Features Region: Southwest

Travis Cutright – City of Mesa

It’s not Tokyo or New York, but for Chief Information Officer Travis Cutright, the IT amenities currently being rolled out in Mesa, Arizona—the 35th largest city in the U.S.—are as cutting-edge as they come. There’s a mobile app that allows users to access and pay their utility bills from anywhere, high-speed networks in neighborhoods where reliable […]

Shawntee Cowan – Duncanville ISD

How enlightening it is to understand public education from the level of teacher to administrator. So says Shawntee Cowan, a former music teacher at the Duncanville, Texas, Independent School District for the past five years and, since May 2018, chief technology officer. “So often our technology was outdated and, as a teacher, I would get […]

Claudio Zavala – I am Claudius LLC

Belting out Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” in front of thousands of people was a liberating moment for Claudio Zavala. Being a shy guy—and by his own admission not the greatest singer—it was a bold move for this drummer-educator to take center stage with wild abandon—a moment that he says changed his career path forever. […]

Micha Villarreal – Ysleta Independent School District

In one of Thomas Manor Elementary School’s popular common areas, where comfy couches and chairs sit alongside traditional tables, a student runs through a battery of math and science exercises on her Chromebook. Just down the street, at Riverside High School, three sophomores huddle together in social studies class, devices in hand. They’re drafting a […]

Michelle Williams – Lancaster Independent School District

In May of 2015, when it came time for Texas’ Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) to start the construction of two new elementary schools—and top-to-bottom renovations of two more schools—the first people Michelle Williams needed to talk to weren’t tech vendors or peers from other districts. They weren’t from the mayor’s office or the Texas […]

Robert Haley – Collom & Carney Clinic

It’s a dilemma faced by thousands of Americans every day: Drive an hour to have an illness or injury checked out, or bide your time in hopes the pain will somehow subside? In far too many cases, that gamble ends with a trip to the emergency room and a potentially massive bill. For patients of […]

Nathan Hunstable – Cinergy Entertainment Group Inc.

A night at the movies isn’t what it used to be. Not for the younger set that expects more than just picture and popcorn. Same goes for a trip to the bowling alley. Or to a video arcade. It’s not just about pins and Pac-Man. Indeed the whole idea of family-style entertainment is fast evolving. […]

Tamy Duplantis – Return on Information Consulting

It’s been one of those days—11 hours at the office, another three stuck in traffic—and the last thing you want to do is cook. So you place an order through Uber Eats with your favorite local restaurant and wait. And wait. And wait. After 45 minutes, you start to get nervous; the food should’ve been […]

Richard Loew – Motiva Enterprises

When Richard Loew arrived at Motiva Enterprises in March 2017, in the midst of the company’s transition from a joint venture to a standalone entity, one project loomed largest on his radar: transitioning the organization from a fully outsourced IT model. That was the plan, anyway. “It became very clear very quickly that the model […]

Maria Sanchez – State of New Mexico

She figured to be in career-changing mode sooner rather than later. Not out of desperation, though. Maria Sanchez was holding down two high-profile positions—general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology and state CIO. Quite a two-fer for a 31-year-old. Or for anyone. Lest one find that resume too impressive, Sanchez will remind […]

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