Meet the Class of 2019!
MEET THE AYP
Joe Mangrem - Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. (eHT)
Job Title: Project Manager
Fun Fact: Joe is from Alpine and graduated from Texas A&M University. As a professional engineer and business co-owner, Joe is excited to be part of the great young professional community that Abilene has built and looks forward to what the future will bring.
Andy Garcia – Eide Bailly, LLP
Job Title: Senior Associate
Fun fact: Andy grew up in Winters and is a graduate from Angelo State University (ASU). After ASU, he moved to Central Texas and worked for a public accounting firm before moving to Abilene in 2021 to be closer to family. Outside of work Andy enjoys playing golf, binge watching shows with his wife, and taking trips with their two dogs.
Collin Heidenheimer- First Financial Bank
Job Title: Assistant Vice President Commercial Lender
Fun Fact: Collin Heidenheimer was born and raised in Anson, TX, where he graduated from Anson High School and went on to attend Texas Tech University. Collin Heidenheimer received both a BBA and MSA in Accounting. In 2019, Collin moved back to Abilene to work at First Financial Bank as an Analyst and has worked his way up to commercial lender at the Antilley Location. Collin and his wife are expecting their first child in November 2022. Collin is very excited about joining the AYP steering committee and is looking forward to continuing to network and meet more of the young professionals in the Abilene community.
Jasmine McCabe-Gossett - Abilene Christian University
Job Title: Professional Development and Internship Director
Fun Fact: Jasmine is a Wildcat (ACU) and a Raider (Texas Tech) and proudly claims both! Growing up in a military family, Jasmine has moved over 12 times and was born in Germany. Jasmine loves to travel and one of her favorite memories was traveling to Thailand with her husband and zip lining in the jungle over rice paddy fields!
Stephanie DeLaGarza - Community Foundation of Abilene
Job Title: Donor Relations Director
Fun Fact: Stephanie is passionate about helping to build a vibrant local community through innovative events and community enhancements. Her background is in public relations, fundraising, and event management. She wants to utilize her expertise to help her fellow young professionals continue on the path to building a more vibrant Abilene. Stephanie's free time is spent enjoying the outdoors while camping at state parks with her husband and two young sons.
Bryan Sherman - Funeral Directors Life
Job Title: Compliance Manager
Fun Fact: Born and raised in Abilene, Bryan is a graduate of both Wylie High School and Hardin-Simmons University. He enjoys traveling, live concerts, and having a drink with friends at one of the local breweries. Bryan is excited to see the continued growth of Abilene and is looking forward to where the young professional community will take us.
Cameron Wiley – Immediate Past Chair
United States Air Force
Job Title: 7th Bomb Wing Inspector General Office/Exercise Planner
Fun Fact: Cameron is 6’9 and hates basketball. His response when you comment on his height, "the weather's fine up here, and yes, I can fit on my bed." Cameron loves cold weather and fires in the fireplace and is an avid Texas Longhorns fan. #hookem
Allison Alvarez – Arrow Ford
Job Title: Marketing Director
Fun fact: Allison is a native Clyde American. She left the Abilene area briefly to attend the University of Texas in Austin (Hook ‘em!) and returned with her husband, Mike, to raise their twins, Jasmine and Logan, near family. Allison is an active member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board for the Abilene Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and has volunteered on Leadership Abilene, Young Professionals Summit, and Celebration committees. Allison is passionate about the mission of AYP and hopes to welcome young professionals from many different industries and trades to build their network in Abilene.
Kassidy Payne - Funeral Directors Life
Job Title: Client Success Manager
Fun Fact: Kassidy enjoys flying around the world, having visited 49 of the 50 states, exploring Greece alone, and studying abroad in London. Before this, she gained her wings as a fairy godmother at Disney World. Now that she’d landed in Abilene, she looks forward to building a great community for young professionals.
Bryce Bevill - Parkway Advisors
Job Title: Investment Associate
Fun Fact: Bryce is an Abilene “lifer” and a graduate of Abilene High and Hardin-Simmons University. Outside of the firm, you can catch Bryce loving on one of his THREE daughters, enjoying a LOCAL beer or cup of coffee, or out in the country hunting or camping. Bryce is thrilled to see the local growth both downtown and SoDA, thrilled to see Abilene’s YPs opening businesses, and thrilled to see the community continue to grow together.
Jacob Hutson - Benchmark Business Solutions
Job Title: Market Leader
Fun Fact: Jacob was born and raised in Abilene, TX and graduated from Cooper High School and went on to attend Hardin-Simmons University. After HSU, he moved to Northwest Arkansas for 14 years and somehow became an Arkansas Razorback fan! In 2019, Jacob moved back to Abilene with his family and is excited about raising his family in his hometown. Jacob spends his time coaching various sports in the community and attending/volunteering at church. Jacob is passionate in community development and is excited about investing in the future of Abilene.
PJ Martinez - Abilene Christian University (ACU)
Job Title: Associate Dean of Student Engagement
Fun Fact: PJ's memorable years took place in Clyde, America. He is a graduate of Clyde High School, Baylor University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his last year in graduate school, he married his wife, Kristen, also a Big Country native. Soon after, they moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas - where PJ began his first professional full-time career at the University of Arkansas. PJ and Kristen moved back to Abilene in 2020 after they realized that family and grandparents were an essential part to living for them (not to mention free babysitting built in). They have two daughters, Wiley and Mila, who are constantly keeping them on their toes. He enjoys frequenting the local coffee shops and restaurants, Abilene Zoo with the girls and the various events that are hosted throughout the city. After returning to Abilene, PJ has enjoyed seeing the state of growth and newness evolving throughout the city. He currently serves on the CASA Board of Directors and volunteers his time with the United Way campaigns. He is excited to be part of the AYP Steering and give perspective on what college students and recent grads need, in order to become better involved in Abilene!
Kylen Williams – Condley & Company, LLP
Job Title: Tax Senior I
Fun Fact: Native Abilenian. 2019 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. Now a CPA with 3 years at Condley & Company. Enjoys improvement projects at home (when there’s time) and glamping when the weather is swell.