Sarah Chrastecky is the Director of the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center where she oversees all aspects of the operation.Sarah 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.
Sarah is the mother of two beautiful boys and wife to a hard-working Golf Course Superintendent. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, game nights with a very sarcastic 7 year old (going on 30) and cooking.
Please feel free to email Sarah with any inquiries/questions you may have.
Jamie Burns graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Tourism Management. She joined the Annenberg Presidential Conference Staff in October of 2014.
Jamie has over 10 years of experience in event planning, marketing, and communication. Previously Jamie coordinated events and managed marketing efforts as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator at a healthcare consulting firm in Dallas and managed several competitive dance studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jamie enjoys watching and attending Aggie football and baseball games, teaching dance, traveling, photography, and live music. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Ginger!
Michael Johnson comes to the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center after a career in video production.
He is an award winning producer and videographer. He produced the Miss Texas Pageant Telecast and webcasts, for which he won a Telly Award. Additionally, he produced The Texas Aggie Band Show for PBS and assisted the Spirit of America performance groups in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Johnson uses his talents to oversee the audio and visual aspects of the center, which includes sound, lighting, and projection.
Tracy ‘TJ’ Rutherford is originally from Houston, TX and joined the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in 2018. She brings over 10 years of experience in various service industry roles and is excited to bring those skills to Texas A&M University. In the future, she hopes to expand her experience through furthering education within A&M. She has a passion for all aspects of event planning and has worked to organize local benefits within the Bryan/College Station community. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts; writing poetry- her collection includes several published pieces of work. Tracy also enjoys cooking, exploring the local cuisine, and spending time with her family.
Cecelia Schmidt graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Tourism Management. After being a student worker at the PCC for a year, she joined the staff full-time after graduation. She is excited to remain in College Station and continue learning about event planning! In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, doing art, and playing with her golden retriever, Rudder!
Shelby Buchtien is a student worker at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. She is a senior at Texas A&M University working towards her degree in University Studies - Leadership with minors in Business and Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences. After graduation, Shelby plans to work for an event planning company in a big city and one day start her own business in events. During her free time, she enjoys photography/videography, baking, and traveling.
Dionna Gallington is a student event assistant at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. She is a sophomore Telecommunication Media Studies major at Texas A&M University. She is from Dallas, TX, and transferred from Texas A&M University-Commerce after her first year there. Following graduation, she hopes to begin a career in public relations within the film industry. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Danielle is a current Economics student at Texas A&M University with a minor in Business. She was born and raised in South Africa, but attended High School in Katy, TX. In her spare time I enjoy cooking, traveling, and hosting board game nights.
Caleb Hart is a Student AV Assistant at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. He is from Richardson, Texas and plans to transfer to Texas A&M after attending Rice University and Blinn College during his freshman year. Caleb plans on majoring in Leadership or Business at A&M while also pursuing a Sport Management minor. In his free time Caleb enjoys watching and attending sporting events, hoping to one day work for a professional sports team.