Staff Contacts

ADMISSIONS

Katie Stober, Assistant Director of Admissions

Katie travels internationally to recruit students. She also responds to inquiries to Mays’ website and tries to encourage these candidates to complete an application. Katie also interviews candidates as part of the selection process. You’ll interact with Katie regularly as a candidate, but may only see her in the office or at special events once you’re a student at Mays.

What is your superpower in life?
Being the voice of common sense to tightly wound and anxious students, yet dismissing realism and possessing eternal optimism related to Aggie Football (“This is our year! We’re going all the way!”)

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
I served as Associate Director of Graduate Student Services at the Texas A&M Career Center from October 2012 to January 2018. I assisted Masters and Doctoral students in all majors (!!) in learning how to network, apply for jobs, interview to impress, and negotiate salary.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about helping students at times of transition in their life. During my time working at Texas A&M’s Career Center, it was exciting to help students transition from school to professional work. Now, as an admissions recruiter for our Full-Time MBA program, I’m doing the exact opposite: helping students transition from professional work back to being a full-time student.

What is something about you that few people know?
My first job in high school was as a clog-dance teacher. I also travelled to dance competitions as a competitive clog dancer. My mom probably still has the trophies somewhere.

Joanne Byrne, Program Coordinator

Joanne advises Full-Time MBA students on financial aid options, which include scholarships, fellowships, and student loans. You’ll interact with Joanne as you go through the admissions process for our Full-Time MBA program. Once you’re on campus, you may still see her in the office or at special events.

What are you passionate about?
I love to encourage people to achieve their goals. The best thing about my job is that moment when students realize they can achieve their dreams with help from financial aid.

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
I worked in the banking industry for over 19 years. I then joined Texas A&M’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Department, where I worked for nine years before joining Mays.

What is your superpower in life?
I am always looking for the positive!

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I enjoy being outdoors, whether I’m running, hunting, or watching football. I also enjoy artistic hobbies like theatre, painting, and DIY projects, but spending time with my family in Shiner is always my go-to when I need to slow down and unwind.

What is something about you that few people know?
My husband and I proudly raised two former students – Class of 2014 and Class of 2017.

FULL-TIME MBA OFFICE

Richard Castleberry, Director of the Full-Time MBA Program

Richard is responsible for the Full-Time MBA’s strategic vision, curriculum and program. You will interact regularly with Richard throughout your graduate program.

What are you passionate about?
Professionally, I am passionate about creating the best opportunities, and outcomes for Mays’ Full-Time MBA and MS Business students; and building a comprehensive network locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Personally, I am passionate about spending all my free time with my family.

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
Prior to joining Mays, I was the head of business development for academic programs at Nazarbayev University in Kazakshtan. In that role, I was the face of the university, and traveled to a different country nearly every week in the spring and in the fall, promoting the university and its graduate programs in particular.

What is your superpower in life?
My superpower in life is my family, being positive all the time no matter the situation, and creating energy and sustaining high energy even when it is most difficult.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, it is all about my family. No matter where I am, I want to be with them if possible.

Sarah Jaks, Associate Director of the Full-Time MBA Program

Sarah serves as the academic advisor for every Full-Time MBA student. She will follow your academic progress and work with you to make sure you’re on track to completing your degree. In addition, she plans programs that will enhance your personal growth and development in areas such as leadership and team dynamics.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about lifelong education, personal growth, and development. I believe that everyone can continue to learn and grow; you just have to find something that interests you!

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
I worked with adult, graduate, and off-campus students in Texas A&M University’s Department for Student Life for eight years. In that role, I also coordinated prevention education on topics such as power-based personal violence.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I have limited spare time since I’m pursuing a Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from Texas A&M. When I do have time, I enjoy spending it with family at our home in Shiner where our beagles have free reign.

What is something about you that few people know?
Few people know that I’m a sixth-generation Texan.

What is your superpower in life?
My superpower in life is my ability to make room for dessert, especially cupcakes.