Member Spotlight

July, 2017 — Josh Oswald

What is your involvment with TAG?:
I've been a TAG member for just over a year, and was recently selected to serve on the board as Membership & Stewardship Co-Chair.

Tell us a little about your background:
I'm originally from small town Ohio. I attended school at Baldwin-Wallace (near Cleveland) where I studied Business Administration and Economics. After short stints in Cincinnati and Cleveland, I made the move to Dallas for a job in commercial construction where I continue to work.

What made you interested in joining TAG?:
I discovered the group shortly after arriving in Dallas while googling places to watch the Derby, then attending my first TAG Derby party. Upon learning more about the mission of TAG and their role in support of The Center for BrainHealth, I knew I wanted to be involved. Since my grandfather experienced brain cancer and suffering several concussions playing football in college, I've become increasingly aware of the importance of brain health. TAG also afforded me an opportunity to meet new people since I was relatively new to Dallas.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
Running, biking around the city, exploring the wide ranging neighborhoods Dallas offers. I'm also a huge college football fan, so I enjoy trying the different team bars and watch parties for games in the fall.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
TAG is filled with young, fun, intelligent people who support a cause that is directly relatable to everyone. It's a great way to give back and have fun while doing so. In a city containing so many transplants, it's also the perfect opportunity to network and connect with people in Dallas.


May, 2017 — Derek Schuster

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I'm a TAG Board Member, but have been involved with TAG since 2014.

Tell us a little about your background:
I moved to Dallas in 2013 for a career change and fell in love with the city. Prior to that I was a country club pro on Long Island after graduating from Penn State. I currently work for Weitzman, one of the largest retail commercial real estate brokerage firms in Texas. I work in general brokerage with leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

What made you interested in joining TAG?:
I believe everyones life is affected with some sort of brain diagnosis, whether a friend or family, and I was not the exception. I was introduced to TAG by another member and fell in love with the cause in addition to meeting people since I was new to town.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas?:
I enjoy taking my dog to local dog parks, but also exploring the new restaurants and bars of DFW.

Why should young professionals get involved with TAG?:
I encourage anyone to be more involved with groups that have a great cause and get people out of their shells to meet new people and expand their network. The TAG group is a great collection of people who all feel the same way about the cause, and have fun doing it at the same time. Anyone thinking about joining should be excited about the future work of TAG and the Center for BrainHealth with the expansion of their new building.


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! :)


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