About Us

CTC Technology & Energy is an independent communications and IT engineering consulting firm with more than 30 years of experience. We work at the highest levels on cutting-edge communications networking projects for public sector and non-profit clients throughout the U.S.

Current projects include long-term fiber optic and wireless regional communications interoperability initiatives in the Washington, D.C. area funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; design and implementation of wireless networks; and engineering design and business modeling and project oversight for broadband networks.

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 & Chief...

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 Chief Technology Officer, 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 Afflerbach 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 …

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Tom Asp, Principal Engineer and Analyst

Tom Asp specializes in evaluating connectivity (voice, video, and data) options and recommending effective solutions for clients throughout the United States. He holds more than 25 years of experience as an engineer and analyst in communications and public power systems. His experience includes electric and telecommunication system design, network feasibility, …

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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 Clift 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 and is responsible for aerial and underground …

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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 DeHaven 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 …

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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 Gosnell is a senior analyst and technical writer with a background in journalism, project management, and 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 …

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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 Hergett 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 …

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Robert Hunnicutt, (Retired) SME

Bob Hunnicutt 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 advises CTC's wireless tower siting team, which provides tower review services to a number …

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Cheryl Johnson, Senior Analyst

Cheryl Johnson 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 …

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James Jordan, Principal OSP Engineer

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

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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, Jennifer researches and analyzes complex financial, business planning, and environmental topics to support a range of …

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John McChesney, Staff Engineer

John McChesney 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, and is responsible for aerial and underground network route design. John draws the designs, conducts walk-outs of …

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Ruhena Miah, Analyst / Assistant to Director of...

Ruhena Miah is an analyst and researcher who supports and collaborates with CTC project teams on technical reports, assignment tracking, proposals, and monthly and quarterly billing reports. She also assists CTC’s director of operations in her day-to-day tasks, including scheduling and marketing. Ruhena holds a BA Honors degree in Business Management …

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Heather Mills, Director of Operations & Senior...

Heather Mills advises CTC’s municipal and state clients on Universal Service Administrative Company (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 …

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Kenrick Newman, Principal OSP Engineer

Ken Newman is an experienced 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 conducts technical research, writes reports and white papers, and provides insight to CTC’s clients on network feasibility and operations. He prepares in-depth analyses of network financial feasibility and business models, evaluates market research, and develops and manages procurement processes for network deployment. He is also responsible for day-to-day …

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Jay O'Neill, PMP, Senior Engineer

Jay O’Neill is a senior telecommunications engineer and a PMP-certified project manager. He has more than 20 years of 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. Jay's wireless …

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Matthew Reid, Staff OSP Engineer

Matt Reid is an experienced CAD designer and field technician who has experience conducting field surveys, installing and maintaining a wide range of technologies, and tracking as-built and other project data. At CTC, Matt’s work includes conducting OSP site surveys (both in the field and through GIS applications) and preparing …

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Jasmina Rivas, Project Coordinator

Before joining CTC's Wireless Siting 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 data, coordination of tasks, and general …

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Ziggy Rivkin-Fish, CGEIT, Principal Analyst

Ziggy Rivkin-Fish 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 …

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Richard C. "Rook" Rogers, Project Manager

Richard C. "Rook" Rogers serves as Project Manager for OSP Engineering Projects at CTC.  Rook has 38 years of professional experience; he 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 …

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Marc Schulhof, Senior Analyst / Technical Writer

Marc Schulhof 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 …

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Frank Shap, Economic Development SME

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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Jorell Swann, Senior OSP Engineer

Jorell Swann is an accomplished telecommunications professional with broad knowledge of voice and data services. He has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, including: project management, OSP/ISP engineering, construction management, and copper and fiber plant installation and maintenance. Jorell joins CTC as a Senior OSP Engineer. Prior …

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David Talbot, Senior Researcher and Analyst

David Talbot is an experienced researcher and writer who conducts a range of analytical, research, and needs assessment tasks. Prior to coming to CTC he was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he researched and wrote reports on municipal fiber and …

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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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Karen White, Principal Analyst

Karen White has more than 20 years of experience in municipal, commercial and public safety telecommunications. Her background includes the planning, design, procurement, and implementation of wireless broadband systems; public safety land mobile radio communication systems; FirstNet systems and business case analysis; project management; and engineering management in telecommunications including …

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Eric Wirth, Principal Engineer

Eric Wirth 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. He also has experience testing, evaluating, specifying, and pricing a wide range of communications technologies …

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Jim Zimmermann, GSEC, PMP, Senior Network...

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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