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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. 
 
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.
Caleb Cowan
Caleb Cowan

Money Education Peer Advisor


About me: I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Financial Planning. I find financial responsibility to be one of the most important things to learn and understand as a student. I aim to help fellow Aggies prepare and achieve their financial goals both in the present and future.

Lessons Learned: Set goals for yourself both short and long term. Don’t let long term goals scare you, instead set up a plan for the future now. Find a financial plan that works for you personally and always look for ways to improve your situation along the way.