SHLB Announces New Board Member, 2022 Policy Group Chairs
December 16, 2021


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
Communications Manager
(571) 308-6171

Washington, D.C. (December 16, 2021) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition announced that Philip Neufeld, executive officer of technology services for Fresno Unified School District, will begin a three-year term on its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2022. SHLB also announced its 2022 Policy Group Chairs, 15 member representatives who will lead the Coalition’s seven issue-based working groups for the year ahead. 

“Philip Neufeld demonstrates a true passion for closing the digital divide through community anchor institutions. He has been a leader in deploying private LTE using ‘schools-as-towers’ to support Fresno Unified students’ at-home learning during the pandemic, and leads the Fresno Coalition for Digital Inclusion,” said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition. “His wealth of experience as an education leader and commitment to improving internet access for underserved community members will be the perfect addition to our Board. We look forward to having his expertise as we work with policy-makers to implement the new federal broadband funding programs.

“I’m equally delighted to welcome the SHLB Coalition’s 2022 Policy Group Chairs,” Windhausen continued. “These experts play a critical role in shaping SHLB’s policy recommendations and help us tackle the broad range of issues influencing community anchor institution broadband.”

In addition to Neufeld, who was elected by SHLB membership, the Board re-appointed the University of Washington iSchool’s Cindy Aden, CommScope’s Erik Heinrich, and GeoLinks’ Melissa Slawson to serve for another three years. The Board selected Chairwoman Rachelle Chong, Vice Chair Aden, Treasurer Elwood Downing of ELAE Enterprises, and Secretary Debra Kriete of the State E-rate Coordinators’ Alliance to continue their roles in 2022. 

The 2022 Policy Group Chairs are as follows: 

  • Broadband Mapping Policy Group: Stephanie Jane Edwards, senior GIS analyst and digital inclusion liaison, North Carolina Research and Education Network (MCNC); Jenny Miller, vice president of state and industry relations, Connected Nation.
  • E-rate Policy Group: Roy Hoover, principal, Hoover Technology Consulting; Beverly Sutherland, president and CEO, EdTechnologyFunds. 
  • Higher Education Policy Group: Aimee Edwards, community affairs director, Western Governors University; Steve Smith, chief information officer, University of Nevada, Reno - Office of Information Technology; Joan Wodiska, CEO and founder, Pioneer Management Consulting LLC. 
  • Legislative/Infrastructure Policy Group: Shawn Chang, partner, Wiley Rein LLP; Tom Reid, consultant, Southern Ohio Health Care Network.
  • Pole Attachments/Rights-of-Way Policy Group: Marc Paul, vice president of policy, Charter Communications; Ovidiu Viorica, broadband and technology program manager, New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority.
  • Spectrum/5G Policy Group: Chip Byers, chief technical strategist, MOREnet; Mark Colwell, director of telecommunications strategy, Voqal.
  • Telehealth Policy Group: Rob Jenkins, director of broadband services, Colorado Hospital Association; Anne Turner, director of compliance and regulatory affairs, ENA Healthcare Services LLC.

To learn more about the SHLB Coalition’s governance, visit


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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