Christian M. Dippon (ITS Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair)
Chair of NERA’s Global Energy, Environment, Communications & Infrastructure Practice
National Economic Research Associates, Inc.
2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Finance
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
9648 Olive Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-3002
Dr. Levin joined the Department of Economics in the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1972, became Professor of Economics in 1985, and was Chairman of the Department of Economics from 1986 to 1994. He became Professor Emeritus in 2002. In November, 1984, he was appointed Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the state utility regulatory agency, by Governor James R. Thompson, serving until March, 1986, when he returned to the University. From 1996 until 2002, Dr. Levin was Director of the School of Business’ International Exchange Programs. In addition, Dr. Levin is President of the Resource Group, Inc., an economic consulting firm, and he has served as a member of Bellcore’s Advisory Board. He was a consulting economist to the Chicago Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission from 1979 to 1983, and he spent a sabbatical leave in 1978 at the Energy Service of Data Resources, Inc., in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Levin has a B.A. in Economics from Grinnell College and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He has published numerous articles, papers, reports, and monographs, including articles in the Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Review of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Energy Law and Policy, Telecommunications Policy, and the International Review of Economics and Business. He is also a co-editor of a book on antitrust and a book on telecommunications. In addition, he has presented papers at professional economics meetings, served as an expert witness in antitrust and regulatory proceedings, and testified before federal and state regulatory commissions in the U. S. and in Canada and in U. S. federal and state courts. Dr. Levin consults in the areas of telecommunications, energy, antitrust, and economics, and his clients have included companies and public agencies in the U. S. and in several countries around the world. He has organized economics conferences and has spoken to a variety of professional and trade groups. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Telecommunications Society, has been a trustee and president of the Illinois Economic Association, and is a member of several professional economics organizations.
Leland W. Schmidt (ITS Assistant Treasurer)
33 Alpine Drive
Gilford, NH 03249
Lee Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Economics. Immediately after graduation in July, 1959, he joined GTE, a major telecommunications services firm operating multi-nationally. His entire career, spanning almost forty years, was spent in various capacities with GTE, primarily in public policy, regulation and strategic planning matters.
From 1965 to 1984, Lee’s primary focus was on the U.S. domestic public policy arena, dealing with various state and federal regulatory agencies and legislative bodies.
It was during this time that the philosophical paradigm was shifting from regulation of monopoly telecom services suppliers to one of competitive supply of services. Therefore, there was a transformation of the entire basis of public policy application to the telecom sector of the economy.
After 1984, Lee, in addition to continuing to oversee these matters within the U.S., added the international scene to his portfolio. From 1989 through to his retirement from GTE in October, 1998, Lee was heavily involved in a wide range of international negotiations. He helped countries transform their telecom sectors from state ownership to private ownership. His long experience in telecom public policy matters was very useful in the negotiations in foreign nations.
Lee became involved in ITS activities in the early 1980s. After several years of attending and speaking at ITS conferences, Lee was appointed to the ITS Board of Directors at the Venice Biennial Conference in 1990. He was subsequently elected ITS Treasurer at the ITS Biennial Conference in Seville in 1996. Even after his retirement from GTE, Lee continues to be very active in ITS matters. He believes ITS activities keep him involved in critical telecom/information service public policy debates.
Besides, he likes to meet up with his many friends world-wide and (of course) travel to interesting places!
Ann Skudlark (Marketing & Promotions Committee Chair)
AT&T Labs Research
5001 Executive Parkway, Room 2W503
San Ramon, CA 94583
Ann Skudlark has over 25 years of senior management experience with AT&T Labs, has six patents filed/pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has presented scholarly papers at nearly a dozen ITS Conferences around the world, and has authored or co-authored numerous other academic/scientific papers for publication in various scholarly journals. Her research interests include deregulation, convergence and bundling of new telecommunications services; detection of malware vulnerability, identity theft, fraud and SMS spam in large cellular networks; and privacy issues in digital media.
Ms. Skudlark currently holds the position of Director – AT&T Big Data Research. She has previously held positions in marketing, strategy and consumer operations.
Ms. Skudlark received her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in marketing management (magna cum laude), from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Business Administration degree (with a concentration on finance) from the University of South Florida. She has also completed a number of post-graduate and Ph.D. courses from New York University and Rutgers University.
After spending most of her professional career on the U.S. east coast, in 2013 Ms. Skudlark was transferred to AT&T’s west coast regional headquarters in San Ramon, located in the San Francisco Bay area of northern California.
Ms. Skudlark occupies her time away from the office pursuing an engaging mix of hobbies, diversions, personal interests and community service. She is an avid outdoorsperson and lifelong athlete. She has been a member and Regional Captain of AT&T’s National Running Team for nearly three decades. Although she has competed at distances between 400 metres and the half marathon, her specialty is the 5 km run. Along with her husband and three children, Ms. Skudlark enjoys hiking in the U. S. National Parks, with the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier (in Washington) and Glacier (in Montana) among her favourites. Next in line in her pursuit of all 59 National Parks are Haleakalā (in Maui) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (on the Big Island). Among her other interests are classical music, and opera in particular. Her community service over the past 25 years includes extended terms on the Executive and/or Boards of non-profit organizations ranging from her neighborhood civic association, to local and regional chamber music and symphonic societies and two decades of active membership in, and support of, the Girl Scouts of the USA.