Islander Alumni Honored at CC Under 40 Awards Breakfast

| Published: February 03, 2017

Islander Alumni Honored at CC Under 40 Awards Breakfast

Hosting their 11th annual Corpus Christi Under 40 (CCU40) Awards Breakfast, the Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend in partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, honored the men and woman who dedicate their time and effort’s to making a difference in the Corpus Christi community. The breakfast was held on Feb. 2 at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. The event was not only used as a mechanism to raise awareness of the Coastal Bend’s growing young professional community and but it was used as a mechanism to donate a percentage of event proceeds to local non-profit, the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Bend.

“This is a great event that really brings a full scope of the city together in one room,” said Russell Wagner, Director of Engagement at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Today we honored school teachers, bankers, non-profit advocates, and some of the unsung heroes here in the Coastal Bend that don’t get the credit they deserve.”

The title of CCU40 is awarded to young professionals who have made significant contributions in their professional fields as well as through service to the community. Five members of the Island University campus community were recognized at this year’s breakfast.

The 2016 honorees include:

  • Dr. Criselda I. Castillo, Early Childhood Development Center Principal
  • Juan Sebastian Garzon, Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center Business Coordinator
  • Dr. A. Stephen Lenz, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
  • Toni Cheryl Nerren, PHR and Assistant Director for Human Resources
  • Rosana Vanessa Gomez Pachon, Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center Graduate Assistant

The Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend is an organization founded by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in partnership with the City of Corpus Christi, and the Port of Corpus Christi, all of which have a shared vision of retaining young professionals in the area to generate opportunities for the development of South Texas.

“I am certainly honored to receive this award, and I am appreciative that there is an organization here that recognizes the achievements of professionals in Corpus Christi,” said Toni Nerren, Assistant Director of Human Resources at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and CCU40 award recipient. “I believe that professionals who have a dedication to the community, dedication to their employers and dedication to their profession are the people who elevate the city and the people around them.”

For more information on the event and those honored, visit