TelAlaska's Management Team - Corporation Officers
Brenda Shepard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brenda Shepard, a former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TelAlaska, assumed CEO responsibility in June of 2008 with the stock purchase of the company by American Broadband Communications LLC (ABB). She brings some 30 years experience in Alaska telecommunications to the position, having worked in Finance, Accounting, and Regulatory for ASTAC, an Anchorage-based cooperative telephone company serving the North Slope, and earlier in her career at OTZ Telephone Cooperative, headquartered in Kotzebue. She understands the unique demographic and geographic challenges of providing services to the many diverse areas of Alaska. Brenda holds a bachelorís degree from the University of Phoenix and serves on the board of the Alaska Telephone Association (ATA).
David J. Goggins, Vice-President Operations
Dave Goggins is responsible for managing the operations of
TelAlaska's satellite and terrestrial advanced data operations, the company's
25 telephone central offices outside plant facilities and cellular operations, 2
CATV operations, and technicians and construction employees for four
subsidiaries. He is also responsible for the company's technical and safety
training standards, developing department budgets and coordinating work between
Operations and the organization. A TelAlaska employee for more than 33 years,
Dave has worked in all of TelAlaska's communities and thoroughly understands
the company's operations in those culturally diverse and geographically
challenging areas of the state. He has served on the Western Telecommunications
Alliance (WTA) executive board and committees for the Alaska Telephone
Brett Carter, Vice-President Finance Brett Carter has been with the company since 1991, serving in Finance roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining the company as a fulltime employee, he was a summer telecom technician gaining field experience. Brett holds a masterís degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from Northern Arizona University. He is a Trustee for the TelAlaska Profit Sharing Plan and a member of the Separations and Access Committee of OPASTCO, a national telecommunications trade association.
About American Broadband: American Broadband acquires and operates local exchange carriers, cable television systems, and related businesses in rural markets nationwide. The company's strategy is distinguished by a long-term focus on growth in rural America. By investing in its telecommunications network, local employees and management, and community organizations, American Broadband ensures continued customer service satisfaction and works to realize the growth potential of its markets. The company now serves more than 26,000 access lines, 10,000 Cable Subscribers, and 8,500 high speed data customers in Nebraska, Missouri, and Alaska.