Mary E. Harris Ph.D. — Vice President, Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation
Mary E. Harris serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation (IPDE). She is responsible for managing all phases of academic planning, evaluation, compliance and resource development for the College. Prior to her current position Mary was the Executive Director for Grants Development. Mary joined ACC in 2002 as the Executive Director for Adult Education. Previous Higher Education experience was as the Assistant Dean for Leadership and Employee Development and an Adjunct Instructor at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Brenau University (GA) and a B.A. in Radio/TV Broadcasting from the University of Dayton (OH).
Upon graduation from the University of Dayton, Mary was commissioned a 2LT in the Adjutant Generals Corps (Personnel and Administration). She spent five years as an active duty personnel Manager for the Army Training Support Center, an Army Transportation Group, and the Army Broadcasting Company. As a reservist, Mary helped establish the Army Family Teambuilding program, a readiness training program for military spouses. Her last position with the military was as the Commander of an Army Public Affairs Detachment in San Antonio, TX.
Susan Decker - Officer, Resource Development
Susan Decker joined the ACC Grants Development and Compliance department in June 2017. Prior to joining ACC, Ms. Decker wrote grants for the non-profits WestCare Foundation and SafeNest as well as the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. Susan also has many years of experience in criminal history records management and selection and classification obtained during her first career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Rachel McElroy — Officer, Resource Development
Rachel McElroy has been serving the Austin community since 2008 and joined the ACC Grants Development Office in June 2014. Prior to ACC, she was Director of Grants at United Way for Greater Austin where she managed all grant research, proposal development, and award compliance. She has ten years of experience serving students through a combination of roles held at youth-focused nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. In the past, Rachel has also performed editorial duties at literary magazines including The Missouri Review and The Chicago Review. She has her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. in Humanities from University of Chicago.
Ursula Pike — Officer, Resource Development
Ursula Pike became a member of ACC Grant Development & Compliance Department in September 2009. Prior to joining ACC, Ms. Pike was a Grants Manager at United Way Capital Area where she wrote and managed grants for United Way's community development work. Ursula also wrote and managed grants for the microenterprise development organizations BiGAUSTIN and Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation. She began her non-profit career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, South America. Ursula has more than 13 years of experience working in and raising funds for community economic development organizations. She has a M.A. in Economics with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community Development from Western Illinois University, a B.A. in Economics from Portland State University and is proud to say that she began her college career at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.
Kathy M. Walton, Ph.D. — Officer, Grants Compliance
Kathy joined the Grant Development & Compliance Department in January 2013 as the Grant Compliance Officer. She is responsible for working closely with Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff to ensure successful fulfillment of grant expectations and reporting as they implement funded grants.
Kathy joined ACC in 2006 as the Executive Director of Corporate Training Solutions where she worked closely with area employers, workforce boards, and economic development organizations to customize training programs to meet employee learning needs. As part of that role, she was responsible for the development and fulfillment of several state funded workforce training grants. In 2011, she and her staff were honored to receive the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Workforce Solutions Partnership Award for outstanding implementation of TWC grants. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member in the ACC Fashion and Marketing departments. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and a M.S. in Merchandising and Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a B.S. from New Mexico State University. She has been a member of National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) and Texas Association of Continuing Education (TACE) and has presented at several state and national conferences. She is also active in Collegiate DECA, currently serving as the Texas state advisor and ACC chapter advisor.
Prior to working at ACC, Kathy was the Director of Continuing Education at Brazosport College (Lake Jackson, TX) and a Marketing Professor at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. Her hobbies include home redesign with a project always under way, and international traveling. She is also a certified Texas Master Gardener.
Cristina G. Lozano - Assistant I, Executive
Mrs. Lozano joined Austin Community College in December 1990. She started her career with ACC as an hourly Clerk in the Adult Education Department (AE). Over time she took on additional responsibilities resulting in promotions to eventually become the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Department. She accepted a position as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Academic Planning, Development & Evaluation (including the Grants Development Department) in June 2014. She really enjoys taking a new challenge in her career. She loves being part of the Grants Development Department and being able to assist the staff.