The College of the Mainland Foundation, in Texas City, honored three distinguished alumni on September 27, 2018. Tanya Baker is the Communications Specialist with the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. Pictured left to right are William McGarvey, Michael Navarro and Tanya Baker at the College of the Mainland Foundation Gala. Honorees were recognized for their contributions to the college and the community through their professional and personal excellence.
Tanya earned a graphic arts certificate in 1989, just as the college program was transitioning from image setters to Apple computers. She worked in publishing after graduation and later worked at the Texas City Sun Newspaper. In 2004, while working full-time at the Texas City Sun she went back to College of the Mainland to earn an associate’s degree in graphic design. When the Texas City Sun was incorporated into the Galveston County Daily News, Tanya continue to work full time at the news in technical support while going to school full time and battling breast cancer. She completed her Associates degree in 2005 with honors and continued to work with the Galveston County News in IT and production.
Tanya came to Texas A&M in 2006 and found her way to the Center on Disability and Development in 2013.
I enjoy the work I do at the Center and the work the Center Programs are going in the community and state. It is an honor to be a part of the Center and contribute to our programs and students who come to College Station to learn skills, self-advocacy, and independent living. I continue to learn from our students and programs.
Tanya Baker is a published author, and has freely offered her design skills to assist countless organizations, including school districts, booster clubs, and churches. She is a breast cancer survivor and a multi-gallon blood donor.
Les Daughtry, the former publisher at the Texas City Sun said, “I had the pleasure of working with Tanya for many years during our days at The Texas City Sun plus on many other printing projects throughout the years, including Sports Books and Yearbooks for O’Connell Preparatory. She is a colleague I’ve always had a great deal of respect for and consider her a friend.”