Oregon Broadband Advisory Council

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and a Broadband Advisory Council Fund were created in the 2009 Legislative session to help ensure the implementation of statewide broadband strategies.

The mission of the council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities. The council members represent Oregon’s cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government experts, the Public Utility Commission, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

The council is charged with reporting to the Legislative Assembly on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state and on the extent of broadband technology use in healthcare, energy management, education and government.

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 23, Salem
February 27, Independence
March 27—No Meeting
April 24, Salem
May 22, Salem
June 26, Salem

July 24, Salem
August 28, Salem
September 25, Salem
October 22, Hood River
November 20, Salem
December—No Meeting

Agendas and Minutes

Council Members

Joseph Franell

Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Eastern Oregon Telecom

Joseph Franell is currently the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a rural competitive telephone company and Internet service provider. EOT serves residents and businesses in the Hermiston/Pendleton area of Northeastern Oregon. Prior to coming to work at EOT, Franell was the Director of Information Technology for the city of Ashland, Oregon, where he was responsible for the Ashland Fiber Network, a municipally-owned and operated broadband telecommunications company. Ashland was selected as one of the Intelligent Communities Forum Smart 21 Communities for 2007 and 2008, because of its innovative and visionary use of broadband technologies.

Franell graduated from college in Texas with a major in education and a minor in communications and then joined the Army where he served for 10 years. Franell left the Army as a Captain after receiving significant experience in communications, operations and logistics. Prior to coming out West, Franell worked for almost 10 years in the telecommunications industry in the Southeastern United States.

Franell has been a featured speaker at numerous state, national and international conferences and forums.

Mary Beth Henry

Vice Chair
Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
City of Portland/Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

Mary Beth Henry is the Director of the Office for Community Technology at the city of Portland and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. She serves on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and as a member of the League of Oregon Cities Telecom, Broadband & Cable Standing Committee.

Over the last twenty-two years she has focused her attention on legislative and policy issues related to broadband communications, maintaining local authority and digital inclusion. She has been deeply involved in local government efforts to protect the public interest in legislative efforts on communications policy at the state and federal level and served for eight years on the NATOA Board including a term as President.

In her spare time she enjoys exploring the wonders of Oregon with her husband of 30 years and her two boys, who insist on growing up despite her best efforts to keep them young. Henry earned a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT, and attended graduate school at the HHH Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Susan Ackerman

Appointed April 2012
Term expires December 2015
Public Utility Commission of Oregon

Susan Ackerman is an attorney and was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) in March 2010 by Governor Kulongoski. She was appointed Chair of the OPUC in June 2012.

Prior to her service on the OPUC, she was in the private practice of law representing a variety of clients in electricity and natural gas regulatory matters, including electric and natural gas rate cases, pipeline and wholesale power rate cases, transmission matters and contracts, wholesale power sales and contracts, natural gas contracting, competitive procurement and integrated resource planning, among others. Her clients included public preference customers of a federal power marketing agency, independent power producers, a local natural gas distributor and the Bonneville Power Administration. She has represented clients before the OPUC, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Energy Board of Canada.

She currently serves on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and was appointed by NARUC Chair David Coen to the NARUC-U.S. DOE Smart Grid Working Group in 2010.

Anne Carloss

Appointed January 2012
Term expires December 2015
Hood River School District

Anne Carloss is currently serving as the Director of Special Education for the Hood River County School District.

Ms. Carloss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where she graduated from Loyola University with a BS in special education. She then graduated from Aurora University with an MA in educational administration. She is currently completing an ED.S in educational leadership at Lewis & Clark College.

Ms. Carloss has served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Hillsboro and Opportunity Connections of Hood River and The Dalles, and currently serves on the board of Hood River's Children's Advocacy Center.

Ms. Carloss has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools in Illinois and Oregon.

Representative Brian Clem

Reppointed December 2013
Term expires January 2015
Oregon House of Representatives

Brian Clem is a fifth generation Oregonian, born and raised in Coos Bay. After serving as Student Body President, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oregon State University.

After college, he worked for Oregon State Senator Cliff Trow before moving on to work for United States Senator Ron Wyden.

Brian has been appointed by two governors to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission and was serving in his fourth term as its chair and his second term as President of the Salem City Club before resigning to serve House District 21.

In 2000, Brian established his own small business, OnSite PC Help. Brian also co-owns and operates an 80-acre family fruit orchard with his wife Carol. They live in south Salem near McKinley Elementary School with their daughter Kohana and their dog Ooji.

Chris Denzin

Appointed April 2013
Term expires December 2014

Chris Denzin is responsible for overall management of CenturyLink operating territories in Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. His areas of responsibility include region operations, network performance, media and community relations, new product deployment, revenue and expense budgets, and sales. His regional headquarters is located in Portland, Oregon.

Prior to joining CenturyLink in April 2011, Chris held numerous leadership roles in sales, operations and marketing. Chris has more than 19 years of Telecom experience in Arizona, Colorado and Oregon. Chris also is involved with many community organizations including the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business Association, Greater Portland Inc, Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Boys & Girls Club.

Miles Ellenby

Reppointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Miles Ellenby is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Doernbecher Children's Hospital OHSU, and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Telemedicine Program. Dr. Ellenby graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1991, trained in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and in Critical Care at the joint UC San Francisco, Children's Hospital of Oakland program.

Dr. Ellenby holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, informing his research interests in cardiovascular monitoring, biological signal processing and complex systems analysis. Dr. Ellenby has been at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital for 10 years.

Senator Ted Ferrioli

Reappointed January 2013
Term expires January 2015
Oregon State Senate

Ted Ferrioli moved with his family to Portland at age eight where he attended public schools, graduating from U.S. Grant High School with honors in 1969. Ferrioli then attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

After graduation, Ferrioli worked at the Department of Veteran's Affairs and settled in Creswell, Oregon, to raise a family. Ferrioli was appointed, then elected to, the Creswell City Council, serving as chairman of the budget and police committees.

In 1986, Ferrioli founded Community Relation Associates, Inc., a public relations firm dedicated to advocacy for natural resource producers. Ted is a co-founder of Oregon Lands Coalition.

Today, Ferrioli works for Malheur Timber Operators, Inc., in John Day. He represents the citizens of Senate District 30, Oregon's largest geographic district, which encompasses all of Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler and parts of Clackamas, Deschutes and Marion counties. He also serves as the Senate Republican Leader.

Wade Holmes

Appointed April 2013
Term expires December 2016

Wade Holmes is Vice President of Technology at BendBroadband, a Bend-based communications, cable and datacenter provider. BendBroadband serves the Central Oregon communities from Chemult to Madras with industry-leading, high-speed products for residential and business customers.

Prior to BendBroadband, Holmes supported undergraduate and graduate research for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. He also has held technology positions with the High Desert Education Service District and rural Internet service providers throughout eastern Oregon.

Holmes is a native Oregonian, and holds a bachelors degree in computer science from Oregon State University.

Lonny Macy

Reappointed January 2012
Term expires January 2015
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Lonny Macy is the Community and Economic Development Planner for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) and has served in that position for more than 5 years. Macy received his Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2001. He has worked in other planning positions for the CTWS as the Natural Resources Policy and Planning Manager, and the Land Services Planner.

His current position involves work in a variety of functional planning areas. He coordinates local planning groups for telecommunications, transportation, transit, facilities and infrastructure. Recently he has helped coordinate improvements for public safety radio coverage and broadband deployment on the reservation. He also has helped establish Warm Springs Telco—the 9th tribal-owned telephone company in the United States. He also serves on the State Interoperability Executive Council, the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation.

Julie Pearson

Appointed April 2013
Term expires December 2016
State of Oregon

Julie Pearson is IT Governance Lead at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and a Willamette Valley Fire & Rescue Authority Civil Service Commissioner.

Dave Sabala

Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Douglas Electric Cooperative

Since 1989, Dave Sabala has been the General Manager for Douglas Electric Cooperative, a rural electric utility located in Douglas County, and parts of Coos and Lane counties. He has been employed by Douglas Electric for 31 years and graduated in 1976 from Oregon State University majoring in Business Administration.

Corporately, Sabala sits on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (a wholesale power supply cooperative headquartered in Portland), Northwest Public Power Association (an electric utility association headquartered in Vancouver, Washington), LightSpeed Networks (a statewide fiber optic interexchange telecommunications carrier headquartered in Portland), Eastern Oregon Telecom (a CLEC headquartered in Hermiston) and is the President of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Manager's Association. Sabala helped create Douglas FastNet (DFN), Douglas Electric Cooperative's wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary.

Locally, Sabala sits on the boards of CCD Business Development Corporation, Douglas County Industrial Development Board, Community Cancer Center, Mercy Foundation, Whipple Foundation and Josh Bidwell Foundation. He is active in fundraising for the Boy Scouts, Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby, and various cancer related organizations. He is a past president and board member of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sabala was honored in 2001 with the Connecting Oregon Award, for his efforts to bring advanced telecommunications to rural Oregon. In 2002, he received the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Male First Citizens Award, for his community involvement and volunteerism. He is a member of the Roseburg Optimists and Executive Clubs.

Michael Smith

Appointed April 2012
Term expires December 2015
Sherman County

Michael Smith is a Sherman County Commissioner. He has multiple industry and corporate certifications in computer technology and has attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University. He also serves on the National Association of Counties' Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee.

Tom Worthy

Appointed April 2012
Term expires December 2015
Oregon State Police

Tom Worthy is a Lieutenant with the Oregon State Police serving at General Headquarters as an out-of-class Captain in charge of OSP Technology projects improvements and upgrades. He previously served as the Assistant Patrol Division Commander and a Patrol Sergeant assigned to the Portland Patrol Office. Lieutenant Worthy has served with the Oregon State Police for 16 years. He has been involved with the Oregon State Police Integrated Business Operations and Technology Transformation Program since its inception. Lieutenant Worthy also is integrally involved with the Oregon State Police electronic ticketing, crash reporting and truck inspection project. Lieutenant Worthy holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University.

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