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The VISION of KCC is to serve our communities with a focus on connecting families through community engagement. 

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Sandra Bryant

Founder, President & CEO

Sandra Bryant is the Founder, CEO, and President of Keeping Communities Connected (KCC). She formed KCC after recognizing a need for greater awareness and information sharing across Hays County communities and citizen groups. Sandra oversees KCC's strategic planning, mentoring services, scholarship program, and counseling services.


Chris Villanueva

Vice President

Chris Villanueva is a local entrepreneur and 20-year Information Technology professional. He is the controlling owner for a local Smoothie King franchise. Chris manages vendor & corporate relations, product, marketing, 3rd-party partnerships, and technology strategy for the business. Smoothie King is a privately-held company. Its mission is to promote active, healthy lifestyles with proprietary “clean blend” nutritional products. Smoothie King Buda (Store #2118) is scheduled to open in Summer 2024 at the new “Corner on Main” retail development.

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Holly Raymond


Holly is an Austin native who earned her bachelors and masters in professional accountancy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She has twenty years of accounting experience in nonprofit strategy, finance and operations advisement and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance & Risk for Upbring, a nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse. Their $100M+ budget and 1100 staff members provide social services such as foster care, adoption, residential treatment centers, and education across the state of Texas.

Maria Alvarado


Maria is a strategic communications advisor with expertise spanning the public and private sectors, and guides clients in message development and media relations, helping elevate branding and advance broader strategies. Her past and current clients include Fortune 500 and 50 corporations; start-ups and industry disruptors; public advocacy and not-for profit organizations; political candidates; and trade associations. 

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Keeping Communities Connected

Board Member

Open position.

Lakettra Priestly


LaKettra Priestly is a licensed clinical social worker, owner, and operator of Hope Family Guidance PLLC. Hope Family Guidance PLLC is an individual therapy practice providing psychotherapy and case management services to individuals and families. LaKettra founded the practice on the social work premise of meeting individuals where they are and supporting them in making life changes to improve their overall mental health and well being. 


Essence Truesdell

Social Media Creator

Full bio coming soon.

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