Board of Directors
Chairman: Todd Thibodeaux is the president and CEO of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global information technology (IT) industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association. Under Todd’s leadership, critical operational support has come from CompTIA to allow us to provide the most comprehensive tech program, in addition to essential support through in kind donations.
Vice Chair: Pat Ford is a long-time advocate for quality education on behalf of children in urban school systems. Ms. Ford is currently the interim Director of the Steans Family Foundation (SFF), and is responsible for directing over half of the foundation’s resources to support the educational continuum. Prior to joining the SFF, Ms. Ford was Executive Director of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative. Through her work in the non-profit sector, Ms. Ford has developed a deep understanding of issues facing Chicago’s schools and minority communities, and has an extensive network of relationships with a wide range of school reform and community organizations, funders, educators and policy makers.
Secretary: Dan Liutikas is the chief legal officer of CompTIA. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of CompTIA and the CompTIA Educational Foundation as the secretary. He is a passionate and intimately involved advocate for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on public policy matters as well as non-legislative strategies for the IT industry. He is a frequent speaker and author on legal and business issues faced by SMB IT companies.
Treasurer: Evelyn Diaz was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. Prior to her appointment, Evelyn served as CEO of the Chicago Workforce Investment Council. Evelyn was a member of the Design Team for the ChiTech and, provided essential seed funding for start-up support.
Founding Chairman, Terry Howerton is an entrepreneur who started his first business when he was 15. He has created and led companies every day since. He is the founding Chairman of the Illinois Tech Association (ITA), and partner in Chicago’s TechNexus, a co-working clubhouse and incubator for tech ventures. Terry and the ITA were instrumental in recruiting nearly 100 new and established tech-firms in Chicago to partner with the Center for Polytechnical Education to launch ChiTech.
Juan G. Moreno is an award winning architect and President / Founder of JGMA. He has worked on projects in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Mr. Moreno’s projects have received numerous awards and recognition from his peers. Mr. Moreno is also actively involved in the architectural design and academic community. He is the current president of ARQUITECTOS (the Society of Latino Architects in Chicago), a committee member of AIA National’s Diversity Committee, a board member of ACE Technical High School, and a board member of the I AM LOGAN SQUARE community arts organization . Mr. Moreno is also a frequent design critic at IIT, UIUC and UIC.
Lance Russell is currently the founder and principal of Russell Advisory, a firm that provides advisory services and angel investments to start-ups and growth companies in technology and professional services. Lance is also active with a number of Chicago-based non-profit organizations in the technology, education and social services arenas. He is on the board of directors and chairs the technology committee for The Cara Program, and a volunteer and advisor to I.C. Stars and Lumity.