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Advisory Council

advisory council


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


Dan Alexander daniel underscore alexander at cable dot comcast dot com is currently a Network Engineer for Comcast Cable. He is responsible for the planning and management of Internet number resources on the cable network. Prior to joining Comcast, he served a similar role with Excite@Home after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Dan was elected to the AC in October of 2005 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. His current term expires 31 December 2014.

Cathy Aronson cja at daydream dot net has been an active ARIN participant since 1998. Cathy was also on the original ASO Address Council.  Cathy acts as an advocate for address policy by volunteering to do many presentations to get involvement of other communities such as NANOG.  She feels that cross pollination of ARIN with other RIRs as well as ARIN with other networking groups is essential to making good address policy. Cathy was most recently a network engineer at Cascadeo Corporation where she helped manage addressing and routing for a number of clients. 

Previously, Cathy was a member of the technical staff at Packet Design, where she was responsible for operational aspects of their Internet scaling projects. Earlier Cathy was at the @Home Network where she was responsible for routing and IP addressing. She began her career at Merit, Inc. where she worked on the NSFNET Backbone. Cathy designed and implemented the OSI/CLNP for the Energy Sciences Network. Although OSI/CLNP was never widely deployed, the experience has given greater insight into addressing and scaling issues. Cathy joined the Advisory Council in June 1998 first serving an interim six-month term before being re-elected later that year to a three-year term. She was re-elected to the AC in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. Her term expires 31 December 2016.

Kevin Blumberg kblumberg at thewire dot cahas been the Co-owner and CTO of The Wire Inc. in Toronto, Canada for the past 13 years. He currently sits on the Board and the Executive Committee for the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. He has been an ARIN member and the DMR for a number of years. He was elected to the AC in 2011, and his current term expires 31 December 2014.

Bill Darte billdarte at gmail dot comis the longest serving member of the Advisory Council. He began his service to the ARIN in 1997, and has been re-elected for 5 consecutive terms thereafter. Bill is a retired Director for the not-for-profit Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) and Affiliate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Bill also helped found the non-profit organization PandemicPrep.Org serving the St. Louis region in its understanding and preparation for pandemic and bioterrrorism events. His current term expires 31 December 2014.

Owen DeLong owen at delong dot comis currently an IPv6 Evangelist and Director of Professional Services at Hurricane Electric: an ISP headquartered in Fremont, California. Owen has been a Senior Backbone Engineer at Exodus Communication before working at Tellme Networks and Netli in both Network Engineering and Operations, a consultant (C2 Company), and Senior Operations Architect at Vusion, Inc. Owen has been an active participant in the ARIN public policy process for nearly a decade and has been involved in such landmark efforts as the creation of Provider Independent IPv6, moving the IPv4 PI boundary down to /22 and subsequently /24, special resource policies to assist in the AFRINIC startup, etc. Owen has always believed that ARIN's role is the equitable distribution of IP resources and continues to work toward that end. Owen has a special interest in policy as it relates to IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 deployment. Owen was elected to the AC in October of 2007, and re-elected in 2010 and 2013. His current term expires 31 December 2016.

Andrew Dul sleibrand at internap dot com is currently an independent networking & systems infrastructure consultant at 8 Continents Networks LLC and has been working in various Internet networking positions since 1996.  He moved to Seattle in 1998 to join the start-up network service provider, Internap. Following Internap, Andrew went to work on the Internet in the sky at Connexion by Boeing.  During his time at The Boeing Company he helped develop the global network that supported the first commercial inflight Internet service. He also helped engineer the first IP based GSM & CDMA flying pico cell demonstration flights in 2005.  After Boeing, Andrew served a Seattle based nationwide law firm as their Systems and Network Architect before joining Cascadeo in 2010 as a Network and Systems Consultant.  Andrew has been involved with ARIN for over 10 years helping to contribute to the development of global IP number resource policy. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business Administration with a Leadership Formation specialization from Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics. He also formerly served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2002-2005. He was re-elected to the AC in 2013, and his current term expires 31 December 2016.

David Farmer sleibrand at internap dot comis a Senior Network Design Engineer at the University of Minnesota. He has a member of the University's Office of Information Technology, servicing in varying networking roles, for the last 19 years.  He is the Chair of the BOREAS-Net Technical Team, which oversees the day to day technical and operational aspects of a 1500 mile dark fiber DWDM network for the University and other participants. He is also active in Internet2 as the University of Minnesota's and Northern Lights GigaPOP's Technical Representative since 1999.  David was elected to the AC in October of 2008 and re-elected in 2011. His term expires 31 December 2014.

Stacy Hughes ipgoddess at gmail dot comwas most recently on the IP Address Management team in tw telecom's Engineering Department. In the interim, she was the peering coordinator and DNS Shield proponent for Neustar Ultra, and the Peering and Capacity Planning Manager at Internap Network Services. Prior to her first 5-year run with tw telecom Engineering, she was Senior Technical Writer for Operations Systems Support, and later controlled all aspects of IP addressing for the network at ICG Communications. She also was Chief Copy Editor and Proofreader for Archer Books and Cadmus Editions publishing houses. She achieved a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a minor in Latin American Political Systems from Lehigh University. Stacy joined the AC 1 January 2002 to fill a one-year term, and she was re-elected in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012. Her current term expires 31 December 2015.

Scott Leibrand sleibrand at internap dot com is Director of Interconnection Strategy for Limelight Networks, where he is responsible for working with Limelight's interconnection partners and internal teams to continually evolve and improve Limelight's delivery performance.

Scott's participation in the ARIN Public Policy process is focused on helping the ARIN community create policies to continue responsible stewardship of all IP address resources through depletion and exhaustion of the IPv4 free pool and adoption of IPv6. Scott was elected to the AC in October of 2007, and was re-elected in October of 2010 and re-elected in 2013. His current term expires 31 December 2016.

Tina Morris tina dot morris at my brighthouse dot com is a Principal Network Engineer at Bright House Networks managing strategy and deployment of all IPv4 and IPv6 resources.   She gained an interest in network technologies during her service in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (CTM).  After the Navy she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Technology Management and pursued several positions in the network engineering field.   Tina started working in the Cable industry as a Network Engineer with Time Warner  in 2002 and moved to BrightHouse in 2009 to specialize in IP strategy. She was elected to the AC in 2013, and her current term expires 31 December 2016.

Dr. Milton Muellermmueller at syr dot eduis a Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies. He has conducted research on the political economy of telecommunications and the Internet for 25 years. His widely read book Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) provided the first scholarly account of how the how the battles over domain names led to an institutional innovation known as ICANN. His newest book, Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) is a historical and theoretical challenge to the territorial nation-state's control of communication-information policy. Mueller has been active in ICANN, the regional Internet address registries, the World Summit on the Information Society, and the Internet Governance Forum. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School, in 1989. From 2008 – 2011 he held the XS4All Chair on the Security and Privacy of Internet Users at the Technology University of Delft, the Netherlands. Milton was elected to the AC in 2012 for a one-year term and re-elected in 2013. His current term expires 31 December 2016.

Heather Schiller hschiller at google dot comis a Network Security Engineer at Google Fiber. Prior
to this, she worked at UUnet(MCI/Verizon) for 14 years, managing number resources while mitigating DoS attacks and other security incidents. Heather was elected to the AC in October of 2006. She was re-elected in
2009 and 2012. Her current term expires 31 December 2015.

Robert Seastrom rs at seastrom dot com is a Principal Engineer in the ATG Architecture Group at Time Warner Cable. His industry experience spans over 20 years of engineering and management positions at small and large ISPs, hosting providers, and maintaining critical Internet infrastructure. Robert has also held positions at Afilias, Neutral Net, Inter.Net Global Ltd., Akamai Technologies, AboveNet Communications, and Digex, and built pioneering ISPs in Japan and the Republic of Georgia. He was a cofounder and former president of the Cambridge Bandwidth Consortium, a cooperative ISP in Cambridge, Massachusetts. First elected to the AC in October of 2003, Robert was re-elected in 2006, 2009, and 2012. His current term expires 31 December 2015.

John Springer jspringer at inlandnet dot com has been the Manager of Information Technology for Inland Telephone Company, a small ILEC in Washington and Idaho since 1998. Prior to that, he worked for guiding Independent Local Exchange Carriers, Rural Electric Co-ops and others in setting up Internet operations. He has been responsible for developing Inland's Internet business from the dial up era to today's cable, DSL and wireless broadband. His current duties cover the full small network spectrum; IP address planning, WAN engineering, management of customer network operations, corporate LAN, tech support call center and training. He has been active in ARIN since 2005. John was elected to the AC in October of 2012. His current term expires 31 December 2015.

John Sweeting sleibrand at internap dot com is the Director of Network Engineering at Time Warner Cable, working out of their Herndon, VA office.  His team is responsible for engineering of the Time Warner Cable backbone and providing standards, documentation, and guidance for the regional networks. John has over 25 years of experience in engineering networks. Previous to Time Warner Cable he worked for international carriers, MCI, Cable & Wireless and Teleglobe (Tata Communications) building out global IP networks. John previously served on the ARIN AC from 2000 - 2005. He rejoined the ARIN AC in 2008 and has served as the AC Chair for the past 3 years. He was reelected in 2011 and his current term expires 31 December 2014.