SHLB Coalition Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Crosby Kemper III, Executive Director, Kansas City Public Library
Crosby Kemper III is the Director of the Kansas City Public Library and former CEO of UMB Financial Corporation. Educated at Pem-Day, Andover, Eton and Yale, he has taught English at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China and been a bookseller in Grand Central Station in New York City. He is the editor of, and contributor to, Winston Churchill: Resolution, Defiance, Magnanimity, Good Will published by the University of Missouri Press. In 2003-04, he chaired the Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Missouri for Governor Holden. He served on the board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which operates Monticello; and the boards of the Kansas City Symphony, Union Station and Lapham’s Quarterly. He helped Marilyn Strauss found the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and was its first Board Chair. He also founded and chaired the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. He co-founded and is chairman of The Show-Me Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank for the state of Missouri. In 2008, Crosby received the Difference Maker Award from The Urban League of Kansas City; and he and the Library received the Gold Medal for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services presented at the White House by former librarian, Laura Bush. In 2009 he was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Bob Collie, Managing Director, Parana River Group
Bob is the Managing Director of Parana River Group, a consultancy focused on Internet-focused technology solutions that serve unique and developing market segments. The Parana River team has deep expertise across the entire life cycle of identifying, planning, executing, operating and growing technology solutions. Bob has over 20 years of leadership, strategy and technology implementation experience. He has served in variety of roles including Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategy with Education Networks of America, PSINet and Telalink Corporation. His ability to bring innovative and emerging technologies to customers is influenced by his participation and leadership in national associations including the Schools, Health, Libraries Coalition (SHLB), Internet2 and StateNets. His successes include growing companies, taking them from start-ups to larger, mature businesses, as well as leading legacy entities through transformational change to meet market demands. Bob understands product, business and technology development. He has integrated new technologies and solutions into existing environments resulting in a more efficient and reliable approach, and has been responsible for large-scale service deployments to over 5,500 customers in 30+ states.
Jen Leasure, President and CEO, The Quilt.
Jennifer (Jen) Leasure is the President and CEO of The Quilt – a consortium of the country’s advanced regional networking organizations supporting research and education (R&E).Formerly the Program Manager for The Quilt, Jen helped shape the strategic direction of the organization through developing and supporting programs of strategic importance to members and expanding outreach to the R&E community. Prior to joining The Quilt, Jen spent more than 15 years in increasingly senior positions in the telecommunications and healthcare industries, including in the role of Director of Customer Operations for a commercial internet provider.Jen has extensive experience in operational management, organizational optimization, and development of partner relationships. She has designed and implemented operational improvement initiatives including automation, organizational design and process improvement across all areas of operations for broadband, telecommunications and healthcare companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master in Arts in Microeconomics from the University of New Mexico.
Denise Atkinson-Shorey, President and CEO, e-Luminosity (on behalf of the Consortium for School Networking)
Denise Atkinson-Shorey is a senior telecommunications, technology and education professional with over 30 years of success at the local, state and national levels, focusing on scalability, sustainability, advocacy and strategic partnerships for broadband and technology infrastructure. Denise possesses both corporate and non-profit experience which provides a unique vision, and brings strong skills in business development, financial sustainability and a tenacity that produces results. She has served in a variety of leadership roles; running a statewide broadband initiative, managing regional technical organizations, national consultancies, successful grant writing, public policy advocacy, nonprofit board work and corporate sector expertise. Twice she was recognized by her peers for Outstanding Technology Leadership and is a former Board Member for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and for Colorado Association for Leaders of Education Technology (CALET). Ms Atkinson-Shorey was responsible for securing statewide BTOP grant funding of more than $100 million dollars in capital funds to more than 150 communities. In 2009, Denise founded e-Luminosity to address the need for third party neutral expertise in design and development of high capacity networks for community anchor institutions, utilizing strategic partnerships, addressing scalability and sustainability, ensuring the long term viability of projects. In addition to her work at e-Luminosity, Ms Atkinson-Shorey serves as a Senior Consultant at Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a Board Member for Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB), on a Advisory Board for Internet2’s U.S. UCAN initiative, a Emeritus Board Member for Colorado Association for Leaders of Education Technology (CALET
Eric Brown, President and CEO, California Telehealth Netork
Eric Brown is an experienced manager in the telecommunications industry, a 15 year veteran of the cable television industry with a rare blend of senior level experience in cable network affiliate relations and experience in managing multiple broadband system marketing and operations.Most recently Eric served as Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Herring Broadcasting and for The Africa Channel, served as President of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications and President of the Minnesota Division of Time Warner Cable.He has extensive experience in consumer brand management with a variety of consumer product companies, including The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods. Brown served as past Chairman of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and is a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for excellence in cable operations and the cable industry’s CTAM Chairman’s Award for excellence in cable marketing.
Elwood Downing, Vice President, Merit Network, Inc.
Elwood Downing serves as Vice President for Business Development and Community Networks at Merit Network--Michigan's high-speed research and education network spanning 50 years. Downing joined Merit in 1995 after serving the business industry over 15 years in IT management and customer relations.
He is responsible for new member acquisition, membership growth, and helping communities build network infrastructure to collaborate, share resources and promote their economic development. He has provided strategic leadership, technical consulting, and service engagement to more than 375 Merit Member organizations, including public universities, private colleges, community colleges, K12 organizations, research organizations, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations. Downing project managed and provided leadership with fiber-optic community network builds as well; most recent geographical fiber projects included Alpena, Hillsdale, and Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He and his team led the communication and outreach efforts for the ARRA NTIA/BTOP funded REACH-3MC project, which encompassed over 2,300 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure in 52 counties in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Downing is a member of the Internet2 U.S. UCAN Advisory Committee and the SHLB (Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition). He holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Business Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.
Mark Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of Data Architecture, MCNC
Mark Johnson’s career encompasses over 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering, and operations of Internet technologies. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Data Architecture at MCNC. During Johnson’s tenure at MCNC, he has overseen the transformation of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) from a simple series of point-to-point links to a sophisticated network of gigabit class connections, optical rings, and regional points of presence. During that same time period, he has managed a 1000 fold increase in Internet usage. Johnson also has led MCNC’s regional and national networking activities as a founding member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative. In addition, Mark has been involved in Internet2 since its inception, serving in a variety of member leadership positions. He is a past Chair of The Quilt, a national consortium of regional research and education network operators. From 2011-2012 Mark served as the Interim Executive Director for the US UCAN project intended to help connect the 200,000 U.S. community anchor institutions like public libraries, schools, community colleges, research parks, public safety and health care institutions across the country to next-generation Internet-based applications. Mark also led a local team that developed the initial concept for the NLR Experiments Support Center and won the competition for that service. He also led the local team who combined with Indiana University and the MAX GigaPoP to create the Internet2 Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) support center.
Sean Taketa McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt
Sean Taketa McLaughlin is an educator, media access advocate and nonprofit executive. He is the first executive director for Access Humboldt, a community media organization providing local access channels, broadband network connections, digital media production resources, training and support for local governments, tribes, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and residents of Humboldt County, Calif. In 2007, Access Humboldt launched Digital Redwoods, an award-winning community broadband initiative. McLaughlin is also an adjunct fellow with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. A policy wonk, he works with the Alliance for Communications Democracy, the Alliance for Community Media, the California Broadband Policy Network, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the Rural Broadband Policy Group and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. Educated at Dartmouth College, McLaughlin taught "Politics of the Media" in the 1980s at the University of Hawaii and served as the vice chair for the UH-Manoa Broadcast Communications Authority. McLaughlin started a successful broadcast media design, production and consulting firm based in Honolulu and served as director of telecommunications for the Honolulu City Council. He also developed projects as an international news consultant for Hawaii Public Television and the Hawaii-based co-production (with NHK-Japan and KCTS-Seattle) Asia Now.
Don Means, Principal, Digital Village Associates / Coordinator, Gigabit Libraries Network
With over 25 years experience in ICT, Means is principal of Digital Village Associates, a consulting enterprise founded in 1994 to design and implement community ICT infrastructure strategies and public information policies. In 2007, as an extension of the "Community TeleStructure Initiative"(CTI), Means launched the "Fiber to the Library" campaign to assure next generation broadband connectivity for the 16, 500 U.S. public libraries, as a national goal and as a spearhead project to lead broadband infrastructure build out. In 2013 the FTTL initiative expanded internationally and also incorporated emerging wireless technologies as the "Libraries WhiteSpace Pilot". CTI was initiated in 1995 by Digital Village as a national consortium advocating local responsibility for telecom/broadband infrastructure planning and community level market development. In 1992/93, Means served as a member of the Atrium Group, an technology industry advisory group to the Librarian of Congress on digitization strategy.
Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State and Executive Director of X-Lab
Sascha leads efforts to advance policy and regulatory reforms that protect an open and free Internet, safe communications, and promote competition in mobile and wireline telecommunications. An unapologetic advocate for consumers and a counterweight to the major telecom and wireless industry lobbyists in Washington, Sascha was named to the “TIME Tech 40” in 2013 as one of the most influential figures in technology, and was also named to the “Top 100” in Newsweek's Digital Power Index in 2012. Sascha has also been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary."Sascha founded the Open Technology Institute to serve as an innovative tech-tank that promotes public policy solutions while also serving as a center of innovation that develops technological advancements in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. Sascha has grown OTI into a leader in ‘mesh’ wireless research and development, launching the Commotion Wireless Project, which strengthens communities by providing tools to build their own local communications infrastructures. Meinrath also joined Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, to create Measurement Lab (M-Lab) –- a platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies, and hosts the annual International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN).
Susannah Spellman, Executive Director, U.S. UCAN, Internet2
Susannah Spellman serves as the Executive Director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) program at Internet2. U.S. UCAN is focused on efforts to support the broadband needs of community anchor institutions nationwide, overseeing Internet2’s K20 Initiative and Health IT programs. U.S. UCAN also aims to explore new ways to leverage Internet2’s national research and education network for the benefit of public safety, public media, and other public institutions. Susannah has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications and broadband industry. Prior to joining Internet2, Susannah worked at Booz Allen Hamilton leading teams specializing in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. She also has worked for Deutsche Telekom’s consulting arm, developing market and product offering strategies for mobile and fiber broadband markets, at Telcordia Technologies consulting in the areas of new telecommunications business and market entry strategies, and with IBM in business development and marketing. Susannah holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University.
Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian
Jennie Stapp is a native of Montana. She was raised in Columbia Falls where her parents were both educators. Jennie first worked in a library while a student at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. There she also met her husband Ethan. Following graduation Jennie and Ethan served as Peace Corps volunteers in Bolivia. It was during this experience that Jennie decided to pursue a career in librarianship. Jennie earned a Masters of Arts in Library Science from the University of Arizona and then returned to Montana where she worked at the Montana Historical Society Research Center for three years. Jennie has been employed by the State Library since 2005 and has served as the State Librarian since January of 2012.
John Windhausen, Jr., Executive Director, SHLB Coalition (non-voting)
John Windhausen, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse coalition of community anchor institutions, broadband companies, foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) and public interest groups. Mr. Windhausen also represents a variety of non-profit and commercial organizations through his consulting firm, Telepoly Consulting. In prior years, he served as President of a telecommunications trade association in Washington D.C., as senior counsel to the United States Senate Commerce Committee working for Senator Hollings (SC) and Senator Inouye (HI), and as staff attorney at the FCC. Mr. Windhausen currently serves on the MiCTA Board of Directors. Mr. Windhausen graduated from Yale University and the UCLA School of Law