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.
 
Mary Bain
Mary Bain

Money Education Advisor


About Me: I graduated from Texas A&M University. Before this, I worked with the Texas A&M University chapter of AdviseTX. There I provided assistance to high school students on admissions, financial aid and the college-going process. Now, I serve the students of Texas A&M University in the Money Education (ME) Center by helping them learn about financial literacy and stability.

Lessons Learned: College is one of the best investments you can make in your future! That being said at times it can be financially tough and overwhelming but having a budget really helps. It’s easier to stick to a plan now than to try to make up for excessive spending later.
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. 
 
Emily Oppermann
Emily Oppermann

Graduate Assistant


About Me: I am a graduate student at Texas A&M. I am getting my BBA in Accounting and MS in Accounting with emphasis in Tax. I am proud and honored to be working at the Money Education Center where I can help impact students and teach them my knowledge about finances. After I graduate in Spring of 2019, I will be pursing my dream and working at an accounting firm.
 
Lesson Learned: Budgeting is a must. If I didn’t budget my money I would spend it in a heartbeat. Budgeting helps people organize and maintain their money. It’s never too late to start at budget at any time during your life. Don’t be nervous, and don’t be stressed!
Hannah Saville
Hannah Saville

Money Education Lead Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a senior Agricultural Economics major with a minor in Financial Planning. I am also a member of the Financial Planning Students Association. I love working at the Money Education Center because I am passionate about educating people on the importance of having a handle on their finances. After I graduate in December of 2019, I will be pursuing a career as a Financial Planner and I couldn’t be more excited.
 
Lessons Learned: Taking control of your finances, having a budget, and saving money at this age is extremely important. By doing so, you will be able to start working towards future financial goals without the stress that would normally come from that. Lastly, always make sure that you are utilizing a budget that works best for you without comparing yourself to the way others handle their money.
 
Jordan Johnson
Jordan Johnson

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a senior University Studies-Business major with minors in Psychology and Financial Planning. I have been interested in finding ways to save money since I was young, so it was no surprise for me to end up in the finance industry.  I am excited to have the opportunity to work in the Money Education Center to educate fellow students about their finances and how to reach their personal financial goals.

Lessons Learned: Being able to manage your money effectively is key in reaching any financial goal. It is crucial to make a plan for your money, follow it, reevaluate it regularly, and make changes as necessary. It is also important to not be afraid of change as it provides opportunities for growth, development, and learning. 
 
Matthew Minahan
Matthew Minahan

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a Business major with an interest in a Financial Planning minor, and I am currently a member of the Financial Planning Student Association. I joined the Money Education Center because finances are important. I enjoy being able to help people through these complicated subjects and giving back to the community.

Lessons Learned: It is important to take things one step at a time because there are a lot of moving parts with your personal finances. Don’t get overwhelmed, make a plan and start accounting for things. It is always good to start developing a financial plan.
Jason Nowlin
Jason Nowlin

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a finance major and financial planning minor at Texas A&M University. I joined the Money Education (ME) Center to help fellow Aggies make good financial decisions that will benefit them now and in the future.
 
Lessons Learned: It is not enough to simply spend less than you earn when forming a budget. Always keep your values and goals in mind when creating a financial plan; this will ensure it represents who you are and what you want to accomplish.
Cole Patterson
Cole Patterson

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Financial Planning. I am an officer for the Financial Planning Student Association, a Financial Planning Ambassador, and a member of the Aggie Investment Club. I joined the Money Education Center because I truly have a passion for helping others with their finances.  I am excited to help other students achieve their financial goals and teach them lessons about money and budgeting that they will use for the rest of their lives.
 
Lessons Learned: The earlier you start saving, the better off will you be. Even if it’s just putting a couple dollars aside a week, the habits you practice now can set you up for success well into your post-graduate life.
 
Jared Waldrup
Jared Waldrup

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I will be graduating in December 2018 with a degree in Agricultural Business and a minor in Economics. I am a member of the TAMU Financial Planning Student Association and Society of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate. Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with money. From a very young age, I realized the importance of having knowledge about money management. I decided to join the Money Education Center to assist others with their financial questions as well as increase my knowledge about the financial planning industry.

Lessons Learned: It is never too early to start saving for a brighter future. Whether the amount you put away on a monthly basis is small or large, the benefits of doing so will be eye opening later on down the road.
Matthew Zettel
Matthew Zettel

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am currently an Agribusiness major and Financial Planning minor on track to graduate in the Spring of 2019. I am a current member of the Financial Planning Student Association, and the Financial Planning Ambassador program. I joined the Money Education Center with the intent to help my peers understand how to make intelligent decisions about their financial future, as well as the opportunity to improve my financial literacy skills.

Lessons Learned: Managing money is just as important as making it, and it’s never too early to think about your future goals with your money. Budgeting and planning early can be the first step to securing your financial future.