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.
Brian L. Talbott, Ph.D. is the National Executive Director of the American Association of Educational Service Agencies (AAESA) in Arlington, Virginia. The mission of AAESA is to serve as the national voice for educational service agencies and to support learning, technical assistance, advocacy, and research for the regional service centers throughout the United States. Dr. Talbott is responsible for daily operations, personnel, private contractors, and the overall administration of AAESA. Services include professional development, legislative advocacy, research and publications, public/private business partnerships, membership networking, technical support, and board/superintendent training.
From 1982-1998, Dr. Talbott served as superintendent of Educational Service District 101 (ESD101) in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Talbott was responsible for the operation of all programs administered by ESD 101, a regional service agency, providing cooperative services to 59 public school districts and 54 private schools in Eastern Washington. These duties included oversight of curriculum/instruction, telecommunications, and school financial services. As the agency's chief executive, he also served as general manager of the STEP/Star Network, ESD 101's nationwide educational television network (and a federal Star Schools grantee). STEP/Star, one of the nation's oldest and largest distance learning networks, produces live, interactive instructional programs – delivered by satellite and cable – to youth and adult audiences in six time zones. Dr. Talbot directed all aspects of the telecommunications program since network development began in 1985 until June 30, 1998. Dr. Talbott was responsible for a staff of over 200 and an annual operating budget exceeding $30 million.
Dr. Talbott has had a full range of experience in his career. In addition to his work as a National Executive Director and an Educational Service District Superintendent, he has served as university instructor of graduate and undergraduate courses, secondary teacher, coach, vice principal, principal, and local school district superintendent.
Dr. Talbott holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and research from the University of Idaho, a master's degree in educational administration from Seattle University, and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Washington. Dr. Talbott is the recipient of numerous community, state, and national awards for his educational and business contributions.
Joel E. Lubin is Vice President - Federal Government Affairs at AT&T. He is responsible for developing public policy at the federal and state levels. In particular, he formulates regulatory policies associated with access charges, universal service, local exchange competition, and local exchange carrier regulation.
Mr. Lubin has over thirty 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 the present, Mr. Lubin has taken 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.
Wayne R. Jortner is Senior Counsel to the Maine Public Advocate, an independent state agency created in 1981 to represent Maine's telephone, electric, gas, and water utility customers before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, courts of law, and federal agencies. Mr. Jortner has 24 years of legal experience including 12 years with the Maine Public Advocate, where his primary focus has been on telecommunications issues. Currently, he is USAC's Treasurer.
Mr. Jortner is the author of the Ratewatcher Phone Guide, a semi-annual 16-page publication that compares the rates of telecommunications service providers and provides information about telephone services, Internet services, and wireless services in Maine. The guide is read by approximately 40,000 Maine consumers. From 1996 to 2001, as President of the Maine Telecommunications Education Fund, Mr. Jortner participated in successful efforts to increase Lifeline penetration in Maine and educate Maine consumers concerning telecommunications issues. In addition, since 1993, Mr. Jortner has been a member of the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). NASUCA represents millions of utility customers throughout the U.S. and its members include 42 independent utility consumer advocacy offices in 40 states and the District of Columbia. NASUCA frequently participates in FCC proceedings and legislative issues before Congress. Mr. Jortner has been a featured speaker at NASUCA's national conferences on three occasions.
In 1976, Mr. Jortner received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with honors from Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1979, he received a J.D. degree from Rutgers University. Mr. Jortner is admitted to practice law in New York and Maine.
Scott Barash is the Acting CEO of USAC. He joined USAC as its first in-house attorney 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. During his tenure at the Justice Department, he handled a wide variety of litigation on behalf of numerous federal agencies. He earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Scott K. Bergmann is Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for CTIA – The Wireless Association®, where he is responsible for coordinating regulatory issues for the association affecting the wireless industry. These issues include broadband, universal service, and spectrum policymaking.
Mr. Bergmann previously served for over 10 years at the Federal Communications Commission in a wide range of positions. At the FCC, Mr. Bergmann served as the Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein. In this capacity, he served as chief of staff for all policy, legal, and administrative issues within the Commissioner's office, and was responsible for matters involving broadband, rural telecommunications, universal service, consumer protection, disability access, emergency communications, and competition issues.
Prior to joining Commissioner Adelstein's office, Mr. Bergmann served as Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief and Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau. In these roles, he advised the Bureau Chief on matters including regulation of broadband services, telephone competition, public safety, and numbering. Mr. Bergmann started his career at the FCC as an Attorney-Advisor in the Industry Analysis and Technology Division of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau. Mr. Bergmann received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Ronald A. Brisé was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2010 and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term through January 2014. In December 2011, he was elected to Chair the Commission through January 1, 2014.
Chairman Brisé is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on the Committee on Telecommunications, the Committee on International Relations, and the Subcommittee on Utility Market Access. Chairman Brisé also serves on the Federal Communications Commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Before this appointment, he served the citizens of North East Miami-Dade (District 108) in the Florida House of Representatives for four years.
As a Representative, Chairman Brisé was named Democratic Whip from 2006 to 2008 and served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators. He served on the Education & Economic Development Appropriations, General Government & Health Care Appropriations, and Select Strategic & Economic Planning Councils, was the Ranking Member on the State & Community Colleges and Workforce Appropriation Committee and served on the State Universities & Private Colleges Policy Committee. He also served on the Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations and the Energy & Utilities Policy Committees. Most notably as a legislator, Chairman Brisé sponsored successful legislation to expand broadband deployment throughout the State of Florida making it possible for underserved areas to have access to broadband technology. He was also successful in passing legislation to provide relief from garnishment to heads of families by increasing the amount of retainable earnings before garnishment.
Recently, Chairman Brisé was the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Partner Consulting, LLC, which provides leadership and development strategies for corporate clients. Until 2008, Chairman Brisé was also the Chief Operating Officer for IPIP Corporation, a VoIP telecommunications carrier. Prior to this, he was the Science Department Chairperson at Miami Union Academy from 2000 to 2005 and was also the Academy's Director of Development, Marketing, and Recruitment from 2003 to 2005.
Chairman Brisé served as a member of the North Miami Planning Commission and is a past president of the Albert C. Pierre Community Center. He is a member of the NAACP and a member on the boards of the Haitian-American Scholarship Fund and Miami Union Academy.
Chairman Brisé received a bachelor's degree in biology education from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received MBA degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois. He and his wife, JoAn, have a son and a daughter, Ronald Brisé II and Elizabeth Christiane Brisé, and together are faithful members of Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Eric Brown is the President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network (CTN). CTN is the State of California's broadband network dedicated to health care designed to utilize broadband and advanced health IT technology to improve health care access focusing on rural and medically underserved communities. Under his leadership, CTN was launched in late 2010 and has grown to become one of the largest FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program in the nation, serving over 700 health care sites. He also initiated the consolidation of the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC) into CTN in 2011 where it now operates as the California Telehealth Resource Center, providing technical and programmatic telehealth assistance and training to health care providers statewide.
A 15 year veteran of the cable television industry, Eric served as President of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications where he was responsible for operations, serving over 1.2 million households in six states with annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion. During his tenure at Charter, Eric's team launched the first all-digital cable system in the United States in Long Beach, CA in 2004.
In addition to his cable industry experience, Brown has extensive experience in consumer brand management with multiple consumer product companies, including The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods.
Brown serves on the Board of Bend Broadband, a cable television and broadband services company serving Central Oregon, and is also a past Chairman of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA). He is a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for excellence in broadband operations and the cable industry's CTAM Chairman's Award for excellence in broadband marketing.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Brown earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia.
As the City Librarian for National City Public Library in National City, California, Ms. Campbell is responsible for providing library services to one of the poorest and most culturally diverse cities in California. Ms. Campbell has first-hand experience with the Universal Service Fund's (USF) impact on America's libraries. USF support provides the telecommunications infrastructure at the National City Public Library, allowing the library to provide access to electronic information and the Internet, reducing the digital divide for National City's many residents.
Ms. Campbell is recognized as a library leader, active within the library community. She served as President of the California Library Association in 1999. Presiding over this 2,000-member organization, she had the opportunity to serve as a library advocate at public meetings and before the legislature. Recognized by her peers as an effective advocate, she was invited to testify before a U.S. House subcommittee on reauthorization of federal library legislation. Invited to testify before the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) regarding libraries and technology access, Ms. Campbell provided compelling testimony on the impact libraries and technology can have in communities. She was appointed by FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell to the Universal Service Administrative Company Board in December 2001, representing public libraries.
Ms. Campbell has served for 16 years as an elected member of the National School District Governing Board and has served twice as President of the Board. As an elected official, she has been an advocate for the education of public school students. Recognized as a consensus builder, she was elected as the first Chair of a regional consortium of School Boards.
Ms. Campbell has served on a variety of board and committees: Advisory Board of the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship; Governing Board of the Tierra del Sol Regional Library Network; Board of Directors, Califa Library Network; National City Public Arts Committee.
She has received many honors and awards, most recently receiving the California Library Association Member of the Year Award and the National City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Ms. Campbell has a B.A. and Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona. She has spent most of her library career serving libraries in the San Diego, California area.
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.
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 also teaches at the annual Regulatory Studies Program at Michigan State University, and serves 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.
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.
Mr. Jimenez presently oversees regulatory policy and industry relations as Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, at Cox Communications, Inc (Cox); he assumed this role in 2006. He leads the development of Cox's regulatory policy goals and strategy at the state and regional levels; and coordinates and contributes to policy goals and strategy at the national level, on matters involving wired and wireless communication services. He is also responsible for Cox's universal-service program, from policy advocacy to compliance with current regulations. Further, Mr. Jimenez manages Cox's participation in various national associations and forums which help shape communications policy, including the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, CTIA-The Wireless Association, the Rural Cellular Association, and the North American Numbering Council. Finally, Mr. Jimenez represents the cable industry as a member of the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company.
Mr. Jimenez joined Cox Communications in March 1999. Prior to joining Cox Communications, he served as the Technical Advisor on telecommunications and transportation issues to two past Presidents of the California Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Jimenez worked for the California Commission for nearly ten years. His experience also includes employment at Pacific Bell as an Installation Center Supervisor.
During his professional career, Mr. Jimenez has publicly spoken before State Public Utilities Commissions on matters pending before those agencies, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on universal service and the regulatory treatment of broadband services, the Mid-America Regulatory Conference on interconnection requirements, the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners on cyber-security, and the National Regulatory Conference in Virginia on general regulatory policy. He also has addressed academic bodies, such as the Universidad Simón Bolivar in La Paz, Bolivia, where he taught a Masters course on telecommunications policy, and New Mexico State University's Center for Public Utility Regulation, where he participated on a panel on competition policy.
Mr. Jimenez obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1988.
Rochelle Jones is currently the Senior Vice President - Regulatory for tw telecom and is responsible for twtc's regulatory team in 41 states and the District of Columbia. She serves on the COMPTEL and New York state targeted accessibility fund boards of directors. Rochelle also serves as the chairperson of the carrier to carrier working group operating under the auspices of the New York public service commission. Rochelle joined tw telecom's predecessor, Time Warner Telecom, in January 1995.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Rochelle was employed by Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation (SNET). She had been with SNET since she graduated from Smith College in 1978 where she received her B.A. in government. Rochelle held a variety of positions at SNET including district manager of investor relations, assistant corporate secretary and division manager of state and federal regulatory matters.
Ms. Jones currently lives in New York City.
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.
Raquel Noriega is Director of Public Policy at Connected Nation, Inc. Connected Nation is a not-for-profit working to help ensure that all Americans have access, as well as the necessary skills, capability, and willingness, to connect to high-speed Internet. Connected Nation helps states, local communities, and an array of individual partners, including libraries, colleges, and schools, develop sound strategies aimed at promoting broadband access, adoption, and use.
As part of Connected Nation’s Policy and Research Department, Ms. Noriega monitors and assesses federal public policy and helps stakeholders understand the impact of such reforms at the state and local levels. Ms. Noriega has also been instrumental in helping states define sound broadband policy. For example, working with the Government of the Territory of Puerto Rico, Ms. Noriega was a key leader in the conceptualization, writing, and execution of the Puerto Rico Broadband Strategic Plan in 2012. Ms. Noriega has also been instrumental in undertaking important research conducted at Connected Nation that is directly relevant to the Lifeline USF program. Connected Nation’s research agenda aims to help understand the barriers to broadband adoption and how best to overcome them. Most recently, Ms. Noriega’s research has explored the degree to which affordability is a key barrier to adoption among non-broadband users, and what the willingness to pay for the service would be among such price sensitive non-adopters.
Prior to joining Connected Nation, Ms. Noriega was Senior Economist at the Foundation for Regulatory Studies, based in Madrid, Spain. In this position, Ms. Noriega was responsible for assessing ongoing telecommunications public policy in Spain and the European Union at large. While holding this position, Ms. Noriega published a number of research pieces, most notably she co-authored the publication "The New Role of the State in Regulated Sectors: Broadband Telecommunications," which won the 2004 Premio Ensayo of the DMR Consulting Foundation. Prior to that, Ms. Noriega served as Senior Economist at LECG, Inc., an economic consulting firm, where she provided consulting services to private and public telecommunications clients in the USA, Latin America, and Europe.
Ms. Noriega holds a Masters in Economics from Northwestern University, where she also was admitted to the Ph.D. candidacy (All But Dissertation), and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. Ms. Noriega is bilingual, speaking fluently both Spanish and English, and is proficient in French.
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.
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.