Meet the Staff
VP, Analytics and Planning, Institutional Research
Brandon is an experienced educational administrator with expertise in data analysis, planning and research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida and attended Florida State University as a Presidential Fellow, earning a master’s and doctorate of science in sociology. Brandon completed a two-year fellowship with Harvard University and the Center for Education Policy Research through the Strategic Data Project and has served as a member of statewide committees supporting the implementation of accountability systems and statistical models.
Prior to accepting his role at Valencia, Brandon served as the associate superintendent of research, accountability and grants at Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). He also served as the senior director for accountability, research and assessment at OCPS and as a data analyst at Seminole County Public Schools
Executive Assistant, Sr, Educational Partnerships
Lisa joined Valencia as a Staff Assistant III for Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs in 2003. In 2007, she joined the Student Affairs Team as an Executive Assistant for Vice President, Dr. Joyce Romano. In 2016, Dr. Romano and Lisa both transitioned from Student Affairs to a newly created department called Educational Partnerships. In July 2018, she joined Dr. Brandon McKelvey to serve as Senior Executive Assistant for Analytics and Planning.
After graduating from Fairmont University in West Virginia with an A.S. degree in 1983, she worked for many companies and industries as an administrative assistant, office manager and bookkeeper. From 1991 to 2006, she stayed home to raise her two young daughters until they reached school age. She also worked for the Department of Defense at Cape Canaveral, FL and the Department of Energy in Pittsburgh, PA and held two security clearances from 1987 through 1992.
Lisa has many hobbies including painting, biking, paddle boarding, soap making, wine making, taking care of her Jack Russell Terrier named Roscoe, spending time with her granddaughter, and studying her ancestry.
Asst VP, Resource, Development
A Wisconsin native, Kris joined the Valencia family in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of the Resource Development Office. Kris has experience in both public and private organizations. She is has been involved in all aspects of project development and grant closeout. Kris has led teams of people throughout her career and knows that the team process is the key component to development work. Kris has garnered millions of dollars from federal and private funds and promotes the key institutional strategic directions.
Kris attended Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI receiving a Bachelor's of Arts in Education with certification P-8 and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee earning a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education. Kris is happy to be in Florida where the air is normally warm and the skies are blue. Her hobbies include fishing, biking, eating healthy, spending time with family / friends and most recently going to the beach! Kris is happy to be part of this innovative, progressive College where work is student centered and those who work here know they make a difference!
Dir, Institutional Evaluation
Laura has twenty years of experience in higher education, including five years as a full‐time faculty member teaching evaluation and research methods for graduate students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In her current role she guides evaluation plan creation and implementation at the college, including the administration of surveys and focus groups. She chairs the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is a Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies at UCF. She began her work in higher education developing and managing programs within the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC, focused on issues that impact equity in education. With a master’s degree in English from Georgetown University, she later earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Virginia and began her work as an evaluator with the U.S. Department of Education. Her experience in program evaluation includes work with NASA, the NSF, and other federal agencies. She has been a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) over the past fifteen years.
Prior to this positon, Daryl served the college for a number of years as a research analyst, were he successfully collaborated with Valencia staff, faculty members and administrators to develop a wide range of reports and data analysis, used throughout the college to make data-informed decision on some of the college's biggest initiatives, including the Aspen Prize, Achieving the Dream, DEI and the QEP Core Team . While working in this role, Daryl played a lead role in collaborating with the Office of Information Technology to launch the college into a new era of reporting by rolling out the use of tools like SAS Visual Analytics.
Daryl attended the University of Central Florida, receiving a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, with a focus on Hospitality Management. He also attended the University of Phoenix, earning a Master's of Science in Computer Information Systems. His personal interests include exercise and basketball, in which he was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, where he was a 4 year letterman in basketball.
Dir, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
Darren has worked in higher education in both faculty and administrative roles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in biological sciences from Western Michigan University, and is currently in a doctoral program in educational research and policy analysis at North Carolina State University. Darren is Valencia College’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness and institutional accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He works primarily on institutional strategic planning and compliance related to regional accreditation. Prior to coming to Valencia, Darren was a Biology Instructor (teaching general biology and human anatomy and physiology) and then Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Sampson Community College in Clinton, North Carolina from 2010-2015. From 2015-2017, he was an Education Policy Fellow at the University of North Carolina General Administration, where he worked on legislative and policy analyses and support for system-wide strategic planning.
Dir, CFEED, HELIOS Education Ecosystem
Diana has always had a tendency to follow the road less traveled and focuses on areas where she is best able to make a difference. It is for that reason, she is extremely excited to be the Director of CFEED, a collaborative project focused on determining student success factors based upon data analytics derived from shared data from institutional partners - Valencia College, University of Central Florida, The School District of Osceola County and Orange County Public Schools.
Prior to joining Valencia, Diana spent over 28 years in various roles within the Information Technology field. She worked within Research and Development roles in companies focused on Financial Services and Banking, E-Commerce, Logistics as well as Consulting Services at such companies as Gartner, Fiserv, Chep and Convergys prior to moving into Academia. Her focus within these private industries was Project Management, Quality Assurance and Management.
Recently, she was the Sr. Director of Enterprise Project Management at Orange County Public Schools where she focused upon on-time and under budget implementation of Enterprise level software and tools benefiting the K-12 students within Orange County.
Diana attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts before obtaining a Juris Doctor in Law from Barry University. She also obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Orlando as well as a Master of Laws in International Taxation and Financial Services from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Diana is extremely happy to be part of the Valencia family where she can make a positive difference in students’ lives