Member Spotlight

April, 2017 — Mason Hensley

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I'm a TAG board member and currently serve as the volunteer chair.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I'm a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. I returned to Dallas after attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where I studied Biomedical Engineering. Currently, I work as a Lead Software Engineer at IBM Watson Health in their Value Based Care Division, where I get to work on projects that help health care systems manage & better care for their patient populations.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
I had a number of friends who were involved in TAG before I officially joined. What pushed me over the edge to become more involved was discovering a family friend had be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, and the Center for BrainHealth provided him and his family so much support.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
Brunch!

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
TAG is such a wonderful place to meet bright and motivated people from various backgrounds in Dallas while rallying behind a worthwhile cause. It's been a true joy and honor to work with the people that make the Center for BrainHealth what it is and to help them serve the community via their many initiatives such as the Discovery Group and Warrior High Performance Brain Training. I'm looking forward to the Center's continued growth in the people it serves and you should be too! Please reach out to join us!


March, 2017 — Emily Grove

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I am a first-year TAG member as well as a member of the board, serving as Social Media Chair.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I studied Communication at Texas A&M and graduated almost a year ago. I have since moved back to the Dallas area and work for United Surgical Partners International, a company that owns and operates outpatient surgical facilities.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
I was a Community Relations intern at the Center for BrainHealth during my Junior year of college and was in awe of the amazing research and activities taking place at the center. I continuously found myself sharing with others all that I was learning about brain health and about the initiatives in progress to aid the community in incredible ways. When I graduated college, I was eager to join TAG to continue telling the brain health story on a larger scale. In August of last year, my grandpa passed away after a battle with Alzheimer's. In the wake of this, I became even more passionate about ensuring a healthy brain for others and myself starting at a young age!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I love trying new restaurants and being in the city atmosphere whenever possible! I also love to learn and am lucky that Dallas has so many attractions to explore.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
There are not many opportunities when you get to fund-raise for a nonprofit and also be a beneficiary of the cause. Brain health applies to everyone which makes it easy to see and share success stories, and feel motivated for and appreciative of the impact you can make in your life and others'! Plus, the TAG events are a ton of fun! :)


January, 2017 — Jake Harvey

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I am a current and active member of TAG, and I previously served on the board for 2 years.

Tell us a little about your background.:
After graduating from Ole Miss, I returned home to Texas and was active in politics for 4 years before getting involved in business development and sales for start up companies in the clothing industry.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
I originally became interested in TAG when I had a friend invite me to TAG's signature fundraising Derby event. It was there that I learned of the bigger overall mission of TAG and supporting the Center for Brain Health. I am also close to the research and programs they are doing with Alzheimer's, as my grandmother suffered from dementia in her final years.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I'm very lucky to live in a city like Dallas that combines 3 of my favorite things, trying new BBQ restaurants, going to Texas Country concerts, and going for runs on the Katy Trail.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I encourage young professionals to get involved with TAG because its a great way to meet new people and give back to others in a fun way. Everyone can find a way in which brain health affects their life. Whether through the veteran community, athletics, autism, the elderly, or even people that have suffered from traumatic brain injuries.


November, 2016 — Richard Meister

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I’m a new member to TAG and have recently begun to get more involved. I was initially interested when I heard about TAG’s Kentucky Derby party, which not only supported a great cause, but was also closely tied to following race horses, something I’ve done with my Dad since I was a little kid. After attending the Fall TAG Kick-Off, meeting more of the members, and helping to decide TAG’s primary philanthropic initiative, I knew it was a great organization for me to be part of.

Tell us a little about your background.:
I’m a journeyman to say the least. I’ve lived in 9 states and 3 countries, but my home is in Texas. I went to undergrad at Brown in Rhode Island and then got my MBA at Emory in Atlanta. After business school, I moved to South Korea to work for Samsung Electronics at the corporate headquarters. It was quite an experience and in a short time, thanks to my education and English language skills, I got to manage all of Samsung’s worldwide marketing for my business unit. While it was a great experience, when my contract ended, I decided to move home rather than stay in Korea for several more years. After moving back, I explored the job market a bit before moving back to Texas, where I’ve been since 2013. I currently work as a Marketing Manager for a Consumer Electronics company and am very active on the board for a young professionals non-profit organization, the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, for which I currently serve as the Director of Fundraising.

What made you interested to join TAG?:
As I mentioned, what first drew me to TAG was the Kentucky Derby event, which I attended (and really enjoyed) this last May, but what really sealed the deal was the purpose behind the organization. When I was a sophomore in college, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and learned firsthand the importance of brain health. This experience changed my world in a million ways as I learned how to read, write, walk, and swallow all over again, but it also gave me a newfound appreciation for the time we have and our friends and family and a new appreciation for the complexity and strength of the human brain. Ever since, I have actively sought ways to learn more about the brain, strengthen my own, and to give back in the name of brain health and recovery from brain injuries.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I lived in Dallas as a little kid, but I never appreciated how great the city was until I moved back as an adult. Dallas is such a vibrant and exciting city, with so much going on and so much growth, it’s hard not to love where I am. Above all, I’m a big sports guy, so going to sporting events, playing sports, or just watching sports with friends is a favorite of mine. I also really like all the opportunities Dallas offers to give back whether it’s through volunteering, mentoring, or even leadership opportunities for local and national non-profit groups.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
To start, TAG is a great group of people who do so many great things in Dallas. More than that, the Think Ahead Group is united behind the common purpose of education about brain health, support for those that suffer brain injuries and other conditions, and future understanding and betterment of the brain. This group is doing so much good not only for individuals in the community to help them learn about their own brains, but also to support those that have suffered brain trauma whether it be physical or biological.


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