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Meet our Team Faculty and Advisors

The team at Array is comprised of an impressive collection of local business leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals. Although our backgrounds are diverse we all share one thing in common - leading Array as a world-class technology and design school.

FACULTY

ADVISORY BOARD

Eric Trowbridge

Headmaster & Executive Director

Eric Trowbridge, commonly referred to as ET, is the Headmaster & Executive Director of The Array School of Technology and Design. Eric was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from Central High School in 2004.

Prior to joining Array, Eric previously worked in the film industry in Los Angeles where he worked in art departments for various short and feature films. Eric later worked for Apple in a leadership role for eight years in San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago. In 2014, Eric left Apple Inc. and returned home to Wyoming to pursue new technology ventures in the state.

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Jesse

Jesse Johnston

Director of Student Affairs

Jesse has lived the majority of his life in Laramie, Wyoming. At an early age, he was drawn to entrepreneurship and created his first LLC, Dare to be Great in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a BS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. With a passion for everything fitness and wellness, he pursued multiple avenues of education after college including massage therapy school, yoga teacher training, holistic health coaching, culinary arts, and plant-based nutrition. Interested in using technology to improve the lives of others he discovered Array and graduated from the third class in 2018. While attending the program he fell in love with the school, the culture, and the values it represents. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, practicing yoga, and developing recipes.

Amy

Amy Surdam

Chief Operations Officer

Amy has proudly lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming since age 11. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1996 with a BSN, and in 2004 with a MSN. She serves as a LTC in the Wyoming Army National Guard as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is co-owner of Stitches Acute Care Centers. She has held previous leadership roles as the CEO of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, State of Wyoming Aeronautics Administrator, and President of Children's Museum of Cheyenne. Amy’s talent and passion lies in strategic planning, public relations, leadership, connecting people together, and making a difference. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and creating a better tomorrow.

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Dan Surdam

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Surdam was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. He graduated from Colorado College in 1997 and Creighton Medical School in 2002. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He served at the Medical Director of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and the Operations Manager of Cheyenne Regional Urgent Care for many years and was previous owner of Frontier Emergency Physicians. Dr. Surdam has owned a billing company and several urgent care centers in Wyoming and Texas. He is currently the CEO and co-owner of Stitches Acute Care Centers. He is a true entrepreneur with a desire to help Wyoming and its people gain better access to quality, affordable healthcare through innovation. Dr. Surdam enjoys golf, fishing, travel, and spending time with his family.

Scott

Scott Wisniewski

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Wisniewski oversees all aspects of Array’s accounting and finance, including the preparation of financial statements and reporting, payroll implementation, and ongoing financial management. Scott brings over a decade’s worth of financial management experience with focus on streamlining cash flows and tax planning.

Scott serves as the founder and CEO of Wisniewski Wealth Management where he helps hundreds of families across the United States handle their personal and small business finances.

Outside of work, Scott loves spending time with his wife, Emily, and two kids, Blair and Pierce. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from St. Louis University.

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Catherine Fincun

Catherine Fincun

Industry Recruiter at IBM Design

Cat Fincun is an Industry Design Relations & Recruiter for IBM Design. Prior to IBM Design, Cat was a freelance promotions designer, community developer, and Brewery Manager in Colorado. She worked with the cultural and city development departments to bring together entrepreneurs across multiple industries including independent ski makers, craft libation-eurs, restauranteurs, crafters, and urban developers. Cat received her MBA from University of South Australia and Undergraduate from Miami University of Ohio.

Cat is also a board member of AIGA Austin and a past board member of AIGA Colorado.

Dillion Petrillo

Dillon Petrillo

Film Creative Lead at Airbnb

Dillon Petrillo is a Creative Lead and founding member of Airbnb’s Film Department. Since 2010, he has helped shape and define the brand’s look and tone through internal and external marketing, PR, and product efforts. Prior to Airbnb, Dillon was a freelance videographer and an undergrad at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

He is the winner of the 2009 Wyoming Short Film Festival, a 2015 Webby Award Honoree, and a 2015 Passion Award recipient.

Emma-Jane Alexander

Emma-Jane Alexander

Shell 3D Visualization Manager at The University of Wyoming

Emma-Jane graduated with a BS(Hons) computing and mathematics degree in Visualization from the University of Teesside (2000) and an Executive MBA (2006) from the University of Hull (both UK). She takes great pleasure in utilizing both technical and management skills to explore and nurture the successful adoption of technology and software in visualization centers based at higher education institutions.

Currently the manager of the Shell 3D Visualization Center at UW, Emma-Jane enjoys the challenge of bringing together 3D visualization and supercomputing experts with faculty, students and businesses to enhance teaching, research and commercial productivity. She is interested in developing new multidisciplinary collaborative relationships with faculty and parties external to UW.

Emma-Jane holds a provisional patent in the development of a virtual therapeutic treatment for obesity, and has practical and strategic interests in STEM activity and is the current president of a national committee called THE CAAV (Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization) which aims to strengthen and nurture visualization practices across the country, for and between both academia and industry.

Chad Willett

Chad Willett

Founder of West Edge Collective

Chad is a proud Wyoming native with over 15 years professional experience who bleeds marketing, design and technology. Chad led the strategy, creative and development of internal and client solutions in marketing and technology for over 10 years as the original founder of Warehouse Twenty One, an award winning full-service marketing and advertising firm in Cheyenne.

Having directly developed, or been lead on large advertising and technology projects for Government, Healthcare, Financial, Gaming, and other industries in Wyoming, his experience is well rounded between strategy, creative, digital, production, and fulfillment services. Not only is he a unique amalgamation of client services, his ability to lead multi-million dollar projects and develop internal teams has been proven time and time again.

Laura Wishingrad

Laura Wishingrad

Personalization Consultant at RichRelevence

Former Human Computer Interaction Intern at Apple Inc.

Laura is a user experience professional, with previous roles in interaction design, and more recently in insight-driven testing and optimizations. In her current role as a Personalization Consultant, Laura works with top retailers to use personalization to remove friction across all customer touch points.

Laura received her Masters from UC Berkley’s School of Information, and her Bachelors in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego. She currently lives in Paris, France.

Heather Morgan Shoemaker

Heather Morgan Shoemaker

Owner, Co-Founder of Language I/O

Heather is co-founder and managing partner at Language I/O, a software company that enables help desk agents to support customers in any language. Language I/O clients include LinkedIn, iRobot, SurveyMonkey, PACCAR, Cablevision and numerous other global companies. Prior to Language I/O, Heather worked in a variety of corporate environments as a software developer, technical consultant, product manager and VP of engineering. Heather was senior director of product management and globalization for a division of Pearson Education. While at Pearson, Heather and her team built a new generation, online college education platform, which was launched globally.

Prior to that, Heather was VP of Engineering at Lingoport, a Boulder, Colo.-based software internationalization firm. At Lingoport, Heather built a development team from the ground up, launched a new product and managed numerous Fortune 500 clients.

Heather holds a Masters of Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies form the University of Washington in Seattle. She has lived all over the United States and Mexico and speaks English and Spanish.