Meet Our Team

Nick Kilmer
Nick Kilmer

Assistant Director


About Me: I have previously worked as a bank accountant, analyst, investment representative, Short-term Loan coordinator, financial aid manager, and Assistant Director of the Veteran Services Office. I now manage the Money Education team. 

Lessons Learned: Make big financial decisions very slowly. Decisions such as buying a car or buying a home can become very emotional. Do everything you can to make it a logical decision, rather than an emotional decision, and you will thank yourself in the long run. 
 
David Roach
David Roach

Money Education Advisor


About Me: I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and joined this team to help other Aggies navigate their personal finances and build lifelong financial foundations. I have a passion for Texas A&M University and helping our students be successful. I previously worked as an insurance agent, but have now been with the ME Center for over 2 years. 

Lessons Learned: The comparison game is a real thing. Don’t be afraid to live differently from other people. The path less traveled by is often times the path to success.
 
Jason Vaaler
Jason Vaaler

Money Education Advisor


About Me: Originally from Wisconsin, my background is in education.  My previous experience includes teaching middle school math at a military academy, serving as a military contractor, and working as a medical courier.  While pursuing a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education, I completed a practicum in financial aid and attended conferences on collegiate financial wellness.  I’m proud to be at Texas A&M University to advise and serve our students and the greater community.  

Lessons Learned: Set goals, plan ahead, but expect the unexpected.  Live within your means and cut out unnecessary expenses.  You can still have fun: budget for it accordingly. 
 
Yecenia Rojas
Yecenia Rojas

Money Education Advisor


About Me: I graduated from Texas A&M in Business with minors in Communication and History. I joined the Money Education Center because I am passionate about assisting students with financial literacy. I want to help Aggies navigate through their financial goals because I believe that it is a true benefit to build and to have a sturdy financial foundation.

Lessons Learned: Like any goal, one needs a plan, a realistic plan. Setting a budget and setting a plan on how you want to accomplish your financial goal is crucial. We all dream big, which is totally okay, but we can sometimes get lost in the process when we do not have a clear vision of how to get to that goal. Take control of your money and take control of how to get there.
Kevin Castaneda
Kevin Castaneda

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am pursuing an Economics major with a minor in Business. I am very happy to be able to educate fellow Aggies about their financial situations throughout and after their time at Texas A&M under the Money Education Center. After graduating in May 2021, I would like to take on the professional career of a financial analyst.

Lessons Learned: Taking the time to educate oneself on managing one’s finances pays off. Having the knowledge to manage one’s wealth is essential to financial wellness.
 
Britta Hockman
Britta Hockman

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am part of the senior class of 2020 and will be graduating next May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. Taking AGEC 235 was one of the best decisions as the course taught me financial lessons that I will carry with me forever. This motivated me to join this team and help the Texas A&M Community with their financial goals.

Lessons Learned:  I am passionate about helping others and being able to advise my peers about finance is something I look forward to doing.
 
Jacob McCool
Jacob McCool

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Economics with a concentration in Financial Economics at Texas A&M. While taking AGEC 235, I truly enjoyed learning the material. It is a fantastic course and I appreciated learning new things that are both practical and interesting. I joined the Money Education Center to share what I have learned. I want to help my fellow Aggies lay a foundation for a lifetime of sound financial decision making.
 
Lessons Learned: Developing good financial habits early in life will set you up for success in the long run. Take the time to invest in yourself and never be afraid to ask others for help.
Riley Rollans
Riley Rollans

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am pursing a major in University Studies Business with a double minor in Geology and Human Resources. I am currently a member of Company D-1 in the Corps of Cadets and also serve as External Vice President of my fraternity, Mu Sigma Nu. Personal finance is an aspect people often overlook while in school and I am looking forward to being able to give back to the Aggie community.
 
Lessons Learned: One of the most important lessons you can learn with money is to stay disciplined and live within your budget. Discipline is a vital trait that can help you achieve your own version of financial success.
Israel Villagran
Israel Villagran

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am an Agricultural Economics major with a focus in Finance and Real Estate. I recently picked up a minor in Financial Planning and plan on graduating in December of 2020. I am extremely excited to be working for the Money Education Center. I hope to help students reach their financial goals and make a positive impact in their lives.

Lessons Learned: Financial wellness is like losing weight. Following a plan can help you achieve what you’re looking for. Saving and staying consistent with your plan can be the catalyst to reach your financial ambitions.