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Our staff members strive to be advocates for the gay lesbian bisexual transgender and ally community by facilitating collaborative relationships and communication between the student, faculty, staff, and the broader Bryan/College Station community.
Chad Mandala serves as the Program Coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to joining the Aggie family, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech before tansitioning into his current role in Aggieland. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and serves ACPA – College Student Educators International as the Chair for the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals as well as the Member at Large, Entry Level, on the Governing Board.
Howdy! My name is Kelci Jacoby and I am a Graduate Assistant for the resource center. I am from Helena, Montana, where I was born and raised. I graduated in May 2016 from Willamette University in Salem, OR, where I received my BA in History and American Ethnic Studies. As an undergrad I was involved in the Fraternity and Sorority community where I had positions on Panhellenic council and was the Fraternity and Sorority Life intern my senior year. In addition to being involved in FSL, I served as the Orientation Coordinator for Willamette. After graduating in May, I moved to Aggieland to fulfill a NODA internship with Fish Camp. I currently am pursuing a MS in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Program, which I will graduate from in May 2018.
Howdy! My Ali Mendha and I am a Graduate Assistant for the Resource Center. I originally from Karachi, Pakistan but have spent a good chunk of my life in Plano, Texas. I did my undergraduate in Anthropology with a minor in English and a certificate in Diversity. During my undergraduate career, I was Involved with Atheist Agnostic Student Group, LGBTQ Aggie, Shade of Queer and too many other thing. After I got my degree, I spent a year travel and working as a freelance interior designer. I have been very fortunate to have travelled six of the seven continents at such a young age and what some would consider to be an interest life.
I am currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Management at the Mays Business School. I will be graduating December 2016 and hope to go on to work as a Human Resource Business Partner for a Fortune 500 Company.
HOWDY! My name is Bill Becker, I am a Senior Industrial Distribution Major with minors in Chinese and Psychology from Houston, Texas! But more importantly I am a loud and proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2016! A WHOOP!!! My current plan is to graduate in December of 2016, spend the spring semester and the summer teaching English in China before starting graduate school in the fall of 2017 at “TBD” University where I will pursue my Masters in International Business. If there were two things you needed to know about me it would be my passion to travel and experience other cultures and my overwhelming need to always be doing something; sitting still isn’t exactly my forte. While at A&M I have been heavily involved from MSC FISH, to MSC Hospitality, to PAID, to Fish Camp, and now working in the GLBT Resource Center!
I cannot wait to serve the LGBTQ+ community and really get to know everyone and hopefully learn and grow with y’all! If you ever see me on campus or if you come into the Center when I am working please say hi and get to know me I am a very talkative guy and love meeting new people!!!
Howdy! I am Jessica Balderas and I am one of the student workers at the GLBT Resource Center. I am originally from a suburb of Austin called Leander. Currently I am studying Geography and GIS in hopes of becoming an urban planner for small cities. During my time at Texas A&M I have had the pleasure of serving as an officer for Aggies for Reproductive Justice and Shades of Queer through my involvement with these organizations I have been able to create safe, inclusive, and diverse communities. I hope to bring the knowledge I learned through these student organizations to the GLBT Resource Center. I am excited to be a part of the GLBT Resource Center staff and look forward to a wonderful year.
Howdy! I’m Gael Brice, and I’m a sophomore art-focused student. I come from Bentonville, Arkansas; a beautiful little oasis in the Northwest portion of the state, it is home to Walmart and is a quiet destination for stars to take a break. My work has been in a spattering of student shows and continues to improve daily. I hope to pursue a career incorporating design and/or animation. I have been an active part of the GSRM community since before moving to A&M and it’s been a passionate portion of my life ever since. I’m incredibly thankful for all the Resource Center has done to make me feel comfortable and accepted after much identity-related stress and now I hope to return the favor and help others feel more comfortable at Texas A&M.
Howdy! My name is Javier Morales and I’m originally from Brownsville, TX, which yes is the birthplace of Harambe the gorilla. I’m currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Sociology, and I plan to later obtain a PhD in Psychology. I’m still unsure as to what branch I will be going into, but I’m passionately considering Counseling Psychology and Neuropsychology. I love to be somewhere that allows me to give people something they need, a resource, directions (which I’m horrible at by the way since I have no sense of direction but I try), even something as seemingly simple like a listening ear (which can make all difference in the world). I’m also proud to say I’m a part of the Student Counseling HelpLine, A&M’s own line for anyone to call about anything that may be on their mind, so if you can’t visit the GLBT Resource Center and you need someone to talk to, give the HelpLine a call, “We’re here”. I hope I can give something to the community through the GLBT Resource Center, and I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure I do. I can’t wait to make this a great year!
Howdy! My name's Cooper Thompson and I'm a junior International Studies and Telecommunications major from Plano. Texas, and. I'm the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2018 A-A-A-WHOOP! Around campus I'm involved in the Orchestra Club, where I play cello, and have been active in the LGBT community on campus since my freshman year. I'm really excited to finally be a part of the GLBT Resource Center and I'm ready for an amazing year!