Abby Gonzalez


Abby Gonzalez, President for the Texas Coastal Bend chapter of ISSA, has been working in the Information Technology field for 15 years. She is currently the Educational Technologist for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and has been in this position since 2012.  She works collaboratively with the IT and Distance Education departments, as well as with faculty, as an eLearning resource/trainer providing technical and instructional design consulting services that augment on-site, blended, and online learning.  Ms. Gonzalez also assists with the administration of the University’s learning management system and manages all aspects including the population of user accounts, course integration, record maintenance, and content creation. Abby Gonzalez previously served as an Internet Specialist at Del Mar College providing quality, timeliness, efficient performance, integrity, security, and management of the College’s Learning Management System server services.
Degrees in Computer Science
  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Systems Security
  • Network Administration

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Jonathan Cooper

vice president



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Robert Benavides

Recording Secretary & Director of finance

Robert Benavides, Recording Secretary and Director of Finance for the Texas Coastal Bend chapter of ISSA, has been in the Information Technology field for over 6 years. He currently is the Information Technology Director at Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union, an institution with over 200 million dollars in assets. Robert’s primary focus at Gulf Coast FCU is to create solutions and deploy seamless technology to further improve member relations. Robert has served on multiple IT steering committees for different financial institutions. Robert’s mission is to continue the integration of technology and safety measures to Corpus Christi’s financial sector. Robert is also the President of a small startup company that specializes in cattle ranching and breeding. During his free time, Robert enjoys spending volunteering with his church, exploring the outdoors, hunting, and interacting with his livestock.

Dorothy Pallotti

Marketing Director

Dorothy Pallotti, Marketing Director for the Texas Coastal Bend chapter of ISSA, worked in the Information Technology field for 6 years before becoming a full-time Computer Science academic advisor in the Computer Science, Information, and Advanced Technology (CSEAT) department at Del Mar College. She has been in this position since 2012 and became an adjunct instructor in the CSEAT department in 2015 teaching Introduction to MySQL and Networking Hardware. In her capacity as academic advisor she has presented at multiple conferences and was invited to be a member of the Next Generation Leadership Academy. She previously worked in the IT departments at Aransas County and the Corpus Christi Housing Authority as well as running/maintaining a testing server at Del Mar College in the CSEAT department. In her spare time she enjoys playing music at her church and as a member of the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra at Del Mar College as well as reading and various crafting pursuits.

Degrees in Computer Science

  • AAS Network Administration
  • AAS Information Systems Security
  • AAS Computer Forensics
  • BBA Computer Information Systems



Joshua Gonzalez

Past President

Joshua Gonzalez is our Chapter President.  He has been working the IT field for over 20 yrs and is currently the Director of IT Infrastructure and Research Computing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In this position, he oversees TAMU-CC’s cable plant, voice and data networks, systems and storage infrastructure, data center, and research computing. Prior to TAMU-CC Joshua worked for multiple financial institutions in various IT roles.  Joshua serves on the Lonestar Education and Research Network Technical Advisory Group and as a board member for TTVN.  TTVN is the wide area data and interactive communications network that serves the campuses and agencies of The Texas A&M University System. Joshua is a graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Executive Leadership for Information Technology Excellence (ELITE) and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from A&M-Corpus Christi.
In his free time, Joshua enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities with his three adopted children.

Our Amazing Group

The Backbone of Our Organization

We couldn’t do half of what we do here at Texas Coastal Bend ISSA if it wasn’t for our awesome members. In addition to our members, we also have mentors, instructors, service providers and many other expert individuals who help us help each other. Rest assured that unlike your average organization, anyone we are willing to recommend is someone we’ve already had the pleasure of knowing.


We’d especially like to mention our founding members Christopher Hegg, Christopher Urista, Ed Sachanowicz, James Ballou, Jeff Vlach, John Martinez, John White, Quanah Dykes, Stephanie Martin, Tim VanAken. Thank you for everything!

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