Carole Monroe

Board Chair

Carole Monroe is the CEO of ValleyNet, the operations company of ECFiber. Before joining ValleyNet in June of 2015, Carole worked as a Broadband Consultant, with the City of Keene, NH on a Gigabit City vision and as the Executive Director of New Hampshire FastRoads, a regional fiber-optic network in western New Hampshire delivering gigabit broadband to community anchor institutions, businesses, and residents.

Andrew H. Montroll

Vice Chair

Andrew H. Montroll, Board Member and Counsel to ValleyNet, is an attorney in Burlington, Vermont, with a focus in Telecommunications Law, Regulatory Law and Business Law. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Montroll was counsel to Riser Management Systems, LP, a telecommunications consulting firm where he negotiated agreements to bring advanced telecommunications services to an 11,000 unit apartment complex in New York City, negotiated the procurement and construction contracts for a broadcast tower on a building at Times Square in New York City, regularly provided telecom advice to major owners of commercial and residential property owners throughout the United States and prepared significant regulatory filings to the FCC on behalf of these property owners. Mr. Montroll is the principal author of Critical Connections, a guidebook designed to help major property owners navigate the complexities of bringing advanced telecommunications services to their tenants and residents. Mr. Montroll also has a strong background working with municipalities, having served on the Burlington, Vermont City Council for 15 years, including 4 years as President of the Council. Mr. Montroll currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Montroll holds a B.S. and M.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School.

Stan Williams

Board Treasurer

Mr. Williams has over 20 years of international telecommunications experience, beginning with Cellular Communications, Inc. (one of the original applicants for US cellular licenses in 1983), and continuing with various spinoffs – Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico (CCPR), Cellular Communications International (CCIL), and NTL. He was Chief Financial Officer of both CCPR and CCIL when they were sold to SBC/AT&T and Mannesmann/Vodafone, respectively, in 1999. CCPR was a cellular operator in Puerto Rico, and CCIL was instrumental in helping the Omnitel consortium secure the second Italian cellular license in 1994. NTL (now Virgin Media) is the largest cable company in the United Kingdom.   Stan was a co-founder of and original investor in ECFiber.   He lives in Norwich, Vermont with his wife, Jenny, and is a board member of the Upper Valley Land Trust and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, as well as a former member of the Norwich and Dresden school boards.

Charles (Chuck) Sherman

Board Secretary/Asst. Treasurer

Chuck is retired from the National Institutes of Health where he finished a 30-year Washington career of health research policy analysis, determining which research training and support programs are most effective. With a PhD in quantitative psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, Chuck has made more use of the statistical side of his training. He has been an active Dartmouth alumnus, serving both as Class of 1966 president and president of the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley. He continues to serve on the Strafford Conservation Commission, as a trustee of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), and on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Institutional Review Board, reviewing the ethics of human subjects research. When he moved to Strafford in 2005, he became a member of the board of ValleyNet (he is now treasurer). He enjoys spending time outside with Margie and their two Australian shepherds, Webster and Wren.

Bob Bruce

Retired Partner of the New York headquartered international law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, resident in Washington, D.C. dealing with regulatory, legislative, and public policy concerns and then London for a decade dealing with privatization and international public offering transactions in the communications and telecom sectors. Served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission during a period of ending the AT&T monopoly and removing regulatory restrictions leading to the emergence of the cable television and Internet sectors of the current media sector. Over the years frequently acted as an advisor to the World Bank in connection with telecom sector restructuring in Latin America, Asia, and Central Europe. Director of Planning at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) at its founding. Former Senior Research Fellow, Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth. Former Member, Hanover/Dresden School Board. Harvard College, Joint JD-MPA degree from Harvard Law School and John F.Kennedy School of Government

Donny Smith

Donny Smith has nearly 40 years of electronics, computer and communications experience, culminating in the founding in 2000 of Jaguar Communications, a successful rural FTTH communications company, and its recent sale. This body of work includes 5 years of work as an electronic technician and assistant design engineer, 10 years in system design and software engineering, and 10 years of engineering covering RF, IP, PON, copper, standard telecommunications, advanced theory and design, management, and administration of several startups. Donny is currently a Project Manager with Fail Engineering, a communications engineering and consulting firm.

John Roy

Mr. Roy held the post of Treasurer of ECFiber from 2008-2016, and was Chief Operating Officer of ValleyNet in 2014-2015 overseeing the day to day operations of ValleyNet and participating in management team business strategy development. He also served as a town delegate to the District’s Governing Board for 8 years. He is currently a counselor and Executive Committee member for SCORE, Lebanon, New Hampshire, which provides counseling to America’s small businesses. He serves on the Advisory Board of American Trust Investment Advisors, Lebanon, New Hampshire, is former President/Treasurer of VerShare, a Director/Treasurer of Vershire Historical Society, and a former Justice of the Peace in Vershire. His previous experience includes senior financial management and technology management positions in both the nonprofit sector and in the banking and investment management industries over several decades. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Paul Millman

Mr. Paul Millman co-founded Chroma Technology Corporation of Bellows Falls, VT in 1991 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President.

Timothy Nulty

Dr. Timothy Nulty, Project Manager, was most recently (2001 – 2007) the Executive Director/General Manager of Burlington Telecom (BT), Burlington, Vermont. In that capacity, Dr. Nulty was responsible for creating, building and operating a fiber optic cable network similar to the EC Fiber Project. From 1994 to 1997, he founded and was chief executive officer of Central European Telecom Investments (CETI), a $50 million venture capital acquisition and operating fund. From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Nulty was Senior Telecom Project Officer for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. Prior to this, from 1975 to 1984 he was the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate’s and then the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committees on Commerce. After leaving CETI and returning to the United States in 1998, Dr. Nulty was appointed Senior Financial Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and shortly thereafter Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer of the DOE Office of River Protection (an approximately $50 billion project to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Weapons Facility in the State of Washington). He retired from that position in February 2001. Dr. Nulty holds a Ph.D in Economics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.