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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 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. 


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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Donna Nicholson

Board Member

Donna has over 20 years’ experience in the financial industry building collaborative relationships with clients of all generations in multiple industries. Donna currently serves as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union. 

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. 

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