Sarah Chrastecky, CVP, VEIP
Sarah Chrastecky is the Director of the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center where she oversees all aspects of the operation.
She graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to the Bryan/College Station area.
In the summer of 2009, she began working for the Annenberg Conference Center and caught the industry bug. During this time, she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge and passion by attending and graduating from the IAVM Venue Management School. In October of 2012, she transitioned to an Associate Directors position for Chartwells Catering at Texas A&M University to continue her experience and business interests. She returned to the Conference Center as the manager in the summer of 2015. In February of 2017, she stepped in as Interim Director until June of 2018 when she accepted the Director’s position.
She is the mother of two beautiful boys and wife to a Golf Course Superintendent. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, game nights, family movie nights, and entertainment provided by a sarcastic 9 & 3 year old.
Please feel free to email Sarah with any inquiries/questions you may have.
Jamie Burns ’09, PCM
Jamie is the Marketing Manager at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. She started as Assistant Manager in 2014, moved to Manager in 2018, and transitioned to her current role in 2020. She has over 15 years of experience in event planning, marketing, and communication. Previously, she coordinated events and managed marketing efforts as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator for a healthcare consulting firm in Dallas and managed several competitive dance studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Jamie graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Tourism Management. She graduated from IAVM Venue Management School in 2019 and is a Professional Certified Marketer through the American Marketing Association with a Marketing Management Certification.
When not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with her dog Ginger, her friends and family, watching Aggie sports, traveling, photography, dancing and listening to live music.
Assistant Building Proctor and Audiovisual Specialist
Michael has over 20 years of audiovisual experience ranging from sound and theater to television production. He joined the staff in the fall of 2012 after spending 8 years in television production and freelance audiovisual work in the local area. He uses his knowledge to upkeep and keep the Center at the peak of technology along with any needed upkeep to equipment or the infrastructure that runs the audiovisual equipment. As part of his duties he also serves as the maintenance point of contact and serves as the assistant building proctor for any maintenance issue or building updates. He is always looking at how can he help make the Center better.
Tracy Hefti, CMP, CPM
Tracy ‘TJ’ Hefti is originally from Houston, TX, and joined the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in 2018. She has over ten years of experience in various service industry roles and is excited to bring those skills to Texas A&M University. TJ has her Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) certification, as well as the Certified Professional in Management certification (AMA-CPM). In her free time she enjoys creating art, exploring and supporting local cuisines, and spending time with her family.
Steven Sisk is an Event Manager at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. He has over ten years of experience in various service-related industries with a focus over the last four years in event planning.
Mr. Sisk graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a BA in English and a minor in business. He is currently working towards completing his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification within the year.
When not at work, he likes to travel and have new experiences, spend quality time with his wife and pets, play board games, and enjoy a pub or local restaurant while having deep and meaningful conversation with friends. And if that isn’t enough, he also pursues creative endeavors ranging from woodworking to writing fiction he hopes to have published one day.
Kat Dinh was raised in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world! Her music preferences range from Country to KPOP to EDM. She is currently studying marketing with a focus in data analytics and consulting at Texas A&M University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she will pursue a career in digital marketing and brand management. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, and going to the gym.
Student Event Assistant
Sofia was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. She obtained her Associate of Science degree from Lone Star College in 2020 and is currently a junior studying Biology at Texas A&M University. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, volunteering at animal shelters, and fostering neonatal kittens. Sofia hopes to continue her education and become a researcher in biology.
Ruth Ann Sonom
Student Event Assistant
Ruth Ann Sonom was born and raised in Richardson, Texas, a suburb right outside of Dallas. She is currently studying Psychology at Texas A&M University with a minor in English. After her undergraduate degree, Ruth Ann plans on attending law school with a focus in aiding underrepresented communities. She looks forward to making connections with the people at the Conference Center and helping in the preparation for many amazing presentations. In her free time, Ruth Ann enjoys playing in the Texas A&M Concert Band as well as reading, expanding her knowledge about the brain, and putting effort into learning about social issues.
Our Full Staff