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 |  2019 Annual Report


Directors

Tom_Preston

Tom Preston, Chairman of the Board

Represents Subset 3

CEO
Duo County Telephone 
Jamestown, Kentucky

Director since November 2015

TrevorBonnstetter

Trevor Bonnstetter, Vice Chairman 

Represents Subset 3

CEO                                                                                    
WK & T                                                                                    
Mayfield, Kentucky

Director since January 2009

KevinBeyer

Kevin Beyer

Represents Subset 3

CEO
Federated Telephone Cooperative
Chokio, Minnesota

Director since January 2019 

EdBuchanan

Ed Buchanan

Represents Subset 3

Director  
McDonough Telephone Cooperative   
Colchester, Illinois

Director since January 2005

RaymondHennagan

Raymond Henagan

Represents Subset 3

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

Director since January 2005

GeorgeHopkins

George Hopkins  

Outside Director

Attorney
Little Rock, Arkansas

Director since January 2007

RandyHoudek

Randy Houdek

Represents Subset 3

General Manager 
Venture Communications Cooperative 
Highmore, South Dakota

Director since July 2005

Hank_Hultquist

Hank Hultquist 

Represents Subset 1 

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

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

William Johnson

William H. Johnson                

Represents Subset 1

Senior Vice President - Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs
Verizon
Washington, D.C.

Director since January 2018

RobertPeters

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

MarkSchreffler

Mark S. Schreffler

Outside Director

Founder
Mid-America Computer Corporation
Blair, Nebraska

Director since October 1997

MichaelShultz

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