Our department is home to two advisory boards – the Internal Advisory Board and the Development Advisory Board. Service on these boards requires a passion and enthusiasm for helping advocate for the department as well as a willingness to provide insight and feedback on the department’s mission and means by which to achieve it.
All board members serve a three-year-term and are representative (by degree or career) of our four major departmental programs: agricultural communications and journalism; agricultural leadership development; agricultural science; and Extension.
Internal Advisory Board
The Internal Advisory Board provides objective internal guidance to the Department and support for the Department’s academic and scholarship initiatives, in an effort to improve and develop its academic standing within the state, nation and world.
Members are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, influence and professional accomplishment within the field of agriculture and related disciplines.Scott Bormann ’86
Mr. Scott Bormann ’86 (Agricultural Education)
Dr. Galen Chandler ’80 (Animal Science) served the past 32 years as a county extension agent, district extension administrator, and regional program director for Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service. Galen started his career in 1980 as an AgriLife Extension agent for 16 years in Atascosa, Comanche, Wise, and Denton counties. Before he retired in January 2013, he was serving as the North Region program coordinator, working with the agriculture and natural resources agents in District 1-Amarillo, District 2-Lubbock and District 3-Vernon. In 2004, he earned a Doctor of Education in agricultural education through the joint program of Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University.
|Dr. Chester Fehlis ’69 (Agricultural Education) devoted his 35-year career to Texas Cooperative Extension, retiring in 2004 as the agency’s director. During his tenure, Chester led major initiatives to improve and expand the agency’s programs and the effort to change the agency’s name from Texas Agricultural Extension Service to Texas Cooperative Extension. Chester served on the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and as associate vice chancellor for the Texas A&M University Agriculture Program. He earned his three degrees from Texas A&M University: a bachelor’s in animal science in 1969, a master’s in agricultural education in 1977, and a doctorate in agricultural education in 1987. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in 2003 and the national Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2000.|
Mr. Bud Force ’03 (Journalism) is a commercial photographer and filmmaker specializing in adventure, action, and travel lifestyle. A former BBC Photographer of the Year finalist, Bud works with clients including National Geographic Adventure, The Travel Channel, CNN, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mrs. Dan’l Mackey Almy ’94 (Agricultural Economics) founded DMA Solutions, Inc. in 2004. DMA Solutions is a marketing firm aimed at bolstering the consumption of fresh produce. Dan’l became interested in fresh produce through her involvement in her local 4-H club. She started her career in 1995 with Standard Fruit & Vegetable, where she held several leadership roles including director of marketing. Following an acquisition in 2003, Dan’l served as the vice president at Del Monte Fresh Produce, overseeing the Walmart and Sam’s Club business for North America. Dan’l serves on the United Fresh Produce Association board of directors and as chairman of the association’s nutrition and health council. Additionally, she serves on the ACTIVE Life Board of Directors, the Produce Marketing Association’s Marketing Task Force and the YottaMark, Inc. Advisory Board. Her previous honors include United Fresh Leadership Alumni Organization’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009, “40 Under Forty” produce business list in 2004, and United Fresh Produce Association’s 2012 Woman in Produce.
|Mr. Warren Mayberry ’94 (Agricultural Journalism)|
|Mr. Corey Rosenbusch ’01 (Agricultural Development) was promoted in Nov. 2012 to President and CEO of Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a Washington-DC-based trade association that represents temperature controlled logistics companies. He previously worked as vice president of GCCA for seven years. Before joining GCCA, Corey was director of a Texas A&M University cold chain development project in Indonesia. He also worked with leading food industry executives as the National FFA Organization President. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural development from Texas A&M University and Master of Education degree in international development from Harvard University.|
Mrs. Jessica Rumbaugh ’09 (Agricultural Leadership and Development) has spent the last five years working in the medical marketing and pharmaceutical sales industry in the Houston area. During her time in the ALEC Department at Texas A&M, Jessica served as a Peer Advisor, ALEC Aggie Reps board member and secretary, and teaching assistant for Dr. Summer Odom. She received the COALS Senior Merit Award her graduating semester in May of 2009. During her sophomore year she served as the National President of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America Youth Association. Jessica and her husband Ben (Class of ’07, Wildlife Biology) are also involved in real estate, specifically recreational and hunting properties.
Dr. Ruben Saldaña ’88 (Agricultural Education) serves as District Administrator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in District 12, headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Ruben started his career as an educator with the Mercedes ISD. He joined Extension in 1989, serving as a County Extension Agent in Webb and Willacy counties, project manager of the South Texas AmeriCorps Initiative, and as County Extension Director in El Paso County before assuming his current role in 2006. Ruben earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at Texas A&M University, his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Texas-Pan American, and his doctorate in agricultural education through Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University’s Doc@Distance Program.
Development Advisory Board
The Development Advisory Board provides objective external guidance to the Department and support for the Department’s development strategy.
Members are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, influence and professional accomplishment within the field of agriculture and related disciplines.Randy Berry '77
Mr. Randy Berry ’77 (Agricultural Education) is the Director of Business Development at RitePack Inc. He has spent his entire career in agriculture lending and animal health sales, marketing and packaging.
Randy is also the co-owner of an agriculture consulting company that imports and markets products from a company located in Brazil.
He lives in Pittsburg, Texas, with his wife Denette. They have three children and five grandchildren who all plan to be future Aggies.
|Mr. Bud Box ’77 (Agricultural Education) is principal of the Floresville Alternative Center, a unique provider of alternative education services to at-risk, nontraditional public school students in grades 1-12. Under his visionary leadership, the Floresville Alternative Center expanded from exclusively supporting the Floresville ISD to serving 12 independent school districts in all or portions of eight surrounding counties. Prior to his affiliation with the alternative center, Bud taught vocational agriculture at Nixon, Madison, Southside and Seguin high schools. Additionally, he has shared his ideas on strategic thinking by serving in various advisory capacities, including Nixon Chamber of Commerce director, Nixon City Council member, Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Director, President of the Nixon-Smiley CISD Board of Trustees, and Founding Director of the Nixon-Smiley CISD Education Foundation. Bud earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1977 and a master’s degree in education in 1978, both from Texas A&M University. His daughter, Brenna ’08, is a senior analyst for SYSCO, Inc., in Houston, and his son, Cody, is operations manager and ball park events coordinator for the Brazos Valley Bombers baseball organization while pursuing a business degree.|
|Mr. Tom Curl ’70 (Agricultural Journalism) held various editorial and senior management positions at Southern Progress Corporation/Time Inc. from 1972 to 1994 and was an editor at Reiman Publications from 1994 through 1998, then was president and Chief Executive Officer until 2003. In 2004, Tom started the TLR Group, a consulting and private investments business in Wisconsin. He has made substantial contributions to the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department, including the Curl Media Lab.|
|Ms. Dora Ann Gostecnik ’00 (Agricultural Journalism) is President of The Gostecnik Law Firm, P.C. in Pattison, Texas. While attending Texas A&M, Dora Ann purchased a piece of family property on the Brazos River in Waller County where she raises cattle. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in May 2003. After working several years for a real estate litigation law firm in Houston, Dora Ann opened her firm on August 1, 2006. She focuses her legal practice on real estate transactions, wills and probate. Dora Ann currently serves as secretary of the Brookshire-Pattison Lions Club and is a past president of the Waller County A&M Club.|
|Mr. Marcus Hill ’71 (Agricultural Education) is the president of Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company, his employer since 1971. Marcus established an endowed scholarship in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department to support student teachers in agricultural science. Marcus served as Texas FFA president for a year in 1966 . His support of FFA continues as strong today. His son Brandon Hill ’03 received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Texas A&M University and served as Texas FFA president. Marcus received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas A&M University in 1970.|
|Jim Jennings ’68 (Agricultural Journalism) is the former executive director of publications for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). He retired from AQHA in 2008, having worked for that association for 37 years. Since retirement, he has continued to work for AQHA on a consulting basis and currently writes scripts for Red Steagall’s TV show “Somewhere West of Wall Street,” which appears weekly on RFD-TV. Jim served as president of American Horse Publications in 1995 and president of the Livestock Publications Council in 1996. He has been honored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his writing and was inducted into the Livestock Publications Council’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation. Jim and his wife, Mavis, have a daughter, Jill, who is also an agricultural journalism graduate, class of ’95, and their son-in-law, Doug Dunkel, is an animal science graduate, class of ’90. Their oldest granddaughter, Ashton, is an agricultural leadership major, class of 2019, and a member of the Texas A&M Equestrian Team. Their other two grandchildren are Sidney and Blake, both of whom are in high school.|
|Mr. Steven Lastovica ‘85 (Animal Science) lives in Salado, Texas, and is the owner of Milano Livestock Exchange, a privately operated livestock dealership licensed and bonded with USDA Packers and Stockyards. Steven has owned and operated the exchange since 1986, buying stocker, feeder and replacement cattle for private customers. His family has been in the registered Angus business for more than 50 years, and he currently runs Lastovica Cattle Company, which specializes in producing seedstock Angus bulls for commercial and registered producers as well as high-end Angus show heifers for the state and national level. He is also a partner with Supreme Genetics, marketing high-end donors and all breeds of show heifers and steers.
He currently serves on the board of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas, the Safety Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and as a Director on NCBA’s Federation of State Beef Council representing the Texas Beef Council. He is a member of the Texas Angus Association, American Angus Association, the National Livestock Marketing Association, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Steven is also a member and past president of the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas, past chairman of The Salado Education Foundation, and a former Junior Advisor of the Texas Junior Angus Association. As a noted judge, he has evaluated cattle across the United States on a county, state and national level, and was a member of the Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team.
Steven and his wife, Sandra, are 1985 graduates of Texas A&M University. They have two children: Stephanie, who will be a May 2016 graduate of Texas A&M University, and Stuart, an eighth-grader at Salado Junior High School.
|Dr. Thomas Randle ’75 (Agricultural Education) has been superintendent of Lamar Consolidated ISD since July 2001. Active in civic, community, and professional organizations, he was president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is on the Texas Academic Decathlon and the Texas Business and Education Coalition boards. Additionally, Thomas was selected to serve as a member of the Commissioner’s Cabinet of Superintendents, a member of Public Education Visioning Institute, a member of Policy Committee on Public Education Information, an advisor for the Recommended High School Plan with the Texas Education Agency, and an appointed member of the Select Committee on Public School Accountability. Thomas received his Ed.D. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1981. He received the Texas A&M University John R Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University Distinguished Student, Texas A&M University Outstanding Graduate and Texas Educational support Staff (TESA) Administrator of the year. He is also a former teacher of vocational agriculture in Sweeny ISD.|
|Mr. Kelly Tidwell ’84 (Agricultural Education) serves as outside counsel and regulatory affairs aid for Lone Star Milk Producers. He is a principal in Patton, Tidwell, Schroeder & Culbertson, L.L.P. and devotes much of his private law practice to complex commercial litigation and agricultural law. He also established and manages a consulting group, Dairy Innovations, LLC.|