ICUT Staff

Ray Martinez, President 

Ray Martinez is president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), which serves the state and federal policy interests of Texas’ regionally-accredited, nonprofit independent institutions of higher education. Prior to joining ICUT, Ray served as chancellor of WGU Texas and has held senior government relations positions at Rice University and with the Texas A&M University System. Ray previously served as director of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas Senate. Click here for Ray's full bio.

Email: ray.martinez@icut.org


Elizabeth Puthoff, Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis

Elizabeth Puthoff joined ICUT in June 2005. A former high school chemistry teacher, she holds two masters' degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Education and a Master of Public Affairs. Her responsibilities include producing research reports, conducting research projects and monitoring legislation. Her legislative assignments include student public education, teacher preparation and certification, and financial aid.

Email: elizabeth.puthoff@icut.org


Lois Hollis, Director of Member Services and the ICUT Foundation

Lois Hollis joined ICUT in January 2010 after 28 years at the Texas Higher education Coordinating Board, where she served as Assistant Commissioner for Student Services for seven years. In that role she oversaw all State financial aid programs and the ApplyTexas Common Admission Application, and worked closely with the State Legislature on affordability issues pertaining to college students. Lois is the point of contact for ICUT members in regard to cost-saving measures offered through group purchasing agreements. In addition, she coordinates annual affinity meetings and oversees the ICUT Efficiency Committee (E-Committee) and the ICUT Peer Consultation program. 

Email: lois.hollis@icut.org


Kelly Hyten, Director of Finance and Operations 

Email: kelly.hyten@icut.org


Sam Rauschenfels, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives

Sam Rauschenfels joined ICUT in June 2017, after completing a Master's in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. A native of Minnesota, Sam is a product of independent higher education, having completed a Bachelor's in Environmental Earth Sciences, with a minor in Film and Media, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Sam coordinates public relations and communications for ICUT, including monthly newsletters, ICUT-produced publications, and media outreach. He also works to develop and implement new iniatives for ICUT and the ICUT Foundation. 

Email: sam.rauschenfels@icut.org


Joel Resendez, Government Relations Coordinator

A native of Alice, Texas, Joel Resendez joined ICUT in October 2017. Prior to ICUT, Joel served as the Legislative Director for the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas House of Representatives. Joel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health and a minor in Communication. His responsibilities include producing policy analysis, developing advocacy projects, and research activities to support the government relations needs of ICUT.

Email: joel.resendez@icut.org