Meet the Team

Ava Gates

President

president@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2020

Major

Public Health, Business Foundations Program

Hometown

Round Rock, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

I make an effort not to go to karaoke.

What is your favorite part of TPS?

TPS is like a mullet. Its the perfect mix of business and social interaction. In TPS, we pride ourselves in preparing members for dental school. Whether that is through service, education, or shadowing. However, we also facilitate making friendships and getting to know the other members. I have also made some of my closest friends through this organization.

What do you do for fun?

I love to be around my friends and familly and spend my time outside! I really enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, and scuba diving. I also love to draw, paint, and read.

Bennett Stirton

Vice-President

vicepresident@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2022

Major

Biomedical Engineer

Hometown

Austin, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

92 Explorer by Post Malone

What is your favorite part of TPS?

Getting motivated by hearing from people that have made it.

What do you do for fun?

Running, listening to music, and getting outdoors!

Alicita Gutierrez

Secretary

secretary@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2020

Major

Human Development and Family Science, Spanish Certificate

Hometown

Houston, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

What is your favorite part of TPS?

I enjoy getting to meet as many people as possible and there are some really fantastic people in TPS that bring me so much joy. Oh and the food at meetings- that is a plus.

What do you do for fun?

I like to sing in the car and if you have ridden with me you know what I like.

Nikhil Kalla

Treasurer

treasurer@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2021

Major

Finance, Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Hometown

Abilene, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey

What is your favorite part of TPS?

I love that everyone in TPS is a family environment because all of us have the same career goals, are in the same classes, and share the same passions.

What do you do for fun?

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with my friends and family to relieve college stress.

Alistair Keggen

Community Service Director

service@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2021

Major

Biology, Social Inequality Certificate

Hometown

Denver, Colorado

What is your go-to karaoke song?

WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE LIKE A BIG PIZZA PIE...that’s amore by Dean Martin

What is your favorite part of TPS?

I learn so much from the presenters that come to each meeting. From public heath dentists to dental school deans, the quality of the information presented has really helped me fine tune what I am truly passionate about.

What do you do for fun?

I currently DJ for a KVRX 91.7 FM where I play indie and rap music from around Texas and abroad. I also love playing board games with friends!

Leyann Adi

Public Relations Director

publicrelations@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2020

Major

Nutrition, Food & Society Certificate, Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Hometown

Cypress, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Misery Business by Paramore

What is your favorite part of TPS?

My favorite part of TPS is meeting such amazing, kind-hearted people who are all equally driven to accomplish their goals in life. It's always refreshing walking into an org that constantly supplies you with motivation, passion, and of course, smiles!

What do you do for fun?

I love to cook...eat what I cook, play with my leopard gecko Tofu, go bouldering, explore new sandwich shops...eat said sandwiches, and watch scary movies.

Chad Truong

Social Director

social@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2021

Major

Nutrition, Minor in History

Hometown

McKinney, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Don't Go Breaking my Heart by Elton John

What is your favorite part of TPS?

I enjoy being surrounded with people who share my interests and goals. It's comforting seeing other people who are on the same path as yourself.

What do you do for fun?

I like to play video games, watch Netflix and anime, and playing with my dog. I also enjoy cooking, even though my dishes don't always turn out as planned.

Matthew Mahoney

Philanthropy Director

philanthropy@texaspredental.org


Class Year

2020

Major

Plan II, Environmental Science, Business Foundations Program, Spanish Minor

Hometown

Austin, TX

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Super Freak by Rick James

What is your favorite part of TPS?

Nikhil Kalla

What do you do for fun?

Swimming, running, guitar, outdoor sports/camping, cooking, napping, eating cookies :-)


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