President: Nick Reale ’11
Nick Reale is originally from Michigan, but calls Texas his second home. Nick holds a B.A. in Spanish and minors in health sciences and psychology from Michigan State University. He then earned his Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management from the Texas A&M School of Public Health in 2011. While at A&M, Nick served as president of the school’s student association and on the school’s external advisory board. He was selected as a fellow to the chief health policymaker in the Texas Legislature and later worked in Texas Medicaid program management. In 2014, his health policy career led him to D.C. He has worked for the National Governors Association, done independent consulting, and now works in the Office of the Director for the D.C. Department of Health. As First VP, Nick helped expand the professional networking activities of the D.C. Aggies and increased collaboration with the Texas State Society. Nick, his wife Jen, and their rescue dog Mia live in Cleveland Park, D.C.
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 grant funding for the state of Texas.
VP of Communications: Mariah Bastin ’15
Mariah Bastin ’15 Mariah M. M. Bastin was born in Newport News, VA and grew up all over the world due to her father’s military service. She earned a Master of International Affairs from The Bush School of Government & Public Service where she focused on National Security and Diplomacy. She also graduated magna cum laude with BAs in International Studies: Politics & Diplomacy with French and German at Texas A&M University. Before joining Heritage, she worked for the U.S. Mission to the UN on the Military Staff Committee and the US Air Force Academy. Bastin is fluent in English, French, and German.
VP of Finance: Will McCauley ’07
Will McCauley is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Veterinary Biologics Section of the Animal Health Institute, a D.C.-based trade association that represents the manufacturers of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biologics 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 August of 2018 where he stays involved in numerous groups and associations, most notably the National Capital Texas A&M Club, where he is Vice President of Finance for 2018.
Deputy Director 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 for the people.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.
Deputy Director of Communications: Mary Christina Riley ’14
Originally from Newnan, Georgia, Mary Christina considers Texas her second home. She graduated from the A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service in ’14 with a Masters in Public Administration. While at A&M, Mary Christina participated in SGA and was a Bush Foundation Ambassador and host for all Foundation events. She also enjoyed volunteering for BCS Habitat for Humanity, the Bush Library, and as a Texas A&M Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Alumni Advisor. Mary Christina currently works as a Senior Legislative Assistant to a Georgia Congressman. As the VP of Professional Development, Mary Christina plans career networking events to utilize the great Aggie Network!
Secretary: Sadé Walker ’07
Originally from Angleton, Texas, Sadé 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.
VP of Development: Frank Humada ’06
Born and raised in San Antonio, Frank Humada grew up in a Longhorn family, but made the wise choice to become an Aggie, and graduated from Texas A&M in 2007. Since then, he has worked at MultiView Inc. with several roles, and has had the opportunity to work in their offices in Dallas, Toronto, and now Washington D.C. He was one of the founders of the Toronto Aggie Club, and is proudly the current VP of Development here in D.C. Frank is an avid Spurs fan, and enjoys experiencing all that this great city has to offer.
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.
Deputy Director of Activities: Ernesto Garcia ’01
Ernesto (Ernie) Garcia ’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 and now works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on their International Public Sector team. Ernie helps coordinate events such as our Game Watch Parties and the Big Event.
VP of Student Outreach: Matt Sellner ’01