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Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for fifteen years as a staff member in the United States Senate. For the last seven years, he was a senior legislative aide to United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), where he advised Senator Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other key issues. Previously, he served as Professional Staff Member to Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman David Pryor (D-AR), including an assignment as a special liaison to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).
Prior to his service in the Senate, Adelstein held a number of academic positions, including: Teaching Fellow in the Department of History, Harvard University; Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, Stanford University; and Communications Consultant to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Adelstein received a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science from Stanford University, an M.A. in History from Stanford University, studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.
Adelstein was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife Karen, son Adam and daughter Lexi.
Barry Ohlson - Spectrum,Senior Legal Advisor
Barry Ohlson, senior legal advisor and legal advisor for spectrum and international issues, was formerly the Chief of the Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to that position, Ohlson served as a Legal Advisor to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief and as acting Chief of the Public Safety and Private Wireless Division.
Before joining the Commission, Ohlson was Senior Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Winstar Communications, Inc. In that position, he was responsible for spectrum and related matters before the Commission and ITU. Prior to working at Winstar, Ohlson was an Associate at McDermott, Will & Emery and Keller and Heckman, both in Washington, D.C. Ohlson received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
David L. Furth - FCC, Associate Bureau Chief and Counsel in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Since joining the FCC in August 1992, he has served as an attorney in the Private Radio Bureau and the Wireless Bureau, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rachelle Chong, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Commercial Wireless Division, Co-Chair of the Universal Licensing Task Force, and Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief. He was a member of the Spectrum Policy Task Force, and was recently named to the Chairman's Internet Policy Working Group. Prior to joining the Commission, David was in private law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, California. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Meredith M. Attwell - NTIA, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary
Meredith M. Attwell joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in January 2004 as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Attwell served as Vice President at Williams Mullen Strategies, where she focused primarily on telecommunications, intellectual property and international trade issues. Most recent to her tenure at Williams Mullen Strategies, Ms. Attwell was Senior Counsel and Director of Governmental Relations to Covad Communications, the nation's largest competitive Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) company. She also served as Director of Congressional Affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). Ms. Attwell earned a law degree from the University of Houston in 1994. In Houston, she worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit and the law firm of DeLange and Hudspeth, L.L.P. From 1990 to 1992, she worked in the Legislative Affairs Office of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in 1990. Ms. Attwell is a member of the Texas State Bar.
With Motorola, Keith has been a: System Design Engineer Lead Engineer Trunking System Specialist System Architect (focusing on Advanced Digital & Trunking Communications Systems)
Systems Worked on: Helped design & implement the nationwide Motorola data system for IBM State of Ohio ASTRO Trunking System State of South Dakota VHF ASTRO trunking system State of North Dakota VHF ASTRO conventional network State of Illinois ASTRO 25 Trunking System State of Michigan ASTRO 25 System City of Cleveland Trunking System State of South Dakota VHF ASTRO trunking system City of Cincinnati ASTRO 25-IP Trunking system
Recent responsibilities include: Liaison between Motorola Product / System Manufacturing and Engineering / Sales Assisting Engineering / Sales with large Trunking and Digital System Designs Making sure Customer requirements are considered in future product designs Monitoring FCC with respect to the UHF/VHF regarming and new 700 MHz frequency band Present Information to different Customer organizations on upcoming Technologies Liasion between Motorola and Consultant Community.
Stagg Newman - McKinsey & Company, Senior Practice Expert
Stagg provides technology, regulatory, and strategic advice and analysis to telecom client teams worldwide. He has served well over 100 client teams worldwide. He provides technical leadership for the Firm's knowledge development efforts, particularly in broadband access and high speed wireless. He serves on the U.S. FCC Technology Advisory Council where he led the group that issued the Broadband Access Assessment report on the technical and economic feasibility of intermodal competition.
Recently Stagg has led client workshops and Firm knowledge development efforts in:
• Broadband Access Platforms including leading the FCC Broadband Working Group.
• WiFI and other Broadband Wireless Technologies • Future Regulatory Paradigms
• Next Generation Wireless Technologies
In '99 and '98 Stagg served as Chief Technologist at the FCC where he advised the Commissioners and senior staffers on strategic technology issues. He championed the "unregulation" of the Internet, an Internet friendly spectrum policy and policies that encouraged technology innovation and investment.
Stagg started his telecommunications career with Bell Labs in 1976 and worked for various descendents of AT&T in voice, data, and video communications. From 1994 to 1997 he was Vice President, Network Technology and Architecture, Applied Research at Bellcore where he led the optical networking, wireless, and network access technology and architecture research.
Stagg received his B.S. from Davidson College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell in math.
After a 21 year career in the Army JAG Corps, Bill worked for twelve years for U S WEST as its regulatory counsel in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. In 1998, Bill joined Dakota Telecommunications Group ("DTG") in Irene, South Dakota, as the General Counsel and has continued to provide legal advice to the company through its iterations as McLeodUSA and now PrairieWave.
Bill has his JD degree from Creighton University School of Law and an L.L. M. from the New York University School of Law. Bill concentrates his efforts for PrairieWave on federal and state telecommunications (including wireless) and cable service regulatory law, antitrust, the legal issues of IP technology and corporate governance. Bill is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Jerry P. Andersen - PrairieWave Communications, Vice President of Network Engineering & Operations
Jerry Andersen has worked in the communications industry for almost 30 years. In 1973, he began traveling all over the Midwest as a contract installer for Nye Electronics in Blunt, SD. Later, as the company's foreman, he handled billing, customer relations, and technical training. In 1977, he became a contract cable TV splicer for F.M. Keller Communications, working in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. When Keller became Tri-State Cable TV, Jerry helped design and build turnkey cable plants in 44 communities. In 1983, as the General Manager of Tri-State, he started the company's satellite operation. When Douglas Communications acquired Tri-State in 1986, Jerry became the Chief Engineer for 26 cable systems in the region, later being promoted to General Manager of the company. In 1995, the Douglas holdings were sold to five different companies, and Dakota Telecommunications Group recruited Jerry. As Manager of DTG Cable Operations, Jerry directed the first HFC overbuilds in South Dakota. In June of 1999, Jerry was promoted to Vice President of Network and Engineering Operations. His responsibilities include Central Office Operations and Engineering, Outside Plant Operations and Engineering, Broadband Operations and Engineering, Service Implementation and Repair, Fiber Management, Network Provisioning, and Warehouse/Facilities Maintenance for 40 sites.
Dale N. Hatfield
Dale N. Hatfield is currently an independent consultant and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Between December 2000 and April 2002, Hatfield served as Chair of the Department.
Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Hatfield was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission and, immediately before that, he was Chief Technologist at the Agency. He retired from the Commission and government service in December 2000. Before joining the Commission in December 1997, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting firm. Before founding the consulting firm in 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Before moving to NTIA, Hatfield was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC.
Hatfield was the founding director of the Telecommunications Division at the University College at the University of Denver and, for many years, taught telecommunications policy on an adjunct basis at the University of Colorado a Boulder. While in Washington, DC, Hatfield taught telecommunications technology on an adjunct basis at Georgetown University. He has nearly four decades of experience in telecommunications policy and regulation, spectrum management and related areas. He has also taught and consulted in many other countries including those in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Asia. Among numerous other international assignments in 2002, he participated in the M.E.N.A. Regional Telecommunications Workshop in Rabat, Morocco. In 2003, he worked extensively in Southern Africa for the NetTel@Africa project and on other consulting assignments in Laos, El Salvador, Namibia, and Romania. In 2004, he has participated in the Professional
Development Workshop for the members of the Arab Telecommunications Regulatory Association, the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, and the Arab Regional Information Technology Association in March 2004, consulted in Tunisia and Egypt, and continued his support of the NetTel@Africa project.
In 1973, Mr. Hatfield received a Department of Commerce Silver Medal for contributions to domestic communications satellite policy and, in 1999, he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award. In 2000, he received the PCIA Foundation's Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication in government service and the Federal Communications Commission's Gold Medal Award for distinguished service. More recently, he received the Distinguished Engineer award from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2003, he was elected to the Wireless Hall of Fame in the United States. He currently is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America.
In February 2001, the Federal Trade Commission appointed Hatfield Monitor Trustee in the AOL/Time Warner merger. Currently, Mr. Hatfield is serving on the board of directors of Crown Castle International and, until recently, on the board of KBDI TV-12 Public Television in Denver. He also serves on the International Public Policy Advisory Council of the Auto-ID Center at MIT
Hatfield holds a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology and an MS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.
Prior to accepting his current position, Schultz was one of the founders of Monet Mobile Networks, Inc. and was the company's Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer. Schultz was responsible for Monet's business development and regulatory activities. Monet brought wireless broadband Internet service to residents in seven rural Midwestern markets. Monet received Wireless Week magazine's 2002 Carrier Excellence Award for Wireless Internet.
Schultz was also the former Senior Vice President of Business Development for International Development and Operations at AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.,where he was instrumental in the successful acquisition of international wireless licenses in Taiwan, Colombia, and India. Schultz also served in various positions at AT&T's predecessor, McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc., including Vice President of Operations for the company's International Division, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company's Paging Division.
Otto Doll, Commissioner, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Mr. Doll was appointed South Dakota's first Chief Information Officer (CIO) in July 1996 — responsible for all state government computing, telecommunications and public broadcasting. As Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), he oversees development of all state government information systems and networks. Mr. Doll has advised Fortune 1000, Federal, State and Local Government CIO's on information technology assessment and alignment to business needs. He has served as a Director with the United States General Services Administration, developing information technology strategic plans and oversight policy. Mr. Doll received his Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a past President of NASCIO — a national organization of state CIO's.
Mr. Doll's accomplishments include:
- Developed state portal, South Dakota Service Direct, containing all state forms — 1,319 forms and publications used by citizens and their businesses now online.
- Established statewide 150 Mhz digital, trunked, radio system for all public safety organizations — over 10,000 radios centrally programmed and distributed to all local, state and federal agencies (highway patrol, game wardens, snow plows, etc.), county sheriffs, local police, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, hospitals/clinics and transit bus drivers so that everyone can talk to anyone, anywhere in the state.
- Created central repository of all state government GIS data assessable through the web — includes orthoquads, satellite imagery, etc. for entire state geography.
- Built South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) into a regional powerhouse — won over 50 awards in last five years.
- Implemented Cisco academies throughout South Dakota's K-12 high schools.
- Wired all 660 public schools for telecommunications and power with inmate labor.
- Connected all K-12 schools into wide area network with broadband connectivity — provides e-mail and web hosting services to all administrators, teachers and students.
- Established two-way, high quality videoconferencing network at every K-12 middle school and high school in the state — centralized scheduling for all 321 sites (includes several state office sites).
Richard E. Abild- Former Director of Sales for Monet Mobile Networks
Recently, Richard was Director of Sales for Monet Mobile Networks. Monet Mobile was a wireless broadband provider which built out the first eight cities in the US using Qualcomm's CDMA 1xRTT and EVDO technology.
Before Monet, Mr. Abild was co-founder of Cybernex, an ISP that covered over 150 towns in North and South Dakota from 1995-2000. Currently, he is co-founder of Wyty.com, a company provides the first online directory for cell phones and VoIP. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of South Dakota.
K. Dane Snowden- FCC, Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau FCC
K. Dane Snowden is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB). He was nominated to this position in June 2001 by FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell and confirmed by the entire Commission. In this role, Mr. Snowden is responsible for development and execution of the vision, strategic direction, telecommunications policies, and management of the Bureau's activities and 250 employees. As Chief, he directs telecommunications policies such as Telemarketing, Local Number Portability, Wireless Spam, Telecommunications Relay Services rules and forges constructive dialogue and alliances among Disability, Tribal, State & Local Governments, Industry and Consumer stakeholders to achieve common goals of maximizing consumer satisfaction with telecommunications goods and services and compliance with FCC rules and regulations. Mr. Snowden conducts frequent print, radio and television interviews on behalf of the agency on a range of topics including Voice over Internet Protocol, Slamming, Broadband, general Consumer issues. He represents the FCC before Congressional House and Senate committees and representatives on topics ranging from Indian Regulatory policy to Spam. Mr. Snowden develops consumer marketing and outreach programs and materials on behalf of the Commission and utilizes statistical methodologies to track industry trends to increase responsiveness to stakeholders. In his role as Chief, he is also responsible for two FCC advisory committees: Consumer Advisory Committee and Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Mr. Snowden led a nine-month bureau reorganization, which included identifying inefficient organizational structures and processes, and streamlined consumer-related functions, policy responsibility and operations from throughout the Commission into the new Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. Mr. Snowden is a member of the Senior Executive Service.
Before receiving his appointment to the Commission, Mr. Snowden previously served as Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Alliances at MissionFish.com, an Internet auction engine that raises funds for nonprofit groups by auctioning donated goods. In that capacity, he led the company's efforts on behalf of nonprofit clients in establishing relationships with corporations, resulting in the donation and sale of in-kind goods.
Prior to MissionFish.com, Mr. Snowden served as Vice President for Corporate, Nonprofit and Faith Commitments at America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth. His responsibilities included liaison to Chairman of the Board General Colin L. Powell and oversight of a staff of national account directors who established and managed relationships with over 300 corporate, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations. Earlier, as Vice President for Corporate Commitments, Mr. Snowden developed and implemented the America's Promise national accounts business development strategy to secure Fortune 500 corporate clients such as Viacom, MTV, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Starwood Hotels.
Among his other positions, Mr. Snowden has also worked as Corporate Development Director for the United Negro College Fund, as Assistant Director of Development for Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and as a Sales & Marketing Associate for the Major Contract Accounts Group of Sony Corporation of America.
Mr. Snowden is active in various charitable pursuits, with a special interest in those that address the needs of children and young people. He serves as a mentor in the Everybody Wins youth mentoring and reading program. He has promoted civic engagement with his service on the national board of directors for CityCares of America and has worked to provide alternative solutions for adoptive children with his service on the board of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of SOS Children's Villages. Mr. Snowden is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technology for Persons with Disabilities (Wireless RERC).
He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he received his B.A. degree in Political Science. Mr. Snowden is a resident of Washington, D.C. March 2004.
Joel Brick - Sioux Valley Wireless, Telecommunications Director
Joel has 30 years of experience in radio communications system design and installation (low frequency through microwave). He is experienced in legal and licensing, wireless technical engineering, and wireless operation and maintenance. His present responsibilities include directing MMDS wireless television and wireless internet activities for Sioux Valley Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sioux Valley Energy at Colman, SD. He holds an Electronic Technology Degree, FCC General Radiotelephone, NABER, PCIA, and CET Certifications. He has served as Region 5 Chair for the Utilities Telecommunications Council. His personal interests include playing the violin, boating, trapshooting, fishing, hunting and inventing.
Brian Mecum- Network Engineering Kansas/Missouri and Great Plains Regions, Director
Brian is an eleven-year employee of Verizon Wireless and its legacy companies. He currently oversees five different teams of network engineering including; real estate, cell site construction and implementation, budget and warehouse inventory, fixed network engineering and transport engineering.
The Kansas/Missouri and Great Plains Region network covers seven states including: Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Brian previously worked in Seattle, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona. And has held positions in customer service (1 Year), fraud (1 Year), legal (1 Year), network operations (6 Years) and network engineering (2 Years).
He has a B.A. in business management from the University of Arizona earned in 2000, and resides in Overland Park, KS.
Sue McNeil - FCC, Chief, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Sue McNeil is the Chief of the newly established Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Ms. McNeil joined the FCC as Special Counsel for Intergovernmental Affairs in January 2003. In a previous tour with the FCC, she served as Legal Advisor to the Auctions Division Chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau from 1994-1996.
Before returning to the FCC, she served as Senior Attorney for Federal Regulatory Affairs (International Telecommunications) at Sprint Corporation and Director for Government Affairs at Lucent Corporation. Ms. McNeil was also an Associate at Latham & Watkins and served as an aide to U.S. Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Representative Henry Waxman.
She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in political science from Duke University.
Kim Jacobs- USDA/Rural Utilities Service, General Field Representative
In 1971, splicing cable for Mountain Bell in Yellowstone National Park was the beginning of a career in telecommunications for Kim. He worked in Wyoming and Montana for Mountain Bell/ US WEST, Independent Telephone Companies, and Consultants prior to becoming a General Field Representative for the USDA/Rural Utilities Service in April 2002.
Delane Smith - Office of Attorney General, Director of Consumer Protection
Delane Smith is a South Dakota native and is the Director of Consumer Protection for the Office of Attorney General, in Pierre, South Dakota. She has been with Consumer Protection for over 10 years and has over 18 years experience in the law enforcement field.
Delane's main duties at the Attorney General's Office involve mediating and investigating consumer protection issues. Her main focus of work involves civil and criminal litigation and compliance issues regarding illegal business practices. This includes such things as telemarketing compliance, advertising, marketing practices, sweepstakes, door to door sales, illegal pyramids, charitable contributions, and landlord/tenant disputes. She emphasizes that the key in protecting South Dakota consumers is educating the public as to their rights so that they might recognize scams and potential deceptive trade practices before they occur.
Delane received certification by the Council of Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation as a National Certified Investigator. In December of 1999, Delane received certification as a Law Enforcement officer in the state of South Dakota. She is also a member of the National Consumer Protection Investigator's Association.
Mark E. Thompson - Swiftel Communications, General Manager
Mr. Thompson has 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, Financial Operations, and Customer Service Management. After graduating from South Dakota State University in Commercial Economics, Mr. Thompson entered the Banking Industry with a local bank in Brookings. Shortly there after, Mark entered the Wholesale Hardware Industry where he held various positions:
- Division Finance Manager Positions throughout the United States
- Customer Service Manager
- Retail Operations Specialist
- Retail Operations Manager
- Regional Sales Manager
- General Manager
In these positions Mr. Thompson's responsibilities included wholesale sales and marketing, new store franchisee business development, and wholesale customer service support and management.
In August of 2000, Mr. Thompson entered the Telecommunications Industry as General Manager of Swiftel Communications and helped launch the Sprint PCS business along the 1-29 corridor, and build the Swiftel and Sprint PCS brand throughout Eastern South Dakota and Northwest Iowa. Mr. Thompson is responsible for the sales and marketing for all wireless and wire line products offered by Swiftel Communications.
Lynn Jensen - USDA Rural Development, State Director (South Dakota)
Lynn D. Jensen was named State Director of the USDA Rural Development by the Bush Administration. Mr. Jensen's appointment became effective on July 8, 2001.
Mr. Jensen grew up near Lake Preston, South Dakota, where he took over the family farm. He farms corn, soybeans, small grains, and raises hogs. Mr. Jensen has been very active in the ag community over the years. He has served as President, as well as Co-CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and Chairman of Customer and Business Development of the National Corn Growers Association. In addition, Mr. Jensen has served as Vice President and Charter member of Producer's Renewable Products, LLC, and Treasurer and Charter member of Renewable Resource Research Institute.
Mr. Jensen and his wife, Jodi, have two children.
David Armey - Verizon Wireless, Director of State Public Policy (Midwest)
David Armey is a Director of State Public Policy in the Midwest for Verizon Wireless. He started with VZW when the company was created through the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE in 2000. He is responsible for the legislative and regulatory issues in nine states and also handles local matters. David graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. He lives in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife and three children.
Jim Mehlhaff - SD PUC Consumer Affairs, Supervisor
Jim Mehlhaff has been with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for two years and supervises their Consumer Affairs department. Jim and his staff take complaints and answer questions regarding the investor owned utility companies and telecommunications companies doing business in the state of South Dakota.
Randy Foudray - Black Hills FiberCom, Internet Services Manager
Randy oversees the personnel and systems responsible for maintaining Black Hills FiberCom's Internet Operation. He has over 20 years experience in Information Technology and has been working to connect people to the Internet for over 11 years.
Randy began working for Black Hills Corporation and Daksoft in 1997 as an Internet developer and security analyst. In this role he designed Black Hills FiberCom's Internet infrastructure from ground up. Once operational, Randy transferred to FiberCom for continued management of its Internet operation.
Randy is a licensed amateur radio operator and has always taken an interest in wireless Internet connectivity. He performs a lead technical role for Black Hills FiberCom and their wireless Internet initiatives.
Ron Merwin- Meade County Sheriff
Ron has been the Meade County Sheriff since 1991. Prior to being Sheriff he was with the Sturgis Police Department. Ron has lived in Sturgis most of his life, and is married and has 4 daughters. Ron and his wife are also foster parents and are currently in the process of adopting a very special little boy.
Ron Barnes- Director, CTIA - The Wireless Association™, State Government Affairs
Ron is the Director, State Government Affairs at CTIA - The Wireless Association™ in Washington, D.C. where he manages the Association's state activities. The State Government Affairs department's role is to support the industry's legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts around the country by coordinating member coalitions and developing issue-specific resources and strategies. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Ron was the Director for External and Industry Relations at CTIA. He had management responsibility for implementation issues associated with Section 255 (the disability access provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996) and the Association's industry and consumer education efforts on wireless phone and base station health effects. Before joining CTIA, Ron served as a Legislative Affairs Specialist with Holland & Knight LLP where his focus was on legislative and regulatory activities in the telecommunications, environment, and health care sectors. Ron joined Holland & Knight from the Washington staff of former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth from his home state of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina.
Mark Kasten - Parker Development Corp., Economic Development Coordinator
Mark Kasten has been the Economic Development Coordinator for the Parker Development Corporation since April of 2003. After graduating from South Dakota State University with a BA degree in Radio/TV/Film and a minor in Broadcast Journalism, Mark worked for six years as a news photographer and Satellite Truck Operator for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. Before making the switch to Economic Development, Mark spent two years as the Production Manager for Vision Video, Inc, a video production company in Sioux Falls. Mark and his lovely wife Kathy and two boys Shane and Alex, ages six and four live in Parker.
Rae Ann Kelsch- Western Wireless Corporation, Manager of Government Compliance and External Affairs
Rae Ann Kelsch is currently Manager of Government Compliance and External Affairs for Western Wireless Corporation (Cellular One), a provider of wireless services in 19 western states. In that capacity, she manages state government affairs in regulatory compliance, legislative matters and advocacy. Prior to joining Western Wireless (Cellular One) in 1993, Kelsch served in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Kelsch was first elected in 1990 and continues to currently serve. She has served as Chairman of the North Dakota House Education committee since 1997. Kelsch received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Tony Rogers - Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission, Director
Tony Rogers is currently the Director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission office. A tribal sub-division created to provide regulatory authority on utilities operating within the Rosebud Reservation.
Mr. Rogers as director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission also represents the tribe on the Council of Energy Resource Tribes Board of Directors. Mr. Rogers also has extensive knowledge and experience in providing information on rights and resources for utility services on tribal lands with respect to regulatory authority, legislation, policy, and economic opportunities in telecommunications and renewable energy development.
Mr. Rogers has worked in tribal government, Indian programs, and the private sector in various capacities over the past 25 years. He also has a unique background in public administration through employment in tribal, federal, and commercial companies in various capacities. His work experience includes: Tribal Director and St. Francis Community Treasurer for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; Government Network Sales for First Computer Concepts; Network & E-Mail Administrator for Merrill Corporation; Computer Instructor and Studio Engineer for Migizi/ATC Communications. His consultant services include work with for Migizi/ATC Communications, Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Mr. Rogers is a graduate of Yankton College and the National Education Center Electronic Technology Center. He is also a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and lives on the reservation in South Dakota.