Spirit Archives

Spirit® is published three times per year by the Texas A&M Foundation, which manages major gifts and endowments for the benefit of academic programs, scholarships and student activities at Texas A&M University.

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Editorial Staff

Dunae Reader '15
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications/Spirit Editor/Maroon Co-Editor
(979) 845-7461
Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas, Dunae Reader ’15 graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a communication degree. She interned for the Texas A&M Foundation’s marketing department as an undergraduate, primarily writing articles for Spirit magazine. While at Texas A&M, she studied abroad in Cyprus, completed an internship in Washington, D.C., worked as a teaching assistant and participated in the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness. She was hired as managing editor of Spirit in August 2014 and named editor in March 2015. In addition to overseeing Spirit, she oversees the Foundation's monthly e-newsletter, annual report and advertising efforts. Aside from writing, Dunae enjoys traveling, reading, DIY projects, anything mid-century modern, and trying new recipes and restaurants.
Karissa Bayliss '12
Marketing Coordinator/Maroon Co-Editor/Spirit Managing Editor
(979) 458-8143
Karissa Bayliss ’12 '15 came to Texas A&M University in 2008 and became a first-generation Aggie. After graduating cum laude and meeting her now husband (also an Aggie) in 2011, the Colorado native realized Texas was going to be home much longer than she originally planned. Karissa started her career at Southwest Airlines and then The Princeton Review before deciding to pursue her master’s degree at Texas A&M as well. At this time, she joined Nutrabolt, a start-up nutritional supplement company. After completing her second degree in 2015 and gaining some years of experience there, she joined the Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts as its communications manager. She eventually joined the Texas A&M Foundation’s team in August 2018. As the team’s marketing coordinator, Karissa oversees Spirit of Sharing, the Foundation’s planned giving publication. She is also the managing editor for Spirit and oversees the monthly planned giving e-newsletter, in addition to other duties.
Torie Noellsch
Marketing Specialist
(979) 458-0311
Born and raised on her family’s cattle farm in Chiefland, Florida, Torie Noellsch grew up with a love for storytelling. Torie attended Troy University in Troy, Alabama, where she was first published in the university’s Alumni Magazine her junior year. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in print journalism and public relations in 2007, she worked as Farm Credit of North Florida’s marketing manager and managing editor of the association’s quarterly publication: Leader magazine. Subsequent careers have included marketing of artisan cheese, robotic milking technology, analytical laboratory instrumentation and more. Torie joined the Foundation in September 2019 to oversee planned giving marketing efforts, which include serving as the managing editor for Spirit of Sharing and Gift Legacy, the Foundation’s monthly planned giving e-newsletter. Off the clock, Torie enjoys spending time with her husband and sassy toddler, traveling, running, listening to live music, meeting new people and reading a good book.
Bailey Payne '19
Marketing Specialist
(979) 458-7961
Bailey Payne ’19 joined the Texas A&M Foundation as a student worker in the spring of 2016. Born in Bremerton, Washington, and raised in College Station, Texas, Bailey grew up around Aggieland’s unique culture and spent his high school years producing amateur short films. Today, he is pursuing a telecommunication media studies degree with a minor in English, and wishes to pursue a career in creative writing and marketing. Outside of the Texas A&M Foundation, Bailey received the Gordone Award for Poetry in 2018 and has written two books of poetry. When he’s not writing, Bailey is obsessively following college football and absorbing every good story he comes across.
Anna Cairns '20
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Anna Cairns ’20 ’23 was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and joined the Texas A&M Foundation’s marketing team as a student writer in January 2021. Like most writers, she has loved reading, writing, learning and sharing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in political science and double minors in art and architecture history and business. Anna is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Texas A&M. After graduation, she hopes to work in historic preservation and urban planning in addition to writing about architecture, art history and the built environment. When she isn’t writing, Anna enjoys trivia, watching movies, sitting on porches, looking at adoptable cats and learning to quilt.
Lydia Hill '21
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Lydia Hill joined the Texas A&M Foundation in January 2020 as a student writer for the marketing team’s publications. A first-generation Aggie, she was born and raised in Brenham, Texas, and earned her associate’s degree in English from Blinn College before joining the Aggie family as a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2021. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in English with a minor in journalism and a certificate in professional writing, and she plans on entering a journalism or editing career. She developed a passion for storytelling while working as a part-time reporter for the Brenham Banner-Press newspaper, where she featured community members and covered meetings and events. When she’s not writing, Lydia enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and plays, and reading science-fiction, fantasy, mysteries or any other book she encounters.
Bec Morris '23
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Bec Morris, a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2023, joined the Texas A&M Foundation in January 2021 to write for the Maroon and Spirit magazines, as well as for the Foundation's e-newsletters and website. They are currently studying journalism with minors in neuroscience and psychology. As a third-generation Aggie, Bec has a long history with the campus, having frequented Aggie football games throughout their youth. They have been involved in various campus traditions since 2019, writing for The Battalion newspaper and leading the Les Appelt Bonfire Crew for Student Bonfire. Upon their graduation in 2022, Bec will either pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology or become an editor at a newspaper or publishing house. Away from the writing desk, Bec enjoys playing with their dog, reading philosophy and fiction, going on walks with friends, and learning new skills like skateboarding and ukulele.
Michele Schevikhoven '21
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Michele Schevikhoven, a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2021, joined the Texas A&M Foundation’s marketing team as a student writer for Spirit magazine in May 2019. She was born just outside of Denver in Aurora, Colorado, and eventually made the move to Amarillo, Texas. Michele is an honors communication major with a certificate in strategic communication and a business minor. She received the Top Undergraduate Paper Award in the 2019 Communicating Diversity Conference for her paper on music and social change. Additionally, Michele also wrote the RecLIFE Magazine for the Department of Recreational Sports before taking the next step in her writing career at the Foundation. In the future, she plans to work as a public relations specialist with nonprofit organizations. Besides her responsibilities as a writer, Michele loves binge-watching television crime series, baking sweets, playing ping pong and knitting.