Meet Our Staff
Lauren Winkelman, President
Lauren Winkelman is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Personal Financial Planning while serving as a Personal Financial Planning Ambassador and Teaching Assistant within her program. Lauren passionately serves Red to Black by leading others in the organization and helping clients meet their financial needs.
"I am extremely excited to create long lasting relationships with clients and share stories of how we helped them achieve their financial goals", says Lauren. With graduation approaching in August of 2018, she plans on taking the CFP and AFC exams to further her career as a CFP professional with a focus in financial counseling in order to continue helping clients.
Lauren enjoys traveling abroad, learning new languages, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her French Bulldog Phoebie, in her free time!
Kim Diemer, Vice President
Kim Diemer is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Personal Financial Planning while serving as Red to Black's Vice President. She is also a member of Financial Planning Women Connect and Personal Financial Planning Association here at Texas Tech University.
Kim is planning on graduating in May of 2018 with plans of passing the CFP exam and moving to Minneapolis, MN to work for a financial planning firm. In her spare time she hopes to go for long runs along the river!
James Palmer, Treasurer
James Palmer is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Personal Financial Planning while serving as Red to Black's Treasurer. When James is not serving Red to Black he stays busy with the Toastmasters International organization here on campus.
He plans on graduating in December of 2018 and becoming a member of a Wealth Management Firm. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering with VITA, being a member of Cub Scouts of America, and reminiscing on his 2-year mission trip to Brazil!
Jacob ("Jake") Gurock, Student Assistant
Jake Gurock is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Personal Financial Planning while serving as a Student Assistant for Red to Black. In addition to serving Red to Black, he is also a member of several other organizations on campus such as: Personal Financial Planning Ambassadors, KEY Outreach, Association of Students About Service, Personal Financial Planning Association, and Texas Tech Financial Planning Academy. When Jake isn't devoting his time to the several organizations he is a member of he throws himself into volunteer work. He is on the college ministry team at Livingstone Church, volunteers with the recovery community of Lubbock, VITA, and speaks at various addiction rehabilitation treatment facilities.
Over the years Jake has received several awards over the years including:
• FJY Financial Scholarship
• Wanda Ramsey Mason Scholarship
• Omega Chapter Scholarship
• John C. Kurilecz Scholarship in Personal Financial Planning
• Kenneth and Sue Gray Memorial Scholarship
• Mickey and Barbara McKenzie Scholarship
• Jeffery W. Terrel Scholarship for Recovering Persons
• Presidents List: May 2016, August 2016, August 2017, December 2017
• Dean's List: December 2016, May 2017
After graduation in December 2018, Jake plans on obtaining his CFP and AFC designations so he can continue to help and change the world! In his spare time he enjoys cheering for the New York Giants and playing golf; "Tee it high, and let if fly!" is a life long motto of Jake's.
Jacob Holguin, Student Assistant
Jacob Holguin is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Personal Financial Planning while serving as one of Red to Black's three Student Assistants. When he is not serving Red to Black, Jacob is an active member of Personal Financial Planning Association and Toastmasters, here on Texas Tech's camps.
In his spare time, Jacob enjoys volunteering with 2nd Graders and mentoring them. Jacob is also an Eagle Scout with big plans for after graduation. He wants to earn a job at a wealth management firm where he can display the skills he has learned during his time at Texas Tech, and develop himself into a professional in the workplace.
Brandon Burke, Student Assistant
Brandon Burke is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree Advertising and minor in Personal Financial Investments while serving as one of Red to Black's Student Assistants and Social Media Manager. When Brandon is not Serving Red to Black he is working around campus and volunteering with other companies to help manage their social media accounts.
The past four semesters Brandon has made the Presidential Scholars list here at Texas Tech and won several awards for his outstanding academic achievements. After graduation he plans on pursuing a career where he can implement his wide range of education and use the skills he learned in Finance, Advertising, and PFI.