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 have worked as an insurance agent selling property and casualty insurance in the Dallas area. 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.

Lessons Learned: Always track your expenses. Sometimes it is very surprising to find out where your money is actually going. Expect more expenses as a professional than as a college student.
 
Heather Seidenschmidt
Heather Seidenschmidt

Money Education Advisor


About me: I graduated from Texas A&M University and began my professional career working with the Texas A&M University chapter of Advise TX. 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 financial literacy and stability.

Lessons Learned: There is no one way to budget and save your money. You will need to figure out what works best for you. When you are setting financial goals for yourself, make sure that they are specific and attainable. If your goals seem too difficult to obtain, you may need to reassess your goals and budget. 
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. 
 
Robert Heep
Robert Heep

Money Education Graduate Assistant


About Me: Howdy, I am a graduate student in the Master of Science in Finance program, which I plan on graduating with in May 2018. I also earned my BBA Marketing undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University as well. I hope to build on my studies to gain valuable experience in real-life situations to better prepare myself for after graduation. The Money Education Center will allow me to improve my communication and financial literacy skills.
 
Lessons Learned:
Everyone wants to know how to earn the most money. What we’ve been taught throughout school is to get the best job possible with the highest income. However, what is more important is how to manage your money. You can be more financially stable with less income by budgeting for what is most important.
Abbey Davis
Abbey Davis

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am an Agricultural Economics major focusing on finance and real estate with a minor in Financial Planning. I have a passion for financial literacy and actively volunteer with the Texas A&M Money Education Center and Junior Achievement of the Brazos Valley. I am also a member of the Financial Planning Student Association as well as the Department of Agricultural Economics Aggie REPS. My devotion to helping others achieve their financial goals is what led me to volunteer at the Money Education Center.

Lessons Learned: Always pay yourself first. At the beginning of my sophomore year of college, I set up a monthly automatic transfer for a designated amount from my checking to my savings account. This minor adjustment has given me immense peace of mind in knowing that I not only have money saved if ever needed, but that I’m also one step closer to my future goals.
 
Alyse Dominguez
Alyse Dominguez

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a junior minoring in Financial Planning with hopes to one day obtain my CFP license. Personal finances are a tough subject for most people. I joined the Money Education Center so I could help fellow Aggies tackle their financial burdens and turn them into a stress-free learning experience. I am a member of the Financial Planning Student Association, the Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpha Phi Omega and serve as an officer for the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Club.
 
Lessons Learned: Be careful with credit cards! Interest rates are no joke. It is easy to keep swiping your credit card and say you will pay it later. Make sure you have those funds available and use your card responsibly. 
Justin Nnabuife
Justin Nnabuife

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am a junior Agriculture Economics major with a concentration in Finance & Real Estate, and a minor in Financial Planning. I am a current member of the TAMU Financial Planning Student Association. During the school year, I volunteer with Junior Achievement where I help educate elementary students about financial literacy. I enjoy mentoring students and helping them learn about their personal finances. This is what led me to become a peer advisor at the Money Education (ME) Center.
 
Lessons Learned:
You have to create a written financial goal or budget, do not try to keep track of such things on the fly. Organization and planning ahead is key. You have to know what you’re going to bring in and what you’re going to spend. 
 
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.
Paul Schuder
Paul Schuder

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me: I am on track to graduate in May of 2018, with a degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Financial Planning. I currently work under the Texas A&M Financial Planning director in addition to serving as a Peer Advisor for the Texas A&M Money Education Center. I decided to join the ME Center because I see myself as a great tutor. I am here to help you understand the questions you have concerning your financial situation.
 
Lessons Learned: Having debt is sometimes necessary. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask us for advice in identifying worthwhile debts and how to manage them. 
Leilani Wood
Leilani Wood

Money Education Peer Advisor


About me: I am a finance major with a minor in financial planning. I joined the Money Education Center in order to help my peers make wise financial decisions. I hope to instill confidence in students by providing them with the resources and tools to be financially successful.
 
Lessons Learned
: Build an emergency savings account early on. You never know when life will have unexpected surprises. By setting aside a small percentage of your income now, you can be prepared for a rainy-day.