Newsletter Signup


Contact Information

First Name* Address 1 City Email*
Last Name* Address 2
Zip Code
Phone
I currently do not have broadband
Why Not?
*Denotes required field

Our Team

Eric Frederick

Vice President, Community Affairs

Eric Frederick serves as Vice President, Community Affairs for Connected Nation. Eric is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the Connected Community Engagement Program, across the United States. Eric develops and maintains Connected partner relationships in support of Connected Nation’s mission. In addition, Eric provides primary management, oversight, and support for Connect Michigan’s state strategy as a context for advancing methodologies relevant to Connected. Prior to his role of Vice President, Community Affairs, Eric served as the Executive Director for Connect Michigan. In this role, he developed relationships with statewide, national, and international groups that are partnering with Connected Nation to solve problems of connectivity and to bolster the value of internet connections. Eric also led a nationally recognized team that produced the nation’s first certified Connected community. Eric holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University and a bachelor of science in urban planning and GIS from Northern Michigan University.

Dan Manning

Community Technology Advisor

Dan Manning serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connect Michigan. Dan coordinates and manages the activities of regional planning teams across the state. Dan provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the regional planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. In addition, with assistance from Connected Nation’s communications staff and the volunteers of the regional planning teams, he works to increase regional and local awareness of the planning teams, the planning process, the benefits of increased broadband adoption, and Connect Michigan through the media and local organizations. Dan holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Western Michigan University.

Tom Stephenson

Community Technology Advisor

Tom Stephenson serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connect Michigan. Tom coordinates and manages the activities of regional planning teams across the state. Tom provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the regional planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. In addition, with assistance from Connected Nation’s communications staff and the volunteers of the regional planning teams, he works to increase regional and local awareness of the planning teams, the planning process, the benefits of increased broadband adoption, and Connect Michigan through the media and local organizations. Tom holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University.

Heather Gate

Manager, Digital Inclusion Program Development

Heather Gate serves as Manager of Digital Inclusion Program Development for Connected Nation. Heather is responsible for managing the development and implementation of Connected Nation’s digital inclusion programs. Heather provides high-impact project management services, including day-to-day program management and funding research. Heather also helps to maintain existing program partner relationships and assists with identification of potential new partners or innovative business opportunities which are in line with program missions. Heather holds a bachelor of science in computer science, a master’s in computer science, and a master’s in public administration from Kentucky State University.

Lisa McCuiston

Lisa McCuiston serves as project coordinator for Connected Nation.  Lisa provides administrative oversight for assigned projects which includes a variety of tasks. Lisa coordinates internal and external facing events/meetings, direct supervision to interns and assists with special event planning. Lisa will assist with grant research and writing, newsletters, blogs.

Lisa McCuiston brings 3 decades of business and project development experience in the non-profit and public sectors and has dedicated her career to building stronger communities, families and helping others find their purpose in life. Lisa has served on numerous community boards and supported and developed non-profits. Lisa attended College of the Albemarle and received her Non-Profit Management Certification from Duke University and is an AmeriCorps Alum.