MTUG has an all-volunteer working board of 15. Our traditional board makeup consists of approximately 5-6 individuals who work for technology vendors, 5-6 who work for end-user companies or organizations (non-vendor), and 2-3 who are independent consultants or are involved with technology in another capacity.
Are you interested in serving on the MTUG Board of Directors? Email Kate Carpenter at with your interest and a copy of your resume.
Our Volunteer Board
Tonia Ennis - Current Board President
ATX Advisory Services
Tonia is a currently Director of Consulting Services with ATX Advisory Services in Biddeford, Maine. Previously she was Director, PMO/BPM at the State
of Maine Office of Information Technology for many years. Prior to that, she has served as Managing Partner at One Bridge Consulting, a technology
consulting firm, and was ERP Implementation Project Manager for Johnny’s Selected Seeds where she was responsible for facilitating business process
improvement efforts, organizational change management, and software implementation. Tonia also brings many years experience in project management in
a variety of information technology and call center operations in the retail and banking sectors. Tonia is currently enrolled at Champlain College
pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity.
Tonia joined the MTUG Board in 2015, and currently serves as the Board President.
Joe Bourgault - Current Board Vice President
Joe Bourgault is a Strategic Account Executive at FirstLight Fiber, and prior to that was Business Development Manager at Systems Engineering. He's served in numerous account management roles across Maine, including at OTT and FairPoint -- Joe has worked in the IT and Telecom industry for over two decades.
Joe joined the MTUG Board in 2014, and currently serves as Board Vice President.
Austin Brower - Current Board Treasurer
Austin Brower is a 20+ year member of the Maine ISP and Telecom community. He started his career at Points South (a dial-up ISP) providing technical support
to end users. He then engineered, deployed, and supported telephone and DSL broadband networks in southern and central Maine for Points South and then
Cornerstone Communications. At Cornerstone Communications and Lincolnville Telephone he helped win broadband expansion funding from the ConnectME Authority,
build rural broadband networks (including fiber-to-the-home), and he remains involved in broadband expansion policy. At the end of 2014, Austin joined
FairPoint Communications -- now Consolidated Communications -- as a Sales Engineer. He is now a Sales Engineering Manager for Consolidated's East Region and Government/Education practice, leading a team of Sales Engineers in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Kansas; his Government/Education activity spans the US.
Austin joined the MTUG Board in 2015 and currently serves as Board Treasurer.
William Kilbreth - Current Interim Board Secretary
Community Health Options
William Kilbreth is the Chief Information Officer at Maine Community Health Options. He joined the MTUG Board in June 2019.
Ron Brown - Scholarship & Job Board Liaison
Ronald O. Brown Consulting
Ron is a professional engineer with more than 45 years of professional experience and over 25 years as an independent IT and telecom consultant. He formerly
was with GTE where he conceived, designed, and implemented the world’s first CLEC, and was National Director of Telecommunications Consulting at Coopers
& Lybrand. His current practice emphasizes expert work in the areas of IT and telecommunications intellectual property, contracts, and antitrust
matters. He also works actively with the University of Maine to develop new computer and telecommunications programs.
Ron has served for more than two decades as an MTUG Board member and recently served as Chair of the IEEE Communications and Computer Societies in Maine and Chair of the IEEE Maine Section, and actively serves on the section's Newsletter and Outreach committees.
Ron was a founding initiator of MTUG's co-sponsored Scholarship Program with the University of Maine Foundation since 2012. Actively recruiting corporate donors to the MTUG shared scholarship efforts, Ron has been the central effort in the scholarship's success in raising approximate $100,000 in scholarship donations in the first 10 years of the program, for the benefit of technology and engineering students across the University of Maine System.
James Harder - Director
James Harder is a Senior Account Manager with FirstLight Fiber. He joined the MTUG Board in August 2018.
Mark Hopper - Director
Mark is the Network Security Engineer at Stonewall Kitchen. He is responsible for managing the network infrastructure and day to day operation of the Stonewall
Mark has participated in MTUG events for the last ten years, 6 from a vendor perspective while with Lincolnville Telephone, 2 as a consultant with The NorthCross Group and the last 2 as an end user with Stonewall Kitchen.
Mark joined the MTUG board in 2015, and is very much looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the MTUG organization.
Kristen Kucera - Chair, Conference Committee (Summit)
Kristen currently serves as Director of Enterprise Information Management at L.L. Bean, where she has began as a programmer/analyst over 20 years ago,
and rising as a project manager, team lead, information services manager and senior manager before her current directorship. Kristen joined the MTUG
board in 2017 and serves on the Conference Committee.
Eugene Slobodzian - Chair, Educational Programming Committee
Eugene is Director of Technical Account Management at Tanium. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Security at Winxnet (now known as Logically).
A long-time participant and supporter, Eugene joined the MTUG board in 2016.
Uli Stewart - Chair, Outreach / Board Development Committee
Vantage Point Recruiting
Uli Stewart is a Chief Talent Advisor with Vantage Point Recruiting where she specializes in building high performance teams in engineering, IT and upper level management workspace. She brings over two decades of experience in telecommunications and IT, having served analyst roles at Central Maine Power, WellPoint/Anthem, and Idexx Laboratories, and account management at Systems Engineering. Uli holds BA from the University of Connecticut, and has been active with MTUG for much of her twenty-year career.
James Troutman - Director
Tilson Technology Management
James Troutman is the Director of Technology, ISP at Tilson Technology Management, working to help get fiber optic broadband deployed across the country. He has been a proponent of the Internet & UNIX since discovering both in 1987 at the University of Maine.
James has always been focused on how to best translate business and organizational goals into Information Technology action. During his 30+ year career, he has held a number of senior management and technical leadership positions and been a business partner in several start-ups. He's also performed a wide variety of consulting engagements for clients including Camden National Bank, Maine Today Media, CN Brown, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Unitel, Maine Fiber Company, Lincolnville Telephone, Axiom Technologies, Migis Hotel Group, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Exeter Region Cooperative School district, and the Maine Department of Education.
In addition, James is a Director of the Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange (nnenix.net) , co-founder of the annual New England Peering Forum event (nepeeringforum.org), and serves as the Director of Operations for SkyTalks at DEF CON (skytalks.info).
James is a long-time attendee of the MTUG IT Summit and has presented educational talks for several MTUG events.
KEY FORMER BOARD: Curt Sweet - MTUG Founder (outgoing, 2016)
Curt Sweet runs his own independent telecommunications consulting firm, NetWorks Consulting. Curt has worked for clients in the for-profit and non-profit sectors including the State of Maine, the University of Maine, Northeastern University, LL Bean, Camden National Bank, and the United Way. His expertise encompasses wired and wireless infrastructure, carrier services and contracts, and IP telephony and unified communications.
Curt has had had a thirty year career in the telecommunications industry, working for Key Bank of Maine and the University of Southern Maine prior to founding NetWorks Consulting in 1988.
Curt is also active in state telecom regulatory affairs, participating in Maine Public Utilities Commission proceedings and appearing before the state legislature and telecommunications industry forums.
Curt founded MTUG in 1987, collaborating with a team of telecommunications end users in Maine, and has been involved as an MTUG Board member and/or participant ever since. Curt retired from the MTUG board after 29 years of service in 2016.