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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 been a part of the ME Center since it’s opening in 2016.

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.
Jessica Rodriguez
Jessica Rodriguez

Money Education Peer Advisor


About Me:I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. AGEC 235 has been one of the most impactful classes I have taken at Texas A&M. It completely changed my perspective on personal finances and has prepared me for the future.  I joined the Money Education Center to help other Aggies accomplish their financial goals.
 
Lessons Learned: It is important to take the time to evaluate your financial situation, set SMART financial goals, develop a plan, and take the daily steps necessary to put your plan into action.