The Texas MBA Admissions Committee is a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the same goal: Bringing the best and brightest students to the McCombs School of Business.
Assistant Dean of the Texas MBA for Working Professionals
In this role, Joe directs all aspects of student services and oversees academics for the Texas MBA Working Professional programs (Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston). Previously, he served as Assistant Dean of MBA Programs at the Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri where he co-developed and launched the school's first executive MBA program. Prior to his time at Mizzou, Joe worked in brand management with Nestle Purina and in admissions and student affairs at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career at The University of Texas at Austin as a Greek Affairs Advisor in the Dean of Students Office. Joe earned a Bachelor's in Agricultural Education - Business/Industry at Mizzou, a Master's in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University, and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Growing up on a farm in central Missouri shaped Joe’s approach to work and life. He now resides in Austin, TX with his wife and two daughters. Joe is passionate about the outdoors, fitness, Longhorn/Mizzou football and basketball, and BBQ.
Director of Texas MBA Admissions
In his current role, he is responsible for developing the recruiting and enrollment strategy for the school’s full-time, executive, and three working professional programs. Originally from Brazil, Rodrigo moved to the United States in high school, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from Missouri State University. Prior to joining the higher education industry at The University of Texas at Austin, Rodrigo used his MBA experience at McCombs to transition from an internal audit career in the telecommunications industry with Sprint-Nextel to a marketing role in the technology industry with Dell. Being Director of MBA Admissions at McCombs is his dream job, and needless to say, Rodrigo is extremely passionate about “futebol,” and it's said that he bleeds burnt orange.
Director of Working Professional and Executive Texas MBA Admissions
A native Texan, Sharon received her BBA from McCombs. Before joining the McCombs admissions team in 2008 she worked in the professional association industry managing membership and certification programs. An avid traveler, Sharon also loves to be home enjoying the vibrant city of Austin with her family and friends.
Senior Admissions Officer for the Texas MBA at Dallas/ Fort Worth
Dave joined the Texas MBA Admissions team in 2015, after a 22-year career in journalism, public relations and corporate communications. He oversees recruiting and admissions for the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth program. He is a 2010 graduate of the DFW program and is excited to return to provide others the same opportunity. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He lived in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area for 13 years before moving to Texas in 2005. Dave has worked in media relations and employee communications roles for several Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, Celanese, ConAgra Foods, and Alcon. He also spent five years with the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, and worked as a sports reporter for two Minnesota newspapers and the Associated Press.
Admissions Counselor for Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions
Ashleigh studied counseling and minored in psychology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where she also worked in admissions for more than 6 years. She moved to Austin in 2013 to fulfill her dream of working at The University of Texas at Austin and becoming a Longhorn. In her current role, Ashleigh serves as an admissions counselor for the Working Professional and Executive Texas MBA programs. Over the years, she has been involved with various nonprofits focused on mentoring middle and high school students, as well as young women in the community. She is passionate about personal health and wellness and enjoys kayaking on Town Lake with her husband, hiking the many trails in the Austin area with her pup, and is a self-proclaimed coffee snob.
McCombs Ambassador Committee (MAC)
The McCombs Ambassador Committee (MAC) within the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth plays a vital role by providing a student perspective on the MBA admissions process. The MAC is comprised solely of current students in the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth program. As students who recently went through the MBA admissions process, our MAC members are a source of insight into the program for you, and a source of constant feedback for our admissions office to ensure we are addressing your needs as potential applicants and future Texas MBA students.
MAC members participate in many aspects of MBA admissions such as attending recruiting events, hosting prospective students for class visits or during coffee chats, and answering prospective student questions both via email and over the phone. The MAC seeks to establish a personal connection with each prospective student, applicant, and future Texas MBA.
To contact Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Admissions, use the information provided below or search for a current student to contact through the MAC Gallery.