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 & 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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Cat Blake, Civic Technology Analyst

Cat Blake 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. Cat is currently working with nonprofit Generation West Virginia to support communities in the state as they seek to expand access to broadband. Recently, she helped develop a new broadband …

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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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, Lead, Funding Strategies,...

Heather Mills is a Principal Analyst and Lead of CTC’s Funding Strategies Team. She works with clients to identify, strategize, apply for, and comply with the requirements of major federal broadband funding programs. Heather has particular expertise in the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program and Healthcare Connect Fund, and supports …

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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, 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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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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David Talbot, Principal Analyst & Researcher

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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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, 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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Sandi Yatvin, General Counsel & Chief Financial...

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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