Leadership and Staff2018-04-13T13:17:12+00:00

Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors

Richard Rhodes, Ph.D., Board PresidentDr. Rhodes joined the Austin Community College District as President in September 2011 and has worked to improve pathways into higher education and give students the tools to accomplish their goals. He also serves on the boards of many national and local organizations including Trellis Company, the Carnegie Foundation, the Educational Testing Service National Community College Advisory Council, and as a member of the STEM Higher Education Council.

Dr. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and a master of arts degree in educational management and development from New Mexico State University. He earned his doctorate through the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dora Ann Verde, Board SecretaryDora Ann Verde is a Certified Public Accountant with a private practice in San Antonio serving a variety of nonprofit clients, prior to which she served as Chief of Internal Audit for the San Antonio Water System and partner in a public accounting firm. Her community involvement currently includes board services for many nonprofit organizations including ACE Academy in Northeast Independent School District, National Association of Corporate Directors, WINGS, San Antonio 100 and Trellis Company. She also serves as a corporate board member and chair of the audit committee for a privately held corporation.

Ms. Verde also served as Board Chair for Texas Public Radio and SAY Si and treasurer for ACCIÓN Texas, and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Verde holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mark Milliron, Ph.D, Board MemberDr. Mark Milliron is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, which brings together emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong.

In previous roles, Dr. Milliron served as the deputy director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; vice president for education and medical practice with SAS; and president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups.

Dr. Milliron received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational communication from Arizona State University and his doctorate in education administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Welcome W. Wilson, Jr, Board MemberWelcome W. Wilson, Jr., is president and chief executive officer of Welcome Group, a real estate development firm specializing in single-tenant office buildings and industrial buildings including lab, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Alamo Endowment, the Alamo Trust, and Trellis Company, as well as with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. In addition, he is also Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority and is Chairman of Houston’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #20.

Wilson attended the University of Denver.


Kristin J. Boyer, Executive DirectorMs. Boyer leads Trellis Foundation’s efforts to improve postsecondary outcomes for low- and moderate-income students and families. Prior to her appointment as executive director for the Trellis Foundation, Ms. Boyer directed the philanthropic program and activities for Trellis Company (formerly TG). She currently serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, the Texas Student Success Council, steering committees for Pathways to Prosperity (Texas), and the Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative under the Workforce Solutions of the Capital Area.

She holds bachelor of arts degrees in English and Spanish from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a master of arts in communication from Wichita State University.

Jenny Achilles Ms. Achilles has served as program officer for Trellis Foundation (and formerly for Trellis Company/TG) since 2013. Ms. Achilles serves on the steering committees for the Grantmakers for Education Data Impact Group and the Central Texas Education Funders Network as well as the Membership Committee for the National Scholarship Providers Association. She also leads the board of directors for a dance and wellness studio in Austin.

She earned a bachelor’s of science in communication from Lamar University and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in journalism and public policy, with a focus on nonprofit studies.