The USAC executive team brings experience from the regulatory and business sectors involved in universal service program activities.
Scott Barash, Acting CEO
Richard Belden, COO
David Capozzi, Acting General Counsel
Wayne Scott, VP Internal Audit
Eric Iversen, Director – External Relations
David Case, VP and CFO
Mel Blackwell, VP Schools and Libraries
Craig Davis, VP Rural Health Care
Karen Majcher, VP High Cost and Low Income
Colleen Greiner, VP and CIO
Sola King, Director – Human Resources and Administrative Services
Scott Barash has served as USAC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer since January 2006. He is responsible for all aspects of USAC’s operations, governance, program integrity, and stakeholder relationships. Mr. Barash is a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Investment Committee and the committees charged with overseeing the universal service programs. He joined USAC as its first in-house attorney and General Counsel in 1999.
Previously, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of a national law firm where he concentrated on complex civil litigation, particularly in the telecommunications field and on behalf of trade associations, charitable organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations. Before that, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. Mr. Barash earned a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and served as a law clerk to Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
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, Investment Analysis, in New York and as Controller, Software Solutions Division in North Carolina. He received 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.
Wayne Scott is the Vice President of Internal Audit for USAC. He oversees the audit services for USAC including the High Cost, Low Income, 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 was an Audit Manager for US Airways.
Eric Iversen is the Director of External Relations. He is responsible for all aspects of USAC’s education and training activities as well as communications with stakeholders. Before joining USAC in the summer of 2007, he was Manager of Public Affairs at the American Society of Engineering Education, where he supervised the society's work in public policy, K-12 education, communications, and business development.
He also was a professor of English at the University of Texas, El Paso, and has experience in book and magazine publishing. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina.
David Case is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for USAC. 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, implement a mentoring program, and sponsor diversity focus activities at all major field locations. He received his BS summa cum laude in Finance, with an accounting concentration, from Monmouth College.
Mel Blackwell is the Vice President of the Schools and Libraries Division 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.
Craig Davis is the Vice President of the Rural Health Care Division for USAC. Most recently, he was the Senior Director responsible for the High Cost Program within USAC’s High Cost and Low Income Division. Prior to joining USAC in 2002, Mr. Davis 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 B.A. from the George Washington University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Karen Majcher is the Vice President of the High Cost and Low Income Division of USAC. 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Colleen Greiner is Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining USAC, she spent 10 years with United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a non-governmental, official public standards-setting authority for prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. USP’s work is accomplished by over 1,000 volunteer experts, who are supported by 500 staff members working at five locations around the world. Her primary role during her tenure with USP was as the Vice President, Information Technology, with responsibility for all aspects of the global information technology strategy, including organizational planning, execution, budgeting, staffing, and all contract operations. Among many accomplishments, she successfully implemented an ERP system while at USP. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business.
Sola King is the Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services. She is responsible for overseeing Human Resources Services and General Corporate and Office Support Services. Prior to joining USAC, she was an Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, and a Senior Human Resources Business Partner in the banking industry.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).