WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies and Executive Director, WCET
Michael D. Abbiatti, former Director of the Southern Regional Education Board Educational Technology Cooperative, and former Associate Commissioner for Information and Learning Technologies for the Louisiana Board of Regents, is an active proponent of innovation in technology-enhanced teaching and learning, as well as the policy environment empowering the efforts. His recent focus has been the policy and operational environment supporting linking truly high speed broadband via leveraging “The Internet of Things” with a dynamic set of core missions including municipal networks, an aggressive research agenda, a comprehensive academic agenda base in provision of quality content, standards for design, delivery and competency-based outcomes, support for current and future telemedicine/telehealth activities, and a far-reaching emergency preparedness agenda.
Abbiatti developed the 10 Critical Issues in K-20 Technology at SREB, and launched an initiative to develop a regional strategy for integrating “The Internet of Things” into the technology-enhanced education framework. His professional responsibilities historically have involved providing leadership and support for statewide technology initiatives in Higher Education. This support covers both strategic and operational issues between and among campuses, to include a strong interface with the K-12 community, Higher Education, and government agencies. Abbiatti was the leader of the team responsible for creating/coordinating the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), and has served on the Board of Directors of Quality Matters, the National LambdaRail (NLR) initiative, and the Internet2 National SEGP Advisory Board. He is a firm believer in leadership though example, team building, and empowerment of team members to achieve lasting success. Abbiatti is an active proponent of cooperative endeavors and scaling successful ideas across the K-20 community and beyond. An experienced and successful technocrat, Abbiatti has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best when it comes to leveraging cyberspace as a teaching/learning,
CTO Wireline Accounts, Alcatel-Lucent
Luc is CTO Wireline accounts for the Alcatel-Lucent North American sales organization. Luc’s career includes over 25 years of experience in different telecommunication sub domains such as core routing, wireline access, enterprise networking, IPTV and multimedia. In these domains, Luc was active in a multitude of roles spanning from product line management to strategy and technology evangelism. Luc was a driving force behind the Alcatel-Lucent Triple play service delivery architecture. He started his career in fundamental research on protocol analysis and was a part time professor.
Luc holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel”, Belgium and has multiple telecom patents.
VP Communications, Strategic Networks Group and Founder, The Think Agency
Doug is a proven marketing professional with more than 20 years experience developing and fostering brands from the ground floor to national prominence. Specializing in services and technology, Doug has developed strategies, communications and marketing efforts across the U.S. with significant accomplishments within the broadband industry, including work in large metro areas including Cleveland, Chicago, and Seattle. As VP of Communications for broadband economist Strategic Networks Group, Doug has helped develop the Small Business Growth Program and overseen its statewide deployment in Georgia, Nebraska, and Arkansas. Currently, Doug is developing a communications plan for Pitkin County.
Doug founded The Think Agency (www.thethinkagency.com) in 2010, aiming to establish a different kind of marketing firm. One that prides itself on providing a high level of professional help from highly talented, highly flexible individuals with years of experience in a variety of marketing disciplines. Think supports clients either as an “outsourced marketing team” or with individual projects (websites, messaging, strategy, lead generation, etc.).
Prior to founding Think, Doug served as Director of Marketing for OneCommunity and the Knight Center of Digital Excellence where he oversaw strategy and execution of marketing, communications, public relations and brand initiatives. Doug hails from Indianapolis but has spent much of his career in the New York metro area where he helped drive startup InsightExpress from bankruptcy to the largest online custom research firm in the U.S.
An entrepreneur at heart, Doug is a driven, impatient professional – ready to make a difference today. His research background ensures that the decisions and strategies recommended are market driven and effective. Doug’s commentaries and research findings have appeared in hundreds of outlets across the nation, including The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, and ESPN.
Executive Director, Rockies Venture Club
Peter Adams is co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies and serves as the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club, the longest running angel investing group in the U.S. He is and is an Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University, where he teaches the Capstone strategy course for the Executive MBA program in Denver. Peter has over thirty years of business experience in corporate leadership roles as CIO and economics director and as a CEO/serial entrepreneur. Peter is also the founder of BizGirls.org, a non-profit summer CEO Development Program for young women. Peter holds a BA Degree from Colorado College and an MBA from Regis University.
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Economic Development & International Trade
Fiona Arnold joins OEDIT most recently from River North Investment Company LLC, where she serves as owner and president of the real estate development company focused on commercial and residential urban redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of a city block in the River North (RiNo) District of Denver. Previously, Arnold served as executive vice president and general counsel for Vail Resorts, where she was a key advisor to the CEO and the board of directors and provided leadership and oversight of the company’s acquisitions and transactions.
Prior to Vail Resorts, Arnold served as associate general counsel at Western Gas Resources Inc. (now Anadarko Petroleum), a Colorado oil and gas company, and prior to that, she served as vice president of legal and business affairs at Crown Media Holdings in Greenwood Village, CO. Arnold began her career as an attorney in Australia before joining the international law firm of Jones Day in Dallas, Texas and then moving to Colorado in 2001.
Arnold holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Tasmania; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide; and a Master of Laws, International & Comparative, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as a board member for the non-profit Dress for Success, Colorado, as well as co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Colorado, School of Law. Previously, she served as a board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Corporate Counsel, as well as the Colorado Chief Legal Officer Group.
Communications Director, City of Thornton and President of the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance (CCUA)
Todd Barnes is the Communications Director for the city of Thornton and has been the President of the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance(CCUA) since 2010. He is also the Chair for the Colorado Municipal League’s Communications Managers section and on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The CCUA represents 40 local governments in Colorado that serve about 2.4 million Coloradans. Todd has been with Thornton since 2001 and been an active member of the CCUA and its predecessor organization the Greater Metro Telecommunications Consortium since that time. In Thornton, Todd deals with franchising issues related to telecommunications and broadband as well as community outreach, emergency communications and marketing.
Working with CCUA legal counsel as well as other board members, Todd has participated in the negotiating and crafting of model franchise agreements for video services in Colorado. Todd has been active in legislative efforts at the state capital and is always working to ensure local governments maintain control of the decisions associated with the uses of Rights of Way in our communities. Working with the PEG/Metro Voices committee for CCUA, as well as the video production staffs for several CCUA communities, Todd has helped the CCUA provide the Connected Colorado video program to local government Channel 8's. Prior to working in city government, Todd had a career working in the Denver news media and as a show producer for several major cable-TV networks.
Todd graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism/Communications. A Colorado native, Todd has lived in Arvada, Golden, Erie and Westminster.
IT Director, Sport Obermeyer
Since 1989 Brandon has been working with computers and developing network infrastructure for the private sector. He is currently employed as the IT Director for Sport Obermeyer based in Aspen, CO. Previously he helped solve remote Internet issues within the oil industry and has recently been using his skill set to improve the IT infrastructure at Marble Charter School - where his children go to school. With a long history of living in remote areas, as well as major metropolitan areas, he has an objective and realistic perspective toward the challenges facing rural areas with respect to Internet access. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and statistics from Colorado Mesa University.
Utilities Director, Town of Estes Park
Reuben Bergsten oversees all aspects of the Water and Electric Utilities for the Town of Estes Park. The Town’s Light & Power Department has a sparsely populated 300 square mile service territory. In February 92% of the Town’s residents voted yes to have the Town re-establish their right to provide broadband service. Reuben is a member of the Board of Directors of Platte River Power Authority which owns and operates a fiber optic network in and around the northern Front Range. As an engineer, Reuben has worked on utilities using fiber optics in the Czech Republic and India and spent a number of years in research and development. His most valuable experience for responding to the 2013 flood was the strong work ethic he inherited from his parents.
VP of Sales, Counter Trade
Joe has worked with CounterTrade and K12 education clients for nearly 20 years. He has worked with schools across the state in helping schools meet the technology expectations and demands of their respective digital immigrants (students). He sits as a board member of a number of technology company partner advisory boards such as Dell, HP and Ingram Micro. He and his wife of 19 years are currently hauling their three kids to too many after school activities.(9, 14, 17)
Joe graduated from UNC in 1991 with a BA in Journalism and spent two years in Poland teaching English as a second language to Polish high school students. I time that he will never forget.
Director, Information Technology Department, Town of Vail
In 1996, he was responsible for a cable franchise agreement with TCI ( now Comcast ) which brought digital cable to the Town and fiber optics to all of their municipal buildings. In 2006 he successfully implemented a public-private agreement with CenturyTel (now CenturyLink )to build and manage a town-wide Wi-Fi system bringing free wireless Internet access to their guests. In 2007, this wireless network was instrumental in building a Public Safety Network servicing 13 user agencies on a county wide 911 Dispatching and Records Management initiative.
In 2008, he established an Intergovernmental Agreement ( IGA ) with the Colorado Department of Transportation, completing a fiber optic system from Golden to Vail which ultimately allowed Comcast to use as their transport bringing high speed broadband and digital IP services to it’s Vail customers. In 2012, he struck a deal with Crown Castle to take over the Wi Fi system and build a town wide fiber optic based 4G cellular Distributed Antenna System for use by AT&T and Verizon.
Prior to the Town of Vail, he cut his teeth in Denver working as the Service Manager for Bohdan, opening up their Denver retail office in the late 80’s, then later served as Service and Technical Support Manager for ComputerLand. This was followed by a stint as MIS Manager for Natural Fuels Corporation, a startup venture funded by Public Service Company (now Excel Energy ) building fully automated Natural Gas fueling stations across Colorado, including the old Stapleton Airport and Vickers gas stations.
Headmaster, Stone Creek Charter School
John began his education career in Colorado as a science teacher for Eagle County Schools. Throughout his career, he has served as a principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent and now headmaster. His journey into education has taken him through the ranks of traditional public schools and since 2009 he has been the Headmaster at Stone Creek Charter School. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of education reform initiatives involving teacher training and evaluation systems designed to improve instructional effectiveness and student achievement. Additionally, he has led systemic efforts to restructure education compensation systems based on performance and results. His path into charter school has been transformational.
He now finds himself in the company of like-minded educators and parents dedicated to changing the way schools educate students. As a charter school leader he has realized the impact that a school community can have on developing a rigorous and inclusive program where every student thrives. He holds a BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, and MA degrees from Adams State College and The University of Denver. He has presented at numerous state and national conferences dealing with education reform and school improvement. He has served as a consultant for many organizations, including: Yale University’s Schools of the Twenty First Century, The University of Denver, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Milken Family Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Youth Foundation.
Region Vice President-Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink
Jim Campbell leads an organization that is responsible for regulatory and legislative affairs and developing and maintaining relationships with key elected officials in CenturyLink’s Midwest Region. He was Arizona state president for Qwest before the company’s acquisition by CenturyLink in 2011.
Campbell held several positions at Qwest and its predecessor, U S West. He started at U S West in 1995, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. In 1998, Campbell joined MediaOne, the subsidiary of U S West, where he was vice president of Law and Government Affairs for Eastern U.S. operations based in
Florida. When MediaOne was sold to AT&T in 2000, Campbell returned to Denver after U S West had merged with Qwest to support video operations in Arizona and Colorado. From 2001 to 2008, he was managing partner at the law firm of Campbell, Killin, Brittan and Ray in Denver. Campbell rejoined Qwest in 2008 as Arizona state president.
Campbell has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Denver and Southwest chapters of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Arrupe Jesuit High School, Junior Achievement, the Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, the 2011 MLB All Star Game advisory committee, and the Arizona Chamber. He is based in Denver and currently sits on the board of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
County Commissioner, Gunnison County
Phil was elected as a County Commissioner in 2010 and is currently serving his second term. He sits on the Region 10 Board of Directors and their Executive Board. He sits on both the Board and Executive board of Club 20, and is currently their Chair Elect. Phil is active in many issues from Sage Grouse, Health and Human Services, and OHV and trails issues, to legislative issues. Phil has made broadband development on the Western Slope one of his focus issues. He sits on the Local Technology Planning Team for Gunnison and is currently working on a Regional Broadband Development Plan with Region 10.
Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, FCC
Mr. Chambers has been at the Commission since 2012, having returned to federal government service after nearly two decades in the private sector. Mr. Chambers previously worked in government from 1987-1994, as the Republican Staff Director of the Senate Commerce Committee, as Legislative Director for Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) and as a Professional Staff Member to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Chambers’ private sector experience has involved roles in law, public policy, finance and strategic planning for wireless, cable, and Internet service providers in the U.S. and in Europe.
Director of Information Technology, Mind Springs Health
Shaun Charles has been working in the Information Technology field for 13 years and has drawn his experience from different industry settings including telecommunications, technology, non-profit, and public education. Shaun has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and is currently working towards his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Information Technology Management. Shaun joined Mind Springs Health in 2012 and is responsible for all Information Technology related resources. When Shaun isn’t working he likes to hunt and spend time with his wife and children.
Utility Practice Director, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
John Chowdhury is the utility practice director at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. He develops unique network integration solutions, modernization programs and network operations offerings tailored to support utilities as they adapt their communications networks to meet new demands for scalability, reliability, standards, and security.
Recognized twice as a ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ by the Dallas Business Journal, John has dedicated his 25-year consulting career to improving electric utility and telecom business performance. John has provided strategic business and technology guidance to international energy entities in the areas of: Smart Grid/AMI/distribution automation; business case development; customer relationship management; billing; and telecommunications/wireless networks.
Prior to joining Fujitsu, John was VP of KEMA Quality (now called DEKRA) and director of Smart Grid solutions at KEMA Consulting (now called KEMA DNV), where he was instrumental in developing Smart Grid solutions for utilities in the USA, Australia, India and South America. Prior to KEMA, he was principal and solutions lead for the IBM utility consulting practice, leading development of the first Intelligent Grid solution at CenterPoint Energy in Houston. John is a respected speaker at industry conferences including DistribuTECH, Latin American Smart Metering, Smart Grid ASIA, Energy Thought Summit, NRECA TechAdvantage and UTC Telecom & Technology.
John holds a BSBA in Management Information Systems from Tulsa University, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is an active member of: Edison Electric Institute, GridWise Architecture Council, IEEE-Power Engineering Society, National Rural Electric Association Advisory Council and the Utilities Telecom Council. John is a member of the board of directors on the UTC Smart Network Council, as well as a founding member of Utility Innovation Council under the White House.
Colorado Department of Education: E-grants, Education Technology, E-rate
- Colorado state E-rate coordinator since 2004.
- Serves as liaison between Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and support districts through audits, selective reviews, appeals, and site visits.
- Serves as the states certified technology plan approver and official point of contact for USAC and the FCC.
- Colorado member of the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA).
- Bachelors of Arts Information Technology emphasis on Business Systems Analysis.
Director of Public Safety Programs, General Dynamics C4 Systems
Richard Coleman II is the Director of Homeland Security Strategic Planning at General Dynamics C4 Systems (C4 Systems). C4 Systems is amongst the largest of General Dynamics’ 13 business units and a global market leader in the development, integration, and provisioning of end-to-end secure, strategic and tactical, mobile networks.
Mr. Coleman has been in his current position since January 2011. As Director of Homeland Security Strategic Planning, he is responsible for implementing strategies to help C4 Systems develop technologies to meet the nation’s homeland security needs. In doing so, he is responsible focusing its business development, capture management, and marketing activities into the federal market place.
Senior Council, Lerman Senter PLLC
Mr. Coran’s practice focuses on the representation of fixed wireless broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, educators and wireless companies by serving their policy, transactional and licensing needs. He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests. Mr. Coran has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafts and negotiates interconnection, spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber and other agreements. He has also represented financial institutions in connection with public and private investments. Mr. Coran also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters.
Chief Strategy Officer, State of Colorado
As the Chief Strategy Officer, Monica Coughlin is responsible for the development and execution of OIT’s overall organizational strategy ensuring alignment with the Governor’s Office and agencies’ goals. She is also focused on attracting, growing and retaining IT jobs and businesses in Colorado and supporting the Secretary of Technology in promoting Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers. In addition, her efforts are also focused on defining the overall broadband strategy for the State of Colorado and promoting coordination and collaboration activities across the state.
Monica brings more than fifteen years experience in the IT industry with proven strategy development, business operations and program/project management expertise. Prior to joining OIT, she was the Chief of Staff for Oracle’s Global IT Service Operations, the organization responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. In this role, Monica was responsible for driving strategic goal alignment, organizational readiness, employee enablement and communications throughout the organization of 600+ employees. She also worked several years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. holding a variety of business, people and project management roles within IT Operations and Services.
Monica has a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Regis University in Denver. She also completed the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50 for Colorado Leadership Program. Monica is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's 2013 Forty Under 40 awards and was also a finalist in the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Woman in Tech of the Year award.
Monica is a member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation Board of Directors and is a previous member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Associate Board where she has volunteered with their Sports Buddies Program for more than ten years.
President & CEO, 1st Southwest Bank
Kent Curtis was born and raised in Dixon, Illinois and moved to the Western Slope of Colorado in 1977 to attend college at Fort Lewis College in Durango. While attending FLC, he met and married April, his wife of now 34 years. The son of a banker, Kent began his journey as banker and entrepreneur upon college graduation in 1982. He has held various executive officer positions as well as board memberships throughout his twenty-three year community banking career. Kent currently serves as President and CEO of First Southwest Bank and has an office in Durango, Colorado. His desire to differentiate First Southwest Bank in the post-Great Recession era lead to its CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation in November of 2014.
Director of Government Affairs, Comcast
A seventeen-year veteran of communications strategy and public affairs, Andy is a Director of Government Affairs in Comcast’s Mile High Region. Andy leads Comcast’s external affairs and economic development work with public officials and business leaders in the western part of the Denver metro area, Boulder, and state’s mountain communities.
Prior to joining Comcast, Andy was the Manager of Public Affairs for Molycorp, a Colorado-based producer of rare earth materials, critical elements in a wide variety of advanced technologies.
Before returning to his home state of Colorado in 2012, Andy spent the first 14 years of his career in Washington, DC, largely at the intersection of business and government. Andy worked on Capitol Hill for 10 years in communications strategy and media spokesman roles for the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator John Kerry, and Senator Fritz Hollings, and he had his first opportunity to work in high profile, political communication as a member of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle’s communications team. A Colorado native, Andy got his start on the Hill working as a staff assistant for former Congressman David Skaggs, who represented Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.
Andy serves on the Board of Directors for the JeffCo Schools Foundation and the Colorado Technology Foundation’s newly created Advisory Board. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Vice President, USAC
Craig Davis is the Vice President of the Rural Health Care Program for USAC. Most recently, he served as the Senior Director responsible for the High Cost Program. Prior to joining USAC in 2002, he worked for a variety of telecommunications companies including a dark fiber provider, a wireless competitive local exchange carrier, and an operator services provider. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law.
Director of Networks and Technical Services, Colorado Mountain College
Jim English is the Director of Networks and Technical Services for Colorado Mountain College (CMC). CMC a multi-site college, and its educational district covers 12,000 square miles of Colorado’s Western Slope. Jim is responsible for all strategic technology planning, IT security, the service desk, desktop support and oversight of CMC’s networking and telecommunications infrastructure. Jim has been with CMC for 25 years, and has been instrumental in the strategic development and deployment of a private high speed data network that connects all of CMC’s 11 locations, while dealing with the bandwidth limitations and challenges of living in the rural mountains of Colorado. Before coming to CMC, Jim was the Director of Information Services for Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell, and he spent over three years as a faculty member teaching information technology. Jim holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University.
Manager Business Development – Integrators, Corning Optical Communications
Create the business strategy for the next generation of FTTx projects in the Americas by leveraging Corning Optical Communications latest technologies
• Solidify commercial relationships with key integrators and establish the grounds of a long term partnership for EF&I projects
• Partner with third party financial organizations and develop opportunities and financial strategies for Broadband infrastructure development projects
• Develop the ecosystem around Integrators, Contractors, consultants and financial organizations interested in development of broadband infrastructure
• Work closely with Corning management executives, Market Development, Business Operations, Marketing, and the Sales organization to develop strategies for new business opportunities for FTTx.
Economic Development Program Manager, Economic Development Administration
Since August 2012, Justin is an Economic Development Program Manager in the Denver Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an agency within the Department of Commerce. EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Justin manages an array of grant programs focused on regional economic development in the mid-west region. Projects include broadband related planning, implementation and public works, business incubation, local manufacturing initiatives, disaster recovery and general economic development planning. Justin received his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Regional Economic Development. While in graduate school, he worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a transformational housing program focused on providing the tools for housing residents to become self-sufficient. Justin received his Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
Partner, Kissinger & Fellman, P.C.
Ken Fellman is a partner in the Denver law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. His practice emphasizes local government representation, particularly telecommunications, local government and utilities law. Ken has represented local governments, non-profit organizations and governmental associations nationwide in connection with cable television franchising, deployment of community broadband networks, tower and antenna siting, public safety communications issues, communications service contracts, rights of way management, and gas and electric utility franchising. Ken currently serves as City Attorney in Littleton, and also represents the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance and the Colorado Government Association of Information Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at the University Of Colorado College Of Law, where he teaches Telecommunications Law and Policy.
Ken is a Past President (2009-2011) of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). He served as Mayor of Arvada, Colorado from 1999 – 2007, and as an at large member of City Council from 1993 – 1999. In 2004 during Arvada’s centennial celebration, Ken was chosen as one of the 100 most influential citizens in the City’s history. In 2007, and 2010 – 2014, Ken was named as one of Law & Politics’ Colorado Super Lawyers, a list that represents the top 5 percent of Colorado attorneys.
Ken currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Previously, he served as chair of the FCC’s Local and State Government Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Executive Committee of SAFECOM – an advisory committee to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security comprised of local, state and tribal officials, to help improve public safety response through more effective and efficient interoperable wireless communications.
When not practicing law or working on community activities, he might be found playing his guitar or looking forward to the next Bruce Springsteen concert, who he has seen about 45 times since 1974. Ken’s wife Jill was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education (Colorado’s largest school district) in 2011, so he is now also serving in the capacity of “political spouse.”
Ken received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his law degree from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law. He can be contacted at (303) 320-6100; facsimile: (303) 327-8601; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @kenfellman. Ken’s publications and public presentations can be found on the firm’s website at www.kandf.com, under the “News and Resources” icon.
Principle Engineer, Fulton Engineering
Tom Fulton is the Principal Engineer at Fulton Engineering, Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado. A career telecom engineer, he has designed, constructed, tested, managed and operated telecommunications systems for internet service providers, wireless systems, regional fiber networks, and last mile systems utilizing copper, coax, fiber and wireless technologies. Recent projects include a complex microwave system in Alaska supporting internet, 2/3 and 4G wireless systems, a regional fiber optic ring and multiple fiber to the home deployments in Eastern Colorado, and upgrades to wireless carrier networks to evolve from 3G to 4G. Tom has prepared several successful applications to the Rural Utilities Service for funding under various programs. This year, on behalf of Crystal River Broadband, he submitted an application for Community Connect funding to bring broadband to the Town of Marble, Colorado.
State Demographer, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Elizabeth Garner is the State Demographer and joined the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in 2004. The State Demography Office produces population and economic estimates and forecast for use by state agencies and local governments. Current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. Elizabeth is an economist by training and prior to working with the state she worked for 10 years with CSU Cooperative Extension managing a data center and producing economic and demographic impact reports. She received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego, her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University and is a PhD candidate for the same program. Elizabeth is a Denver native.
Principal, Project Performance Partners
Gerry is a longtime infrastructure consultant and entrepreneur, having founded successful companies in infrastructure services and consulting. At those firms, he worked on infrastructure with and had as clients large government enterprises such as the States of New York and Illinois and numerous larger municipalities and private enterprises including multiple Fortune 500 companies (Fujitsu Network Communications, Harris Corporation, Federal Signal, Tyco Electronics, SkyPilot, MetroFi, Drivewyze, etc). Galloway, through a company he founded, has provided fiber optic solutions to the largest commuter rail agency in Illinois, Metra, as well as the Vermont Electric Cooperative, and the City of Naperville, Illinois along with wireless communications systems to cities and counties. He also ten years ago, previously served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Illinois’ second largest city, Aurora, overseeing the operational and capital improvement budgets, 1200 employees. In that capacity he led the effort to create Illinois’ second largest city’s first city-owned fiber optic network, which has become a renowned success story, serving both businesses and government agencies within Aurora. Galloway helped put the budget and financing strategy for the city’s fiber network. Galloway was later national director of sales for a wireless broadband infrastructure company based in silicon valley that provided municipal wireless broadband network service under a public/private partnership model to cities including Cupertino, California, and Sunnyvale, California and Riverside, California.
Chief Information Officer, University of New Mexico
The Chief Information Officer is charged with the strategic leadership of Information Technology across UNM. Gil Gonzales joined UNM as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in August 2008. To date in his tenure, he has established direction to strengthen core services and broaden IT collaboration institution-wide and regionally, benefitting the entire State of New Mexico.
In 2010, Gil was elected Vice Chair of National Lambda Rail on behalf of UNM and the State of New Mexico. Since 2009, Gil has served as Chair of the Western Regional Network. Prior to joining UNM, Gil was CIO at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), where he provided administrative leadership and strategic direction for the planning and implementation of information systems and technology starting in 2002. He was also an associate professor at the CSUMB School of Information Technology, Communication and Design in 2006.
Gil had served as the Director of Content and Market Development at the start-up company, GoCampus. He also served in administrative positions in the areas of information/technologies management, library management and academic support for 12 years with the Maricopa Community College District. Gil has a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University, Tempe and a Master’s in Library Science degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He has been extensively published in the Educause Review, and numerous other information technology and higher education publications.
State GIS Coordinator, Colorado Office of Information Technology
Jon Gottsegen has been Colorado's State GIS Coordinator for approximately 10 1/2 years. In this role, he works with other state agencies and federal and local governments to encourage collaboration and data sharing. He developed Colorado's grant application to the NTIA for broadband mapping and planning funds under federal State Broadband Initiative and managed the broadband mapping process through the five year grant program. Jon has also worked in emergency management, land use planning, transportation analysis and demographic analysis in his 30 year career in GIS.
VP of Information Services and CIO, Estes Park Medical Center
Gary Hall is the VP of Information Services and CIO at Estes Park Medical Center, a progressive critical-access hospital high in the mountains at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park.. Gary’s been at EPMC for ten years, and has helped that organization take many steps away from antiquated processes and a fragile infrastructure, and toward an integrated electronic health record. Prior to his time at EPMC, Gary had a long IT career in the for-profit world. Gary and his wife Linda live in Estes Park and have two daughters. Gary’s a musician with six original CDs to his credit, and he and his wife are very active in the hiking and running community in Colorado.
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Irv Halter is a veteran of over 32 years in the United States Air Force where he was a combat fighter pilot and rose to the rank of Major General. After retiring from the Air Force in 2009, Irv joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as the Vice President and General Manager for Air Force, NASA and Missile Defense Agency programs, providing IT and professional services.
In July 2013, Irv left CSC to run for the 114th Congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. While he did not prevail, as a first time candidate, he ran a solid race and received significant support and positive national attention.
Irv accepted the position of Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in May 2015 where he is a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet. He is responsible for a statewide agency that annually grants and distributes over $250 million through State and Federal Grants, as well as other funding programs. DOLA supports communities throughout Colorado by partnering with local governments and non-profit service organizations.
Irv and his wife Judy are active in their community, and are avid sports fans. They have one son, David, who lives and works in Philadelphia.
Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
Nicholas co-heads Macquarie's North American public infrastructure and PPP advisory team. As Senior Managing Director of Macquarie, Nicholas is involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s infrastructure and public private partnership (P3) businesses. He has extensive experience in the structuring and financing of major infrastructure projects which span a wide range of countries in both public and private sector roles. Nicholas’ expertise covers the social infrastructure, telecom, energy, water, urban planning, rail, toll road, port and airport sectors.
Project of relevance:
- Nicholas arranged financing for cable TV assets in Asia
- Nicholas led Macquarie's successful pursuit of the MRCS public safety communications PPP in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada
- Nicholas is currently leading Macquarie's North American initiatives in bringing the PPP model to mid mile and last mile fiber projects and specialized networks such as public safety communications
- These initiatives include development agreements with the Kentucky NG-KIH Project and the Utopia project in Utah
- Nicholas is supported by Macquarie's strong Telecom, Media, Entertainment and Technology Group
Spectrum Initiative Co-Director, Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado
Dale N. Hatfield is currently a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and an Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program – both at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Hatfield was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, immediately before that, he was Chief Technologist at the Agency. He retired from the FCC and government service in December 2000. Before joining the FCC in December 1997, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting firm. Before founding the consulting firm in 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Before moving to NTIA, Hatfield was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC. Hatfield has nearly fifty years of experience in telecommunications policy and regulation, spectrum management and related areas. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology and an MS in Industrial Management from Purdue University. In May, 2008, Hatfield was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Colorado for, inter alia, his commitment to the development of interdisciplinary telecommunications studies. Until recently, Hatfield was the Executive Director of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). He is currently serving on the FCC's Technology Advisory Council (TAC) and on the Commerce Department's Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). He has served as an independent Director of Crown Castle International Corp. since July 2001.
President, Magellan Advisors
Mr. Honker is a seasoned executive with 18 years experience in management within the broadband telecommunications sector. He has been instrumental in developing IP and broadband services for emerging markets in the United States and across 17 countries internationally. John is President of Magellan Advisors, a broadband consulting firm specializing in advanced broadband development for the public and private sectors. Magellan provides comprehensive broadband planning, implementation and management to public agencies and private telecoms as a turnkey solution to expand advanced broadband services in communities across the world. Magellan has consulted with hundreds of clients that want to utilize advanced broadband to enhance economic development and quality of life in their communities. Through Magellan’s support, hundreds of millions of dollars of broadband investments have been made worldwide.
President, CTC Technology & Energy
Joanne Hovis directs all of CTC Technology & Energy’s business consulting, strategic planning, market assessment, and management consulting work. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, she is a recognized authority on the broadband market and community broadband topics—and on the evolving role of government in the provision of communications services to the public. She advises public and not-for profit clients regarding strategic and business considerations for building community broadband networks, and provides guidance on funding opportunities including E-rate and other federal programs. In one area of particular interest, Joanne helps communities to develop innovative public-private partnerships that enable creative risk-sharing as between public and private sectors, with greater net benefits to both. Joanne serves as a Director of the Benton Foundation and OneCommunity and is co-founder and CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice—the public/private coalition dedicated to enabling local government participation in next generation broadband and Internet development.
Chief Executive Officer, San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, INC.
Loren Howard is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., which has provided electricity to 7500 members in southwest Colorado for more than 75 years. SLVREC is building a fiber optic network throughout its service territory to bring world class Internet and phone services to all under served and unserved residents of the San Luis Valley.
Prior to joining SLVREC, Loren was the General Manager of the Board of Public Works in Holland, Michigan, a municipal utility that serves electricity, water, wastewater and fiber optic services to a community of more than 50,000 residents.
Loren holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and masters in business administration. He is a retired military officer having served in the US Coast Guard for more than 22 years. He is also a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Michigan.
Loren and his wife Karen reside in Monte Vista, Colorado and have two married children and six grandchildren.
Broadband Program Manager, Colorado Telehealth Network
Rob Jenkins is the broadband program manager for the Colorado Telehealth Network. Previous to CTN, Rob oversaw large scale, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Hospital Association (AHA) grants. Rob holds a BA in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico and an MA in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver. Rob oversees the day to day program management of CTN’s broadband network, provides oversight for CTN’s federal funder (USAC) as well as CTN’s service provider. Rob also manages all aspects of federal compliance for the CTN network. Additionally, Rob directs CTN’s external communications and provides assistance to CTN member providers.
CEO, SiFi Networks
As CEO of SiFi Networks, Ben Bawtree-Jobson was involved in the formation of the company and continues to direct all aspects of its public-private-partnership offering in the fiber to the premise sector. Ben's experience lies within the structuring and financing of fiber infrastructure projects and the strategic formation of framework partner alliances.
Prior to SiFi Networks, Ben established his financial career at Close Brothers in the City of London before joining the Pickstock Group where he was responsible for evaluating emerging markets both in the UK and internationally.
Director Member Benefit Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools
Tiffany works on the School Services team at the League, which works to build charter school quality and capacity through services, connections and resources that promote charter school and student success. Her main responsibility is to develop resources to assist school finance and operations leaders in the execution of their daily tasks, specifically by providing more access to best practice resources, increasing school leader fiscal expertise, increasing purchasing efficiency and effectiveness, and by expanding the usage of products and services that are not only cost effective, but also support safe and healthy school environments. For vendors and service providers interested in reaching the charter school market, Ms. Kallevik provides education and insight into charter school operations in an effort to improve the quality and service levels that charter schools can access in the marketplace.
Technology Administrator, Eagle County Charter Academy
Tom Kirby currently is the Technology Administrator at Eagle County Charter Academy. He started as the assistant to Suzanne Smith in 2010. Tom accepted the role of Administrator in 2012. He was active in the planning of the technology being implemented in the new school building. He worked closely with the architect in the layout of the wireless access points, the computer lab and communication closets. Eagle County Charter Academy utilizes Windows laptops, Apple iPads, Mac Mini’s dual booted with Windows 7 and OSX Mavericks and Chromebooks.
Mr. Kirby moved to Colorado from Florida where he worked for the University of Florida as an OU admin over seeing all faculty, staff and students of Food Science & Human Nutrition a department of IFAS, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Before that he worked for IFAS IT. IFAS-IT covers 67 county Extension offices and 22 research centers as well as multiple on campus buildings. The seven members of IFAS-IT group supports over 4400 faculty, staff and students. One of his first responsibilities with IFAS-IT was the updating of on-campus and off-campus network infrastructure and connectivity to many out laying facilities. This included cabling, fiber, closet design and installation, training of staff and getting local ISPs into new areas.
Co-Founder and COO of US Ignite
Joe Kochan brings over 10 years of telecommunications and management experience to his role as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of US Ignite. He oversees all of US Ignite’s day-to-day efforts and staff and is responsible for financial, operational, and strategy decisions made in pursuit of US Ignite’s objective of creating applications for next-generation gigabit networks. Mr. Kochan has also worked as a federal program officer in the Department of Commerce’s $4.7B BTOP program, helping to review and award telecommunications infrastructure grants. Before that, he was a founder and Vice President–Operations of DigitalBridge Communications (DBC), a Virginia-based startup dedicated to bringing broadband services to small, underserved markets nationwide using broadband wireless technology. Previously, he was with a Verizon subsidiary focused on providing bundled communications services to concentrated communities nationwide, where he had responsibility for strategic planning and strategic project management, specifically focusing on the military housing market and the implementation of one of the first Verizon FiOS networks in the country.
Economic Development Representative and Project Engineer Colorado, US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Trisha Korbas is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Trisha began her professional career performing water resources design in private sector consultancy before joining the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration in 2003. Trisha spent eight years with EDA in the Austin Regional Office where she served as a Senior Project Engineer, providing project management and advisory during the implementation phase of EDA construction projects. In 2007, Trisha received the Department’s Silver Medal Award for creating the EDA Construction Grant Post Approval Process interactive CD which fundamentally changed how the Agency conducts construction monitoring activity. Now stationed in the Denver Regional Office for EDA, Trisha serves as the Economic Development Representative and Project Engineer for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In September, 2013, when the flood/mudslide/landslide disaster hit the State of Colorado (DR-4145), Trisha was mission assigned by FEMA to serve as Lead Field Coordinator for the Economic Recovery Support Function to support the State on long term economic recovery.
Matt Larsen has been deploying wireless infrastructure for ISP operations since early 2000 and is experienced in the design of data networks, NOC operations, wireless deployments, voice over IP implementation, business development and overall management of ISP operations.
In 1995, Larsen was part of the volunteer group that launched FortNet, the first ISP in Fort Collins, Colorado. After moving to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1997, he started Scottsbluff Networx, an ISP that provided competitive dialup Internet access in the Panhandle of Western Nebraska. Scottsbluff Networx was the first non-ILEC company to offer DSL in Nebraska, turning its first DSL customers on in the summer of 1998, and later gained CLEC status in the state of Nebraska. Frustrated with the bueaurocracy of dealing with the phone companies to deliver DSL service, Matt turned to wireless as an alternate way to deliver high speed Internet to his customers. In February 2000, Scottsbluff Networx started offering wireless broadband access in to several towns in the Nebraska Panhandle, bypassing the phone companies completely.
In November 2000, Larsen sold Scottsbluff Networx to Airwave Wireless, a company that held LMDS and cellular licenses for the Scottsbluff area. From November 2000 through October 2003, Larsen worked on ISP operations for Airwave, and concentrated on business development and the deployment of unlicensed wireless broadband systems. In October 2003, Larsen left Airwave to pursue opportunities in wireless broadband access and established Vistabeam. Vistabeam has deployed wireless broadband systems covering 40,000 square miles and maintains 500 miles of wireless backbone across Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Matt Larsen is one of the innovators in the wireless broadband industry and has been featured in the Washington Post and Wireless Tech Radio. Matt has also been a speaker at WISPCON, ISPCON, EC-Expo, FCC Wireless Broadband Access Task Force and for the Tom Osborne leadership programs; received the 1999 Visionary Rising Star Award from the Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce; received the WISP Consultant of the Year Award at the Spring 2004 WISPCON and has served on the Board of Directors for WISPA, the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association.
Operations Branch Chief, Policy & Outreach Division Telecommunications Programs, Rural Utilities Service
Laurel has served as the Operations Branch Chief for the Policy and Outreach Division of the Rural Utilities Service since July of 2014. Laurel works with the RUS telecommunications loan and grant programs, which provide low cost loans and grants to extend broadband infrastructure into rural areas. Her primary focus is on program policy and oversight, legislative and regulatory changes, IT systems maintenance and development, program reporting and the loan workouts and collections. Before transitioning into the Policy and Outreach Division, Laurel served as the Deputy Director of the Broadband Division since August of 2010, overseeing the Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program, Community Connect Grant Program and Broadband Initiatives Program. Prior to joining the Rural Utilities Service, Laurel spent five years with a small private healthcare firm in Kansas City as a Recruiter and Assistant Business Manager. Laurel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
Chief Operating Officer, Affiniti
Ira Levy is the Chief Operating Officer of Affiniti and was named to that position in 2014. Affiniti provides advanced technology telecommunication services in 21 states with a focus on public sector. As COO, Mr. Levy maintains responsibility for all aspects of the Affiniti network (fiber and wireless) spanning across 200,000 square miles, one million students at over 1,000 school locations, and over 50 hospitals across the US. Additionally, Mr. levy leads the Affiniti divisions including IT, Engineering, Sales Eng., Product, Wholesale, NOC, SOC, and Field Services.
Ira Levy previously served as Chief Executive Officer for Torrential Systems a leading IT development company. And prior as the Chief Information Officer for Howard County Government where he lead the deployment of the One Maryland- Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) a 10 jurisdiction consortium (ICBN) which received a $115 million federal BTOP grant, the second largest nationally. For these efforts, Ira was recognized as a Daily Record 40 under 40, the 2012 HTC Technology Advocate of the Year, and as a Public Sector CIO of the Year finalist by The Tech Council of Maryland.
Mr. Levy was named Smart CIO by SmartCEO magazine in 2009 for his efforts to forge new partnerships with colleges, school systems, and library systems in order to achieve great cost savings and innovative solutions to regional problems. He also actively participates with numerous associations and boards including: NACO, NATOA’s CIO Advisory Council, the Howard County Tech Council, Digital Governing Communities, past Chair of Regional Fiber deployment committee, the Howard County Public School System Technology Vision committee, founding board member of the Howard County Tech Council, the Associated Technology Advisory Committee, and the Howard Community College Commission for the Future.
In addition to a Master's degree in Education from the University of Central Florida, Mr. Levy holds a Master's degree in Information & Telecommunication Systems and a Master's in Business Administration, both from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds certifications as a PMP, CISSP and CEH.
Assistant City Manager, City of Longmont
Shawn Lewis is the Assistant City Manager for Longmont, Colorado. He is responsible for economic development, planning and development services, community services and the airport. Shawn previously served as Director of Community & Economic Development in San Angelo, Texas and has served in a number of economic development and redevelopment positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication from Lubbock Christian University and a master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
General Manager, Colorado Communications Transport, LLC
Chief Information Officer, Fort Lewis College
Matthew McGlamery is the Director of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer for Fort Lewis College located in Durango Colorado. Fort Lewis College is Colorado’s public liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to approximately 4000 students with 1700 students living on the Durango Campus. Matthew is responsible for planning, operations, security and management for all aspects of technology, networking and telecommunications at Fort Lewis College. Prior to Fort Lewis College Matthew served 28 years in multiple technology and telecommunication roles at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. While at NAU Matthew was instrumental in building a statewide broadcast quality interactive instructional TV network serving 24 rural locations across Arizona. Matthew holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from Northern Arizona University.
Founder & CEO, Connected Nation Exchange
Brian R. Mefford is founder and CEO of Connected Nation Exchange (CNX, Inc.), a company dedicated to aggregating, mapping and brokering the nation’s digital assets in support of broadband expansion through public-private partnerships. Previously, Brian served as the founder, Chairman and CEO of Connected Nation, a non-profit known globally for its ability to close the digital divide. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal included his company’s efforts in its coverage of the top 7 creative economic development initiatives globally. He has been profiled in various technology trade publications as well as the Economist and as part of C-SPAN’s Communicators series.
Brian worked closely with the telecom sector and the U.S. Congress as it unanimously passed the State Broadband Initiative and subsequently consulted with the FCC and NTIA to implement various parts of the National Broadband Plan as Connected Nation became the single largest NGO working with states to spur broadband expansion. He has worked extensively with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead community technology expansion through public-private partnerships.
Globally, Brian serves on the Malaysia International Advisory Panel, where he advises the Prime Minister on technology and wealth creation issues. He serves on the New York Academy of Science’s Global Science and Innovation Council in addition to serving as the U.S. advisor to IRMA India, an NGO dedicated to the empowerment of women in rural India. Domestically, Brian serves on numerous boards with a focus on economic development, education, science and history. Brian graduated with a B.S. degree in Economics from Centre College in Kentucky and received an International MBA from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona.
Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis. Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and speaks at conferences across the United States on telecommunications policy.
On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about community broadband. In 2012, he published three in-depth case studies of citywide publicly owned gigabit networks, called “Broadband at the Speed of Light.” In 2011, Mitchell released the Community Broadband Map, a comprehensive map of community owned networks.
He was honored as one of the 2012 Top 25 in Public Sector Technology by Government Technology, which honors the top “Doers, Drivers, and Dreamers” in the nation each year. That same year, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors named ILSR the Broadband Organization of the Year.
He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College.
He is also a professional sports photographer, shooting regularly for the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers and other clients in Minnesota. He has also worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in automated quality assurance for software.
IT Director, Rio Blanco County
Mr. Mobley has been IT Director for Rio Blanco County since March of 2014. Prior, he was the IT Director of Meeker School District in Meeker Colorado for 19 years. Mr. Mobley was key in deploying the initial fiber optic Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) connecting all school district properties in Meeker in 1999 and later, in 2001, extended connection to additional Meeker Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs). In his current role with Rio Blanco County, Mr. Mobley has served as the project manager of the team that has accomplished significant milestones over the past 3 years.
John Monday, Director of Network Engineering and Operations
Monday leads the FastTrack team responsible for supporting Internet, voice and optical transport services since 2009. Prior to joining FastTrack, Monday was the design and engineering lead for all products and services related to a regional facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) serving local markets in Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky. Monday graduated from Roosevelt University with a B.S. in E.E.T. and holds multiple telecom industry certifications including Cisco certified voice professional (CCVP/CCNP-Voice) and Nortel certified technology expert (NCTE). He is currently a board member of the Metaswitch User Group.
Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado
Sumana (Suma) Nallapati is an accomplished technology leader with experience in establishing and executing value-driven global IT service strategy and delivery. Her extensive experience includes leading technology driven innovation for business transformation, healthcare infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a “people” leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally distributed workforce through mentoring, coaching and inspiration.
Appointed in June 2014 as Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Suma is committed to positioning the Governor’s Office of Information Technology as a leader in IT innovation for state government. A champion of collaboration, breaking silos and achieving excellence, she is passionate about innovating everyday solutions for customers.
As AVP-Technical Services at Catholic Health Initiatives, Suma led service delivery operations for a complex multi-state rapidly growing healthcare IT footprint, leading distributed teams including data center, network operations, service desk and end-user computing. As Teletech’s Global Director of Enterprise Applications, she worked to deploy complex ERP, self-service business applications and related systems in a best practices framework across 19 countries and helped transform the organization to a true service provider model. Suma co-founded a successful IT consulting firm that translates proven CRM, ERP, e-business and Business Intelligence technologies business solutions for clients across the nation. Her “think like an owner” attitude allows her to align a company's vision, mission, value, and culture to their daily activities.
She earned a master’s degree in nuclear physics from the Andhra University India and holds certificates in Professional Management and Project Management. She has made Colorado her home for the past 17 years along with her husband Srinivas and two children. She is actively involved with several charities around health and education.
CEO, Allied Fiber
Mr. Newby is an entrepreneur with a highly successful, 15-year track record in creating new, network-neutral interconnection businesses that treat communications infrastructure as real estate. He is the Founder, CEO and a Director of Allied Fiber, the nation’s first integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber infrastructure provider. Prior to founding Allied Fiber, he was a Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of The Telx Group, Inc., one of the leading carrier hotel interconnection facility operators in the U.S.
Mr. Newby is a recognized authority in the industry, has served on several Advisory Boards, is a published author, public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards including being named to the Global Telecoms Business Top 40 Under 40 in 2010. Mr. Newby earned a B.S. in Communications from Drexel University.
Telecommunications Section Chief, CO Public Utilities Commission
Lynn Notarianni is the Telecommunications Section Chief at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. She joined the PUC in December, 2005. She and her team of seven staff members serve as advisors to the PUC Commissioners and Administrator Law Judges or in the role of litigation staff on matters related to wholesale and retail telecommunications service. In particular, her group covers telecom issues related to basic emergency service, and telecom provider financial, operational and compliance matters before the PUC. Lynn also has overall responsibility for the State’s universal service program, telephone relay program, and numbering administration. Lynn represents the Commission in various local, regional and national forums, including serving as the Vice Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC) Telecommunications Staff Committee and is a member of the State’s Broadband Board.
Prior to working for the Colorado PUC, Lynn worked for Qwest and its predecessor, U S WEST, for over 19 years in various technical and operational divisions. Among other state and federal, wholesale and IT regulatory matters that Ms. Notarianni represented, she was responsible for oversight of the multi-million dollar Qwest Sec. 251 wholesale process and operational support systems testing effort and represented this effort in regulatory proceedings before the states, FCC and DOJ.
Ms. Notarianni received her BSBA from Creighton University in 1984 with a major in Management Information Systems and completed her coursework in the Masters of Telecommunications program at the Colorado University School of Engineering in 1993.
Program Director Media and Democracy Reform Initiative, Common Cause
Todd joined Common Cause in September 2012 and is responsible for research, advocacy, and strategy for media reform. Before joining Common Cause, Todd worked as a political staffer. He has experience in grassroots political organizing and designing persuasive communications at the local, state, and federal levels. He has a Ph.D. degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Director of Business Development, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.
Vice President, WISPA Board of Directors, Rural Broadband Network Services
Alex has been in the Internet industry since 1995, working in fixed wireless services in the downtown area of Harrisonburg Virginia. In 2001 he started a wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) business, Highspeedlink.net, which was the first to bring broadband to rural areas of the Shenandoah Valley. The company deployed broadband Internet via fixed wireless services in unserved and under-served markets of the Shenandoah Valley spanning 3 counties. Alex has been a member of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) since 2009 and a Board member since 2011. He is also the current Vice President of WISPA and the FCC Committee Chairman of the Association. He primarily works with WISPA staff and other committee members to file comments and affect change at the FCC regarding regulatory issues that affect the challenges of deploying broadband internet in rural America.
Faculty Director for the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. David Reed is the Faculty Director for the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also leads the new Center for Broadband Engineering and Economics that specializes in the interdisciplinary research of the emerging broadband ecosystem, and is Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Dr. Reed was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Cable Television Laboratories where he led large R&D projects covering a wide range of technologies relevant to the cable industry such as application platforms, business services, voice-over-IP, and broadband delivery systems. Dr. Reed also has been a Telecommunications Policy Analyst in the Office of Plans and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission where he worked on cable-telco competition, personal communications services (PCS), and spectrum auction policies. Dr. Reed has authored a book on residential fiber optic networks, and is a widely published author in telecommunications journals, books, and magazines. He received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Network Manager, Colorado Telehealth Network
Randy’s primary background is in information technology and telecommunications and he holds an MBA from Baylor University and a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University. Before contracting with CTN to oversee their 205 site healthcare dedicated broadband network, Randy worked with EDS, Qwest, IQ Wired and currently operates his own technology company in addition to the services he provides to CTN and its healthcare provider members. When he’s not focused on a technology-related project, Randy spends his free time as a volunteer ski patroller, fly fishing, mountain biking, and golfing.
Co-Founder, Prime Health
Jake Rishavy is Co-Founder of Prime Health, a growing state-wide nonprofit organization representing a community of 900+ health care executives, physicians, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors. Together, Prime Health is commercializing emerging Digital Health technologies as a path to achieving the Triple Aim of improved population health and patient engagement at a lower per-capita cost. Together, the community supports a network of 115+ Colorado-based digital health companies.
Network Administrator, Western State Colorado University
Kate Robinson is the Network Administrator for Western State Colorado University since 2010. Western State Colorado University is a small liberal arts university located in Gunnison, Colorado. Western has approximately 2500 students and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Kate is also part of the Local Technology Planning Team for Gunnison County.
Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
David is the Solutions Marketing Director at Calix and is responsible for marketing Calix’ fiber access solutions, the most widely deployed Fiber-to-the-Premises systems in North America. David has spent over twenty years in business development and marketing of broadband access systems. He joined the Fiber-to-the-Home industry in 2003 when he joined Optical Solutions, the pioneer in FTTH, which was acquired by Calix in 2006. David holds 8 patents broadband technologies. He did his undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and graduate work at the University of Minnesota. He is based at the Minneapolis Calix facility.
Director, Communities for United Broadband & Gigabit Nation Radio Host
For over 25 years Craig Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books have helped public, private and nonprofit organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve business operations and increase revenue. His many in-depth analysis reports and books, including Building the Gigabit City, establish Mr. Settles as a prominent thought leader on executing appropriate business strategies to deploy broadband. His public-sector clients include Ottumwa, IA, Benicia, CA, Glendale, CA and the State of California, with Calix and Microsoft among those on his private sector client list. Mr. Settles also hosts the radio talk show Gigabit Nation, and is Director of Communities United for Broadband, a national grass roots effort to assist communities launching their networks.
Broadband Program Manager
Brian Shepherd is currently the Broadband Program Manager for the State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) where he is responsible for developing a statewide, comprehensive broadband strategy to ensure all Coloradan’s have access to broadband technology. Additionally, Mr. Shepherd is the State Point of Contact for the FirstNet project working to develop Colorado’s plan for the Public Safety Broadband Network. Prior to joining OIT Mr. Shepherd spent eight years in public safety as the deputy director of the Adams County Communications Center (ADCOM) where he managed one of the initial seven public safety LTE BTOP Pilot Projects. Prior to his public service Brian spent 10 years working in the software development sector developing web-based technologies for a variety of industries. Mr. Shepherd served on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability and is a past chair of the Colorado 9-1-1 Task Force. Mr. Shepherd has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Director of Business Development, Advantage Engineers
Lori Sherwood is currently the Director of Business Development for Advantage Engineers - a full service telecommunications, environmental, and geotechnical engineering and consulting firm located in Columbia, Maryland. Prior to stepping into her role with Advantage, Ms. Sherwood served as Of Counsel with the law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C, where she specialized in local governments, information technology, telecommunications, community broadband networks, legislation, lobbying and federal affairs. Prior to that, Ms. Sherwood served as Broadband Program Director for the nationally recognized One Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) initiative in Howard County, Maryland. Ms. Sherwood co-developed, co-wrote, and co-directed the 18 month effort to obtain the $115 million dollar federal stimulus grant for the One Maryland Broadband Network and directly managed the $100 million dollar ICBN sub-award. The ICBN program successfully constructed over 800 miles of fiber optic cable and directly connected over 650 community anchor institutions in the Central Maryland region.
Ms. Sherwood recently served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Ms. Sherwood has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the American University and is an honors graduate of the University of Baltimore School Of Law.
Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities.
Angela has been working on digital inclusion issues since 1996. Beginning with a University of Toledo sociology graduate school assistantship coordinating a regional community technology network, Angela then moved onto serving as the Executive Director of the Ohio Community Computing Network distributing funds to and supporting community technology centers. Angela has been involved with the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program of the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) through participating in creation of two successful Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grants, implementation work on OneCommunity’s SBA grant, coordination of three broadband conferences and serving as an NTIA consultant researching and writing best practices for the NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit.
In 2013, Angela worked for OCLC, leading an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded project supporting communities piloting Building Digital Communities: A Framework to Action. She is now the Executive Director of the newly formed National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs.
Marketing Specialist, IXC/CLEC Markets, Corning Optical Communications
Deaton Smith is a Marketing Specialist with responsibility for the IXC/CLEC markets at Corning Optical Communications. He has 3 years of experience in the industry, working primarily with long haul applications and Fiber-to-the-Home deployments. Prior to working for Corning, Deaton spent 5 years as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Information Sciences.
Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a new initiative that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 60 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high speed broadband, and elevating the importance of next generation broadband as essential infrastructure.
Prior to her role as the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, Deb was the Executive Director of the Tech Goes Home program whose mission is to ensure digital equity. Tech Goes Home provides training, hardware, and low cost Internet access to Boston residents and supported nearly 14,000 participants during Deb’s tenure.
Previously, Deb spent 32 years as an educator and administrator. She was the founding principal of the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, a Boston Public School where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative.
Deb was named the NATOA Community Broadband Hero in 2013, received the 2013 Pathfinder Award from MassCUE, the 2010 “Leadership and Vision” award from CRSTE (Capitol Region Society for Technology in Education), the Quincy/Geneva Community Advocate award in 2009, and the Lilla G. Frederick Award in 2008.
Director of Operations, NTIA BroadbandUSA & Broadband Technology Opportunities Programs
Andy Spurgeon is the Director of Operations for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA and Broadband Technology Opportunities Programs. During his five-years at NTIA, Mr. Spurgeon’s responsibilities have included the evaluation of grant applications, establishing the Program’s data analytics and business intelligence teams, delivering technical assistance to grant recipients and communities pursuing broadband deployments, and managing regulatory relationships between grant recipients, other Federal and State government agencies, and Tribal governments.
Prior to joining NTIA, Mr. Spurgeon served as a senior executive at several start-up technology companies in the telecommunications and cloud computing industries, with roles spanning corporate development, sales, and marketing. As a “Big 5” consultant earlier in his career, Mr. Spurgeon advised several of the world’s largest telecommunications providers on provisioning and business integration issues. Altogether, Mr. Spurgeon has had the opportunity to work with clients in twenty countries spanning five continents.
Andy holds a B.S. in geotechnical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He lives in Colorado, splitting time between Denver and Summit County, with his wife Leslie and daughter Abby.
Director of External Affairs, AT&T
As the AT&T Director of External Affairs for Colorado, Amber Tafoya leads AT&T’s government affairs, community relations and corporate activities supporting AT&T’s new technology and infrastructure investments. She is an expert in the interplay between creating complex regulatory law and practical application with 12 years of legislative, regulatory and litigation experience. She works closely with AT&T teams including Construction and Engineering, Legal, Public Affairs, Network, and others to create a seamless “One AT&T” approach to working with state and local government on regulatory, tax, wireless siting and permitting, and land use issues. She proudly works for AT&T because of the company’s strong corporate values, mission and commitment to serving Colorado. Prior to joining AT&T, Amber served in the Solicitor’s Office for the U.S. Department of Labor and ran her own practice for several years. She earned her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University–Pueblo.
Vice President of Sales for Small Cell Networks, Crown Castle
Matt has been with Crown Castle since September 2010 when Crown Castle acquired NewPath Networks. Mr. Tomlin has a broad range of experience in the wireless communications industry, ranging from DAS and small cell network design and development, macro network infrastructure design solutions, and systems engineering. Prior to joining NewPath Networks and Crown Castle, he held national and regional positions in sales and marketing roles with Andrew Corporation, Powerwave Technologies, and Velocitel. Prior to his civilian career, Mr. Tomlin was a Naval Officer assigned to SEAL Team ONE from 1993 - 1997. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of California Irvine.3.
Director, Innovation and Citizen Engagement
Virgil Turner has served as the director of innovation and citizen engagement since August of 2012. Currently Virgil is leading the effort to make the City of Montrose a Gigabit city. His nearly 26 year career with the city began as a police officer and public safety information system administrator. In 1991, Virgil began work in the information services department as a programmer/analyst and later served as the network manager and information technology manager. Virgil was named the administrative services director in 2005 with responsibilities over information technology, geographic information services, facilities and city clerk. He now works to drive innovation and improve the value proposition in the provision of public services to citizens. One area of innovation Virgil has focused on is the implementation of shared services arrangements for governmental and nonprofit organization, designed to reduce cost to the public through economies of scale and scope.
Virgil is an alumnus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Execs program as well as the Rocky Mountain Institute. Mr. Turner has served on numerous community boards through his career, including of the Montrose Area Telecommunication Group/Virtual Montrose (Founder/President), Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scout of America, FORE Alliance, All Points Transit and Time Bank of the Rockies.
Policy and Projects Manager, City of Fort Collins
Tom Vosburg is Policy and Projects Manager for the City of Fort Collins Light and Power Utility. Mr. Vosburg has worked in a wide variety local government planning, public administration, information technology, and utility operations roles for over 25 years. As a former land use and transportation planner, Assistant City Manager, and Chief Information Officer, he has extensive experience in planning and policy development, project management, and IT operations management. He currently contributes support to the City of Fort Collins Broadband Strategic Plan staff team, coordinates the Fort Collins Utilities Information Assurance / Cybersecurity and electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado and a MS in Management of Technology from Regis University.
Dean of the Law School, Thompson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado
Dean Weiser re-joined the Colorado faculty in June, 2011. From April 2010-June 2011, he served as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director at the White House. From July 2009-April 2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Since first joining the CU faculty in 1999, Dean Weiser has worked to establish a national center of excellence in telecommunications and technology law, founding the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center as well as writing and teaching in the areas of competition policy, innovation policy, and Internet policy. Over the last ten years, Weiser has co-authored three books (The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation (Oxford University Press 2010), Telecommunications Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press 2006), and Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (MIT Press 2005)), written numerous articles (in both law journals and publications such as the Washington Post and Foreign Affairs), and testified before both houses of Congress. He also remained engaged in public service, arguing a number of pro bono cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, co-chairing the Colorado Innovation Council, and serving as the lead agency reviewer for the Federal Trade Commission as part of the 2008 Presidential Transition.
Community Advocate, Marble, CO
Bart Weller is a retired software developer and lives in a (partly built) house at 9,000 feet near Marble with his wife, four llamas, one dog and one cat. He graduated with a degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and worked at Ball Aerospace in Boulder on scientific instrumentation for the Apollo Skylab program. He was a recipient of a two-year research fellowship from the Colorado Energy Research Institute (CERI) to undertake graduate work in economics and public administration. He later worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures on the State Science, Engineering and Technology program, funded by the National Science Foundation to improve science advice to legislatures. He is a long-time advocate of improved broadband access for Marble and the Upper Crystal River valley, and still has faith it will someday come to pass.
Director of National Internet2 K20 Initiative, Internet2
James Werle serves as the Director of the National Internet2 K20 Initiative which brings together Internet2 member institutions and innovators from public libraries, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and museums to extend advanced broadband-enabled technologies, applications, middleware, and content to all community anchor institutions, as quickly and connectedly as possible. James began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching physics and building a library and science lab in the small Central African nation of Malawi. He also worked at the University of Washington where he helped launch the Washington Digital Learning Commons, a statewide K-12 online learning consortium, and contributed to numerous efforts aimed at broadening access to university research and education expertise and creating new opportunities for community-based research and learning. He holds a BA in science education and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the Ischool at the University of Washington.
Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition
John Windhausen, Jr. is the (part-time) Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse coalition of community anchor institutions, broadband companies, foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) and public interest groups. Mr. Windhausen also represents a variety of non-profit and commercial organizations through his consulting firm, Telepoly Consulting. In prior years, he served as President of a telecommunications trade association in Washington D.C., as senior counsel to the United States Senate Commerce Committee working for Senator Hollings (SC) and Senator Inouye (HI), and as staff attorney at the FCC. Mr. Windhausen graduated from Yale University and the UCLA School of Law.
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Centennial
Dave Zelenok is the chief innovation officer for the City of Centennial Colorado (pop. 100,000, incorporated 2001), where he leads, champions and advocates for the implementation of creative concepts and new technologies to enhance the economic development, as well as the operation and management of the City government in partnership with the private sector. In 2011, Zelenok was unanimously appointed by the City Council to serve as the Interim City Manager. Prior to that, he served as director of Public Works and led the outsourcing of the Public Works Department under his direction, in a move which is widely understood to be the largest public-to-private conversion of its kind in the nation. Prior to working for the city, he was director of Engineering for Merrick and Company, one of the largest consulting engineering firms in Colorado, overseeing civil infrastructure design and business development in their Colorado Springs office. Zelenok served 14 years as director of Public Works and Director of Transportation for the City of Colorado Springs (pop. 400,000), where his responsibilities included the construction of 400 miles of new streets and highways and associated infrastructure through private sector partnerships valued at roughly $1 Billion. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior engineering management positions with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and on active duty in the United States Air Force.