DR. GREGORY VINCENT
A native of New York City, Dr. Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Vincent serves as the Vice President for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Vincent has received numerous community awards and recognitions, most recently the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year Award and the Moritz College of Law Alumni Award for Community Service, The Ohio State University. In 2011 Dr. Vincent was honored with the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award from the Austin NAACP, the Marks of Excellence Award from National Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Prairie View Interscholastic League Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the Austin American Statesman Out and About Education Star for 2011. He also received the 2010 Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Community Partnership Award, the 2010 Multicultural Leadership Award from the Texas Diversity Council, the 2010 Spirit of Giving Award from the Austin Independent School District, the 2009 Community Service Award from the NAACP, and the Austin Circle of Influence award from the Austin Urban League in 2008 and 2009.
Patrick Patterson began his teaching career in 1981 at the high school level in Chicago, IL where he taught Algebra, Physical Education, and coached basketball and baseball. Upon completion of his Masters Degree in Education from Chicago State University in 1983, he moved to Austin, TX where he taught for seven years at Blackshear Elementary School, and served as asst. principal at Summitt Elementary School in 1990-1991. In 1992, he began his tenure as an AISD principal at Reilly Elementary, where he remained until his move in 1996 to Dobie Middle
School. In 1999, he was named principal at Lanier High School, where he remained until 2004. In 2004, as part of the district blueprint initiative, Mr. Patterson was named principal of LBJ High School, where he served until June, 2010. Some of the previously mentioned schools attained State and National Recognition during the time of his service. Reilly received the TEA Commendation Award in 1995-96, At Dobie, in1997 the AISD School Board recognized the efforts of the students and staff for making the fourth highest TAAS gains in the district. This was after the school was mired in low performance for five of the previous seven school years. From 1996-1999, Dobie maintained “Acceptable” academic standing according to TEA. During the 2004 school year, his fifth year and last year as principal at Lanier, the school was ranked 206 in the top 1200 High Schools, according to Newsweek. LBJ cracked the top 100 at 95 in 2007 in the same Newsweek annual ranking system. For four consecutive years, from 2007-2010 LBJ High School was recognized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for having the highest APPLYTEXAS rate of all 36 Central Texas high schools. In a new category (Catch Up Schools) by Newsweek, in 2009, LBJ was ranked 8th in the country for having high percentages of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (College Level) classes while still in high school. During that same year, (2009) Mr. Patterson was named AISD Principal of the Year by Austin Partners in Education. At the end of the 2010 school year, Mr. Patterson was named Administrator of the Year by the Texas Assoc. of Journalism Educators (TAJE) for his stance on the communication of the press in a democratic society. In June of 2010, after 28 years of service credit, Mr. Patterson retired from AISD. He is only person in the history of Austin Independent School District to have successfully served as principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Currently, Mr. Patterson serves as Asst. Vice President of the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE).
VICE PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr. is currently Vice President for Advocacy and Community Relations with Seton Healthcare Network where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to build, maintain and leverage effective internal and external constituency relationships. He is a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, KLRU, Central Texas Regional Visioning project. He has served as a co-chair of the 5-year plan curriculum committee for Austin Independent School District. Ashton is a speaker and author of several articles on employment law and employee relations. Ashton holds a B.A in economics from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
JEFFREY W. TRAVILLION, SR.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR MENTORING
Jeffrey W. Travillion, Sr. is currently the Workforce Development and Organizational Effectiveness Officer in the City of Austin’s Public Works Department. He has more than twenty years of experience providing management solutions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. During his career, he has conducted extensive operational reviews of State agencies and City Departments, and worked on teams producing recommendations adopted by the Texas legislature that saved the State of Texas more than $8 billion. Jeffrey received his undergraduate degree with honors from Jackson State University and participated in the University’s W.E.B. Dubois Honors Program. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow who studied at the Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz School (formerly the School of Urban and Public Affairs), the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and received his Masters Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs. Jeffrey is involved in a number of civic activities, including Deacon at the Abundant Life Community Baptist Church, Graduate of Leadership Austin, Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Texas State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Project. He is married to the former Perri McKinney and they have three children, Jeffrey, Jr., Paige, and Andrew.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Aaron S. Demerson currently serves as the Executive Director for the Office of the Governor- Economic Development & Tourism Division. In this position, he leads a team that markets the State of Texas as a premier destination for both business and travel. He also has served as the Director of Texas Business Development (responsibilities included the State of Texas-NAFTA Office in Mexico City, Domestic, Expansion and Recruitment, Research, and International Business Recruitment) and as the Director of Administration (responsibilities included Human Resources, Information Systems, Contract Management, Accounting/Budget, and Materials Management) for the Texas Economic Development agency. Mr. Demerson has a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He also received a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking, and is a 1991-92 graduate of Leadership Austin.
DR. DARREN KELLY
A native of Orange County, CA, Dr. Kelly holds a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sport management from The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Dr. Kelly serves as the Chief of Staff for Academic Diversity Initiatives (ADI) and Assistant Director of the African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI) within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Dr. Darren Kelly became the Director of the McNair Scholars Program in 2013, leading one of the premier McNair Scholars Programs in the country. His previous experience includes 3 years working in corporate finance and 6 years as a Graduate Research Assistant and Research and Academic Coordinator with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE). He is also active with several local and national organizations. He is married with one son.
Stanley Rasberry is the Budget Manager for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic of Readiness (STAAR®) program at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) where he is responsible for managing a $460M budget. Prior to joining TEA in his current position, Stanley worked as the District Grant Accountant for the Round Rock ISD where he managed over $55M in local, state, and federal funds. Stanley has also worked for TEA as the Manager of Special Projects in the Fiscal Processing Unit of the Grants Administration Division where he monitored state and federal grant funds for all colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas. Also notable in his career is Stanley’s work with the Texas Department of Transportation where he gained extensive knowledge of establishing DBE/HUB financial goals. Stanley attended St. Edward’s University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and he is a military veteran who served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm. He is currently the President of the Texas Education Agency African-American Employee Association and he also serves on the Round Rock ISD Bond Oversight Committee. Stanley has been married to his wife, Qualanda, for 27 years and they reside in the city of Round Rock, Texas, where they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.