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 love to entertain! Spending quality time with family and friends is very important to me.

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, Assistant 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.

Mays Career Management Center Staff

Mitch Lederman, Senior Associate Director

Mitch is responsible for Mays Career Management Center’s coaching programs, which work with students from the three MBA programs and eight Specialty Masters programs. These coaching programs are designed to guide students so they learn to become the CEOs of their careers and personal lives. As a student, you’ll interact regularly with Mitch and also seek his assistance after you graduate.

What is your superpower in life?
Taking a small smoldering ember and turning it into a raging inferno (in the career management realm).

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
My career experiences have spanned corporate to entrepreneurial environments, large and small companies, established to start-up businesses, as well as institutions of higher education. I have worked in engineering, project management, finance, treasury, executive search, and leadership and operational roles.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I enjoy hanging out with my wife, working out in the gym, managing my investment portfolio, antiquing, and gardening and landscaping.

What is something about you that few people know?
I’m radioactive from having spent time at Three Mile Island shortly after its nuclear meltdown (just kidding about the radioactive part).

Donna McClure, Associate Program Director

What is the best thing about your job?
The opportunity to be a part of the success in my students’ career strategy (and life) is what makes me smile every day! When I repatriated a few years ago as an empty nester, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young adults, to take on meaningful work and to give back to Texas A&M which had given so much to me and to my success in both business and life. Being a part of the Mays Business School working with Aggie graduate students certainly ticks all the boxes!!

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
For 10 years I worked in the Oil & Gas finance industry as an investment banker and management consultant, which was incredibly satisfying in so many ways, bringing people and companies together. Then our family spent the next 15 years overseas in Balikpapan, Indonesia and London, UK. I took on many leadership roles during those times and continued to develop new skills and built a powerful network I still use today. Those years were incredible and truly shaped our family’s global perspective and adventurous outlook on life – by far the best gift we could have ever given our children and ourselves!

What are you passionate about?
All things Texas A&M, especially Aggie sports! We have been football season ticket holders since 1988, despite being away for almost 15 years! We also support the Men’s Basketball program and are excited for the future with Buzz. We definitely try to attend as many men’s and women’s sporting events, Bush School lecture series, MSC OPAS performances, and special events on campus as possible!

What is something about you that few people know?
A few fun facts…I am an expat baby born in Paris, France. I have visited 42 countries and counting! I have swum with Great White sharks in South Africa, which was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life!

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love spending my time with family and friends, absolutely anywhere and especially at our lake house on Cedar Creek Lake! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel and experience new cultures and people, sights and food!

Jabot’ Colvin, Assistant Director of Employer Services 

Jabot’ oversees employer services and engagement, including on-campus recruiting activity, related to the 13 graduate business programs served by the Career Management Center.

What is your superpower in life?
I have an over-all enthusiasm for life. I enjoy creating experiences for people to come together and I eagerly seek out new adventures.

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
For past six years I have effectively managed databases, provided customer support, and hired employees for public service. Prior to joining Mays, I served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley. I managed all aspects of operations, fund development, and community outreach for the museum. I helped to stimulate significant growth in the museum through major fundraisers, memberships, and interactive exhibits. More than 36,000 families engaged in fun and creative learning opportunities as a result of the meaningful partnerships that I formed with local stakeholders.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my faith, family, music, public service and helping people reach their goals in life.

What is something about you that few people know?
I have met several people that are famous such as Danny Glover, Garth Brooks, Harry Belafonte, and former President George H.W. Bush (41) to name a few.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love creating memories with family and friends, whether that be through traveling with them to various destinations or spending quality time with them throughout the week.

Sandy Raymond, Administrative Coordinator

Sandy is the administrative coordinator and office manager for Mays Career Management Center. She works closely with graduate students, Career Management Center staff, and corporate recruiting staff to schedule appointments and interviews (including in-person, video and phone interviews). Sandy also assists with planning events for the Full-Time MBA program. You’ll regularly interact with Sandy while you’re a student at Mays and may work with her once you graduate.

What is your superpower in life?
My family and faith are my superpowers. My family members have always taken great pride in all of my accomplishments throughout life. I have worked in different industries and held many different positions so I’ve obtained a lot of knowledge during 40 years of employment.

What did you do prior to joining Mays?
I initially worked as an office manager for manufacturing and insurance companies. I then spent five years working in The Texas A&M University System Human Resources department and Office of the Treasurer before joining Mays Career Management Center in May 2016.

What are you passionate about?
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 40 years. We raised two children who are now responsible adults (and have children of their own). I now am caring for our elderly parents.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love camping, hiking, golfing, gardening and spending time with my family.