Speaker Date Topic
Bruce Dvorak Oct 10, 2019 12:00 PM
The Living Wall
The Living Wall

Bruce Dvorak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He teaches sustainable site design, planning and construction. Bruce was a designer and project manager for several recognized green roofs in the United States including the Chicago City Hall Green Roof Pilot Project and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum green roofs. As a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Bruce served on the Green Roof Task Force for the ASLA National Headquarters green roof in Washington, D.C. Bruce is a member of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee and editorial member of the Journal of Living Architecture. In 2009, Professor Dvorak established the Interdisciplinary Green Roof Research Group at Texas A&M University. Professor Dvorak has published extensively on green infrastructure, and conducts research on green roofs and living walls.

Matt Prochaska Oct 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Brazos Valley Economic Development
Brazos Valley Economic Development

As president and CEO, Matt Prochaska has led the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation since September 2017. He has a team approach to economic development and loves the Brazos Valley. Matt joined the BVEDC with over 25 years of experience in various leadership positions in industry and economic development. He served as a board member and chair for the Tate County Economic Development Foundation in North Mississippi from 2008 to 2014. He and the board successfully recruited, launched, relocated and helped expand various companies to the area, including commercial roofing material company Carlisle SynTec, Tier 1 auto supplier PKUSA, Calbe North America and BMW. Matt also worked with the Mississippi Community College System at Northwest Community College to enhance and support workforce development programs such as the John Deere Technology Program. In addition, he has led successful teams in acquisitions, joint ventures and launched hundreds of new products in the commercial furniture industry over the span of his career. Matt received both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University with emphasis in international business development. He is married to Merrilee Derrick Prochaska and has two children, Anne-Marie and Joshua. Matt is passionate about community service as a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.

Avery Martin Oct 24, 2019 12:00 PM
4-H Program
4-H Program

Avery Martin is a 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent, teaching the youth of Brazos County Leadership, Communication and Responsivity while “Making the Best Better”. Avery graduated from, Texas A&M University where she studied Agriculture Leadership and Development with a minor in Extension Education. Avery grew up in Williamson County (Hutto, Texas) where she was a very active   4-H member.  Avery believes that Texas 4-H molded her into the person she is today and she hopes to share this passion with the youth of Brazos County. 

 

Tracy Rutherford Nov 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Annenberg Presidential Center
Annenberg Presidential Center

Tracy ‘TJ’ Rutherford is originally from Houston, TX and joined the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in 2018. She brings over 10 years of experience in various service industry roles and is excited to bring those skills to Texas A&M University. In the future, she hopes to expand her experience through furthering education within A&M. She has a passion for all aspects of event planning and has worked to organize local benefits within the Bryan/College Station community. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts; writing poetry- her collection includes several published pieces of work. Tracy also enjoys cooking, exploring the local cuisine, and spending time with her family.

 

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