SHLB Coalition Announces New Board Directors, Officers
January 05, 2021


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
Communications Manager
(202) 263-4626

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2021) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition announced the addition of five new members to its board of directors in 2021:

  • Cathy Cruzan, president, Funds For Learning
  • Karen Goff, executive secretary, West Virginia Library Commission, on behalf of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
  • Kim Klupenger, chief experience officer, OCHIN
  • Angela Siefer, executive director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • Beverly Sutherland, president and CEO, EdTechnologyFunds, Inc.

The 2020 SHLB board of directors appointed Cruzan, Goff, Klupenger, and Siefer, while SHLB members elected Sutherland. The incoming directors began three-year terms effective January 1, 2021. In addition, the board appointed Microsoft’s Paula Boyd, former Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Rachelle Chong, the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance’s Debra Kriete, and Broadband Catalysts’ Jane Patterson to continue their exceptional service for another three years. 

“The SHLB Coalition has always taken pride in the diversity of our membership, and we strive to ensure that our board of directors reflects that diversity,” said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition. “We are delighted to welcome Cruzan, Goff, Klupenger, Siefer, and Sutherland to the board, each of whom brings a unique perspective and skillset. With the growth in SHLB’s membership and the expansion of our board of directors, I’m confident that the SHLB Coalition’s effectiveness will grow even stronger in 2021.”  

SHLB’s 2020 board officers also passed the torch to new leadership. In 2021, Chong will serve as chairwoman and the University of Washington’s Cindy Aden will serve as vice chairwoman. Elwood Downing, ELAE Enterprises, and Kriete maintain their positions as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

Visit SHLB’s website to learn more about its board of directors.


About SHLB:
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit


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