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. 
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.