E-Rate Central Staff

Mel Van Patten

Mel has been helping schools and libraries navigate the E-rate program since 2006. She earned the title Certified E-Rate Management Professional (CEMP) in 2012 from the E-Rate Management Professionals Association (E-MPA®) and served as the President of the organization from 2015-2018. She is a Director of E-Rate at E-Rate Central and is the current State E-Rate Coordinator for Schools and Libraries in Nevada. In her role as State Coordinator, she advocates on behalf of the State’s applicants with USAC and the FCC.

Joe Freddoso

Joe Freddoso has provided assistance to over 1,500 E-rate applicants over a three-year period while working with USAC. Prior, Joe was President and CEO of MCNC.

Marci L. White

Marci has been working with state and federal broadband initiatives for community anchor institutions since 2012. She is the owner of Redbud Telecom Consulting, where she manages FCC Rural Health Care Program funding processes for applicants in eight states, representing 200 health care provider locations.