The VISION of KCC is to serve our communities with a focus on connecting families through community engagement.
Founder, President & CEO
Sandra serves as the CEO/President of Keeping Communities Connected (KCC), which was founded in 2011. Realizing the need for information to be disseminated across the district and to keep parents and guardians involved, KCC was formed. She oversees KCC social media platform, mentoring services, scholarship program and counseling for the organization.
LaVonia Horne-Williams serves as the Director of Procurement and Contracting for Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA). The WSA Board serves as the governing board for the regional workforce system, a network of service providers and contractors that bring people and jobs together. WSA represents the taxpayers of the 13-county Alamo region.
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 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.
Chris Villanueva is a local entrepreneur and 20- year Information Technology professional. He is the controlling owner for Smoothie King Buda, which is scheduled to open in Summer 2023. Smoothie King is a privately-held company. Its mission is to promote active, healthy lifestyles with proprietary “clean blend” nutritional products. Chris manages vendor & corporate relations, product, marketing, 3rd-party partnerships, and technology strategy for the business.
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.