Editorial Staff

Dunae Reader '15
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications/Spirit Editor/Maroon Co-Editor
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.
Torie Noellsch
Marketing Coordinator/Heritage Editor
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.
Lydia Hill '21
Marketing Specialist/Spirit Managing Editor/Maroon Co-Editor
Bailey Payne '19
Marketing Specialist/Maroon Co-Editor
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. Bailey received a telecommunication media studies degree with a minor in English in 2019. 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
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.
Mamie Hertel '24
Marketing Writing Student Worker
Mamie Hertel ’24 is a first-generation Aggie from Moore, Montana, where she grew up on a small farm and ranch. As a transfer student from Montana State University, she began her journey as an Aggie in spring 2021 after serving as the 2019-2020 National FFA Central Region vice president. Mamie joined the Texas A&M Foundation in July 2021 and is pursuing a degree in agricultural communications and journalism. She developed a love for writing at a young age by writing poetry, but most recently wrote for the National Association of Wheat Growers as a summer intern through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Program. On campus, Mamie is involved in the Student Government Association as the executive vice president of operations and worked for Texas 4-H as a student technician. In her free time, Mamie enjoys reading, running and walking her miniature dachshund, Winnie.
Bec Morris '23
Marketing Writing Student Worker
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.
Ryan Williamson '24
Marketing Writing Student Worker
Ryan Williamson ’24 was born and raised in El Campo, Texas, and joined the Texas A&M Foundation as a student writer in January 2022. Ryan is a second-generation Aggie pursuing a degree in the Mays Business Honors Program with a minor in journalism. His passion for reading, writing and telling stories began at a young age as his afternoons and summers were often spent reading in the elementary school library where his mother worked. On campus, Ryan is involved in the Student Government Association as marketing director of Aggies & Mentors and as a delegate to the SEC in DC program. Growing up in a row crop farming community and serving as a Texas FFA State Vice President in 2020-2021, he plans to use his background in agriculture to pursue a career in environmental and agricultural law. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing the piano, collecting vinyl records, playing board games with friends and reading.