WebinarThe Benefits of Broadband for Rural and Low-Income Families

March 16, 2010


Speaker Biographies

Senator Karin S. Brownlee, Kansas

Karin Brownlee chairs the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Senator Brownlee also serves on the Senate Committees on Assessment and Taxation, Business and Labor, Utilities and Confirmation Oversight. Senator Brownlee is serving her fourth term as a Senator, having been first elected to the legislature in 1996. She and her husband were co-owners of a mortgage business for many years. Senator Brownlee has been active in the American Legislative Exchange Council and has served as vice chair of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee since 2007. Senator Brownlee has a B.S. in microbiology from Kansas State University.

Jenny Kattlove, Director, Strategic Health Initiatives, The Children’s Partnership, California

Jenny Kattlove directsThe Children’s Partnership’s (TCP) telehealth program and policy efforts related to ensuring access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance for all California children. She also leads TCP’s California Express Lane Eligibility efforts and efforts to modernize enrollment into health insurance for California children. Before her position with The Children’s Partnership, Ms. Kattlove worked in Ohio, where she served as the Health Advocate for KidsOhio.org and the Children's Defense Fund. In these roles, she led efforts to increase access to health care for low-income children and families through advocacy, coalition building, outreach and education. Jenny received her undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island

Representative Kennedy was first elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1988. He currently chairs the House Committee on Corporations, which is responsible for the consideration of legislation affecting the mortgage and banking industry, professional regulations, business and economic development, securities and all aspects of insurance. He also serves on the House Committee on Rules, Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Health Care Oversight and the Permanent Joint Committee on Economic Development. Representative Kennedy is a certified Real Estate Appraiser and licensed Real Estate Broker. Representative Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and currently chairs the NCSL Communications Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee. He received his B.A. degree from Providence College and his M.B.A. degree from Anna Maria College.

Representative Mark L. Maddox, Tennessee

Representative Mark L. Maddox has served as a member of the House in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1997. He is the Democratic Whip and is a member of the following committees: Education, K-12 Subcommittee, Finance, Ways and Means, Committee on Study Committees, Ethics, Rules, and the Joint Select Committee on Education Oversight. He is the Co-Chair of the Tennessee Broadband Task Force. Representative Maddox is a Technology Coordinator for a K-12 school system and serves on the Board of Directors for Community Developmental Services. An elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he is active in several community business and service organizations. Representative Maddox has B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Trinity University.

Jane Smith Patterson, Executive Director of the e-NC Authority, North Carolina

Jane Smith Patterson is the director of e-NC, an innovative, publicly funded initiative to increase broadband access and encourage all residents of North Carolina to use technology, and especially the Internet, to improve the quality of their lives and their economic prospects. Jane’s career has concentrated on information technology infrastructure and its impact on government, industry and education. She has consulted with more than 20 countries and 38 states about the design and operation of information networks. She has served in administrations of North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, and in his fourth term she was Senior Advisor for Science and Technology and Director of the Office for Technology. Her work in private industry included service as vice president of ITT Corp.-Network Systems Group. She was also interim vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 1997, she was selected by the National Academy of Public Administration and the Alliance for Redesigning Government to receive the Public Innovator Award for her work in advancing the use of information technology in government.

Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Director of Media and Technology Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Media and Technology Institute was established in 2008 to study how broadband, the media industry and emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for people of color. For the past seven years, Dr. Turner-Lee was an executive at One Economy—a global nonprofit that uses the power of technology and information to expand opportunities for low-income people—serving most recently as Senior Vice President for External Affairs in charge of public relations, national strategic partnerships and business development. While at One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee played key roles in all aspects of its core business, including residential and community broadband access, online public purpose media and youth technology training. She helped to establish broadband connections in thousands of affordable housing units, supported the development and distribution of One Economy's core media properties and expanded a national technology service initiative from 250 to nearly 3,000 youth in less than two years. In 2007, Broadband Properties magazine named Dr. Turner-Lee to its list of the "Top 10 National Broadband Promoters." Dr. Turner-Lee is a former Research Fellow with Northwestern University's Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a recent Rockwood Leadership Fellow and has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern and North Park Universities. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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