Our Leadership

Passionate. Innovative. Dedicated.

At IDEA, we invest in people who bring 100% every day and are motivated to inspire others to believe in themselves and do their best work. We currently have leadership teams overseeing our district-wide, regional, and board operations.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

Tom E. Torkelson

Founder
Chief Executive Officer

Upon graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in economics in 1997, Tom joined Teach For America and taught fourth grade in Donna, Texas, then launched the IDEA Academy in 2000.

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JoAnn Gama

Co-Founder
President & Superintendent

JoAnn Gama was born and raised in the north side of Houston. After graduating from Sam Houston High School in 1993, JoAnn attended Boston University on a full scholarship.

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Phillip Garza

Chief College and Diversity Officer

Phillip is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he studied music and art history. The first in his family to graduate from college, Phillip knows the value proposition of an undergraduate degree.

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Sam Goessling

Chief Advancement Officer

Sam is a graduate of the University of Richmond, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.A.), and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.). He joined IDEA’s founding teaching team at IDEA Quest College Prep where he taught 6th grade.

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Dolores Gonzalez

Chief Program Officer

Dolores is a Texas native, and was raised throughout the state of Texas until she and her family ultimately settled in Kingsville.

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Irma Munoz

Chief Operating Officer

Irma Muñoz was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She graduated from the University of California at Davis, and from Harvard University’s School of Government.

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Martin Winchester

Chief Human Assets Officer

Martin serves as the Chief Human Assets Officer at IDEA Public Schools, leading the organization’s strategic efforts in recruitment, staffing, professional development, talent management, compensation and benefits, and retention.

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Wyatt Truscheit

Chief Financial Officer

Wyatt earned a B.A. in Government from Valparaiso University, a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting (cum laude) from the University of Missouri, and a M.B.A. from Baylor University.

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

Ernie Cantu

Executive Director, El Paso

Kenneth Campbell

Executive Director, Southern Louisiana

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Lisa T. Garza

Area Superintendant

Jill Dominguez

Regional Superintendent, RGV

Rolando Posada

Regional Superintendent, San Antonio

Tricia Noyola

Executive Director, Austin

Ana Martinez

Executive Director, Tarrant County

Allison Serafin

Executive Director, Houston

Bethany Solis

Executive Director, Permian Basin

Julene Robinson

Executive Director, Tampa Bay

Jose De Leon

Jose De Leon

Executive Director, Jacksonville

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Matthew Kyle

Executive Director, Cincinnati

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