About USAC

Leadership

Executive Team

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

Radha Sekar, CEO
Ernesto Beckford, General Counsel
Catriona Ayer, Acting VP of the Schools and Libraries Program
Chris Beyerhelm, VP of Enterprise Portfolio Management
Craig Davis, VP of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
Victor Gaither, VP of the High Cost Program
Michelle Garber, VP of the Lifeline Program
Kyle Hutchinson, Acting CIO
Karen F. Lee, VP of the Rural Health Care Program
Tamika Mitchell, CHRO
Charlie Salvator, VP of Finance and CFO
Wayne Scott, VP of Internal Audit
Mark Sweeney, CAO

Radha Sekar, CEO

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.

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Ernesto Beckford, General Counsel

Ernesto Beckford is the General Counsel. Ernesto has over 30 years of experience working as legal counsel for corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. He joined USAC in 2017 as Deputy General Counsel, and was made General Counsel in 2018.

Previously, Ernesto worked for 12 years with law firms in Washington, DC, New York, and Raleigh, NC, specializing in corporate matters, contract law, public offerings and mergers, and acquisitions. He was the Deputy General Counsel for an aerospace, publicly held company for 11 years. He also served as a Senior Business Attorney for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an Attorney Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission, and Director of the Department of the Navy, Acquisition Integrity Office.

Ernesto holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College, Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia Law School, Columbia University.

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Catriona Ayer, Acting VP of the Schools and Libraries Program

Catriona Ayer is the Acting Vice President of the Schools and Libraries Program and Senior Director of Program Management. Catriona has been with USAC for over 19 years and has served in several leadership roles in the Schools and Libraries Program, including Director of Program Integrity Assurance and Director of Post-Commitment processes. Prior to joining USAC, Catriona held a variety of education technology positions in a state education agency, a technology vendor, and a large school district.

Catriona is a national leader in the E-rate Program, and an expert in all aspects of the program’s management and operations. She has led USAC’s efforts to implement FCC orders and served as the business lead on system modernization efforts. Additionally, Catriona has trained and guided USAC employees, contractors, and thousands of program participants, through her ongoing work on USAC’s outreach efforts. Catriona holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rice University.

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Chris Beyerhelm, VP of Enterprise Portfolio Management

Chris Beyerhelm is the Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio Management. Most recently, Mr. Beyerhelm was selected to serve as the Associate Administrator for Operations and Management in March 2015. In this position, Beyerhelm was responsible for overseeing the Farm Service Agency's budget, finance, administrative, management and internal control functions. Beyerhelm previously served as Deputy Administrator for Farm Loans Programs where he oversaw a $20 billion loan portfolio and managed the direct and guaranteed lending programs at FSA. Prior to that, Beyerhelm worked as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Beyerhelm began working with FSA where he served in various capacities for 35 years.

Before coming to Washington, DC, he served as Farm Loan Chief for the Iowa Farm Service Agency from 1991 to 2006.

Beyerhelm grew up in Iowa and now resides in Virginia with his wife Barb. They have two adult children and nine grandchildren.

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Craig Davis, VP of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing

Craig Davis is the Vice President of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing. He joined USAC in 2002 and has served in the roles of Senior Director in the High Cost Program, Vice President of the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, and, most recently, the Vice President of the Schools and Libraries Program.

During his time with USAC, Craig has negotiated and managed multi-million dollar vendor contracts supporting business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT systems modernization for the Schools and Libraries Program. He also led RHC to dramatic increases in productivity and stakeholder engagement and satisfaction, and reduced the number of appeals to single digits.

Before joining USAC, Craig worked for a variety of telecommunications companies, including a dark fiber provider, a wireless competitive local exchange carrier, and an operator services provider. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

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Victor Gaither, VP of the High Cost Program

Victor Gaither is the Vice President of the High Cost Program. He previously served as a senior leader at Charter Communications (Legacy Time Warner Cable), Neustar Inc, IDT/Winstar Communications, Advance Technology Corporation, and BellSouth (AT&T Southeast). Vic brings to USAC over 35 years of Communications Service Provider (i.e., Cable, CLEC, ILEC, IT, and Data Services) experience in the areas of Network Planning & Engineering, Capital Budgeting, Procurement Services, Supplier Relations, Interconnection Services, OSS Planning & Wholesale Billing, and Commercial/Enterprise & Network Provisioning.

He is also active in the Northern Virginia Community and is a strong advocate for community investment with a focus on the education sector in support of the development of STEAM skills and to introduce IT and CSP opportunities to K-12 students.

Vic earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Biology from Mercer University and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University's Executive MBA Program. He also holds a number of technical certifications.

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Michelle Garber, VP of the Lifeline Program

Michelle Garber is the Vice President of the Lifeline Program. She most recently was the Senior Director of Financial Operations at USAC, which included managing all aspects of USF contributor activities. Prior to USAC, Michelle was a consultant in IBM's federal practice, formerly PwC Consulting.

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University.

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Kyle Hutchinson, Acting CIO

Kyle Hutchinson is the Acting Chief Information Officer. He joined USAC in August 2014 as Director of IT Operations. In that position, Kyle was responsible for defining and communicating Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for system availability throughout the universal service programs. He also provided technology solutions and enforced standardized processes to help the organization meet its goals and objectives.

Prior to coming to USAC, Kyle was the Vice President, Infrastructure Technology for a national healthcare cost management solutions organization where he provided leadership to a technology group expanding across 23 locations and two data centers. Kyle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.

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Karen F. Lee, VP of the Rural Health Care Program

Karen F. Lee is the Vice President of the Rural Health Care Program. Prior to joining USAC, Karen served as the Chief of Management Controls and Assistance Branch at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she led strategic and financial management reforms that targeted waste, fraud, abuse, and transparency. She also served as the Deputy Director for the Iraqi Reconstruction Program for the Department of Defense in Baghdad in 2004 and 2005 and spent two years as an associate at the nationally recognized law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colgate University, a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.

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Tamika Mitchell, CHRO

Tamika Mitchell is the Chief Human Resources Officer. She has over fifteen years of human resources and organizational development experience. Her expertise include talent management, organizational development, training and development, and leadership coaching.

Prior to joining USAC in 2017, Tamika was a Director of Human Resources at Erickson Living Retirement Communicates and a Senior Human Resources Manager with IKON Office Solutions.

Tamika has a Master of Science in Human Resources and Counseling from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Management from Southern Connecticut State University. She also earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

She is a member of the Society of Human Resources, Northern Virginia Society of Human Resource Management, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and Virginia LeadingAge HR Committee.

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Charlie Salvator, VP of Finance and CFO

Charlie Salvator is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as the Senior Director of Internal Audit and has a track record of innovation and effective leadership at USAC. Charlie has a distinguished background of accomplishment in CFO and other senior financial roles at leading consumer and telecommunication companies, such as MCI, Crystal Brands, and General Mills. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Wayne Scott, VP of 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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Mark Sweeney, CAO

Mark Sweeney is the Chief Administrative Officer. Mark has a 30 year track record of successful operational leadership and business transformation in the telecom industry. He joined USAC in February 2016 as Vice President of the High Cost Program.

Previously, Mark worked for Windstream Communications where he served as Senior Vice President for Service Delivery leading a 1,200 person team focused on improving both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction results. Prior to that, he was the Chief Process Officer at XO Communications bringing standardization and efficiency to business processes across the enterprise. Prior to moving to the USA Mark held various positions with British Telecom and its global joint ventures in operational, IT and transformational roles.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Sussex in the UK.

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