Who We Are

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., Broadband 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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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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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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Mitch Hergett, Director of Outside Plant Services

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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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 & Director...

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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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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Marc Schulhof, Director of Editorial Services

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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David Talbot, Senior Researcher and Analyst

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

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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Andy Spurgeon, Chief Operating Officer

Andy Spurgeon has held a variety of leadership roles across operations, strategy, business development, and service delivery for public and private sector organizations serving customers in the United States and abroad. With experience spanning both the telecommunications and information technology industries, Andy’s expertise includes strategic planning, organizational restructuring and change …

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Jack Burbridge, Director of Broadband Strategic...

Jack Burbridge has extensive knowledge in managing, leading, and supporting IT-related infrastructure projects and initiatives for DC government owned and operated fiber network. He has over 20 years working in telecommunications, with a strong knowledge of fiber optic, IP-converged networking, Wi-Fi, LTE, and other wired and wireless network technologies. Additionally, …

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Sarah Procaccini, Director of Digital Equity...

Sarah Procaccini has led large enterprise transformations and organizational change as well as managed inter-disciplinary teams. Sarah has extensive expertise in defining meaningful metrics and designing frameworks and operating models to improve performance management processes as well as increase the use of performance information for decision-making and grants management.  She …

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