Five Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Employees Among Corpus Christi ‘40-Under-40’ Honorees

Published: February 03, 2014

Five Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Employees Among Corpus Christi ‘40-Under-40’ Honorees

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Five Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees have been recognized by Corpus Christi Under 40 (CCU40) for contributions in their professional fields and through service in the community.

Cassandra Hinojosa, Public Affairs Specialist; Ashley Torans-Larrabee, Director of Marketing; Jaime Nodarse, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations; Jaren Palmer, Graduate Assistant in the College of Business; and Roger Vasquez, an Adjunct Professor of Psychology;  are among 40 young professionals under the age of 40 to be chosen for the award. The recipients were recognized during the CCU40 Mayor’s Breakfast held Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Omni Bayfront Hotel.

Cassandra D. Hinojosa, Public Affairs Specialist – Since 2007, Hinojosa has worked at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where she publicizes news throughout the region and nation related to the University’s five colleges, research centers, top-rated programs, faculty, and students. She also mentors writing interns in the Office of Marketing and Communications. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Hinojosa received her associate degree in Liberal Arts from Del Mar College and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Public Relations from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She currently serves on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors, and has served as Co-Captain for the Corpus Christi Relay for Life team Island Warriors, and as Past President for the Anchor Alumni Club.

Ashley Torans-Larrabee, Director of Marketing – Originally from Seguin, Texas, Larrabee migrated to Corpus Christi in 2003 to pursue a degree in Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Larrabee, Director of Marketing at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, currently oversees the direction of the University’s branding initiatives through multiple media channels including print, video, and online. She works with the University’s five colleges, research centers, top-rated programs, faculty, and students to showcase the Island University throughout the state and nation. She is an active member of the Corpus Christi CVB Special Events Committee, and the American Advertising Federation (AAF-CC) Addy Awards Committee.

Jaime Elizabeth Nodarse, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations – As Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Nodarse is advancing and facilitating mutually-beneficial, sustainable relationships between the University and its corporate and foundation partners. She builds partnerships with corporations and foundations that will foster unique learning experiences for Islander students and enable research discoveries to be translated into real-world action. Nodarse attended college at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where she graduated Cum Laude with a major in anthropology. She received her Master’s in Public Health and Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida. She currently serves as the General Chair for Leadership Corpus Christi and the Vice President for the Six Points Kiwanis Club.

Jaren Palmer, Graduate Assistant in the College of Business Palmer is completing her Master of Business Administration at A&M-Corpus Christi, where she also earned a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies. While finalizing this degree, Palmer along with Dean Kelly Quintanilla and several graduate students, founded the School of Arts, Media, and Communication Awards. Palmer volunteers for several organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and YWCA Corpus Christi. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Barton College in North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management. She also volunteered in North Carolina for the United Way and the Internal Revenue Service as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant.

Roger Vasquez, Adjunct Professor of Psychology – Vasquez, Director of Behavior Health Services at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, oversees state and federal grants. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Vasquez, a  member of several professional societies, is Founder and President of the Texas Association for the Advancement of Addition Sciences. His volunteer service includes serving as Clinical Supervisor at Red Cord Initiative and Commissioner for the Commission for Children and Youth. He received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Texas and master’s in clinical psychology from A&M-Corpus Christi. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate to receive his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from A&M-Corpus Christi.