The Board of Directors consists of 19 representatives from the telecommunications and information services industry, state telecommunications regulators, state consumer advocates, low-income consumers, the education and library community, and the USAC CEO as described in the by-laws.
Joel E. Lubin is currently a consultant for AT&T. Prior to retirement, Mr. Lubin was Vice President - Federal Government Affairs at AT&T. He was responsible for developing public policy at the federal and state levels. In particular, he formulated regulatory policies associated with access charges, universal service, local exchange competition, and local exchange carrier regulation.
Mr. Lubin has over forty-six years of experience with AT&T. He started with Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1969 developing computer models/algorithms solving business problems. In 1972 he transferred to Long Lines, a department of AT&T, where he held various positions conducting economic analysis on telecommunications issues and developed computer systems/algorithms to support AT&T's national sales force.
From 1984 to 2015, Mr. Lubin took on major telecommunications industry issues that required: directing the development of economic analysis, formulating public policy positions, and advocating those positions to the federal regulators. In addition, Mr. Lubin managed, directed, and led large interdepartmental teams addressing these complex problems. Finally, he has represented AT&T in various external coalitions and negotiated solutions to complex industry problems with industry participants.
Mr. Lubin has testified before the FCC and the Federal-State Joint Board on numerous occasions addressing access and universal service issues. He was also selected by the Federal-State Joint Board to participate in a multi-year Rural Task Force to address universal service issues associated with rural telephone companies.
Mr. Lubin received a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wilkes University in 1969. He also earned an M.S. Degree in Operations Research/Engineering Methods from Columbia University in 1973 and an MBA from Fordham University in 1976.
Mr. Gillan is a consulting economist specializing in the evaluation of regulatory policies and related business opportunities in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Gillan has MA and BA Degrees in Economics from the University of Wyoming. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Mr. Gillan was on the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission and was Vice President - Strategic Planning at US Switch. Mr. Gillan has testified over 300 times before 40 state commissions, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal-State Board on Universal Service, and the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission. Mr. Gillan is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University and teaches at its annual Regulatory Studies Program, and is also on the Advisory Council to the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University. In 2008, Mr. Gillan was named to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company.
Ken Mason is currently Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs for Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR). As a result of growth through acquisitions, including Frontier's 2010 transaction with Verizon Communications, Frontier is the fourth largest incumbent telecommunications company in the United States with a focus on serving residents in rural, small towns and cities in the 27 states where they operate. Ken is responsible for directing Frontier's legislative and regulatory activities within the states Frontier operates, as well as assisting in setting Frontier's federal and state policy positions and advocacy objectives. As part of his responsibilities, Ken has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of Universal Service goals and requirements.
Ken has almost 20 years of experience in the wireline and wireless telecommunications industry, and began his career with Frontier in 1996. Over that time he has held positions with increasing responsibility covering a variety of areas in the business. In addition, Ken has played a key role in attaining the required regulatory approvals from state regulatory commissions, as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during Frontier's recent transactions. He has spoken on numerous industry panel discussions related to intercarrier compensation, Universal Service and rural broadband at the FCC, and at NARUC and other industry conferences.
Ken's experiences have enabled him to develop a wide array of skills in people as well as issue management, negotiations, sales, marketing, government relations and advocacy, development of industry coalitions, budgeting and finance.
Ken holds a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University and a MBA from the State University of New York - Empire State College.
Radha Sekar is the Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Ms. Sekar served as the CFO for both the Farm Service Administration and the Commodity Credit Corporation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw a $30 billion budget in borrowing authority and another credit portfolio of $40 billion.
Ms. Sekar served as the Executive Associate Director for Management and Administration and previously the Chief Financial Officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2010 to 2015. She also served as a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from 2007 to 2010.
Previously, Ms. Sekar worked at both IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she actively worked with government agencies, such as the DoD, to reconfigure and improve processes across departments. Ms. Sekar began her career in 1989, at Electronic Data Systems (now a part of HP) on the IT side of finance.
Olivia Wein is an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) focusing on low income consumer access to affordable and reliable telecommunications, energy and utility services. She is co-author of the fifth edition of NCLC's manual Access to Utility Service and co-author of The Rights of Utility Consumers. In addition to her recent appointment to the Universal Service Administrative Company Board of Directors, Ms. Wein serves on the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee and was active in the recent reform of the federal Lifeline program. She co-chairs the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Coalition. She was an Economic Justice Fellow at Consumers Union prior to her work at NCLC.
Robert (Bob) Bocher has over thirty-five years of program administration and project management experience focused on library and school technology–including Internet access and broadband connectivity. He served as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's statewide E-rate support manager since the E-rate's inception. While retiring from full-time employment in 2012, he still is employed part-time by the department and continues providing E-rate and broadband support to the state's libraries and schools. Bob is the primary author of the department's comments to the Federal Communications Commission on the E-rate program.
In the area of broadband and Internet connectivity, Bob worked with the state's networking office in the mid-1990s to ensure library and school access to BadgerNet, Wisconsin's statewide broadband network. Over 95 percent of the state's public libraries and 80 percent of its K-12 school districts are connected to BadgerNet which is one of the largest state networks in the country connecting over 2,100 community anchor institutions. In 2014 Bob co-managed a project to get fiber connectivity to 362 libraries on BadgerNet and he has served on the BadgerNet Advisory Council since its inception in 2004. He is also currently a member of the state Public Service Commission's Wisconsin Broadband Advisory Board. Most Wisconsin libraries and schools receive Internet access from WiscNet, the state's research and education network. Bob served on the WiscNet board from 2000–2012.
In addition to his work in Wisconsin, Bob has served on the American Library Association's E-rate Task Force since 1999, including a term as chair. In 2009 he accepted a Fellow position in ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) where he advises the office on E-rate and broadband issues and other related topics like Net Neutrality. He also served as the first Chair of OITP's Telecommunications Subcommittee and is the ALA representative on the Internet2 U.S. UCAN program.
Alan Buzacott is Executive Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Communications, Inc. He represents Verizon before the FCC on a variety of policy matters, including universal service and intercarrier compensation reform.
Mr. Buzacott has almost twenty years of telecommunications industry experience. Since 1996, his responsibilities have included formulating public policy positions on a broad range of major industry issues and advocating those positions to federal and state regulators. In addition, he has represented Verizon in industry coalitions that have developed significant universal service and intercarrier compensation reform proposals.
Over the past decade, Mr. Buzacott has participated in the FCC's most important universal service rulemaking proceedings, including the High Cost Program reform and intercarrier compensation reform proceeding that resulted in the creation of the Connect America Fund in 2011; the Lifeline Program reform proceeding that led to the 2012 Lifeline Reform Order; and the E-rate Program rulemaking that resulted in the 2013 E-rate Program reform orders. In addition, he has represented Verizon in the FCC's contribution reform proceeding.
Mr. Buzacott received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1987 and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Technology Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.
Ms. Choroser is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she directs Comcast's advocacy on regulatory matters affecting broadband, voice, public safety, and security. Ms. Choroser has more than 18 years of regulatory experience in the telecommunications industry, and has collaborated on the development of policies related to universal service, access charges, interconnection, accessibility, and voice service regulation. She has testified before numerous state commissions and participated in industry working groups. Ms. Choroser holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. Ms. Choroser was named to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company in 2017.
Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent.
Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.
Prior to his position at McGraw-Hill, Domenech served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, VA, Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 170,000 students.
Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island's Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island -- a position he held for 13 years. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk BOCES.
Domenech, an AASA member since 1979, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.
In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award. He is currently chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia, the Learning First Alliance, the Educational Research Service and the Board of Visitors for the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. He serves on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Student Clearinghouse, Americas Promise, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Sea Research Foundation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.
Since 1998, Geoff has served as the General Manager of the Montana Telecommunications Association ("MTA"), which represents commercial and cooperative rural telecommunications providers serving residential and commercial consumers of Montana. MTA provides public policy advocacy services, communications, public relations, education and other services for its member companies. MTA holds its Annual Meeting in August, and an annual trade show the week following Thanksgiving, as well as a variety of other education and training programs throughout the year.
Geoff began his career in Washington, DC, in 1977, where he worked on Capitol Hill for several years as a legislative assistant, and then moved "downtown" to work for the American Electronics Association. From 1987 to 1994, he lived in Detroit, MI, where he was government relations director for Michigan Bell Telephone Company. He subsequently returned to Washington, DC, as a Congressional relations director for USTelecom (f/k/a, U.S. Telecommunications Association).
Geoff frequently has represented MTA and rural telecommunications carriers on universal service and other telecommunications policy matters in comments before the FCC, in testimony before Congress, and in state legislative and regulatory bodies.
Geoff was an International Relations Major at the University of Maine, Orono, ME. He and his wife, Lori, were married in 1980 and have four children. They live in Helena, Montana.
Brent Fontana is currently a Technical Business Developer for Amazon Web Services. Previously, he was the Director of Network Development & Strategy for the Zayo Group, and led Zayo Group's Dark Fiber Construction Services unit working with the k-12 schools, and other public anchor institutions across the country. Mr. Fontana has 15 years of telecommunications industry experience and has served in a variety of product and strategy functions, and previously as product and strategy lead for Zayo's European Business Unit headquartered in London. Prior to Zayo, Mr. Fontana held a variety of leadership roles where he was responsible for access management, M&A integrations, network and infrastructure planning and development. Brent earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon.
Sarah Freeman serves as one of five commissioners on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Committee on Telecommunications. Commissioner Freeman represents the IURC on the Board of Directors for the Organization of PJM States, Inc.
Prior to her appointment to the IURC in 2016, Commissioner Freeman served as a senior staff attorney with the nonpartisan Indiana Legislative Services Agency for 16 years. Before joining the legislative branch, Commissioner Freeman practiced criminal appellate law as a deputy attorney general with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and clerked for the Honorable Frank Sullivan of the Indiana Supreme Court.
A native Hoosier, Commissioner Freeman earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology, French, and political science from Indiana University - Bloomington and her juris doctor degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Matthew Gerst is Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA-The Wireless Association®. Matthew leads the association's efforts before the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") on a variety of policy matters, including universal service, 9-1-1 and emergency communications, and access for people with disabilities. In addition to serving on the USAC Board of Directors, Matthew represents CTIA on the FCC's Disability Advisory Committee and North American Numbering Council.
Matthew is a graduate of Ohio University and received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of Media Law & Policy and participated in the Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute. He is admitted to the bars of New York and Washington, D.C. and also served as an adjunct professor of law in the scholarly writing program at the George Washington University School of Law focusing on the Federal Communications Law Journal.
Ellis Jacobs has been a public interest attorney in the Dayton Ohio area for 30 years.
He represents community organizations in telecommunications cases before the FCC and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He has been particularly involved in efforts to provide access to computers and the internet in low-income communities. He was chair of the Ohio Community Computing Center Network, a network of neighborhood computer centers throughout Ohio.
He has also represented communities working for environmental justice in cases that resulted in the clean-up of air pollution from factories, foundries, and incinerators.
He is involved in efforts to ensure voting rights for all.
He has received numerous awards including, the Harvard Civil Liberties – Civil Rights Law Journal award for outstanding work in the public interest, the Environmental Champion Award of the City of Dayton, and the Bantz Community Service Award of the League of Women Voters. He was a recipient, in 2001, of the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy which allowed him to work and study telecommunications law in Great Britain.
He is the past president of the Ohio Citizen Action board of directors, and has served on many other boards. He is currently a board member of the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers telecommunication universal service funds for the nation.
Ellis has worked for the Montgomery County Fair Housing Center, the Montgomery County Public Defender Office, the City of Dayton, the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, and presently works for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
After law school, Cynthia E. Kinser served as a judicial clerk for Judge J. S. Daniel, a state of Tennessee circuit court judge. She joined the Tennessee Attorney General's Office in 1990 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Division. Two years later, the Division was divided and she was assigned to the Consumer Protection Division where she handled fraudulent 900 number and slamming cases and participated on the National Association of Attorney General Telecommunications Working Group. She served on the federal Department of Justice's Telemarketing Fraud Task Force and presented congressional testimony on telemarketing fraud. In 1994, Cynthia began working in the Antitrust Division to review non-profit mergers and acquisitions and to investigate health care fraud matters. While in that Division, she assisted in the review of the Columbia/HCA merger and the Nashville Memorial Hospital purchase by HCA.
In 1995, Cynthia was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the Consumer Protection Division. The Division handled the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, qui tam, charitable solicitation and unauthorized practice of law matters. In 2000, the Consumer Advocate duties involving the Tennessee Regulatory Authority were merged into her responsibilities. Cynthia began participating in the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocate and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission events. As part of her duties, Cynthia and her staff served on the Executive Committee handling the Attorneys' General Bridgestone/Firestone 53 jurisdiction settlement. Division staff also led negotiations which resulted in multistate cellular telephone advertising agreements, and filed comments before the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communication Commission regarding telecommunications related issues. Beginning in 1999, Cynthia served as National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, Vice President of Public Policy for two years. She received a NACAA award for outstanding contribution to NACAA's public policy mission and also the NACAA Consumer Advocate of the Year Award.
In 2002, Cynthia was appointed Deputy of the Bankruptcy Division. While overseeing the work of the Division, the staff handled over 25,000 cases a year and collected millions of dollars for the State of Tennessee. Cynthia assisted with the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation v. Pamela Hood, United States Supreme Court Appeal. In 2005, she was appointed Deputy over the newly created Tobacco Enforcement Division which was established to handle enforcement of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and statutes relating to the sale of tobacco products. A year later, in 2006, she returned to her previous duties as Deputy of the Consumer Protection and Advocate Division and she remains in this position today. The Division's staff has recently served in leadership roles in the multistate consumer protection lawsuit against Standard and Poor's and the Volkswagen Emissions consumer protection investigation.
Starting in 2012, Cynthia began serving as an adjunct faculty member for Belmont School of Law overseeing the Tennessee Attorney General's clinic program. She also assists with the Tennessee Attorney General's externship program with Vanderbilt School of Law and the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Cynthia received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctorate with honors from Stetson University College of Law. Cynthia has two daughters, Rachel Elizabeth Carter and Julianna Ruth Mills.
Julie Tritt Schell is the State E-rate Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a role she’s held since the program’s inception. In addition, she has served as the Co-Chair of the State E-rate Coordinators’ Alliance (SECA), and Co-Chair of the SHLB E-rate Group. Previously, Ms. Schell was the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Educational Technology, where she was responsible for all K-12 and higher education technology policy and funding initiatives. In addition, she negotiated and developed education training partnerships with 3-Com, Cisco and Oracle, coordinated the state telecommunications contract on behalf of schools and libraries, and served on the Governor's Rural Telecommunications Task Force. Ms. Schell began her career in public policy as a member of the government relations staff of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Atilla Tinic leads IT strategy and operations for the DISH TV, Sling TV and Wireless Groups. His focus is on delivering best-in-class customer, employee and partner experiences across the company’s brands and businesses by delivering innovative technology services and solutions.
Prior to DISH, Atilla was a Senior Vice President within the Information Technology department of CenturyLink. His tenure with CenturyLink included leadership roles in Technology Transformation, Enterprise Business Support Systems and oversight of IT for the international regions. Atilla played a critical role with the CenturyLink system integration strategy and led large scale efforts to consolidate CRM, Ordering, ERP, Billing and Network Inventory platforms.
Prior to this role, Atilla was the Chief Information Officer of Level 3 Communications where he was responsible for all global information technology functions. This included system architecture, application development and support, IT Operations and program management. The global IT team was comprised of a technology workforce that spanned across North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and LATAM (Latin America).
Atilla’s 25-year Information Technology and telecommunication career began with leadership positions at Bell Canada, Bell Sygma, Saville Systems, American Management Systems (AMS) and tw telecom. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and his Master of Applied Science from the University of Denver.
Joan Wade, Ed.D. is a life-long educator with over 30 years of service in public education. She began serving as the Executive Director for the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), on July 1, 2016.
Dr. Wade began her career as a library media specialist in Montello, Wisconsin. After attending graduate school, she served in various administrative capacities in Wisconsin school districts including as Technology Coordinator for Portage Community School District, and Distance Learning Director for CESA 5.
In 1998, Dr. Wade was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly served as a State Representative in the Wisconsin State Legislature from 1998 - 2001. She served on the Education, Agriculture and Ways and Means Committees as well as chair of the state's Tourism committee.
Dr. Wade has served as CEO for CESA 6 for 15 years. During her tenure, she led CESA 6 through a visioning and systems design process that resulted in several major initiatives. Among her accomplishments was an in-depth study of the Next Generation of Schools, leading to several new services for CESA 6, including an annual symposium of the best practices in next generation thinking. As a champion of education, Dr. Wade and CESA 6 would host monthly legislative forums for district administrators, board of education members and regional legislators to discuss educational policies and issues.
Dr. Wade is a graduate of UW-Whitewater, received her Masters Degree from UW-Madison and her Doctorate degree from Edgewood College also in Madison, Wisconsin.
She has always been an advocate for the value of regional educational service agencies. She seeks to provide forums for courageous leaders to network and inspires bold solutions to current and future complex challenges facing education. Dr. Wade strives to bring together diverse voices in order to yield effective regional and national networks that produce results for the common good.
Kathy is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). MATRC was established in September 2011 with the mission of providing technical support and other resources to Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC in order to advance the adoption and utilization of telehealth within the MATRC region. Kathy is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU where she has been teaching an online graduate level Research Methods course since 2008.
Just prior to her position with the MATRC, Kathy was Director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE serves as the State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office and Office of Minority Health for Virginia. Kathy's public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning at the federal, state and local government levels. Kathy has had a successful history with grants that includes identifying, reviewing, writing and managing over $13 million of grant funded programs and services in the past six years. Kathy also serves on the Boards of several local, State and national organizations.
Kathy received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. Her specialization was in Group Interventions. Areas of particular interest include family, cultural, and religious issues in preventive health. Kathy also has a Certificate from the Management Academy for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.