Our Team

Chuck Schumann


Founder and EVP at Microcom.
Founder of PDI in 2017.
45+ years of satellite communications experience in Alaska, Hawaii and Russia.

Tom Brady


Led ground systems division at Microcom for 28 years.
Formerly Telecoms Officer (USAF).
45+ years in telecoms business with extensive work in rural Alaska.

Mary Ann Pease

Strategic Consultant

Partner in MAP Consulting LLC.
Held senior management position with Alaska Communications Systems.
35 years in telecommunications and high technology projects.

Dwayne Sakumoto

Director of Business Development

Formerly with Motorola Solutions responsible for market dev. & distribution in Alaska and Hawaii.
35 years in the space and telecommunications sector.

Shawn Fitzpatrick

VP of Engineering

30+ years in the telecommunications industry focused on advancing communications for Alaska.
Wide range of experience from analog to digital, microwave to satellite, copper to fiber, layers 1 through 7.

Formerly operations & engineering executive management with General Communication Inc.

Shawn Williams

VP of Government Affairs and Strategy

30+ years of executive management and strategic consulting experience with startups and established businesses in both the private and public sectors

Former Assistant Commissioner of Commerce, State of Alaska.

BA in Economics from University of Alaska Anchorage.

Executive MBA in Strategic Leadership from Alaska Pacific University.

Andrea Hulman

Project Engineer

Born and raised in Alaska.

10 years of telecommunications experience in Alaska, formerly an RF engineer for General Communication Inc.

BA in Physics from Scripps College.

BSE in Electrical Engineering from UAA.

Licensed PE in the State of Alaska.

Alexander Schumann

Sales and Marketing

10 years of rural broadband operations and project managmeent deploying new broadband products throughout Alaska and Hawaii. 
MBA from University of Colorado Boulder. 

MS in Telecom from

University of Colorado Boulder.

BS in Math from UAA.

Our Advisors

Donald Kerr

Senior Advisor

Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees MITRE Corporation.

Formerly, Deputy Director of National Intelligence. 
Distinguished service awards from DOE, CIA and NRO.

David Drucker

Senior Advisor

Founder, WildBlue.
Extensive background in rural telecommunications.
Owns and operates broadcast facilities in Alaska, Washington, Colorado and Florida.

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Senior Advisor

Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute.
Formerly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission 1997-2001; Member, Joint Board on Universal Service; Chief Economist for House Committee on Commerce, US House of Representatives.

Carter Old

Board Observer

CFO, Tachus LLC.

Founder & Managing Partner, Continuum Tech Capital.
Co-led space infrastructure practice at Fieldstone Partners.
Led successful exit of OmniEarth; co-led financing of Aireon and assisted in Iridium IPO.

Michele Franci

Senior Advisor

Senior satellite telecommunications system expert with 35 years of experience specialized in international space and telecommunications technology. 

Formerly Chief Operations Officer at OneWeb and led the Gen 1 system development and execution and infrastructure deployment.

Former Chief Technology Officer at Inmarsat PLC.

National Italian Certified Engineer and holds Master’s degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering from the “Politecnico of Milano” in Milan, Italy.

Fluently speaks Italian, French, English, and Dutch.

Sandra Blinstrubas

Chairman of the Board

President and CEO of Microcom.
Developing technology infrastructure in Alaska since 1984.
Responsible for managing Microcom’s business in Alaska, Hawaii and CONUS.

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