2016 Elected Board of Directors

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President Tom Gorman
Gorman Tom has been in the Cable and Telecommunications industry since 1976. He has worked for Prime Cable, Comcast Cablevision, Jones Intercable, Jedai Broadband Networks and the Vice President of Field Operations for Charter Communications. He has been a member of the SCTE since 1982, and was the founder and first president of the Chesapeake Chapter in the Baltimore, Washington area. He co-authored the book, “Understanding RF Signal Leakage,” which was published in 1984. In 1987, he received an SCTE personal achievement award, and in 2007 was inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame. He has authored numerous articles for Broadband Library, Communications Technology and CED magazine, serves on CT’s board of advisors, as well as on the board of advisors for Broadband Gear Report. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE) since 2004, and in 2007 was elected Chairman.
Vice-President Ron Wolfe
Ron Wolfe Ron is a Senior Member of the Society and have been a member since 1987 with over 37 years in cable telecommunications industry. Ron has served on various National SCTE committees. He is currently Senior Director of HFC Engineering & Architecture for Charter Communications in the Denver area office. He works cross-functionally between engineering and operations on a daily basis to balance the needs of the business and the capabilities of new technologies, always considering what the changes in our business mean to those who work daily to maintain the quality of our services to our customers.

Ron has held numerous positions with both service providers and industry suppliers, in a wide array of disciplines, including technical team leadership and strategy formulation. Ron is a member of the IEEE and brings his technical and leadership experiences from Time Warner Cable, @Home Network, Aurora Networks and BigBand Networks.

Treasurer Stephanie Trotter
Trotter Stephanie is the Director of Business Operations for Time Warner Cable Advanced Technologies Team (Engineering). During her time with Time Warner Cable, her main focus has been supporting strategic corporate initiatives, which include:

  • Implemented an operational plan to shift video engineering operations  from distributed to a national operational model
  • Lead facilitating consolidation efforts for several critical and National Data Centers
  • Deployment of Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Switched Digital Video (SDV) across all TWC Markets
  • Conducted cost benefit analysis on locations, customers and contracts acquired through purchase acquisitions to reduce operational expenses and improve revenue opportunities through technology
  • Deployed standardized operational processes and procedures across multiple organizations to reduce integration time frames and improve cross flexibility
  • Designed and implement operational engineering strategies across multiple regions and divisions within the engineering organization for cable, high speed data and voice customers

Stephanie believes that this is an evolutionary time for the Cable industry and is excited about the changes and challenges ahead.   Stephanie has been in the Communications Industry for over 15 years and has been working with Time Warner Cable for the past 6 years.

During her time in the industry, Stephanie has been active with the National SCTE program as part of the SCTE’s Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) and the standards Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS). Over the last year Stephanie has extended information from these initiatives to the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Secretary Wes Schick
Schick I have been fortunate to work for companies that saw the value and  supported my involvement within the SCTE for more than 25 years.

My cable career  started as a Chief Technician for a small cable operator in the Midwest.   As the company grew I was promoted to a regional engineer building systems in SD, MN and IA.   I made the transition to the vendor side as a Sales Engineer supporting video encoding, analog laser deployments and new fiber architectures.  I have held management positions within Product Management/Development, Engineering  and Sales.  These positions helped me  understand the balance necessary to keep people current with technology and also provide them the financial support to grow professionally.  Quality not quantity is the utmost importance in today’s time starved work environment.

I served on the Greater Chicago SCTE Board until I took a position overseas.   During that tenure I sat on various committees  garnering support from vendors, operators and building a bridge between the engineering community and the software/content companies to help all understand each other’s role supporting a successful Chapter.

The knowledge I gained through the SCTE helped me advance my career and now it is time for me to give back. 

Board Leslie Ellis
Leslie Ellli Leslie Elllis is the owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel and broadband delivery systems. Specific focus is “translating” the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service service providers.

She writes the weekly “Translation Please” column for Multichannel News, now in its 16th year, and aimed at demystifying commonly-used cable and broadband technology terms. She’s written two broadband dictionaries, one field guide to broadband, and co-authored “Plant Broadband.”

Leslie has received the National Cable Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Associates and Affiliates in 2005.  In 2010 she was named Technology Woman of the Year by the SCTE and Women in Cable and Telecommunicaitons.

Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associates’ Senior Technology Analyst.  Leslie was Senior Technology Edior for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998., and Managing Editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994.  She began in the able industry in 1987.

Outside of work, she’s a beekeeper, founder of the Women Who Bee beekeeping club, and Executive Producer of the documentary film “BEE PEOPLE”, released in 2012.  The film encourages everyday people to become backyard beekeepers, toward a goal of a beehive every two miles– to help sustain pollination amidst the massive and unsolved honeybee population decline that began in the US in 2009.

Board Jorge Salinger
Salinger I was born in Argentina, moved to the US when I was 27, and worked hard for long hours ever since. I love to live in Denver. I travel constantly for work to avoid moving away from Colorado. I like to ski and hike in our beautiful mountains and sail and fly as often as I can. I try to have as much fun as I work, which I will do at our Rocky Mountain chapter for us all.

Here is a summary of my background and work experience.

With almost 25 years of experience in telecommunications, over 20 of which are in Cable, I have participated in new technology development and operations in the areas of DOCSIS, PacketCable, OCAP/OpenCable and IP/HFC Networks at various MSOs.

In my current role, I am responsible for Comcast’s data, voice and video access network strategy and architecture, with a special focus towards converged products.
Prior to Comcast, I was President of Consulting at YAS Broadband. In this role I served as Executive Consultant for Adelphia, Advance Newhouse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Rogers and TWC, and European MSOs Ono and UPC, working on their technology strategies, and at CableLabs, where I directed the Certification programs.

I have participated in the launch of 4 start-up companies, including Denver’s High Speed Access where I was VP of Engineering. I also served as Senior Director of Digital Services at Adelphia Communications in their Coudersport, PA headquarters, and as Director of Telecommunications for Florida State University in Miami.

As for education, I hold a Bachelor and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida State. I have authored over 30 technical publications, papers and presentations, and have co-authored a book on advanced micro-processor design. I received a patent for a biomedical engineering process for blood testing, and have author and/or co-author 19 additional patent applications.

Board Mark Guzinski
Mark Guzinski Mark brings over 30+ years’ experience across several organizations within the cable industry.
HIs experience in technical and engineering operations with Heritage Cablevision, Telecommunications Inc., Columbia Basin Cable, American Telecasting, CableLabs and finally Charter Communications has provided him a thorough understanding how continued technical training is important to this industry.
Board Dino Starinieri
Dino Starinieri Dino began his cable career in 1995 with TV Guide On Screen (TVGOS) as the Technical Support Manager focusing on delivering electronic program guides to both basic cable as well as the next generation digital set top boxes. In July of 1999 he moved to Denver to work as a consultant for Media One working on the first open cable project integrating an EPG into an open cable standard Set Top Box.

He has spent the last 12+ years at TWC and in February of 2014 was promoted to Vice President of System Integration and Test focusing on video applications, business support systems, care and field applications, and web portal testing.

Board/Compliance Ron Upchurch
Ron Upchurch I work for Jones NCTI as a Curriculum Developer. I have responsibility for developing content for many of the technical courses NCTI provides to the cable industry. I have held this position for 2 years and enjoy helping people further their careers through education. During my career I have held Director of Engineering positions with TWC, United Cable, United Artists, TCI and ATT Broadband. Most recently I worked as Director of Engineering for NPG Cable in St. Joseph, MO.  Prior to working for NPG Cable I worked for AT&T Broadband Corporate Engineering Manager where I was responsible for the testing, certification and deployment of HSD throughout the AT&T Broadband cable networks. With over 42 years in the Cable industry and more than 20 years of director level experience in engineering management and technical operations, I have been part of the many changes in the telecommunications industry.

I have held various board positions on the Rocky Mountain SCTE chapter’s board, including president and I’m currently an active associate member of the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter.  Additionally, I was an active member of the SCTE Scholarship Sub-Committee for over 5 years and VP on the SCTE Cactus chapter board. In total I have been a supporting member of the SCTE for 39 years. 

I believe that the strength of the SCTE lies in its many chapters across the country and that it’s through these chapters that Cable TV’s professionals, from installers to CEO’s will continue to benefit. The SCTE will only continue to grow with the support and involvement from its members.  I will work with the local chapter to drive efforts to promote and improve programs that will help the development of the chapter and its members. I  support training efforts that encourage career growth while increasing overall chapter membership.

I believe that the strength of the SCTE lies in its many chapters across the country and that it’s through these chapters that Cable TV’s professionals, from installers to CEO’s will continue to benefit. The SCTE will only continue to grow with the support and involvement from its members.  I support training efforts that encourage career growth while increasing overall chapter membership.

Board
Region II Rep
Steve Newkirk
Steve Newkirk
Stephen has been working with, and leading technology development and deployments, in the Cable and Telecommunications industries for over 35 years. He’s worked for AT&T as a System Engineer and Division Manager, and for Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications as a Corporate Director of Advance Engineering. He has a BA degree in Business from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky, and a Masters of Telecommunications, Engineering and Design, from the University of Denver. Steve’s affiliations go beyond working in cable. He’s a contributing member of the Executive Board for The IT Summit and a voting member for the Television Academy of Arts and Science. He represents his community as a Commissioner on his local Planning and Zoning Board.
Board Associate Lane Johnson
Board Associate Rex Kohart
Board Associate Keith Nichols
Board Associate Nick Segura
Board Associate
Speaker
Ron Hranac
Board Associate Dennis Butta
Board Associate Robert Kostelny
Board Associate David Krook
Board Associate Steve Murphy
Board Associate Maria Popo
Board Associate Dave Robinson
Board Associate Mark Thompson
Board Associate Michael Thompson
Board Associate Mike Wearsch
Board Associate Cathy Wilson
Board Associate  Matt White
 Board Associate Dean Flora
Board Associate Frank Eichenlaub
Board Associate Sheri Langford
Board Associate Kelly Daniels
Board Associate Chris Tucker
Board Associate Zac Pepin
Board Associate Rick Sullivan
Board Associate Kevin Bland