived in North Carolina and Iowa before making her way to the great state of Texas. Sara graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in entomology and currently serves as the communications manager for the National Association of Conservation Districts.Calvin, class of ’14 hails from Georgetown, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Currently, he works as an operations analyst for Fannie Mae.
During their time at Texas A&M, Calvin and Sara were both heavily involved in Fish Camp, serving as directors of the organization in 2014. Since moving to the DMV, Sara and Calvin have been regularly involved with the DC Aggies – Sara as former Vice President of Communications for the club and Calvin as a key member of the club softball team.
Additionally, they have each served on the DC Aggies Muster Committee for the past three years. They look forward to bringing their skills and enthusiasm to DC Aggie Muster in 2019.
Board of Directors
Allen LeMessurier ’85
Allen was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. At A&M he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering. While at A&M, Allen was active in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the Corps of Cadets, Fish Camp, and was a “Climber” on Bonfire, among other activities. After graduation Allen was an officer in the Unites States Army Corps of Engineers for seven years achieving the rank of Captain and served in Korea and the Washington, DC area. Following his stint in the Army, Allen returned to Dallas in residential construction and soon after transitioned to a career in Commercial Construction Project Management. Along the way he picked up his MBA from SMU. After working for Ryland Homes, Turner Construction, and Zachry Construction in Dallas, San Antonio, Saudi Arabia, and other places Allen returned to Washington, DC in 2008 working for Deloitte Consulting in their Real Estate practice. Allen is currently employed by Markon Solutions, a management consulting firm specializing in Facilities, Security, Finance, Acquisition, and Training. Allen is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Besides anything “Aggie”, Allen enjoys travel, scuba diving, and riding his Harley!
Although he finds it very difficult to pick a favorite, after much contemplation Allen thinks Muster is the most powerful and meaningful of Aggie traditions.
Emmanual Guillory ’06
Emmanual Guillory is from Lufkin, TX, and he graduated from Lufkin High School in 2002. He went on to attend Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a Certification in Leadership Studies. While at Texas A&M, Emmanual served as Drum Major of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, among other leadership roles. He was also selected out of 3,000 graduating students to be the student speaker for his commencement services; was a recipient of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, the highest honor for student leaders and was awarded the 2016 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight.
In addition, Emmanual completed a Masters of Arts degree at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Higher Education Administration. While at Bowling Green, Emmanual served as the Graduate Student Body President and was awarded the BGSU Falcon Top 10% of Who’s Who Award. After graduation, Emmanual was selected to be a part of the inaugural class to receive the 2017 10 Under 10 Recent Alumni Award.
Emmanual currently serves as the Director for Public Policy and Government Affairs at UNCF (United Negro College Fund, Inc). In this role, he advocates on the behalf of low income, first generation college students and the needs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the United States Congress, Federal Agencies, and the White House. In addition to advocacy, Emmanual determines all policy stances for UNCF and formulates policy on behalf of the organization.
Previously, Emmanual served a decade in the United States House of Representatives as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce handling higher education policy and as a Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Joe Barton from Texas. While on the Committee, Emmanual was responsible for proprietary institutions; institutional aid for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions; International Education; Graduate Education; and college access programs to include TRIO and GEARUP. In Congressman Joe Barton’s office, Emmanual served as the lead staffer for the Congressman on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and as the lead staffer for the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus and the then-House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Furthermore, Emmanual is the current President and Board Chairman of the National Capital Texas A&M Club Endowment and Past-Chair of the A&M Clubs Committee on the Texas A&M Young Alumni Advisory Council. He also serves as a Board Member for the National Capital Texas A&M Club, serves on the Leadership Council for the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University, serves on the Leadership Council for the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University, and serves as a Board Member for the Committee for Education Funding.
He currently resides in Washington, DC.
Mike Youngson ’87
Mike grew up in an Air Force family and lived in Texas and overseas. While at Texas A&M, he participated in MSC Hospitality, served as a Fish Camp counselor, and was the Wing Recruiting Officer in the Corps of Cadets during his senior year. After graduation in 1987, he was commissioned in the Air Force and flew for 10 years followed by staff assignments in Operations, Personnel, and HQ USAF International Affairs. He served as the U.S. Defense Attaché in Dublin, Ireland before retiring in 2010.
Currently, he is a civilian employee with the Defense Intelligence Agency, performing dual roles as a policy staff officer and an Agency career development officer with a focus on outreach for recruitment and hiring. While at DIA, he participated in the Brookings Legislative Fellowship Program, working as a defense staffer for Senator Joe Manchin III (W. Va.), and subsequently supported Congressional Outreach for DIA. He is a member of the James Smithson Society, Texas State Society, and has volunteered with the DC Aggies Club’s Muster committee and Aggie network mentoring. His youngest child is in the Corps of Cadets, class of ‘21.
Rob Rosenberger is the CEO and co-founder of Blackdragon. Rob comes from a long line of diehard Aggies and followed in his father’s footsteps as a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. His educational accomplishments include double-majoring in Finance and Management at A&M as well as earning an MBA from the University of Baltimore. He and his wife (Class of ’91) have built a family that cherish and advocate the rich Aggie traditions. They actively support local A&M-related events and he enjoys mentoring aspiring graduates and rising former student professionals.
Rob brings an extensive history and background from across the Intelligence Community as well as experience in the Legislative Branch as a former Congressional Fellow, where he advised elected representatives on various committees in both the House and the Senate. His professional activities and accomplishments include flying classified missions in a naval reconnaissance squadron which led to federal service via several agencies then leading numerous federal contractor organizations, and his current role of spearheading the foremost bid and proposal company throughout the United States.
Rob takes great pride in promoting the Aggie Spirit to fellow alumni and others, and looks forward to contributing to the Aggie family as we continue to build upon Texas A&M’s stellar reputation in Washington, DC.
Bryan Dierlam ’92
Bryan Dierlam ’92 is the Director of Federal Government Relations for Archer Daniels Midland in Washington, DC. While at A&M, Bryan was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Squadron 16, as well as a Brownpot for Bonfire the last year it was held on Duncan Field. Bryan received his Bachelors in Animal Science from A&M and then an MBA from Mays Business School.
Bryan has worked in numerous capacities in the agriculture and public policy sectors, including at Koch Industries, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, senior professional staff of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Director of Federal Government Relations for Cargill before starting his current position at ADM in 2015.
During his career in public policy, Bryan has led and managed many successful legislative initiatives and policy priorities. He has delivered numerous high-level presentations at international meetings focusing on agricultural topics. He stays busy as the leader of Cub Scout Pack 230 here in Washington, DC and enjoys hiking, climbing and camping with his family. He looks forward to contributing to the DC Aggies growth, camaraderie, and fellowship as a member of the Board of Directors.