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Member Committees & Working Group Rosters

If you are interested in joining a member committee, please contact the Chair.  Committees are a great way to get involved with Association leadership and direction. We welcome all members. Contact Trish Ehlers with any questions at

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee plans and coordinates the Fiber Connect 2023 Conference

Chair: Ron Frye, Lit Communities

Vice Chair: Evann Freeman, EPB

Board Liaison: Joseph Jones, On Trac, Inc. 

Committee Members:

Adele Crespo, Ciena

John George, OFS

Brad Hine, ETI Software Solutions

Heather Gold, Mears Group

Beth Andre, Google Fiber

Valerie Lucas, EPB Fiber

Ashley Brown, Adtran

Catarina Araujo. Zinier

Paul Treasure, ProCom Consulting

Craig Corbin, Broadband Universe

Rob Wrighter, Hancock Telephone Company

Deployment Specialists Committee

* Meets the fourth Friday of every month at 11 AM Eastern

The FBA Deployment Specialists Committee was created to provide a discussion forum for all entities involved in the fiber deployment process. The group specifically intends to provide education around and raise awareness about the fiber deployment process, effective fiber installs, and ensuring a safe worksite while protecting underground facilities in areas of excavation.

Chair: Brendan O'Boyle, Preformed Line Products
Board Liaison: Scott Jackson, Graybar

Committee Members

Robert Bridgham, Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority
Walt Donovan, Dycom Industries
Tucker Dotson, Ditch Witch
Kelley Dunne, Novation Enterprises
Stan Fendley, Corning 
Jon Fitz, Prysmian Group
John Fluharty, Quanta Services
Ron Frye, LUS Fiber
Colin Garner, Wolf Line Construction
Robin Gilbertson, J&R Underground
Darin Howe, Corning
Keith Jackson, Gabes Construction Company
Jake Jeffords, Vermeer
Michael Horn, Radisys
Dan Levac, Preformed Line Products
Zouheir Mansourati, Vitruvi
Scott Mull, On Trac
Jason Phillips, Gabes Construction Company
Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction 
Mark Tichenor, On Trac
Jimmy Todd, Nex-Tech
Allen Veach, Navigator Strategies, LLC

In-Home Experience Working Group

* Meeting schedule varies. Please email for more details.

Focus on improving the in-home experience by defining specs for architects, home builders and consumers and software applications that will ensure that consumers get the maximum benefit out of their Gigabit FTTH experience.

Chair: Doug Blue, Nokia

Working Group Members:
Kevin Baker, Corning
Alysha Bowers, empower, Delivered by Craighead Electric
Pam Ferguson, Calix
John George, OFS
Keith Leonhardt, Metronet
Michael Quade, Nokia
Jeff Manning, Shentel
Rick McDowell, On Trac
Ted Schremp, IQ Fiber

Marketing Committee  

* Meets the third Thursday of every month at 4 PM Eastern 


Plans and provides feedback on the Fiber Broadband Association membership marketing efforts and advises on programs and promotional pieces which could be helpful to member company marketing efforts to customers. 

Chair: Kimberly Biddy, EPB
Board Liaison: Jimmy Todd, Nex-Tech

Committee Members:
Kara Chandeysson, Ting Internet
David Eckell, Graybar
Katie Espeseth, EPB
Jeff Gavlinksi, Plume
John George, OFS
Bob Knight, Harrison Edwards
Kimberly McKinley, UTOPIA Fiber
John Paul, Spiral Internet
Terry Price, 3-GIS
Jane Weiler, Cincinnati Bell
Melissa Wright, Smithville Communications
Jimmy Todd, Nex-Tech 

Power Utilities Roundtable Group

* Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 3 PM Eastern

The Power Utilities Roundtable Group is open to power utility members of FBA only, and provides a forum for open discussion among our member companies in this space. Members share their experiences, challenges, and assist one another with identifying solutions to common issues.

Chair: Pete Hoffswell, Holland Board of Public Works
Board Liaison: Mark Boxer, OFS 

Group Members:

Clayton Dowell, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
Bobby Paul, City of VidaliaNathan Huff, French Broad EMC
Brian Shrader, PES Energize
Campbell Patterson, Utilities Kingston
Sharon Kyser, Newport Utilities
Chris Calhoun, Newport Utilities
John Leary, Westfield Gas & Electric
Teresa Newman, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities
Matt Smith, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities
Hank Blackwood, Dalton Utilities/OptiLink
Russ Brethower, Grant PUD

Public Officials Working Group

* Meets the first Thursday of every month at 3 PM Eastern

Bringing together public officials from states, cities, towns, counties, public utilities/co-ops and COGs to share knowledge, insights and resources. Please contact the Chairs below with any questions or to join the group. 

If you would like information on joining FBA as an individual Public Official member at a reduced rate, please contact Trish Ehlers, Vice President, Membership, Industry Affairs, and Operations, at

Chairs: Bob Knight, Town of Ridgefield, and Kimberly McKinley, UTOPIA Fiber

Public Policy Committee

* Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4 PM Eastern

Promote fiber broadband deployment by educating and motivating federal, state and local officials (North America).

Chairs: Chris Champion, C Spire and Ariane Schaffer, Google Fiber
Board Liaisons: Joanne Hovis, CTC and Ben Moncrief, C Spire

ommittee Members:
Sean Adam, AFL
Kevin Lee Bourg, Corning 
Daryl Bouwkamp, Vermeer
John Burchett, Google
Joshua Chandler, Utopia Fiber
Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye
David Eckell, Graybar
Eric Edwards, CommScope
Stan Fendley, Corning
Debra Freitas, Light Source Communications 
John George, OFS
Joey Greer, EPB
Mike Hill, On Trac
Frank Latini, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Michele Mansfield Tysiak, Crown Castle
Wylie Murphy, On Trac
Staci Pies, Crown Castle
Michael Purdy, Google
Jeff Reiman, The Broadband Group
Stephen Szymanski, Sterlite Technologies Ltd
Natasha Tamaskar, Radisys
Paul Thompson, AFL
Roger Timmerman, Utopia Fiber
Monica Webb, Ting
Melanie Wolfe, Ting
David Young, Verizon
Jessica Zufolo, Magellan Advisors
Sherry McCuller Magellan Advisors
Ashley Poling, Magellan Advisors
Marissa Mitrovich, Frontier
Alton Burton, Frontier

Supply Chain Working Group

* Meeting schedule varies. Please contact Chair.

Develop a detailed map of the fiber industry supply chain so that FBA can educate and focus on the specific bottlenecks that are impacting fiber deployment.

Chair: Scott Jackson, Graybar

Working Group Members:
Jerry Cederlund ,Calix
John George, OFS
Todd Heyne, ALLO Communications
Sarah Hirsch, Graybar

Joe Jensen, Corning
Jeff Manning, Shentel
Steve Rasure, Graybar
Anna Stalker, Graybar
Roger Timmerman, UTOPIA Fiber

Sustainability Working Group

* Meeting schedule varies. Please email for more details.

A newly formed effort with FBA members that have an interest in establishing “net zero” targets for fiber providers by encouraging industry recycling, reduction of truck rolls, reducing energy consumption, using renewable energy, and a range of ESG initiatives to obtain greater operational efficiencies.

Chair: TBD

Working Group Members:
Mark Boxer, OFS
Matt Collins, Calix
Andreas Flach, Nokia
Crawford Frazer, IQGeo
John George, OFS
Allen Griser, Clearfield
Patrick Jacobi, Prysmian
Joe Jensen, Corning
Martin, Kuipers, Adtran
Michel Langlois, Calix
Ryan McCowan, Adtran
Koy Miller, Verizon
Ben Moncrief, C Spire
Kevin Morgan, Clearfield
Maura Nespoli, Prysmian Group
Balaji Purushothama, Adtran
Mike Render, RVA
Amanda Scherer, Adtran
Mickie Smith, Adtran
Raoul Speicher, OFS
Aislin Sullivan, Corning
Steve Tongish, IQGeo
Jeff Whitmire, Adtran
Jay Wilson, Adtran

Technology Committee

* Meets the second Friday of every month at 10 AM Eastern

Promote the awareness and business implications of active systems, passive components and deployment techniques for fiber broadband networks.

Chair: John George, OFS
Board Liaison: Mark Boxer, OFS

ommittee Members:

John Amundson, TDS Telecom
Gwenn Amice, EXFO
Patrick Anderson, Go!Foton
Steve Binassi, Telus
Mark Boxer, OFS
Paul Brigandi, DOW
Rajesh Chundury, Radisys
Matthew Coffman, Jackson Energy Authority
Virgillo Fiorese, Radisys
Andreas Flach, Nokia
Sean Flora, Cincinnati Bell
Jeff Gavlinski, Plume
William Hall, II, Adtran
John Hogie, Google
Scott Jackson, Graybar
Joe Jensen, Corning
Larry Johnson, FiberStory
Greg Lentz, Corning
Zouheir Mansourati, Vitruvi
Michael McGannon, Dycom Industires
Brendan O'Boyle, Preformed Line Products
Michael Pecot, Jiggsa
Michael Render, RVA
Lee Rutherford, Horizon
Kayla Sandquist, Vermeer
Josh Simer, AFL
Brad Slipher, On Trac
Paul Sulisz, Biarri Networks
Barry Walton, Corning
Kevin Wynne, Comsof Americas
Jessica Zufolo, Magellan Advisors, LLC

Trusted Fiber Working Group

* Meeting schedule varies. Please email for more details.

Focus on establishing metrics and standards for the ethical production, distribution and pricing of fiber by trusted suppliers.

Chair: Patrick Jacobi, Prysmian Group

Working Group Members:
Megan Ascioti, Corning
Mark Boxer, OFS
John Chamberlain, CommScope
Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye
Katie Espeseth, EPB
Stan Fendley, Corning
John George, OFS
Jordan Gross, Corning
John Hedgpeth, Corning
Robert Hust, Prysmian Group
Joe Jensen, Corning
Kevin Morgan, Clearfield
Joel Orban, Corning
Brian Schulties, Prysmian Group
Debra Waggoner, Corning

Women in Fiber Committee

* Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 4 PM Eastern

This group is for women who are Fiber Broadband Association members. The group's purpose is to share insight into professional development and discuss opportunities for women to achieve their full potential in the field. We encourage women in the field to network with other professionals and fellow leaders in the fiber industry. Make new connections and share your experiences!  Join the LinkedIn Group or c
ontact Trish Ehlers at with any questions or ideas.

Chair: Alexa Edens, KGPCo
Board Liaison: Katie Espeseth, EPB

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Our Mission

The Fiber Broadband Association's mission is to accelerate the deployment of fiber broadband networks to ensure digital equity and enable every community to leverage economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Fiber Broadband Association is a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere.