Our Staff

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 - Manager, Grant Development & Compliance



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.

Sandra Valenzuela - Officer, Resource Development



Sandra Valenzuela joined the ACC Grants Development Office in April 2018. She has more than 15 years of public service experience working within state and local government as well as the education and nonprofit communities. Her roles have varied from that of Director of Planning and Development at a community health center in San Antonio to Program Officer at the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service to a bilingual elementary teacher at Austin ISD. Prior to ACC, she served as Senior Planner for Resource Development at Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Department. Her work has primarily focused on grants and contract management, program planning, policy analysis and development, and performance measurement and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California at San Diego and a Master of Public Affairs from the L.B.J. School at University of Texas at Austin.

Ana Dala Ramirez- Coordinator, Grant Compliance



Ana Dala joined the ACC Grants Development and Compliance Department in August 2018. Prior to joining ACC, she worked with the sub-grant management and Monitoring and Evaluation departments of an American Institutes for Research education project funded by USAID Honduras. Ana also worked for three years as technical logistics liaison for Honduras's one laptop per child initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mercyhurst University and a Master of Public Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Travis E. Jackson - Assistant I, Executive



Travis Jackson has been with ACC since 2009. Prior to joining the department in January 2019, Travis planned, organized, and executed special events for the College, business partners, associations, and external clients. He also assisted with the College's special projects and campus operations. Travis has ten years of experience in event planning and hospitality management. Travis received a certificate in Meeting and Event Planning and has plans to further his education at ACC through attainment of an Associate's degree.