Member Spotlight

October, 2017 — Andrew Matt

What is your involvement with TAG? :
After attending TAG's annual Derby fundraiser, I became a TAG member after learning more about the great work this group does to promote brain health through research and work in the community.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I am from the DFW area, born and raised in Colleyville. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and moved back to the Dallas area shortly after. I am currently a public relations/public affairs consultant, helping organizations advocate their policy positions on legislative issues and improve their connection with the local community. Previously, I worked for a small public relations firm in Fort Worth and served as the Director of Marketing for the Fort Worth chapter of Young Catholic Professionals.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
Most people are like me, and know someone who has been affected by issues with brain or mental health in their lifetime. However, brain health and mental health have often taken a back seat in research, policy discussions and everyday conversation about health issues. Fortunately, organizations and advocates like TAG are helping make conversations about brain health more mainstream. Whether dementia, addiction, brain injuries or a host of other issues, TAG's members are passionate about addressing brain health issues that affects millions of people and their loved ones. I love hearing about how and why other folks joined TAG and the impact our fundraising has on brain health research and the community.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
If I have to narrow it down, I especially love live music and sports, having drinks on dog-friendly patios and playing golf. I'm also a big foodie, and there is no shortage of great bars and restaurants in Dallas. One of my favorite things about Dallas is that there is something for everyone. Having a number of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and culture, really makes our city special. I spend a lot of time in Deep Ellum because of its variety of restaurants, bars, music venues and events.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I expected TAG to do a great job furthering its mission and supporting brain health, and they have exceeded my expectations every step of the way. What I didn't expect was to have so much fun at events and make so many friends. I feel very fortunate to have come across such a wonderful group of people united behind such a great cause. Whether hearing from organizations TAG and the Center for Brain Health support, learning about brain health issues, or just unwinding after work with great people over a drink, I always come away with something from each TAG event.


October, 2017 — Katie Canon

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I am the Graphic Design chair for TAG so I have the privilege of designing invites for TAG events!

Tell us a little about your background:
I graduated from Highland Park High School in 2011 and later went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a Bachelors in Special Education. While I was at Ole Miss I was also a member of the Chi Omega sorority where I served as Social Chair and was a member of the Art Committee. I moved back to Dallas after college and am currently working for my Dad!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I love Dallas because it's full of artistic hotspots like Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, The Farmer's Market, the Design district, etc.! My favorite thing to do here is to explore these unique areas with friends, family, and my dog, Rowan.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I think you be professionals should get involved with TAG so that we can help to spread mental health awareness amongst our peers!


September, 2017 — Sarah Branch

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I recently joined the TAG Board and am excited to be more involved! Mental illness is an issue that affects all ages, especially young people including myself. Mental health is brain health, so I am looking forward to spreading the word about a healthy brain.

Tell us a little about your background:
I was born and raised here in Dallas. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 2016 with a degree in Corporate Communications, I moved back home and currently work for a startup.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
The brain is such a fascinating organ and maintaining its health is something everyone should be interested in. My grandmother was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma (brain tumor) in 2009 and ever since my interest in the brain only grew. My grandfather, Dr. Charles Branch, was a neurosurgeon and devoted his professional career to discovering more about the brain and its functions. He actually got to spend time with the researchers at the Center for BrainHealth and has left a lasting impact. My family is my biggest influence hence why I jumped at the idea of being a part of this amazing group!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
This city is always changing, so I love exploring the new spots with friends and family. I am a huge Stars fan and enjoy going to their games!

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
TAG is a wonderful organization for young professionals to get involved in and raise awareness for brain health- an issue that reaches across all generations. It’s important to give back to the community and this is an easy way to meet new young people. It’s a win win in my book!


August, 2017 — Jason Stangel

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I just joined the TAG board and have been a member since 2014. This year I was selected to serve on the board as Volunteer Chair

Tell us a little about your background:
I am originally from New Orleans, but moved to Texas in high school. I attended the University of Tulsa and obtained a degree in Petroleum Engineering. I moved to Dallas five years ago for work and have loved living here ever since. I am currently a Reservoir Engineer for a local, family owned oil company.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
I am not originally from Dallas and was looking to get involved in some way. Some friends convinced me join TAG. I've stayed involved in TAG because I think Brain Health is a relevant topic in today's environment.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
My three favorite things to do in Dallas would be jogging on the Katy Trail, eating at the food trucks in Klyde Warren Park, and hanging out at the many rooftop bars.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
Young professionals should get involved because TAG serves a greater purpose than a social club while still having a great group of motivated people to interact with.


Next Page →