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
Al Lopez

Al Lopez

Acting Superintendent/ Chief Executive Officer 

Phillip Garza

Phillip Garza

Chief College and Diversity Officer

Sam Goessling

Sam Goessling

Chief Advancement Officer

Dolores Gonzalez

Dolores Gonzalez

Chief Program Officer

Collin Sewell

Collin Sewell

Special Advisor to the CEO

Martin Winchester

Martin Winchester

Chief Human Assets Officer

Lisa Garza

Lisa T. Garza

Chief Schools Officer

Leanne Hernandez

Leanne Hernandez

Chief Financial Officer

Cody Grindle

Cody Grindle

Chief Information Officer

Candice Burns

Candice Burns

Chief Communications Officer

Jessica Hess

Jessica Hess

Chief Compliance & Administrative Officer

Layne Fisher

Layne Fisher

Chief Operating Officer

Founder and CEO Emeritus

Upon graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in economics in 1997, Tom joined Teach For America and taught fourth grade in Donna, Texas for three years, after which he successfully launched the IDEA Academy in 2000, serving as the first board president and founding principal.

AREA LEADERSHIP

Ernie Cantu

Area Superintendent

Rolando Posada

Area Superintendent

Jill Dominguez

Regional Superintendent, RGV

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

Kenneth Campbell

Executive Director, Southern Louisiana

Nate Lowry

Nate Lowry

Executive Director, Austin

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Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Executive Director, Tarrant County

Natalie Rubio

Executive Director, Houston

Bethany Solis

Executive Director, Permian Basin

Julene Robinson

Executive Director, Tampa Bay

Jose De Leon

Jose De Leon

Executive Director, Jacksonville

Frankie Gray

Frankie Gray

Executive Director, El Paso

Angie Arismendi Portrait

Angie Arismendi

Executive Director, San Antonio

Matthew Kyle Portrait

Matthew Kyle

Executive Director, Cincinnati

IDEA's 2022-23 Student Application is now live!

We are excited to announce we are accepting applications for schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Cincinnati. Follow the button below to get the latest and greatest information about our application process, grade levels, and how to find a campus near you.