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
Marketing Communications Manager/Spirit 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/Spirit Managing Editor
(979) 458-8143
Karissa Bayliss ’12 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.
Morgan Knobloch '20
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
A small-town girl at heart, Morgan Knobloch grew up in Archer City, Texas. Now a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2020, she is working toward a communication degree with minors in Spanish and psychology. Morgan joined the Texas A&M Foundation’s marketing department as a writing student worker for Spirit magazine, the website and e-newsletter in May 2018. Aside from her work for the Foundation, she volunteers for her church and conducts research in the Glasscock Undergraduate Scholars program. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career that combines her passion for writing and love for people. When she’s not writing or studying, Morgan enjoys reading, playing volleyball, honing her green thumb and taking road trips with her friends.
Bailey Payne '19
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
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.
Laura Simmons '19
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Laura Simmons is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2019. Originally from Santa Fe, Texas, Laura is an English major pursuing a minor in women and gender studies. Aside from her work with the Texas A&M Foundation, Laura has also interned with Maroon Weekly, writing lifestyle content for the Bryan-College Station publication. Laura joined the Foundation's marketing team in April 2017 as a writing student worker to assist with Spirit magazine, the website and e-newsletter. After graduation, Laura plans to attend graduate school before pursuing a career in journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, creative writing and practicing yoga.
Taryn Woody '19
Marketing Writing Student Worker
(979) 845-7470
Hailing from Rockwall, Texas, Taryn Woody ’19 began writing for the Texas A&M Foundation’s marketing department in May 2018. After graduating and receiving a degree in political science with a minor in journalism, she plans to attend law school and eventually pursue a career in government. During her sophomore year, Taryn interned through Texas A&M's Public Policy Program and worked in the Texas Senate. She continues to give her time to Texas politics and now works as a Texans for Greg Abbott intern. Outside of school and work, Taryn is a member of Delta Delta Delta, where she serves as her chapter’s delegate to Circle of Sisterhood, an all-sorority organization that promotes education for underprivileged girls worldwide. When free, Taryn enjoys watching Game of Thrones, trying to sing karaoke and taking too many pictures of her dogs.