SHLB Coalition Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

CrosbyKemperCrosby 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

BobCollieBob 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.


Elwood DowningElwood Downing, ELAE Enterprises, LLC.

Elwood Downing has served as an executive strategic leader for over 15 years, providing strategic leadership, technical consulting, and service engagement to organizations, which include public universities, private colleges, community colleges, K12 organizations, research organizations, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations.

Most recently, he has served as the Vice President for Business Development and Community Networks for Merit Network, hosted by the University of Michigan. Elwood has had tremendous success over the years and has served as a key contributor to the achievements of the organizations he’s worked with. Elwood has helped lead the communication and outreach effort for two ARRA NTIA/BTOP funded projects that included more than 2,300 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure, which was used to help create the K12 Michigan statewide education network. Additionally, he has led efforts for membership growth and helping communities build networks, share resources, and promote economic development.

Elwood received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a specialization in Business Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the SHLB Coalition and currently serves as Treasurer. Elwood has also served as Merit’s liaison to the Merit Advisory Council and as a member of the Internet2 U.S. UCAN Advisory Committee.


DeniseDenise 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

Board Members

Paula Boyd Board MemberrPaula Boyd, Senior Director, Microsoft Corporation

Paula leads the Microsoft’s communications Internet policy engagement with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), Congress and the Administration on broadband, spectrum, Internet protocol voice, video and text issues. She advises and briefs executives and colleagues on regulatory issues and Federal legislation. Lastly, she advances the company’s communications Internet policy objectives with key industry trade associations and think tanks and advocates the company’s position on policy panels and with policy stakeholders. Before joining Microsoft, Paula was Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications. She advised Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings during his time as Chairman (2001-2002) and Ranking Member (1997-2001) of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and advised Democratic Committee Members on communications policy. She oversaw the full range of Federal communications issues including telephone, broadband, spectrum, cable and broadcast policies.


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.

Rachelle Chong SHLB Board MemberRachelle Chong, Law Office of Rachelle Chong

Rachelle Chong is a nationally recognized authority on broadband policy issues. Commissioner Chong served as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (President Clinton appointee), during the era of the 1996 Telecom Act, the first wireless auctions and creation of many new wireless services, and the digital TV transition.  After her federal service, Commissioner Chong then led broadband initiatives in California starting in 2006 when she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission. After serving on the Governor's California Broadband Task Force, Commissioner Chong created the California Advanced Services Fund at the California PUC to bring critical broadband infrastructure to rural areas with no broadband or slow broadband. After her CPUC term, she worked for two years as Special Counsel at the California Technology Agency on statewide Digital Literacy efforts and helped bring major federal economic stimulus dollars to California for broadband and Smart Grid projects. Ms. Chong has been a partner in two international law firms (Graham & James and Coudert Brothers in San Francisco). She has served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s California Region, and General Counsel for two Silicon Valley tech start-ups, Broadband Office and Sidecar. She has also served on various boards, both of publicly traded companies, nonprofit organizations working on broadband issues, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Currently, she runs the Law Offices of Rachelle Chong, where she is a strategic consultant, regulatory lawyer, and registered state lobbyist headquartered in San Francisco, California. She works primarily in the broadband, telecom, transportation, and energy spaces, representing competitive carriers, app-enabled providers of ridesharing and ferry services, and nonprofit organizations working in the broadband space before the FCC and the CPUC.

Deb Kriete SHLB Board MemberDebra Kriete, State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA)

Debra Kriete has been involved with and an advocate for universal service for more than 30 years. She first served as assistant consumer advocate with the Pennsylvania Office of
Attorney General, representing consumers’ interests in state telecommunications regulatory proceedings. She then became chief counsel to a PUC Commissioner helping to shape policy recommendations concerning all aspects of universal telecommunications service. In 1996, Debra was appointed to the staff of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the group that recommended to the FCC the rules and policies for implementing all USF mechanisms, and in 1998 she was appointed as the first General Counsel to the federal E-rate administrator. After leaving USAC, she provided legal counsel to service providers and applicants until being retained as the South Dakota State E-rate Coordinator – a position she has proudly held for the
past 14 years. In this capacity, she operates an E-rate help desk and provides in-person and virtual training for the state’s schools, libraries and service providers to help them achieve E-rate success, and also is responsible for filing the E-rate applications for South Dakota’s statewide broadband and Internet consortium applications. Debra also is an active member of the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance.

MarkJohnsonMark 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.

Rebecca Manna SHLB Board MemberRebecca Manna, Chief Policy Advisor for Government Relations, Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Rebecca Manna has held the office of Chief Policy Advisor for Government Relations at Kalispell Regional Healthcare since August 2007. Prior to this, she served as a consultant to KRH and authored a rural health care pilot proposal funded by the Federal Communications Commission to construct a 432-mile, dedicated fiber network in northwest and north central Montana to improve health care access for rural and frontier Montanans. She has served as a past Director with the KRH Foundation
Board for more than seven years. Previously, Ms. Manna served U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), as Senior Policy Advisor for Montana Issues and Rural and Environmental Healthcare for more than eight years. She has held leadership positions with non-profit organizations in Montana, specializing in fundraising, planned and major gifts. Ms. Manna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of

Jane Patterson SHLB Board MemberJane Patterson, Broadband Catalysts

For eleven years, Jane Smith Patterson served as executive director of the e-NC Authority, an organization with a goal of bringing affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to citizens, businesses and institutions, particularly in rural and lower income urban areas. Prior to taking this leadership position in 2001, Patterson worked for North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt through his four terms in office, first as secretary of administration, then as chief advisor for policy, budget and technology, and finally as senior advisor for science and technology and director of the office for technology. Patterson served as a member of the Clinton Gore National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council and was co-chair of the applications committee, and later served as chair of the Rural Telecommunications Congress completing her term in 2015. Patterson’s background also includes working in the private industry as vice-president of ITT Corporation- Network Systems Group, of ITT-Alcatel and Alcatel, NA. She has served as a vice chancellor at UNC-Wilmington and in positions with research programs at the University of Pennsylvania and UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been an advisor to many countries in the world in planning for deployment of national information infrastructure.
She serves on a number of boards for nonprofit organizations, including as a member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Patterson was a founding President of the establishment of two nonprofit organizations that are still operating, the NC Aquarium Society and the North Carolina Health Communications Information Alliance. Patterson has worked as an advisor on digital communications, and science and technology issues in countries in Asia, North America, Europe, and Scandinavia. With ITT Corporation (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation-a multinational corporation) and ITT-Alcatel and Alcatel, Patterson held Director and Vice-President positions that oversaw operational activities worldwide.

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.

Tracy Weeks SHLB Board MemberTracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA

Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning
Plan. From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa.

JohnWindhausenJohn Windhausen, Jr., Executive Director, SHLB Coalition (non-voting)

John Windhausen, Jr. founded the SHLB Coalition in 2009 and became its full-time Executive Director in 2016. 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 Board of Directors of MICTA and NDIA. Mr. Windhausen graduated from Yale University and the UCLA School of Law.