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

Dr. Jeff Cottrill

CEO and Superintendent

Cody Grindle


Dr. Ernie Cantu

Chief Schools Officer

Marlon Shears

Chief Information Officer

Layne Fisher

Chief Operating Officer

Phillip Garza

Chief College Officer

Dolores Gonzalez

Chief Program Officer

Jessica Hess

Chief Governance Officer

Martin Winchester

Chief Human Assets Officer

Area Leadership

Jill Dominguez

Area Superintendent

Andrea Fernandez

Area Superintendent

Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Area Superintendent

Regional Leadership

Angie Arismendi

Executive Director, San Antonio

Jeremy Beard

Executive Director, Greater Houston

Frankie Gray

Executive Director, El Paso

Bethany Solis

Executive Director, Permian Basin

Dr. Clifford Wallace

Executive Director, Louisiana

Simaran Bakshi

Executive Director, IDEA Jacksonville

James Hartman

Executive Director, IDEA Tampa Bay

Michael Battle

Executive Director, IDEA Greater Austin

Rian Townsend

Executive Director, IDEA Tarrant County

Matthew Robinson

Interim Executive Director, IDEA Cincinnati

Don’t forget to submit your scholar’s application for the 2024-25 academic school year in Texas, Ohio, and Florida before February 17. Follow the button to learn more about our application.