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Board of Directors

The NECA Board of Directors has 15 members. Ten Directors represent three membership divisions and five represent all members (outside directors). Federal Communications Commission rules establish Board size and representative groupings.

The groupings are:

Subset 1:  Bell Operating Companies (two representatives)
Subset 2:  Other telcos with revenues of $40 million or more (two representatives)
Subset 3:  All remaining telcos (six representatives)
Outside Directors:  Non-telco Directors representing all subsets (five representatives)

Each subset nominates and elects its own representatives. Outside Directors are elected by the entire membership.

Meetings | Committees


Directors

Randy Houdek 

Randy Houdek, Chairman of the Board 

Represents Subset 3

General Manager 
Venture Communications Cooperative 
Highmore, South Dakota

Director since July 2005

Dave L. Dunning

David L. Dunning, Vice Chairman 

Represents Subset 3

CEO & General Manager
Polar Comm Mutual Aid
Park River, North Dakota

Director since January 2013

Trevor Bonnstetter

Trevor Bonnstetter  

Represents Subset 3

Director
Industry Telephone Company
Industry, Texas

Director since January 2009

Ed Buchanan

Ed Buchanan

Represents Subset 3

Director  
Interstate 35 Telephone Company 
Panora, Iowa

Director since January 2005

Raymond Henagan

Raymond Henagan

Represents Subset 3

CEO & General Manager
Rock Port Telephone Company
Rock Port, Missouri

Director since January 2005

George Hopkins

George Hopkins  

Outside Director

Attorney
Little Rock, Arkansas

Director since January 2007

Hank Hultquist 

Hank Hultquist 

Represents Subset 1 

Vice President - Federal Regulatory 
AT&T Services, Inc. 
Washington, DC 

Director since February 2016

Evelyn Jerden

Evelyn C. Jerden

Represents Subset 2

Senior Vice President - Regulatory Dynamics 
LICT Corporation
Tucson, Arizona

Director since February 2008

Jeff Lanning               

Represents Subset 1

Vice President - Federal Regulatory
CenturyLink
Washington, DC

Director since January 2017

Robert Peters

Robert Peters

Outside Director

Retired Rural Utilities Service Executive
Bumpass, Virginia

Director since January 1999

Greg Phelps Greg A. Phelps, Ph.D.

Outside Director
 
Professor, Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, Kentucky

Director since January 2013
Tom Preston 

Tom Preston

Represents Subset 3

CEO
Duo County Telephone 
Jamestown, Kentucky

Director since November 2015

Mark S. Schreffler

Mark S. Schreffler

Outside Director

Founder
Mid-America Computer Corporation
Blair, Nebraska

Director since October 1997

Michael Shultz

Michael Shultz

Represents Subset 2

Vice President - Regulatory and Public Policy
Consolidated Communications
Conroe, Texas

Director since January 2009

Leslie Toombs 

Leslie Toombs, Ph.D.

Outside Director

Professor, Texas A&M University
Commerce, Texas

Director since January 2017