The Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters. Adhering to the procedures in the Policy Development Process, the Advisory Council forwards consensus-based policy proposals to the Board for ratification.
The Advisory Council consists of 15 elected members. The President of ARIN is an ex-officio member, and acts as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council. Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how Council members are nominated and elected.
Current Members of the Advisory Council
Doug is currently the Chief Information & Technology Officer for Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI), a large mental and behavioral health services non-profit based in Rochester, NY. He has over 25 years of varied experience in the IT industry, most recently working nearly a decade as CIO for multiple New York State counties. Prior to his government service, he founded, worked for, and led several IT consulting businesses. Doug is active in numerous community events and organizations, with 13 years of board service as Supervisory Committee Chair at Visions Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the US, and helped launch and build the LUMA Projection Arts Festival in Binghamton, NY, the largest outdoor projection-mapping art festival in the US. Doug holds a degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University, a degree in Business Administration from SUNY Broome, and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) cybersecurity certification, along with several additional technical certifications. He was appointed to the AC for a one-year term to fill the vacancy of Robert Seastrom’s seat in 2023 and elected to a three year term in 2023. His current term expires 31 December 2026.
Matthew M. Gamble is a passionate technologist and innovator, with a focus on disruptive technologies in the telecom and cloud space and a tireless advocate for a free, open, and affordable internet for all. Mr. Gamble has worked in the Service Provider industry for over 25 years and has experience directing a broad range of telecommunications, internet services, and regulatory initiatives. By day, he is the Principal of Int13 Consulting Inc., a Hamilton based consulting firm which focuses on assisting customers with cloud, voice, and digital transformation initives. Before founding Int13 in 2021, Mr. Gamble was the Principal Technologist at EGATE Networks Inc., a Toronto based ISP focused on delivering access, cloud, and voice services to enterprise customers. Mr Gamble also serves as Vice-Chair of the Internet Society, Canada Chapter. Matthew was elected to fill a one-year term to complete the term of Rob Seastrom’s seat. His current term expires 31 December 2024.
Gerry E. George is an ICT professional, with over 25 years in the industry. He has a BA in Economics, and a MS in Management Information Systems. Long an advocate of the benefits and adoption of ICT as an essential tool in business and for national development and in helping to bridge the digital divide in developing economies, he participates in local and regional policy fora aimed at Telecommunications liberalization, ICT Policy and Legislation and in the regulation of the Telecommunications sector, having been a Commissioner with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC – Saint Lucia) since 2011. He serves as the President of the ICT Association of Saint Lucia (SLICTA), and is an active member of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), Caribbean ICT stakeholders Virtual Community (CIVIC) a participant in activities of other international organizations such as ISOC, ICANN at Large Structure (ALS) and frequently participates in local, regional and international fora on telecommunications and ICT matters. He operates his own ICT Consultancy – DigiSolv, providing ICT solutions for business enterprises and has participated in or advised on a number of ICT technical committees and policy consultations. He is a frequent go-to by other members of the local ICT fraternity for advice and consultations. Gerry was elected to the AC in 2022. His current term expires 31 December 2025.
Elizabeth is Principal Architect for IP/Data Network Architecture and Strategy at Crown Castle and has spent 17 years in technical roles at multiple Tier 2/3 service providers. In her current position, she is responsible for all aspects of the national network platform including IP resource allocation and routing policies and has shepherded the processes for IPv4 resource acquisition and organizational transfers. Her areas of interest include policy from the perspective of ISPs that are growing and dealing with the constraints of scarce IPv4 resources and expanding ARIN IPv6 advocacy to enterprise organizations. Elizabeth was elected to the Advisory Council in 2023 and her current term expires 31 December 2026.
Kat Hunter has been a number resource strategist and an active member of the ARIN community since 2004. She manages the number resources for voice, video, and data for both the commercial and residential areas of Comcast. She also manages IPv4 recycling within the organization while new IPv6 space is deployed. Kat has a broad yet technical view of a large ISP down to end customers, which gives her a unique view of the information and technical requirements needed to make inclusive decisions while working on policy. She also occasionally assists the business unit and security teams with IP fraud evaluations. Kat has also spent time as Communications Chair for TechWomen Philadelphia (2017) and is currently a member of TechWomen South Jersey and Net-grrls. Kat was elected to the AC in 2018, and re-elected in 2021. She was also part of the ARIN Community Grant Program Selection Committee in 2021 and 2023. She served as Advisory Council Vice Chair from January 2021 through December 2023 and is the current Chair of the AC for the 2024 year. Her current term expires 31 December 2024.
Brian is currently Assistant Director of Operations for Virginia Tech, leading an Escalation team of IT subject matter experts. He is a Certified Scrum Professional, member of the ScrumAlliance, member of Mike Cohn’s Agile Mentors Community, and a certified IPv6 Engineer and member of the IPv6 Forum. He has worked in the higher education electronics and telecommunications industry since 1984, chasing electrons since 1979. He helped install Virginia Tech’s first 10Base-T hubs in 1991. He helped VT procure additional IPv4 address space to augment our legacy address blocks just before ARIN was completely depleted of IPv4 address space. He also helped VT procure IPv6 address space to replace old MAX blocks. He has served on other advisory councils for Network Monitoring software and served on the Board of Directors for the AHECTA organization. He has been active in the ARIN and NANOG community since 2007. He participated in the 2019 EDUCAUSE IPv6 panel along with other ARIN members to promote the use IPv6. He is the author of Virginia Tech’s IPv6 Case Study on the web site. Brian was elected in 2021 to serve a one-year term on the AC and was re-elected in 2022. Brian has served multiple terms on the ARIN Fellowship Selection committee, currently serves on the Nomination Committee, and is a member of the NRPM Working Group. His current term expires 31 December 2025.
Kendrick Knowles is Principal Partner of Knowles Consulting Group in The Bahamas and serves in various private sector positions in either senior management or as technical consultant. He has held IT leadership positions in various industries from service provider, financial services, legal, insurance and retail management. Kendrick is skilled in ICT Network Design, Project Management, Risk Management, Troubleshooting, Public Speaking, and Virtualization. He is a qualified engineer with over a dozen professional level certifications including the PMP, CCNP and Security+ and holds a certificate in Management from Harvard Business School. He was elected to the AC in October 2022. His current term expires 31 December 2025.
Kaitlyn Pellak is a Technical Business Developer at Amazon Web Services where she works on IPv4 acquisitions. Prior to that role, she also worked for an IP address broker, conducting extensive research of legacy IPv4 assets in ARIN and all other RIRs hoping to determine rightful ownership of the space. These roles have led her to work to have a thorough understanding of not only ARIN policy, but the number resource policy of the other RIRs as well – with a focus on policy related to legacy resource holders. She has additional experience working in the non-profit sector where she spent a year and a half managing the membership activities for a higher-education focused non-profit. She gained experience in policy writing, membership engagement, and marketing. Kaitlyn was elected to the Advisory Council in 2023 and her current term expires 31 December 2026.
Gus Reese is the Director for Edge Engineering for Cogent Communications Inc. He has been in this role for ten years. His current duties include managing all Cogent IP resources, point of contact for each of the five RIRs, directing a team of nineteen engineers who are responsible for all customer and peer transit connections and Cogent’s own global peering exchange. Prior to that he was a senior network engineer responsible for engineering solutions for customers to connect to each other and the rest of the Internet and helped deploy network wide role out of IPv6 in 2007. Gus got his start in the Internet industry in 1998 working for a local dial-up provider in Fort Worth, Texas. Gus was elected to the AC in October of 2022. His term expires 31 December 2025.
Leif Sawyer is currently working as a network engineer at GCI Communication Corp., having been employed there for over 27 years. His areas of focus include IPv4 and IPv6 deployment strategy, network and security architecture, VOIP infrastructure, and network management automation. Previously, Leif has worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage and as an independent contractor in the telecommunications industry. He was elected to the AC in October of 2014, and re-elected in 2017, 2020, and 2023. His current term expires 31 December 2026.
Daniel Schatte is Vice President for Core and Backbone Operations at Charter Communications. Daniel has over 16 years of experience architecting, designing, deploying, and operating IP and optical networks. Throughout the course of his career, he has held roles of increasing responsibility, from technical to leadership, including but not limited to IP address management, IP routing and switching, load balancers, firewalls, optical line systems, and system administration. He has worked alongside vendors, competitors, and his own company to align on the standards and deployments that govern how networks will be architected and operated. Daniel graduated from Colorado Technical University with an MBA in Finance and Data Analytics and a Master of Science in Information Technology, Network Management. He received his bachelor’s degree from CTU in information technology and network management with a minor in project management. Daniel was elected to a one-year term to complete the unfinished term of an open seat. His current term expires on December 31, 2024.
Alicia Trotman currently serves as a Communication Specialist with Mission Critical Partners. She has advanced expertise in telecommunications regulations with specific focus on small island developing states, and has over a decade of expertise in providing ICT development, regulatory and monitoring policies, and mechanisms to promote and maintain a competitive Telecommunications environment. Alicia was appointed by the Advisory Council to a one-year term beginning January 2018 to fill Dan Alexander’s open seat, and was re-elected in 2018 and 2021. Her current term expires 31 December 2024.
Matthew Wilder is a Senior Engineer with TELUS Communications, a leading ISP and technology company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. At TELUS Matthew is responsible for IP Address Management and IPv6 strategy. Matthew serves the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as past Chair of the Vancouver Section and Western Area Chair of IEEE Canada. He has written articles for IEEE Canadian Review, as well as blogs for ARIN, ISOC, and other industry publications. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Matthew was elected to the AC in October of 2020, and re-elected in 2023. His current term expires 31 December 2026.
Alison is a network engineer for the state of Oregon, focusing on a diverse wide area network that serves over 40,000 customers. She has been in this role for almost 25 years and has truly enjoyed watching the evolution of the state’s network from a disjointed mesh of dial-up to a mature and diverse enterprise. Her duties include network architecture and design, dynamic network analytics, pre-deployment application testing, and the broad duty of keeping the network up, fast and available. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the INTC and is on the board for the Oregon Track Club. Alison was elected to the AC in October of 2016, and was re-elected in 2019 and 2022. Her current term expires 31 December 2025.
Chris Woodfield is a Network Engineer at DriveNets, Inc., where he specializes in backbone and edge network architecture. Prior to joining DriveNets, he served in architecture and engineering roles at Twitter, Salesforce.com, and other companies. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council, Chris has been a member of the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) Program Committee since early 2016. Chris was elected to the Advisory Council in October 2016 for a one-year term, followed by a three-year term in 2017, and elected back to the AC in 2021 after a one-year hiatus. His current term expires 31 December 2024.