Meet Our Team
De'Lila Holder, M. Ed.
De'Lila Holder is the Director of College Connect and Texas Tech UIL. She is a Lubbock native and proud Red Raider. She holds a Master's degree in Education Administration and has 25 years of experience in education. She joined the Texas Tech campus community eight years ago as the Associate Director of the TTU T-STEM Center and served most recently at the Whitacre College of Engineering, working to develop and implement innovative STEM programs for K-12 students and members of the community. Prior to working at Texas Tech, De'Lila was a classroom teacher, campus principal, and school district administrator. She has served in leadership positions with Northwest Plains Destination Imagination, West Panhandle Plains FIRST ®Tech Challenge Robotics, and West Texas BEST Robotics. She sits on several advisory boards and was a proud member of the NASA Johnson Space Center-Network of States Advisory Committee. De'Lila is passionate about empowering others and providing the support and educational opportunities needed to help them realize their fullest potential. In her free time, her interests include traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Ariana Hernandez, M. Ed.
Ariana Hernandez is the Assistant Director for the College Connect. She is from Veribest, Texas, has her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Tech University, and her M.Ed. in Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education from Angelo State University. Her duties include writing, editing, and managing proposals and grants that service underserved K-12 students. On-campus organizations Ariana has been a part of include Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society; Sigma Delta Pi, a National Spanish Honor Society, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She also teaches a course within the TTU AVID program. In her time away from the office, she enjoys playing City League Volleyball, hiking, and traveling.
Dominique Gonzales is the Unit Manager for the UIL Office as well as College Connect. She joined the UIL team in January of 2014 and took on College Connect in 2019. Prior to working for Texas Tech, Dominique attended South Plains College and was a Financial Manager for 4 years at a local Lubbock business. Dominique is responsible for all related budgets and financial reporting within the Texas Tech UIL and College Connect offices. When away from work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and traveling.
Mary Harris, M.A.
Mary Harris joined the College Connect team as a Program Manager in February of 2020. She is from Lubbock, Texas and obtained her bachelor's degree and M.A. in Strategic Communication and Innovation both from Texas Tech University. In her role she is in responsible for developing and coordinating academic programs and camps for students K-12 and facilitating partnerships. In her free time she likes to watch movies, travel and spend time with her dogs and family.
Olivia Alcala joined College Connect in September 2016. She is a Hispanic woman from Hale Center, Texas who graduated Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is a First Generation student, and she hopes to show others that college can be for everyone with hard work and determination. Her duties in the office include: aiding in the planning of campus visits, and creating and coordinating to prepare for Summer Camps through registrations and agenda editing. Olivia plans on continuing her schooling to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy where she can mix her passion of sports as well as helping others.
Lexi LeCroy joined the College Connect team in March of 2020. She is from Paducah, Texas and is currently pursuing a dual major in Psychology and University Studies with a minor in Integrative Studies. She is a member of Psi Chi, which is the National Honor Society in Psychology, as well as Women in Business. Lexi plans to attend graduate school and attain a Doctorate of Psychology so that she can follow her dream of becoming an industrial-organizational psychologist. Lexi's role in College Connect is helping with campus tours, summer camps, promotional items and maintaining daily office duties. Her personal hobbies include traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends.
Courtnee Howze joined the College Connect in August 2018 and is from Houston, Texas. She is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Business Management at the Rawls College of Business. On campus, she is the president for Tech Women in Business. Her work as a student assistant includes social media as well as hosting on campus tours. She hopes to bring light to other students lives and inspire them to seek higher education. She enjoys baking, reading and yoga in her free time.
My name is Callie Butcher, and I am from Artesia, New Mexico. I am a sophomore currently working towards a bachelor's degree in Psychology.My hope in the future is to further my education and earn a Psy.D. to become a Clinical Psychologist. I am a member of the Honor's College, Psychology Club, and Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society. In my spare time, I love to write, hang out with friends, and travel.
Sergio is a 3rd generation Hispanic college student. He graduated from South Plains College in 2019 with an Associates in Science and then transfered to Texas Tech. He plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Sociology then continue to obtain his Doctorate in History. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar locally and working out. He hopes to bring an ease to transfer students that plan on coming to Texas Tech. In the office he does tasks for both College Connect and TTU UIL.