Oregon Broadband Advisory Council

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) 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, the state CIO, 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.

Council Members

Joseph Franell

Reappointed January 2018
Term expires December 2021
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.

Stephen Bloom

Appointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Public Utility Commission of Oregon

Steve Bloom was a water rights lawyer in Pendleton for more than 20 years and part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge in eastern Oregon for 17 years. In 2005 Steve joined the Peace Corps and went to Armenia where he was assigned to the Armenian Constitutional Rights Protective Centre. While there he worked on a successful national election to amend the country's constitution. Thereafter he was asked to head up a judicial reform effort through a USAID program. In that endeavor he worked on training Armenia's 185 judges on how to be better judges. On returning to Oregon he was appointed Legal Counsel to an international wind energy company. After four years in that position, he was appointed an Oregon Public Utility Commissioner.

Anne Carloss

Appointed January 2012
Reappointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Hood River County School District

Anne Carloss is currently serving as the Director of Special Education/Student Services 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 also has an ED.S in educational leadership from 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.

Miles Ellenby

Reppointed January 2018
Term expires December 2021
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.

Wade Holmes

Reappointed March 2017
Term expires December 2020

Wade Holmes leads technology and service operations teams at BendBroadand. Active in the service provider industry for more than 17 years, Wade has become adept at strategizing technological transitions. Wade has received industry awards for his leadership in product development. He has been instrumental in designing the Vault data center as well as the regional network connectivity needed to support it. He served a key leadership role in the launch of the BendBroadband whole-home media system. Before joining BendBroadband in 2006, Wade provided engineering and project management services for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, the High Desert Education Service District, Oregon Trail Internet, and BendNet. Wade holds a B.S. in computer science from Oregon State University.

Lonny Macy

Reappointed January 2015
Term expires January 2019
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.

Representative Pam Marsh

Appointed March 2017
Term expires April 2019
Oregon House of Representatives

Pam Marsh was elected to House District 5 in southern Oregon in November 2016 after four years as a member of the Ashland City Council.

Prior to joining the council, Pam was a member and chair of the city Planning Commission and a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee.

From 2006-2012 Pam worked as Deputy Director of a local nonprofit providing drug and alcohol prevention and treatment. She served as Executive Director of Ashland Emergency Food Bank from 2012 until December 2016.

Pam has lived in Southern Oregon since 1994, when she and her husband, Diarmuid McGuire, moved their four children from Palo Alto, California, to the mountains above Ashland. In Palo Alto, Pam worked for a state legislator, managed a cities association, and served in a variety of governmental and nonprofit volunteer positions.

For a decade Pam was actively involved in management and operation of Green Springs Inn and Cabins. Her family continues to own the business, now managed by her husband and son.

Pam ran for the Legislature because she knows from firsthand experience that government matters. Thoughtful, targeted and leveraged policies are necessary to protect our most vulnerable residents, lift our families, and assist residents as they create healthy, self-sustaining communities.

Jeremy Pietzold

Reappointed January 2018
Term expires December 2021
City of Sandy

Jeremy Pietzold lives in Sandy, Oregon, with his wife and three young children. His professional background is in Network Engineering and designing fiber connectivity for schools, cities, libraries, and other public agencies in Clackamas County. He has been serving in Sandy for the last 12 years on the SandyNet board, 2 years on the city's Planning Commission, and 10 years on the City Council. He has been instrumental in educating the City Council on the importance of fiber to every home and business and has worked hard to keep fiber continually at the top of the city's goals. He serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Access Exchange (NWAX), Portland's public internet exchange. He also is the co-recipient of NATOA's 2015 "Broadband Hero of The Year" and the recipient of Oregon Connections 2015 "Outstanding Telecommunications Advocate of The Year."

Rick Petersen

Appointed March 2019
Term expires December 2023
PEAK Internet

As President and Chief Executive Officer for PEAK Internet Rick brings an in-depth knowledge and expertise in telecommunications and a passion for customer service. Rick has demonstrated his leadership and technical acumen in the industry for over 35 years.

Rick gained extensive knowledge of the telecommunications industry with over 20 years of experience with an independent telephone company with interests in cable TV, Internet, business telephone systems, and cellular licenses. He left as Vice President/Operations Manager.

Petersen served on the Board and was Secretary/Treasurer of Washington Oregon Wireless (WOW), a consortium of Telephone and utility companies formed to construct a $60 million cellular PCS project in rural Oregon and Washington. Rick is also President and Chief Executive Officer for Casco Communications, Inc., and is the Member/Owners Representative of CoEnergy Propane, LLC. Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors of Western Independent Networks (WIN), the regional mid-Willamette advisory Board of Umpqua Bank, the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce (past President), and the Albany Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Arnie Roblan

Appointed January 2019
Term expires January 2020
Oregon Senate

Senator Arnie Roblan represents the scenic and rugged central Oregon coast comprising the 5th Senate District. Previously Senator Roblan served 4 terms as Representative for House District 9, two terms as Co-Speaker.

Senator Roblan's commitment to his community long precedes his election to public office. He is a founding board member of Friends of New and Sustainable Industry (FONSI) and has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Coos Bay/North Bend Water Board, the Coos Educators Federal Credit Union, Belloni Ranch, YMCA Youth in Government, and the Oregon Coastal Environments Network (OCEAN). Senator Arnie Roblan also served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Southwestern Oregon Transportation and Economic Development Workgroup, the Oregon Education Accountability Roundtable, the Governance Group of the Capitol Restoration Project, the Coastal Caucus, and the Chalkboard Project.

Senator Roblan received the Milken Education Award in 1997 and, in 2002 was recognized by his alma mater as a University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, the Oregon Business Association named him Statesman of the Year Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building, and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon. In 2012, he was honored with the "Public Officials of the Year" awards from Governing Magazine.

Dave Sabala

Reappointed January 2018
Term expires December 2021
Douglas Electric Cooperative (retired)

Retiring in 2015, Dave Sabala served as General Manager for Douglas Electric Cooperative, a rural electric utility located in Douglas County, for almost 26 years. He was employed by Douglas Electric for 37 years and graduated in 1976 from Oregon State University majoring in Business Administration.

Prior to retirement, Dave sat on the Board of Directors of LightSpeed Networks (a statewide fiber optic interexchange telecommunications carrier headquartered in Portland), and Eastern Oregon Telecom (a CLEC headquartered in Hermiston). Dave helped create Douglas FastNet (DFN), Douglas Electric Cooperative's wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Industrial Development Board, Community Cancer Center, Whipple Foundation, Umpqua Community College Foundation, and the Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County.

Dave 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. In 2014, Dave was the recipient of the Oregon Connections' Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award and the electric utility industry's Distinguished Service Utility Award.

Tom Worthy

Appointed April 2012
Reappointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Oregon State Police

Tom Worthy is a Major with the Oregon State Police serving at General Headquarters 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. Major Worthy has served with the Oregon State Police for 19 years. He has been involved with the Oregon State Police Integrated Business Operations and Technology Transformation Program since its inception. Major Worthy also is integrally involved with the Oregon State Police electronic ticketing, crash reporting and truck inspection project. Major Worthy holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University. Major Worthy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #261 and holds a graduate certificate of achievement from the University of Virginia.

David Yamamoto

Appointed January 2018
Term expires December 2021
Tillamook County

David Yamamoto was elected as Tillamook County Commissioner in November 2016 where he and his wife, Terrie, reside in Pacific City. David spent 20 years as a long-term care specialist after which he became an Oregon Real Estate Broker. Prior to that, David worked in the forest products industry for more than 20 years.

David feels it is important give back to his community and enjoys his many volunteer activities, some of which include: Chair, Pacific City/Woods Community Advisory Committee and Chair of their Land Use Committee; Chair, Tillamook County Futures Council; Citizen at Large, Oregon Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee; Citizen at Large, NW Area Commission on Transportation; Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce 2012 Volunteer of the Year; and Tillamook County Economic Development Council Small Business Advisory Committee. David graduated from college in California with a BA in psychology.