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Mrs. Young holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah, with areas of emphasis in Gerontology and Educational Psychology. She was a first-generation student, enrolling in college for the first time in her mid-thirties. At 36, she was a scholarship athlete at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, earning the awards of both team Defensive MVP and All-Conference Defensive player as goalkeeper on the Women’s Lacrosse team. Mrs. Young graduated with distinction, including memberships in several university and national honors societies.
A native of Utah, Marti Young is a longtime mountain sports and outdoor enthusiast. The Youngs are avid skiers, hikers and mountain bikers. Marti has been a competitor in a range of sports throughout her life, including gymnastics, court sports, and rodeo, to name a few. She ran her first full marathon on her 40th birthday and has run in several events since then.
Marti and Mike live with their son, four (and sometimes five) dogs, and four horses at their farm in Brazos County.
I am a Former Aggie who returned to College Station as a faculty member at the College of Medicine. Research, teaching, and other responsibilities take up much of my time. BUT, everyone needs to have a life outside of work and so I was happy to have found the TAMU Women’s Club where I have met so many wonderful women from all walks of life.
Born in Korea I grew up in Deer Park, TX and received my undergraduate degree from TAMU. My studies took me away from Aggieland to California, Ohio, and I just recently moved back here from Minnesota. My circle of friends has grown as I have met so many great people through the club. In addition to my outdoor hobbies of running, triathlons, hiking and gardening I belong to Newcomers, the Contemporary Book Club, Bottles and Bites, and the Social Justice group and try to participate in as many events as I can.
Make a little time for yourself to make new friends, expose yourself to new challenges, and relax with the great ladies in the TAMU Women’s Club. I have found the Women’s Club to be a great organization to meet other people, learn new things, possibly see parts of B/CS I’m not familiar with, and to get more involved with the community.
As a Native Texan and having lived in Houston all my life, I spent the majority of my working life in the oil and gas industry, with accounting as my background. I have volunteered at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as making a commitment as an HOA board member in several communities that I lived in.
In 2014, the stars aligned and I met a wonderful man that took my breath away. After we married, I was somewhat apprehensive about starting the next chapter of my life in a new town, but as a former student and someone who has worked at A&M for over 35 years, my husband introduced me to the Aggie network and its core values. He told me to check out the TAMU Women’s Club, so that I could meet new friends. My first venture into the Women’s Club was to join the Wednesday Night Book Club, where we meet at different restaurants to discuss that month’s book, which is voted on by the book club members. That first night, I met another member of the Women’s Club, someone who had a lot of similar interests as me, and we have been great friends ever since! Just find that one friend, and together you can discover all the shopping, eating, fun places this town has to offer.
My husband and I are proud owners of three dogs, one of them is Maggie, a King Charles Cavalier, who is a certified Visitation dog thru APWAP (Aggieland Pets With A Purpose). We visit Senior Living Centers as well as many of the local schools. Thru the Women’s Club, I’ve become involved with the Anderson Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Monday morning book club, the Garden Club, and the Shanghai Card group. Oh, and I’m now the group leader of the Wednesday Night Book Club. Give me a shout!
Arriving in College Station from Moscow, I was a bit lost. I had my husband and children, but my friends were far away and my language skills made it difficult for me to make new friends. Joining the TAMU Women’s Club opened doors for me. In the TAMU Women’s Club you can find something for everyone no matter what their age, profession or country of origin. The different interest groups provide opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.
My new friends have given me wonderful travel ideas and exposed me to the arts in the area. Through the special programs and interest groups I have come to understand and love the culture and traditions of Texas and the U.S. The many new friends I have made have helped me polish my English skills and develop self-confidence. I especially enjoy the Art Group because of my love of music and painting. Ladies in the Arts & Culture group were a big stimulus for me to open my own gallery in town, where I show art from around the world and organize classes for young and old.
The coming year I will serve as First Vice President of TAMU Women’s Club. Together with 5 other ladies in the Programs Committee, I will help develop programs for the Women’s Club. I hope to meet you at one of our Women’s Club events!
Tery DeShong moved to Bryan in July 2016 when her wife, Barbara Abercrombie, took the position of Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness with Texas A&M. Tery is an attorney by trade and spent the past 5 years as the General Counsel for the Tulsa Health Department. Before that she did child support enforcement for the state of Oklahoma for 14 years. Originally from the Tulsa area, she is learning to adjust to the heat in Texas!
In January 2017, Tery began working as an Executive Professor in the Mays Business School and also works 20 hours a week in the Provost office. Hobbies include singing (she's a Sweet Adeline), playing guitar, watching movies, reading books and travel.
She discovered the TAMU Women’s Club a few weeks after moving here. It was a real life-line, helping her to connect with other folks in the area. She joined to meet people and learn more about both TAMU and the Bryan/College Station region. She is involved as a new board member, takes part in the arts group and has attended the garden group meetings. Tery would highly recommend the group to others who are new to the area; it's a great way to meet people!
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but I was raised in Colombia, South America. I'm the oldest and only girl in a family of four. We have a very large extended family (over 50 cousins), and thanks to modern technology, we are able to stay in touch despite being so far away from family and friends. I have three children, now young adults. We moved from Charlottesville, Virginia, home for the last 17 years. My husband and I have been married for 26 years, and we have lived in France, Spain, Colombia, and different cities in the US. We both joined TAMU last fall, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our lives.
I heard about the TAMU Women's Club through different acquaintances, and I thought it would be a great way to know the community and make new friends. I was right! I belong to several interests groups, and I attend them as time allows. I enjoy walking with my dog, yoga, going to the movies, reading, entertaining, and dancing. I'm an engaged citizen, and I like to volunteer and contribute to society in little ways. I also like to travel and learn, and I keep a blog (movingforwardwithelvis.com). Check it out so that you can learn more about me, my interests, faith, and other random passions and adventures.
I'm looking forward to meeting more of you as time goes by and to serve this wonderful group of women who have made my move to College Station interesting and engaging.
I left Russia (the former Soviet Union) in 1989 and was very fortunate to emigrate to the USA. My husband and I are both mathematicians and we were successful in obtaining faculty positions in Wichita, Kansas, where we lived happily for 11 years. In 2001 we came to Texas A&M and it feels like home!
In 2015, after 14 years in College Station, I finally joined the TAMU Women's Club. Why? I went to a Meet & Greet and found women who, like me, love to read and share my literary tastes. I joined the 2nd Wednesday book group and never left! Another interest group that I am a member of is the Arts and Culture Group. In the coming year, I will serve in a new capacity as a board member of the Programs committee.
In June ’18 I will retire, after a long career in teaching, and plan to spend more time with family and friends, including many in the Women's Club. The TAMU Women's Club is a wonderful group of women who do so many interesting things together. Joining this group will help you meet new people, make new friends, learn new things, and discover new places and hobbies.
Howdy! My name is Amanda Light. I am currently a student at TAMU and joined the Women’s Club as a way to get involved with a supportive, diverse community of women at the University; I will graduate in August 2018 (Whoop!) with a degree in Women’s & Gender Studies. I consider myself a Texan, but have lived in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Ireland.
My super, Chef husband and I own and operate Ronin Farm & Restaurant. We raise pigs, chickens, ducks, guineas, and gardens. I love to spend time with our two daughters and family. I enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, and a good cup of coffee.
I’m excited to be a member of this club and to get to know everybody.
My name is Shabnam Mustafayeva, and I am from Baku, Azerbaijan. My husband pursues a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M, and that is why I have been living in College Station since 2012. We have two Texas-born sons Mete and Atilla.
I hold a law degree from Baku State University, and I have more than seven years’ experience in civil society research (especially in gender issues and juvenile justice) and as an attorney at law in public service. I was actively engaged in promoting gender equality by educating rural and underserved populations and on fostering a pro bono culture within the legal profession when I was a member (later the vice president) of The Women's Bar Association of Azerbaijan (WBA). Our activities at the WBA received domestic and international acclamation and during her visit to Baku Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated us for achievements, and we discussed further partnership opportunities with USAID. Later I took a position at public service and promoted women representation in governmental institutions as well.
In the last two years, I have been a member of Social Justice group at Women's Club. Our group has implemented many programs for delivering various services to underserved female residents of Aggieland, and I was happy to see how those programs made changes in their lives. Thus, I am excited to join the board and to contribute my knowledge and experience in promoting women in a broader setting.
Have you read the “One Thousand and One Nights?” It is a story about a very creative young woman named Shahrzad and how she saved herself by embroidering entertaining tales for the king each evening. He was so enchanted with her stories that he let her live to tell him stories forever. When my father read this story he was so enchanted that he insisted his first daughter must be named Shahrzad, and so I was.
Perhaps it is the magic of the beautiful name, or more likely the lovely Persian culture in which I was immersed as a child, that has made me who I am – a creative, artistic personality. I enjoy playing music, painting pictures and design futurists places and furniture. Before I came to TAMU, I studied Interior Architecture at Turkey. My husband is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. Like all Ph.D. students, he is very busy with his studies and research. My family and friends are in Iran, and currently cannot visit. Instead of sitting at home, feeling sad for myself, I found the TAMU Women’s Club. It has been very helpful for me – opening the doors to different activities and helping me make friends. Moreover, I have recently applied to a Master’s program at Texas A&M University. I’m very excited since it is one of my dreams to become an Aggie.
Last year I helped Family Promise decorate the family rooms for the homeless. It was a joy to first plan the decorative designs and then help install them. A drab space has become a vibrant one through the use of color and light and, of course, all the wonderful team work the members of the Women’s Club Community Outreach and Social Justice group provided.
Come join the club – it is a warm and inviting organization that will help you meet people and settle in. You will have a chance to meet new people, learn about their cultures and help them learn about this place called “Texas”.
While anticipating the arrival of my firstborn, I joined the TAMU Women’s club in an effort to make new mom friends in the BCS area.
While I am originally from Memphis, TN, my husband grew up in Central Texas and graduated from TAMU in 2000. They say “all Aggies come home,” and that is just what my husband did — came home to College Station shortly after we were married.
Prior to moving, I worked as the marketing director at a Chick-fil-A franchise in the suburbs of Memphis for over 10 years. I also have served as a trainer for Chick-fil-A in the opening of new franchises around the country. After moving to the B/CS area, I worked as an orthodontic assistant and marketing director for Andrews Orthodontics until June 2017 when my husband Michael and I welcomed our son, Caleb to the world. While working for Dr. Andrews, I had the privilege of helping start the Smile Heroes Foundation, which provides orthodontic care for children in need.
Joining the TAMU women’s club has greatly helped me meet new people and be more involved in our community. I am involved in the Moms and Tots group and look forward to becoming even more active in the coming year!
I have lived in College Station since May 2012.
Rural Vermont was my home for the first 21 years of my life. For me, Vermont maple syrup in still the only syrup fit to pour over a pancake! I married my husband in 1976. We have moved several times between the East coast and Midwest with College Station being the furthest west and south that we have lived. Other states I have lived in are Connecticut, Michigan, Indiana, Rhode Island, Kentucky, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Illinois! I have found that each place has its own charms and people in all areas of this country share many wonderful qualities and I enjoy friendships with women from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
My husband David and I have two daughters. Our daughter, Karen and her wife Amanda live in Louisville, Kentucky and have a 10-month-old baby girl, Norah. Our daughter, Alison and Jay live in Peoria, Illinois. Although moving was not always easy, we have all formed wonderful friendships in each place we’ve lived.
I joined the TAMU Women’s Club shortly after moving here and have enjoyed the opportunity it provides to become acquainted with women from many different backgrounds, cultures and countries. I currently am a member of the First Monday Book Group (and co-chair) and of the Garden Group.
I agreed to join the board because I believe each of us must be willing to step forward and participate in the leadership of this club and the interest groups in order to continue to enjoy the many benefits and friendships we find here.
Originally from China, I came to the US for graduate studies a decade ago. After graduation with a master’s degree in Geology, I worked in the fields of geological research and environmental consulting for a few years.
In 2016, we moved to College Station when my husband joined the Department of Oceanography at TAMU. Without knowing a single person in the area, I felt a bit nervous about the future. Fortunately, thanks to an email sent to new faculty members, I heard about the TAMU Women’s Club. The Moms and Tots interest group helped me and my toddler to quickly make friends. After my son went to day care full time, I wanted to get more involved and joined the Women’s Club Community Outreach and Social Justice (COSJ) interest group. I joined a team of ladies delivering meals to elderlies in the area for the local Meals on Wheels. In the following fall, I was invited to co-chair the group, and help with communications within the group by coordinating with volunteer team leaders, scheduling and reminding group members about upcoming volunteering activities on social networks, and updating information on the group webpage. This year I will join the board of the TAMU Women’s Club as External Communications Officer.
For now I am a homemaker. I enjoy reading books, cooking (and of course tasting) delicious food, watching movies, traveling, and I am always open to expand my interests. TAMU Women’s Club happens to be the very platform for my explorations, with so many interest groups and programs. The Club connects me to wonderful women in the community from all over the world and helps me define myself besides family responsibility and career endeavor. Come and join us at the TAMU Women’s Club, make new friends, get to know the area, try things you have not done before, find meaningful ways to help others, and more!
After serving past year as president of the TAMU Women’s Club, this year I will be a parliamentarian. My agenda last year was to guide the club to become even more diverse and inclusive. This topic requires continuous attention in order to safeguard a climate where all women regardless of race, class, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or disability, feel welcome to join and participate in our club.
Originally from the Netherlands, my husband and I moved to Bryan in November 2014 when he joined the petroleum engineering department of TAMU. I have lived and worked in other countries before, mainly in Central African countries such as Rwanda and also in several countries in Asia. I visited America for the first time in 2012. My husband and I were hiking in the Grand Canyon and I was so impressed by the immense landscape. It made me feel one with the universe: feeling everything is connected and so big but feeling so small at the same time. The following year we came back to the US for a job interview at A&M!
I am trained as a nurse, nursing teacher and psychologist. I worked years overseas as an emergency relief worker for an international NGO. It was very meaningful but also difficult to be in close contact with victims of disasters. After that experience, I started my own importing company to help farmers in Sri Lanka gain access to the international exotic foliage market.
I now work part time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program where children are matched with an adult who broaden their world and help them find their spark. I am responsible for developing match plans, in order to get the most out of the contacts between the child and his or her Big. I myself volunteer too as a Big Sister for an 11-year-old girl whom I am helping with homework and introducing to different customs and cultures (and vice versa!).
I grew up in Illinois and moved in 1979 to take a position as assistant professor teaching in the College of Home Economics at the University of North Texas. Prior to this move, I had taught home economics in high schools in Connecticut and Illinois.
In 1993, my husband, Peter Witt, and I moved to College Station. I worked for several years as a food safety specialist with AgriLife Extension and then retired to manage the care of my parents and their farm.
When we arrived in Bryan, a neighbor suggested I join the TAMU Women’s Club. The newcomer’s president invited me to the membership coffee to meet new and continuing members. How special to find this group of women, who were so welcoming. I joined several interest groups, including the Monday morning and Tuesday evening book groups, gourmet, and newcomers and have been a member ever since. As a result, I made life-long friends, served in several different organizational capacities, and continue to encourage women new to TAMU to join the Club.
I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, practicing yoga, working out, walking (am a recovering marathon runner), and volunteering in our community. I have served on the boards of The Prenatal Clinic, Brazos Beautiful, and the Girls Club and currently am President of the Brazos Prenatal Foundation Board. My husband and I enjoy traveling, hiking and attending Aggie track and field meets, baseball, and basketball games. We have been honored to receive both the Jefferson Award and the Voices for Children’s Champions for Children Award.
From Oil City, PA to Okinawa, Japan to College Station, Texas (and many homes in between as our family moved where the US Marine Corps sent us!) – my life has given me many opportunities to meet and socialize with women from all different backgrounds, ages, professions, and origins. As an Army veteran, wife, mother and Girl Scout leader, I know how important it is to have a group of friends with whom to share life’s ups and downs.
When I arrived in College Station in 2008, I was lonely. A friend recommended joining the TAMU Women’s Club as a way to meet people, since I was new to the area and did not know anyone. The club’s programs and interest groups were a good way to meet interesting women and learn about this community and TAMU. Since I now work full time at the Academic Success Center on campus, and manage a family of two A&M College students and a husband who also works at A&M, the time I have for interest groups is limited. Currently I belong to the Tuesday evening book group. Someday, when I retire, I hope to participate in the Twisted Stitchers, Arts&Culture and the Garden Interest Group.
If you are new to this community and want to meet dynamic, intelligent, and interesting people then I urge you to join the TAMU Women’s Club.
Proud Former TAMU student (class of ’77) and first-time grandma, I moved back to B/CS in November 2013 with my husband after living on the East Coast since our college years. Originally from San Antonio, I have always loved the warmth and comradery of Aggieland. The TAMU Women’s Club exemplifies that with its welcoming attitude towards everyone.
While living on the East Coast, I was involved with many activities at our church, at Ft. Detrick and at our sons' schools. I love helping others and I guess that is why I enjoy delivering Meals on Wheels for the TAMU Women’s Club. My former employment also allowed me to help others. I worked for IMA World Health as an International Accountant. IMA is a faith based world health nonprofit organization, with the mission to build healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people around the world. The countries that I managed were Tanzania and South Sudan, Africa.
The interest groups such as the Gourmet Dinner Club and the Social Justice Group keep me motivated and busy learning new things and helping others. They also help me hone my gardening and cooking skills. I also serve as chair for the TAMU Women’s Club Scholarship Committee. TAMU Women’s Club currently are funding 5 scholarships to students from the Bryan College Station area with the plan to raise additional funds to fund a sixth scholarship or increase the funding to the current scholarships. If you are interested in helping on this committee please give me a call.
I am currently on the Friends of the Library Board for the Bryan College Station Libraries and also serve as Secretary. My husband and I attend St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station. If you are new to TAMU, join the Women’s Club; it is a great way to meet others who are associated with TAMU!