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 Communications: Shiloh Perry ’14
Shiloh Perry ’14 is from Dime Box, Texas. She received a BA in Agricultural Leadership and Development. She received her MPA from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. During undergrad, Shiloh was an active member of Sigma Alpha, Collegiate FFA and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors and Mentors for Study Abroad.
In the past, Shiloh worked for the Congressional Research Service as a Research Assistant. She currently serves as a Media Relations Specialist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, a grassroots organization that unites farm and ranch families toward educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement.
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.
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.