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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. While at A&M he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Company E-2, and earned his Bachelors, MBA, and DVM all from Texas A&M, 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: Open position
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 Military and Veteran Affairs: 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.
VP of Outreach: Leo Mathers
Leo Mathers, class of 2014, was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Keller, Texas. At Texas A&M, Leo majored in international studies, served as a Staff Writer at The Battalion, and was a summer 2014 PPIP intern in Washington, DC. After graduating, he went on to serve as a Legislative Aide to State Representative John Raney and as a member of the Airbnb public policy team while living in Austin. In 2019, he received his master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and has been living in Washington, DC since.
Leo, who also served as the 2021 Washington, DC Muster Chair, looks forward to continuing the rich tradition of Aggie mentorship and a strong Aggie network here in the nation’s capital.
VP of Development: Molly Cain
Molly Cain ’03 was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. After graduating with her B.S. in Journalism she spent several years in publicity, corporate speechwriting and executive communications before receiving her MBA from University of Texas in Dallas with a focus in entrepreneurship. She spent more than 10 years in the corporate world before moving into venture capital and startups, becoming the Executive Director of one of the nation’s top startup accelerators. It was in that role she met the CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, soon becoming the Director of Venture Technology for DHS and going on to support the US Air Force in their future strategies for software development and modernization.
In 2018, she launched her own consulting firm and “culture tank,” GovCity®, which she is the CEO of today. Since inception, GovCity has graduated more than 200 ambitious civic and military leaders through the 48-hour experience, lovingly referred to as the “burning man for government.”
Molly moved to the DC area in late 2019 with her two greyhounds, Sneaker and Colby. She’s fallen in love with the seasons in Virginia and can be found outdoors often, or pretending to be a tourist and enjoying the incredible history of the city.
Deputy Director of Student Outreach: Maria Pope
Deputy Director of Activities: 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 Military and Veterans Affairs: Benson Wells
Muster Chair: Open
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.
Jerri Ann Henry
Jerri Ann Henry is a leading communications and messaging strategist with a long career in grassroots activism, digital campaigns and coalition building. Most recently, Henry served as the first female Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. She managed Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leading into the Obergefell Supreme Court decision, the Platform Reform campaign during the 2016 election cycle, and has served in leadership positions on numerous policy and Republican congressional campaigns.
During the last decade in Washington D.C., Henry has developed digital listening and engagement tools for many corporate and non-profit organizations. Her unique approach to fully integrated digital activism, combined with a strong understanding of right-of-center messaging on difficult issues led to her recognition as a leader within the industry. She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns & Elections and a Future 40 Leader by Maverick PAC.
In addition, Henry has served in leadership positions for a number of organizations including Maverick PAC, Young Republicans of Alexandria, the National Federation of Republican Women, the Texas State Society and others. She is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Currently Ms. Henry, her wife, and their dog live in Alexandria, VA where they are active in the local community.
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.
Susan Pausky ’81
Susan grew up in Houston, Texas with two brothers who also graduated from Texas A&M, Paul ’78 and David ’82. Susan earned her B.S. in Industrial Distribution in 1981 and MBA from SMU in 1986.
Susan’s niece is Allie Pausky ‘14 and favorite Aggie tradition is “whooping ” when we hear our our class years and the number 12. Whoop!
Her professional career began in Dallas with Briggs Weaver Industrial Supply followed by commercial real estate with Trammell Crow Company, Cushman & Wakefield, and The Staubach Company producing over $1 billion in transactions and 13 million square feet portfolio. Living now in Washington DC, Susan serves on Bridges to Common Ground, BOD; Trac5, BOD; Foundation for Countering Extreme Ideologies, BOD; and as Filogenix LLC, Founder/Owner.
As an advisor in overcoming threats, Susan mobilizes international leaders within regions where appropriation of religious identity alienates and threatens security, safety and welfare of local and global citizens. She launches strategies and trans-national networks and empowers leaders across silos of education, government, religion, media, and human rights sectors and initiates indigenous life giving reforms to remove root source(s) of life taking and fear inducing threats. Particular focus on life giving Aramaic heart language of Jesus and its impact on Arabic and English language speakers.
Mike Youngson ’87
Mike grew up in an Air Force family, living in Texas and overseas. While at Texas A&M he was in the Corps of Cadets, a member of MSC Hospitality, and served as a Fish Camp counselor. After graduation in 1987, he was commissioned into the Air Force, flying 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, Mike serves as 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; he is the DIA Ambassador for Recruiting to Texas A&M University. While at DIA, he was selected for the Brookings Legislative Fellowship Program, working on Capitol Hill as a defense staffer for Senator Joe Manchin III (W. Va.), and subsequently supported Congressional Outreach for DIA. He has volunteered with the DC Aggies Club’s Muster committee and Aggie network mentoring. His youngest child was in the Corps of Cadets, class of ‘21.
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.
Stacy (Cowden) Brown ’90
A second-generation Aggie by marriage, Stacy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences focused on City and Hospitality Management in 1990.
Stacy, a veteran Federal Health IT leader, recently joined Definitive Logic as Director, Growth and Accounts Strategy to lead the coordination of all growth and go to market activities and build all account strategies and plans. She previously worked at Salesforce as Senior Account Executive responsible for several DoD Accounts and at Microsoft where for 4 years she successfully grew Microsoft’s Cloud footprint across the Defense Health Agency and the Military Health System.
She has also led large project teams for industry leading service integrators, managing programs for the National Guard Bureau and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery focusing on implementing new strategies, policy and process development, directing and deploying IT systems and solutions in military and medical readiness and psychological health. Her military family fuels her passion to drive Digital Transformation across the Department of Defense in support of our service members and their families.
Stacy grew up in Alexandria, VA yet moved to Texas as soon as she could! She is back in Northern Virginia where she lives with Sophie and Reggie, her fur babies. In her spare time, Stacy avidly watches Texas Aggie sports, supports the Texas A&M Former Students Association and other important organizations. Her son, Ryan Wise ’18, is pursuing his PhD in inorganic chemistry at UF and her daughter, Jaclyn (Wise ’17) Robertson is a Program Assistant at Texas Water Resource Institute at Texas A&M University, and son-in-law, Stephen Robertson ’18, Simulation Coordinator at Texas A&M Health Science Center and Navy Chief live in Texas.