Leadership Team

Bethany Plaza
Network Director

Bethany Plaza has been raising the corporate glass ceiling in the IT industry for the past 20 years and revitalizing stagnant businesses for even longer. As CEO of Conscientia Corporation - a Management, Consulting and Technology services firm - she has built top-performing teams to achieve 500% year-over-year growth since 2010. She has guided numerous individuals and businesses in the IT service market toward long-term profitability through her solutions-oriented work ethic and personable approach to program management.

Helping individuals and businesses leverage their potential is a trademark of Plaza's personal and professional spheres. Her exceptional team-building skills are a testament of personal triumph after having witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of domestic abuse on the family. As a result, she strives to achieve cohesive business models that value and integrate myriad skill sets.

While Plaza's accomplishments in business are impressive, her clients have found her to be more than just a savvy professional. They consistently describe her as a truly motivational, caring, and compassionate human being who has inspired them by achieving all of her successes while raising four children.

It is no surprise, then, that Plaza evaluates those successes not only in terms of profitability, but by their ability to instill knowledge, hope, and confidence in the individuals and businesses she assists. Her powerful mentoring skills also transcend the office, making their way into volunteer and charitable work that touches the lives of domestic abuse survivors and the disadvantaged.

Through speaking engagements that highlight the importance of self-accountability and self-esteem in developing a successful business, Plaza hopes to inspire a new generation of women to join her in raising the corporate glass ceiling of the IT service market.

Lana Webb
Advisory Board

Lana L. Webb is a technology leader with over 25 years of experience. Her current role is Senior Technology Initiatives Leader for GE Capital; a role she has held since 2014. She is responsible for analyzing technology contracts for divestiture activity, process simplification, coaching and mentoring teams and ensuring compliance. In prior roles at GE Capital she has been the CIO of the Franchise Finance P&L, Process and initiatives Leader on the infrastructure team, and a Senior Systems Analyst at NBC. In life prior to GE, Lana held positions in an array of businesses from start-ups to software vendors.

In addition to her formal responsibilities Lana coaches process simplification, ITIL, Agile is active in the Phoenix Woman's Network for GE and is on the WITI advisory board for the Phoenix region.

Lana earned her bachelor's degree for Business from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Sathish Muthukrishnan
Advisory Board

Sathish is a passionate technologist known for driving enterprise scale transformation by seeding innovation and delivering through high performing and supremely motivated teams. He started his career coding in mainframe assembler, continually learning and reinventing himself to currently leading an organization that deliver digital capabilities for American Express Globally.

Sathish was one of the pioneers of AXP's digital transformation. He led the launch of several unique, industry-first, ground breaking digital products enabling strategic partnerships with foursquare, Facebook, twitter, XBOX, Apple, Samsung, and TripAdvisor. He also led the development and launch of key AXP network platforms such as Card SYNC, Smart Offers, and Tweet to buy leading the American Express journey from payments to commerce. Sathish's team launched the ability for AXP Card Members to Pay with Points in NY city taxicabs, from within the UBER app, at McDonald's restaurants and several online retailers such as BestBuy.

Sathish's experience in several technology leadership positions with American Express, United & Singapore Airlines has led to a diverse functional background in e-commerce, financial services, technology, airline operations, reservations and inventory management. He is credited with several patents in the payments and digital technology space.

Sathish has built a sustained culture of innovation, start up and extreme agility within his organization. He is consistently recognized as an innovative, strategic leader with deep technical expertise, infectious enthusiasm and for the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams!

Mitzi Epstein
Advisory Board

Mitzi Epstein is a computer systems analyst who has worked for multinational companies and has run a small business, Custom Language Training, which is currently on hiatus. As a Representative for the people of District 18, she is focusing full time on listening to the community and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for Arizonans.

District 18 includes Ahwatukee, south Tempe, west Chandler, and southwest Mesa.

Mitzi was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016.

She has been a lifelong community problem solver, working at the community and state levels for strong schools, active youth sports programs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and vibrant arts, all of which promote a strong economy.

Paula Brockhoff
Advisory Board

Experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Skilled in Business Process, Leadership, Energy, and Continuous Improvement. Harvard Business School alumni with accomplished information technology and business results.

As an accomplished leader, Paula brings the culmination of over 35 years of varied experiences which allow her to boldly lead and execute positive results across IT disciplines within the utility industry. Her journey began as the first female entry level computer operator in a large utility, already seeing improvements that could be made and recognizing the need for balance in how to influence.

She has held many leadership positions that required either a tear-down, turn-around, or start-up approach. These experiences have grown her abilities to cast an understood vision without being overly prescriptive. Outcomes and strengths include anticipating and embracing change, leveraging organizational effectiveness, focusing on continuous improvement, building strong relationships, and holding herself and her team accountable.

Laura Harrison
Advisory Board

Laura Harrison is Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for Nant. Laura is responsible for overseeing all aspects of information technology as well as oversight for the enterprise cybersecurity program. This includes developing strategic direction, evaluating and mitigating risks, and developing strategies to protect against security threats. Laura is responsible for developing and maintaining IT solutions inclusive of applications, network, computing, server, storage, collaboration tools, and infrastructure across the Nant enterprise. She has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry and has been involved with many security and privacy related initiatives in both the public and private sectors. In 2017 she will hold the following Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

Previously, Laura spent over ten years at FNB/Mutual of Omaha where she held the positions of assistant vice president of integration and information services manager. Laura was responsible for developing and maintaining the application systems that supported all aspects of the banking and financial systems. Laura was also responsible for the security of the application, data (in use and in transit), transaction, and transmit.

Laura spent 12 years in technology consulting holding several leadership positions. In these roles she focused on enterprise architecture, strategy, and planning. Laura also provided leadership with a focus on security, integration, IT policy, information governance, and compliance for government organizations, large financial institutions, and multiple fortune 100 organizations.

Laura received a bachelor's of science from Arizona State University and will receive her master's in cybersecurity in 2017.

Barbara Cooper
Advisory Board

Barbara is one of the first females elected to the CIO Hall of Fame having successfully navigated more than 40 years of IT leadership in retail, financial services, government, logistics and automotive industries. Barbara recently retired as group vice president and CIO for Toyota North America. She was responsible for the strategy, development and operation of all systems and technology that support Toyota in the North America region. In addition to her CIO role, she was also responsible for leading the University of Toyota, providing training and professional development for all North America Toyota employees and technical product training and support for all technicians working for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Barbara was the first female executive recruited by Toyota globally and served on the Executive Committee and Corporate Audit Committee.

Barbara's successful career spanned several industries. She was the group vice president and CIO for MicroAge Corporate, a technology logistics and distribution company, CIO for Maricopa County in Phoenix, AZ and also served as County Manager during a significant financial crisis for the county where she returned them to solvency. She was the first female vice president representing technology globally for American Express. She began her career at Miller & Paine, a retail department store chain, where she rose from the role of executive assistant to the president to director of information systems, and pioneered the first bar code system in the retail industry.

She currently serves as an Executive Coach for the CIO Executive Committee's Pathways Program as well as coaching private clients from a variety of industries.

Glenda Lopez
Membership Chair

Glenda Lopez, leads Policy Management and industry benchmarking at Aetna. In this role, she manages Aetna's policies and controls and makes sure they are properly approved and communicated to reduce company risk. She directs key control testing confirming control owners are validating that the controls are working. Prior to joining Aetna, Glenda was the Vice President of System/Data Security for Bank of America managing access for the consumer banking centers encompassing over 5,000 banking centers. She managed an international team in Costa Rica and India, building out automated solutions for access provisioning. She led the automation and design of role based access streamlining access roles with less human intervention.

Glenda has over seventeen years of experience in information risk management and information security. She maintains certifications in CTPRP and vBSIMM.

Susan Tasvibi-Tanha
Advisory Board

Chief of Enterprise Shared Services/Chief Networking Officer

As the Chief Networking Officer (CNO) & CESS for the Department of Administration's Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ADOA-ASET) office Suzan Tasvibi-Tanha is responsible for program management, contract oversight, and enforcement of the state's outsourced services including voice and data services affecting over 31,000 state employees as well as Hosted Mainframe Services, State of 911 program and State of Arizona Data Center and Infrastructure. Suzan is focused on leveraging technologies to better support customers, and ultimately the citizens of the State of Arizona.

Suzan is a technical professional leader with extensive experience in information technology and the telecommunications industry. Suzan has in-depth experience with administration, project management, strategic planning, contract administration, and IT operations, all of which are necessary to meet the goals and objectives of the organization.

Suzan has been serving the citizens of the State of Arizona since 1992, with more than three of those years as Deputy Chief Networking Office and Network Services Oversight Manager. Prior to joining ADOA in late 2011, Suzan was a senior IT manager with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and was responsible for the management of data communication, voice communication and data center operations, as well as the development of strategic and tactical plans for the implementation of cost effective and operationally optimal IT services.