Leadership Team

Bethany Plaza
Network Director

For 25 years, Bethany Plaza has been an energetic and outspoken leader in the IT industry. She has played a pivotal role in helping individuals and business thrive, while solving Technology challenges. Drawing on her unique blend of solutions-oriented strategic thinking and person-centered leadership development, she has helped a wide range of organizations meet and exceed their goals in business.

Bethany has owned and sold 5 companies - most recently she sold her IT Services company to a publicly traded company.

Bethany is a master of team dynamics and recognized as a Change Leader in the ever-evolving IT industry. Bethany is able to help leaders develop cohesive models that value and integrate the myriad skill sets located within the organization.

More than a savvy professional, Bethany is a leader of leaders. While her clients regularly need help in the mechanics of developing a successful organization, they also need wise companions to motivate and guide them; to instill hope and confidence in otherwise uncertain circumstances. Bethany makes it her mission to help these individuals find success and fulfillment for both their businesses and themselves.

Bethany also serves as a National Director for Women in Technology, International. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimaginable possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

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!

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.

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.