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 a recognized authority on broadband markets and on the evolving role of public–private partnerships in the provision of communications services to the public. For more than 20 years, she has directed CTC’s consulting services related to strategic planning, market analysis, business modeling, and financial analysis for localities, …

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Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D., P.E., CEO and 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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Sean Bennett, Senior OSP Engineer

Sean Bennett has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience in outside plant design, planning, and project management. He has expertise in fiber network planning and fiber route design for fiber-to-the-premises (residential, commercial, multi-unit buildings) and middle-mile fiber networks, and has worked with city and county governments, utilities, and …

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Taylor Brown, Civic Technology Analyst

Taylor Brown works with clients to develop infrastructure and funding strategies to meet community needs and performs a range of research and writing tasks related to civic technology and digital equity. Taylor holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Social Work …

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Ara Casey, Civic Technology Analyst

Intent on helping bridge the digital divide, Ara Casey works closely with CTC’s broadband taskforce to tackle multi-layered challenges to broadband planning, assess resources and feasibility, identify funding opportunities, and strategize effective solutions for broadband implementation. The team works in concert with state governments and local communities to strengthen economic …

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Madeline Caulfield, Staff Analyst

Maddy works closely with CTC’s administrative team and supports our staff with a variety of tasks ranging from coordination of workflow and meetings to data entry, project support, and business operations. A graduate of Temple University, Maddy previously worked in the non-profit sector, where she specialized in data analysis.

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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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Jim Collins, OSP Engineer

Jim Collins has extensive experience in all types of communications networks from local CATV systems to long haul fiber optic networks. As an OSP Engineer at CTC, Jim assists senior engineers and clients with requirements analysis, permitting, network design, OSP and ISP construction and installation and splicing. Jim has experience …

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James Crane, Communications & 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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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, Vice President for Fiber &...

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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Julie Elias, Project Analyst

Julie Elias coordinates the CTC wireless siting team’s review of hundreds of client applications each year. She creates proposals, tracks purchase orders, collects stakeholder requirements, creates and updates project schedules, identifies resources, manages the CTC team’s internal workflow, assures the quality of deliverables, holds regular stakeholder status meetings, and documents …

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Ron Evans, Wireless Siting Manager

Ron Evans has held Senior RF Engineer positions at Black & Veatch, Clearwire, and Sprint-Nextel. He has designed and implemented 4G and 5G LTE wireless networks, performed RF propagation modeling, and completed end-to-end life cycle project management of candidate wireless facility sites including facility identification, software and hardware selection/provisioning, construction/zoning …

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Teles Fremin, Deputy Chief Technology Officer

With more than 20 years of municipal utilities and telecommunications experience, Teles Fremin, P.E., is a recognized leader in the fiber broadband industry. Prior to joining CTC, she served as Director of LUS Fiber, the largest fiber-optic network in the State of Louisiana. As a founding member of the project, …

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Mala Goodrich, Civic Technology Analyst

Mala Goodrich supports CTC clients on grant strategy, grant application, and digital equity engagements. Before joining CTC Mala served as a Business Development Associate for Broadband Breakfast, a news organization covering technology policy and digital equity. She graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2020 with a BA in …

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Nirav Gori, Wireless Engineer

As a member of CTC’s Wireless Siting team, Nirav conducts detailed technical reviews of wireless facility siting applications submitted to CTC’s local government clients. He evaluates applicants’ radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) reports for compliance with FCC standards; verifies RF coverage maps; and checks key elements of each application, …

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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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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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Zaven Keleshian, Systems Administrator & IT...

Eben Kuchman, Senior GIS Engineer & Project...

An accomplished analyst with broad geospatial experience, Eben Kuchman is a detail-oriented engineer and project manager who is well versed in all aspects of developing GIS databases and related applications and analyses. Skilled in planning and designing analytic procedures and methodologies, Eben facilitates efficient and accurate project execution. At …

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Jacob Levin, Senior Analyst

Jacob Levin writes strategic plans and feasibility analyses, evaluates federal and state grant opportunities, researches topics ranging from wireless spectrum policy to the value of broadband for higher education institutions, and develops requests for proposals on behalf of CTC’s municipal and state government clients. A graduate of Williams College, Jacob previously …

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Dave Lifton, Staff Analyst & Technical Writer

David Lifton joined CTC in May 2021 as a Staff Analyst and Technical Writer, where he assists Marc Schulhof in creating deliverables for clients. He brings to CTC a skill set earned from a diverse professional background, with the previous 15 years spent as a freelance writer-editor. In his career, …

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Darick Luongo, Data Analyst

Darick Luongo is a data analyst with a background in federal law enforcement and project management. At CTC, Darick plays a key role in identifying and analyzing datasets to enable network designs, wireless siting decisions, and federal grant applications.

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Jordan McCutcheon, GIS Technician

Jordan McCutcheon 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 …

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Ruhena Miah, Invoicing Manager

Ruhena (Ri) Miah processes all client invoices, ensuring accuracy and acting as a liaison to CTC’s clients on issues related to invoicing. Ruhena holds a BA Honors degree in Business Management from a London University. Prior to moving to the U.S., she worked as an executive assistant for a leading accounting …

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Heather Mills, Vice President for Grant &...

At CTC, Heather guides clients on strategic funding for network planning, as well as applying for and complying with the requirements of major federal broadband and communications grant programs, including ARC/EDA POWER grants, USDA RUS grants (such as ReConnect and Community Connect), and New Market Tax Credits. She has particular …

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Patrick Mulhearn, Principal Analyst

Patrick Mulhearn’s extensive background in local government has provided numerous opportunities for him to explore and develop novel solutions to the sorts of problems smaller agencies face while navigating the complicated interface between Federal and State regulatory schemes. Whether facilitating the development of broadband infrastructure in public rights-of-way or writing …

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Adeel Qureshi, Staff Engineer and Project Manager

Adeel Qureshi joined CTC after seven years at AT&T as an equipment design engineer. At AT&T, he led the planning and project management of network equipment installation in AT&T’s central offices and datacenters in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Adeel supports CTC clients with data analysis and research. He recently …

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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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Ziggy Rivkin-Fish, Vice President for Broadband...

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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Jenna Schmaljohn, GIS Technician

Jenna Schmaljohn researches, aggregates, and manipulates data to create maps essential to projects. She 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. She creates maps to support …

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Marc Schulhof, Principal Analyst and Director...

Marc Schulhof has more than 25 years of experience analyzing complex issues in consulting, journalism, and corporate communications settings. He applies his editorial skills and his ability to analyze complex technical and business topics to a range of research, writing, and survey projects for CTC’s clients. Prior to joining CTC, Marc …

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Ryland Sherman, Senior Research Associate

Ryland conducts policy and strategic research on behalf of CTC and its clients, focusing on federal and state broadband strategy and policy frameworks, mapping and funding programs, and digital equity initiatives.

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David Talbot, Director of Research Services

David Talbot is an experienced researcher and analyst 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, Vice President for Analytics

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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David Tidd, Special Projects Coordinator

Brian Wegemann, GIS Analyst

Brian Wegemann researches, aggregates, and manipulates data to create and analyze maps essential to CTC’s client projects. He works with a range of geographic programs—including ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth, GPS, and OSPInSight—to support high-level engineering projects, feasibility studies, and street-level engineering for construction.

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Karen White, Vice President for Client Solutions

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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Sandi Yatvin, General Counsel and Chief...

Sandi Yatvin oversees CTC’s hundreds of client contracts and advises the company’s principals. As CFO, she has responsibility for CTC’s operations, financial reporting, and accounting.

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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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