Who We Are

Joanne Hovis, President

Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology & Energy, where she directs the firm’s work in network business planning; market analysis; financial modeling, policy, and strategy; and management consulting. Joanne advises public sector clients regarding how to build strategy and opportunity for public–private partnerships in broadband. She led the CTC …

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Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D., P.E., CEO & Director...

Andrew Afflerbach specializes in planning, design, and implementation of communications infrastructure and networks. His expertise includes emerging fiber and wireless technologies and state-of-the-art networking applications. As Director of Engineering, he oversees all engineering work performed by CTC Technology & Energy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of …

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Lee Afflerbach, P.E., Principal Engineer

Lee is a telecommunications systems engineer with nearly 40 years of experience. He has designed, tested, and planned dozens of wireless, coaxial cable, and fiber optic networks for municipal government, public safety, educational, and non-profit clients. Lee is a nationally recognized authority on cable systems and wireless communications. He is a …

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Tom Asp, Principal Engineer and Analyst

Tom has more than 25 years of experience as an engineer and analyst in communications and public power systems. His experience includes telecommunication system design and evaluation of network feasibility. Mr. Asp has developed financial statements and prepared quantitative business plan analyses for numerous municipal and utility clients nationwide. Tom's expertise …

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Ben Chase, Staff Engineer

Ben Chase is a network engineer with experience on large campus and metro-area FTTP networks. He specializes in needs analysis and process improvement and works with a range of tools and vendors to find practical, best-in-class solutions that meet the needs of the operators and customers of the network. His …

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James Crane, Communications and Public Safety...

James O. Crane is an accomplished communications professional, law enforcement commander, and program manager with 25 years of experience in a variety of assignments, including 10 years at the command level and more than a decade leading communications planning and operations efforts. James served as Commander in the Washington DC Metropolitan …

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Carroll Clift, Senior Engineer

Carroll is a telecommunications engineer with more than 35 years of professional experience. He has planned and designed fiber optic and SONET-based networking projects for governments and large businesses. Carroll currently serves as an outside plant engineer at CTC Technology & Energy for the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) project and …

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Michael Crites, Staff Engineer

As a Staff Engineer at CTC, Michael serves on the applications cut-over team for the National Capital Regional public safety interoperability network, NCRnet; he also monitors and troubleshoots issues related to the operations of the NCRnet voice and network infrastructures. Michael provides engineering support for a range of public sector …

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Matthew DeHaven, Principal Engineer

Matt has designed, installed, and overseen integration of high-capacity local and wide-area networks for dozens of clients. He specializes in projects that focus on institutional backbone communication infrastructure and public safety issues, where network interoperability, reliability, and security concerns are paramount. Matt assists in the preparation of specifications for competitive bid …

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Kyle Doescher, GIS Technician/Staff Engineer

Kyle Doescher researches, aggregates, and manipulates data to create maps essential to projects. He works with a range of geographic design programs—including ESRI ArcGIS, Google Earth, and OSPInSight—to enable large-scale network design and construction projects, as well as to illustrate geographic data for feasibility studies. He creates maps to support network …

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Sabrina Gosnell, Senior Analyst / Technical Writer

Sabrina is a senior analyst and technical writer with a background in journalism, project management, website and database management. In her role at CTC, she is responsible for feasibility study analysis, support of senior and principal analysts, and writing and editing a wide range of technical, financial, and business documentation. Prior …

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Charlie Hamm, GIS Specialist / Staff Engineer

Charlie Hamm works with a range of geographic design programs—including AutoCAD, ESRI ArcGIS, Google Earth, Microsoft Streets and Trips, and Quantum GIS—to enable large-scale network design and construction projects, as well as to illustrate geographic data for feasibility studies. He creates databases and maps to support network route planning, utility …

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Mitch Hergett, Staff Engineer

Mitch is a staff engineer and provides ongoing program-level support to many of CTC’s public networking projects. Mitch assists with project progress tracking and reporting. He documents any program scope changes or alternations to construction plans and meets with project stakeholders to provide updated reports and resolve any potential conflicts. …

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Robert Hunnicutt, Principal Analyst

Bob has an extensive background in cable television and wireless communications engineering, and 40 years of experience supporting local government management and administration. He also has years of experience in administration of cable franchise agreements. Bob leads CTC Technology & Energy's wireless tower siting team, which provides tower review services to …

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Cheryl Johnson, Senior Analyst

Cheryl is an analyst with more than 25 years of experience evaluating broadband networking options and recommending solutions for local governments, consortiums, and non-profits throughout the United States. She specializes in analysis and feasibility studies of broadband communications, review of cable franchise agreements, and needs assessments for community and public …

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Jim Jordan, Principal OSP Engineer

Jim has more than 30 years of telecommunications industry experience in outside plant design, planning, permitting, construction, and quality assurance. Prior to joining CTC Technology & Energy, Jim served as an outside plant engineer, cable splicer, and various other jobs in the telecommunications industry at Verizon Communications. At Verizon, he …

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Paamla Joy, Senior Engineer

Paamla is senior engineer with a focus in wireless/network engineering. She has served as a technical consultant for network infrastructure product lines, including in-building, microwave, WiMax, WiFi, mesh, and SCADA networks, as well as fiber optic, copper cabling, and multiplexing. She conducts feasibility studies and related research in support of a …

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Jennifer Kefer, Senior Analyst

Jennifer Kefer has more than a decade of experience providing legal and political expertise, strategic analysis, and advice to non-profits and cities on projects related to climate, energy, and other environmental issues. At CTC Technology & Energy, Jennifer researches and analyzes complex financial, business planning, and environmental topics to support …

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John McChesney, Staff Engineer

John has more than 30 years of experience as a telecommunications engineer, including work with fiber optics, multiplex design, and RF design. John currently serves as an outside plant engineer at CTC for the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) project and is responsible for aerial and underground network route design. John …

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Heather Mills, Director of Operations & Senior...

Heather advises CTC’s municipal and state clients on USAC funding programs and processes, including all aspects of E-rate and the Healthcare Connect Fund. She also provides project management support on client engagements related to E-rate and federal grant funded initiatives. In addition to her client-facing role, Heather is CTC’s Director …

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Kenrick Newman, Principal OSP Engineer

Ken Newman is an experience telecommunications engineer and operations manager with more than 30 years of experience in OSP construction, telecommunications infrastructure, OSHA standards, engineering, infrastructure maintenance, schematics, plats, and diagrams.

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Michael O'Halloran, Staff Analyst

Michael O’Halloran is a staff analyst responsible for conducting technical research, writing reports and white papers, and providing insight on network operations to CTC’s public sector clients. Prior to joining CTC, Michael performed on-site installations and technical support for the UC2B fiber-to-the-premises network developed by the University of Illinois and …

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Jay O'Neill, Senior Engineer

Jay O’Neill is a highly qualified telecommunications engineer and project manager. He has more than 20 years of progressive experience planning and implementing complex networks. His project expertise includes outside plant (OSP) fiber infrastructure design and deployment, middle-mile and long-haul optical applications, FTTP implementation, and wireless site development. Mr. O’Neill’s …

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Jasmina Rivas, Project Coordinator

Before joining CTC Technology & Energy's Tower/Wireless Siting team and Administrative team as a Project Coordinator, Jasmina managed multiple translation and interpretation projects for federal, state and local clients around the US. She utilizes her project management expertise with her current duties of intake, tracking, and management of application forms and …

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Ziggy Rivkin-Fish, CGEIT, Principal Analyst

Ziggy is an analyst who specializes in project management and process planning. He has advised local governments, large consortia and other public sector clients regarding the governance issues raised by inter- and intra-jurisdictional communications projects and networks. Since 2005 he has served as the lead manager for all phases of deployment …

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Nancy Rodriguez, Staff Analyst

Nancy is an analyst and project manager with extensive experience working on inter-jurisdictional networking projects. Her project management responsibilities include tracking project progress and managing milestones, completing status reports for stakeholders, providing oversight of construction and installation vendors, and performing inventory control and project asset tracking. Nancy has also been …

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Richard C. "Rook" Rogers, Project Manager

With 38 years of experience under his belt, Rook serves as Project Manager for OSP Engineering Projects at CTC.  Rook has held executive roles for both private corporations and government administrations, managing staffs and special projects. Previously, Rook worked for the Anne Arundel County Government as the Chief of Staff, …

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Marc Schulhof, Senior Analyst / Technical Writer

Marc has more than 15 years of experience in technical writing, journalism, and corporate communications. He applies his editorial skills and his ability to analyze complex IT and business topics to a range of research, writing, and survey projects for CTC’s clients. Prior to joining CTC, Marc held editorial roles at …

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Frank Shap, Senior Analyst / Economic...

Frank Shap has decades of experience in economic development, technology deployment, sales and marketing, business development, and program management. At CTC, he supports clients in the municipal broadband space by providing strategic guidance rooted in comprehensive knowledge of the public and private sectors. He also serves as a subject matter …

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Shawn Thompson, Principal Engineer / Wireless...

Shawn Thompson is a recognized expert in distributed antenna systems (DAS). He has overseen the design and implementation of more than 1,000 DAS networks nationwide, and has advised wireless carriers such as Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T in solving their indoor and outdoor coverage and capacity needs. Among his recent client …

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Eric Wirth, Senior Engineer

Eric is an engineer who specializes in broadband telecommunications networks and analysis of emerging broadband technologies. He is involved in the system-level design and preparation of wide area networking plans for public sector institutions. Eric also has experience testing, evaluating, specifying, and pricing a wide range of communications technologies including …

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Jim Zimmermann, Senior Network Engineer, GSEC...

Jim Zimmermann is a GSEC certified network security and systems engineer, and a PMP-certified project manager with 20+ years of industry experience. Jim’s expertise comes from managing the delivery of technical projects within telecommunications, wireless, and cable sectors, as well as numerous other projects in the federal and public safety …

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