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Executive Team

The USAC executive team brings experience from the regulatory and business sectors involved in universal service program activities.

Chris Henderson, CEO
Richard Belden, COO
David Capozzi, General Counsel
Wayne Scott, VP Internal Audit
David Case, VP and CFO
Mel Blackwell, VP Schools and Libraries Program
Craig Davis, VP Rural Health Care Program
Karen Majcher, VP High Cost and Lifeline Programs
Sola King, VP and CHCO

Chris Henderson, CEO

Chris Henderson was appointed by the USAC Board of Directors, with approval from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, as USAC's Chief Executive Officer on September 3, 2014. Mr. Henderson was previously the Chief Operating Officer of ASI Government, a leading provider of acquisition and program management-related consulting and information services to the federal government.

Mr. Henderson also served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, where he led the department's successful execution of its $3 billion Recovery Act program. Mr. Henderson also played a leading role in the reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service following the Gulf Oil Spill, improving oversight of offshore energy development and collection of over $10 billion in energy royalties annually.

Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Mr. Henderson served as the Chief Operating Officer for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, where he worked to improve the city's strategic planning and performance management efforts, as well as carried out a number of successful organizational initiatives to improve efficiency and service levels.

Mr. Henderson joined the Hickenlooper Administration following a 15-year career in investment banking and private equity investing. The last 13 years of that career were spent with Vestar Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm. At Vestar, he served as a managing director and member of the firm's investment committee. Prior to joining Vestar, he spent two years with the investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Mr. Henderson received a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

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Richard Belden, COO

Richard A. Belden joined USAC in May 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. He was general manager of Micron Technology in Manassas, VA. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer at Dominion Semiconductor also in Manassas.

Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, he worked for IBM as Manager of investment analysis, in New York and as Controller of the Software Solutions Division in North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Engineering Departments of University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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Wayne Scott, VP Internal Audit

Wayne Scott is the Vice President of Internal Audit. He oversees the audit services for USAC including the High Cost, Lifeline, Schools and Libraries, and Rural Health Care programs as well as the internal operations of the administration of the universal service fund. He has over a decade of audit experience. Prior to joining USAC in 2001, he served as an audit manager for US Airways.

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David Case, VP and CFO

David Case is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer . Prior to joining USAC, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of Simplexity, a leading on line retailer of wireless devices and plans. Prior to Simplexity, he served as Corporate Controller for MCI, as well as Senior Vice President of Business Operations, leading up to MCI's merger with Verizon. After that merger, he was responsible for developing the approach to consolidate the MCI and Verizon business unit functions, resulting in one streamlined organization. During this time, he also chaired the Finance Diversity Council, leading a group of volunteer professionals who partnered with Human Resources to establish targeted recruiting of diversity candidates, implemented a mentoring program, and sponsored diversity focus activities at all major field locations. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude in Finance, with an accounting concentration, from Monmouth College.

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Mel Blackwell, VP Schools and Libraries Program

Mel Blackwell is the Vice President of the Schools and Libraries Program for USAC. Prior to joining USAC, he was Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Lucent Technologies where he directed all of the federal legislative activities for the company. He has a wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry as he formerly held senior operations management positions with AT&T and the Bell system.

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Craig Davis, VP Rural Health Care Program

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.

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Karen Majcher, VP High Cost and Lifeline Programs

Karen Majcher is the Vice President of the High Cost and Lifeline programs. She most recently was the Director of the High Cost Program. Prior to joining USAC, she worked in the telecommunications industry. She held a variety of financial positions with both Winstar Communications Corp. and MCI Communications Corp.

Prior to her telecommunications experience, she worked in the securities and investments industry, where she managed the customer investment operations of a large regional bank. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

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Sola King, VP and CHCO

Sola King is Vice President and Chief Human Capital Officer. She is responsible for overseeing Human Resources Services and General Corporate and Office Support Services. Prior to joining USAC, she served as an Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and a Senior Human Resources Business Partner in the banking industry.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Maryland. She also earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

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