Speakers – Washington 2019

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Virginia Lam Abrams

Senior Vice President, Communications & Government Relations

Virginia Lam Abrams is a seasoned communications and public affairs executive with two decades of experience working in technology, media and politics. ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan S. Adelstein

President & CEO
Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)

Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). WIA represents nearly 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. ... Complete Bio >>
Melodie Anderson

Spinal Cord Injury [SCI], Telehealth Coordinator, RN
Veterans Health Administration Medical Center

bio to come ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Baller

Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Baller represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 35 states. He was the founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, ... Complete Bio >>
Cat Blake

Senior Program Manager
Next Century Cities

At Next Century Cities, Cat supports local leaders with the tools and information they need to bring fast, affordable, reliable broadband to their constituents. Specifically, she researches and writes policy briefs, ... Complete Bio >>
Shirley Bloomfield

Chief Executive Officer
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, ... Complete Bio >>
Gary A. Bolles

Co-Founder, eParachute
Partner, Charrette LLC

Bolles, a San Francisco–based consultant and entrepreneur focused on initiatives with impact, writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Bosch

Founder & CEO
RG Fiber

Mike Bosch is the Founder/CEO of RG FIBER, the internet service provider disrupting the industry with a pioneering software-driven access network (SDAN). ... Complete Bio >>
Paula Boyd

Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

Paula is currently director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Microsoft Corporation, where she partners with colleagues to develop Microsoft’s communications policy positions and advocates those positions before ... Complete Bio >>
Laura Breeden

Board Chair
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

Laura Breeden has been working to extend the benefits of the Internet to new audiences since 1983, when she joined a technology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Complete Bio >>
Robert Bridgham

Executive Director
Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority

Designed, built, configured and operated a regional fiber-optic network deploying both SONET and MetroEthernet services. ... Complete Bio >>
Kirk Burgee

Wireline Competition Bureau Chief of Staff

Kirk Burgee is a Deputy Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, which has been tasked with implementing FCC auctions to allocate universal service support ... Complete Bio >>
Heather Burnett Gold

HBG Strategies, LLC

Burnett Gold previously served as president/CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly the Fiber to the Home Council North America), a nonprofit organization that helps members plan, market, implement and ... Complete Bio >>
Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. ... Complete Bio >>
Kris Cook, CAE

Executive Director
National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA)

Kris Cook, CAE, joined the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) as its Executive Director in November 2002. NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Dawson

CCG Consulting

Dawson has worked in the telecom industry since 1978 and has both a consulting and an operational background. He and CCG specialize in helping clients launch new broadband markets, ... Complete Bio >>
Cheryl DeBerry

Natural Resources Business Specialist
Garrett County Economic Development

Cheryl DeBerry serves on the rural broadband expansion team for Garrett County in the Appalachian mountains of far western Maryland. In her capacity, ... Complete Bio >>
Mark DeFalco

Appalachian Regional Commission

DeFalco has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years. He has worked for a regional Bell company, a rural telephone holding company, a large inter-exchange carrier and ... Complete Bio >>
Leo Delgado

Founder and President
Converged Services

Delgado has been actively involved with the telecommunications and broadband industry for more than 35 years. For 20 years, Converged Services has negotiated TV, internet, voice, security agreements, macro and in-building wireless solutions ... Complete Bio >>
Joy Ditto

President & CEO
Utilities Technology Council (UTC)

Joy Ditto is the President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), a Washington, D.C.-based global trade association representing electric, gas and water utilities on their mission-critical information and communications technologies. ... Complete Bio >>
Craig Eccher

President & CEO
Tri-County REC

Craig is the CEO of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperatives located in north central Pa. He also serves as Co CEO and board member of C&T Enterprises and President and CEO of Wellsboro Electric Co. ... Complete Bio >>
B. Lynn Follansbee

Vice President, Law & Policy
USTelecom – The Broadband Association

Lynn Follansbee is Vice President, Policy & Advocacy for USTelecom. She provides policy analysis and legal and regulatory support on a range of issues including universal service, privacy, mapping and consumer protection. ... Complete Bio >>
Adrianne B. Furniss

Executive Director
Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, IL. Benton has made the case for a simple proposition: that communications policy – ... Complete Bio >>
David Goldman

Director, Satellite Policy

David Goldman is the Director of Satellite Policy for SpaceX. Prior to joining SpaceX, he was the Chief Counsel for the Communication and Technology Subcommittee since January 2015. ... Complete Bio >>
Jason Grey

Director of Utilities
City of Danville, VA

Jason joined the City’s broadband initiative in 2004 and is currently the Director of Utilities for the City of Danville, Virginia. ... Complete Bio >>
Lisa Hogan, RN

Head of the CCMP Program
Frederick Memorial Hospital

Lisa Hogan is a 2017 & 2018 Telehealth Honors winner who operates the telehealth program at Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH). ... Complete Bio >>
Ron Holcomb

President & CEO
Tipmont REMC

Ron Holcomb is a 30-year veteran of the electric utility industry with extensive experience in power supply, advanced grid technologies, essential service operations, economic development and ... Complete Bio >>
David Hoover

The Ferguson Group (TFG)

David Hoover is a Principal at The Ferguson Group (TFG), providing strategic counsel on technology and telecommunications policy issues. ... Complete Bio >>
Joanne Hovis

CTC Technology & Energy

Hovis, an attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, directs CTC’s work in network business planning; market analysis; financial modeling, policy and strategy; ... Complete Bio >>
Douglas Jarrett

Keller and Heckman

Douglas Jarrett represents associations, major corporations and entrepreneurs before the FCC on policy making, licensing and enforcement matters and leverages this expertise and ... Complete Bio >>
Thomas Kamber, PhD

Executive Director
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)

Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. ... Complete Bio >>
Thomas Klobucar, PhD

Executive Director
Office of Rural Health (ORH)

Dr. Thomas F. Klobucar was named Executive Director in 2018. He leads the Office of Rural Health, managing a broad portfolio of partnerships with clinical program offices, ... Complete Bio >>
Angie Kronenberg

Chief Advocate and General Counsel

Kronenberg joined INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, in 2013 and manages the association’s policy team and its work before the federal government. ... Complete Bio >>
Kenneth Kuchno

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Outreach
USDA Rural Utilities Services

Mr. Kuchno is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. In 1980 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. ... Complete Bio >>
Gerry Lawlor

Vice President
T-Mobile ISP

After many years in the financial industry, Gerry moved from NYC to Orcas Island. After a couple of years with terrible internet and cell coverage, he led on effort to deploy high-speed data and voice communications to San Juan County. ... Complete Bio >>
Elizabeth Lindsey, MPA

Executive Director
Byte Back

Elizabeth Lindsey, MPA is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a DC-based nonprofit organization that Byte Back improves economic opportunity by providing computer training and ... Complete Bio >>
Casey Logan, PE

President and CEO
Prince George Electric Cooperative

Casey was named President and CEO in April of 2019. Prior to that, Casey served as Vice President of Engineering for Prince George Electric Cooperative. ... Complete Bio >>
Carol Mattey

Mattey Consulting, LLC

Carol Mattey is the Principal of Mattey Consulting LLC, based in the Washington, DC metro area. Mattey Consulting provides regulatory, strategic and public policy advisory services ... Complete Bio >>
  Alex Minard

Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Federal Communications Commission

Alex Minard leads the high-cost universal service team at the Federal Communications Commission as a Deputy Chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau. ... Complete Bio >>
Christopher Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and internet access. At ILSR, he serves as policy director for Next Century Cities, ... Complete Bio >>
Tim Moyer

Program Manager
US Department of Commerce, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

Tim Moyer is a Program Manager for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA program. ... Complete Bio >>
Thien-Huong Nguyen, CPA

Manager, Executive Compensation

Thien-Huong Nguyen was a recipient of the NAHMA scholarship from 2009-2013, while a student at the University of Delaware. ... Complete Bio >>
Brian O’Hara

Senior Director, Regulatory Issues, Broadband & Telecommunications
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

O’Hara, who has more than 20 years of telecommunications and broadband industry experience, joined NRECA in October 2017, focusing on telecommunications and broadband issues. ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Haruo Okamura

Global Plan, Inc.

Dr. Haruo Okamura is a high-speed optical transmission and standards expert. He is currently the president of Global Plan Inc. and the developer of the "Okamura Model," a low-cost optical cable solution ... Complete Bio >>
Ted B. Osborn

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs
Nextlink Internet

In addition to his work at Nextlink, Osborn serves as managing director at WISP Partners, consulting on strategy development, public/private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and ... Complete Bio >>
Nirali Patel

Wireline Advisor
Office of Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC

Ms. Patel advises Chairman Pai on wireline issues. Ms. Patel previously served as a Legal Advisor in the Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr, ... Complete Bio >>
Jean Plymale

Broadband Project Manager
Center for Innovative Technology

Jean is the Center for Innovative Technology’s (CIT) Broadband Project Manager. With 20 years of experience in community engagement focused on raising awareness about broadband availability, ... Complete Bio >>
Mel Poole

OCALA Fiber Network

Mel Poole is the Director of Ocala Fiber Network (OFN). He is a retired U.S. Air Force First Sergeant who served in the United States and abroad. ... Complete Bio >>
Vickie Robinson

Director, Airband USA
Microsoft Airband Initiative

Vickie Robinson joined Microsoft in January 2018 after nearly two decades in the service of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in multiple leadership roles and ... Complete Bio >>
Gail M. Roper

Director, National Initiatives
Knight Foundation

Gail Roper joined Knight Foundation in March 2019. As director of national initiatives, she supports the national portfolio with an emphasis on technology-enabled innovation ... Complete Bio >>
Steven Rosenberg

Chief Data Officer
Federal Communications Commission

Steve Rosenberg is currently the Acting Chief Data and Analytics Officer for the Federal Communications Commission. ... Complete Bio >>
Steve Ross

Broadband Communities Magazine

Ross is a long-time technology writer, a former full-time professor at Columbia University and the founding editor of Broadband Communities Magazine, ... Complete Bio >>
Jon Sallet

Senior Fellow
Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Jon's work focuses on policies to preserve and protect internet openness, to advance competition more broadly, including through antitrust, and ... Complete Bio >>
Gene Scott

General Manager OSP
Greenlight Community Broadband, Wilson, NC

Gene Scott is currently the General Manager OSP for Greenlight Community Broadband in Wilson, NC. Mr. Scott has served in this position for 12 years. ... Complete Bio >>
Craig Settles

CJ Speaks

For more than 30 years, 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. ... Complete Bio >>
Richard J. Sherwin

Spot On Networks, LLC

Sherwin has been involved in wireless communications and radio frequency transmission for the past 30 years. With a number of telecommunications veterans, ... Complete Bio >>
Deborah Simpier


Deborah Simpier is the COO and organizer of the Althea network in rural Oregon, Clatskanie Co-op. ... Complete Bio >>
Laura Spining

Broadband Infrastructure, NTIA

Laura Spining is Director of Broadband Infrastructure for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration's (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. ... Complete Bio >>
Geoffrey Starks

Federal Communications Commission

Geoffrey Starks was nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission by the President and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Stokes

Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Sean is a Principal of Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, a national communications law firm based in Washington, DC. His clients include, regional and state utility associations and municipal leagues, ... Complete Bio >>
Darnell Sutton

President & CEO
Hollywall Development Company

Darnell Sutton is the Chairman and CEO of Hollywall Development Company, a subsidiary of Hollywall Entertainment, Inc. (HWDC). Darnell brings forth his many talents and vast experience as a veteran of music recording, ... Complete Bio >>
Pierre Trudeau

President and CTO
Positron Access Solutions

Trudeau is a seasoned networking and technology executive and board member with more than 35 years of experience. Prior to joining Positron in 2013, he founded Colubris Networks, ... Complete Bio >>
Daniel Turner

Founder & CEO

Daniel Turner is the cofounder of TRAXyL and has worked for the last 12 years as a project manager, technical lead, and systems engineer with telecommunications and fiber optic network installations. ... Complete Bio >>
Nicol Turner-Lee

Fellow, Governance Studies
Center for Technology Innovation Brookings Institution

Turner-Lee came to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Urban

Corbel Communications Industries, LLC.

Dan Urban has been on the forefront of Microtrenching for many years. He is well versed in all facets of the telecommunications industry as well as many others. ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Robert Wack

City Council President
Westminster, MD

Robert Wack served 16 years on the Westminster City Council, the last six as President, where he led the planning and construction of the Westminster Fiber Network; ... Complete Bio >>
Joseph Wender

Senior Policy Advisor
Senator Markey (D-MA)

Joseph Wender currently serves as Senator Markey’s Senior Policy Advisor and handles a wide range of issues including telecommunications and privacy. ... Complete Bio >>
Jase Wilson

Founder & Chairman

Jase Wilson is Founder & Chairman of Neighborly, the Intelligent Community Infrastructure Platform helping connect U.S. communities to the future. ... Complete Bio >>
Justin Wilson

City of Alexandria, VA

With a commitment to ensuring every child’s opportunity at success, protecting Alexandria’s long-term fiscal health and investing in the infrastructure that improves our quality of life, ... Complete Bio >>
Lisa R. Youngers

President & CEO
Fiber Broadband Association

Lisa R. Youngers is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) – the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Zimmer

Air Advantage

Scott Zimmer, along with his wife Dawn and their business partner Leroy A. Koglin, Jr. began Air Advantage, a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) serving rural Michigan in July, 2002. ... Complete Bio >>


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