July 1, 2019

John Haag

John Haag, Director of IT for LaSalle County, joined the iFiber Board in April 2019. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management from DeVry University. John would like people to know the iFiber network is more than just an ISP for businesses and organizations in the community; it offers so much more in services beyond just Internet.  He also acknowledged that iFiber has an amazing support staff who are always responsive to its clients wants and needs. On a personal note, John added that he and his family are on a mission to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the country.

Eric Haan

Eric Haan joined the iFiber Board in June 2019, and was named Chairman in 2021. He is Director of Technology for the Eastland CUSD #308, a position he has held for 13 years. In this position Eric implemented one of the very first 1:1 environments in the state and oversees one of the most technology rich districts in the area. Eric has worked in educational technology for the past 20 years in various positions, including as a classroom teacher and serving as the Learning Technology Center Director for Area II North for two years with the Illinois State Board of Education. Before taking a job in education, Eric was an Information Systems Coordinator with the U.S. Postal Service.  As an IT Director in rural Illinois, Eric saw the extraordinary opportunities the iFiber project would bring to the area and became a champion for the project the moment it was announced. Eric attended many local board meetings for libraries, municipalities and school districts to explain what having access to the iFiber network meant for the area and how each entity could benefit from leveraging the technology. Eric has since worked with many local entities to help them take advantage of the network by expanding services, reducing costs and building in redundancies. Eric’s educational background includes a BS in Information Technologies and an MA in Teaching in Learning with Technologies.

January 28, 2021

Todd Hughes

Todd Hughes, Information Technology Director for the City of Rockford, joined the iFiber and Illinois Fiber Ventures Boards in January, 2021. He serves as Vice Chair of the Fiber Ventures board. Fiber Ventures is the for-profit arm of iFiber. Todd’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Certified Project Manager, Microsoft Certified Professional and holds a Cyber Security Analyst certification from the SANS Institute. He previously worked in the healthcare, telecommunications, and Internet service sectors. The last 16 years have been in the public sector. Todd said, “iFiber is important to residents and businesses, stimulating economic growth by providing scalable network transport services to public/private sectors of the northwest Illinois region.” He enjoys spending time with his family in northern Wisconsin for summer and winter vacations. He especially likes to embarrass the family wearing his Chicago Bears attire whenever they go out. “Wisconsin’s north woods were much more peaceful when cellular service was not available,” he notes.

Jay Jorgensen

Jay Jorgensen, Co-Founder and COO of eX2 Technology, LLC, joined the Illinois Fiber Ventures Board in January, 2021. He serves as the board’s Secretary/Treasurer. Illinois Fiber Ventures is the for-profit arm of Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber). Jay has 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. He has worked with members of the iFiber/NIU Broadband team for nearly 20 years building and maintaining fiber optic networks. Jay said, “iFiber provides much needed broadband service to underserved rural areas throughout northern Illinois. The iFiber network was originally constructed using Obama-era federal grant money and has been self-sustaining for a decade. Many other networks that were funded through the same federal programs were not able to find a business model that was self-sustaining. The iFiber team should be very proud of the network they have built.” On a personal note, Jay said he and two college friends make an annual baseball trip. They have been to 27 current and former MLB stadiums.

Kevin Lindeman

Kevin Lindeman, Economic Development District Director/Senior Planner at North Central Illinois Council of Governments, Ottawa, is Chairman of the Illinois Fiber Ventures Board, and member of the iFiber Board. Illinois Fiber Ventures is the for-profit arm of iFiber. Kevin has served on the iFiber Outreach Team since 2010, when the iFiber grant was applied for. He said it is important for people to know how reliable the service is with the iFiber network: “Our uptime is at 99.9%. iFiber is another choice for fiber in our region besides having to go to the big name providers.” Kevin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. To raise money for clean water, he ran the Chicago Marathon in 2016.

Ray Montelongo

Ray Montelongo is the founder and president of Montel Technologies, a technology engineering firm specializing in design, build, and management of Smart IT and physical security solutions. He joined the Illinois Fiber Ventures Board in January, 2021. Illinois Fiber Ventures is the for-profit arm of Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber). Ray said, “developers who provide connections to the iFiber network provide more value to tenants by providing access to multiple service providers. The iFiber network grants them access to multiple services providers via a private network that competes directly with Amazon and Microsoft.”  On a personal note, Ray serves as head coach for both of his young sons’ t-ball and baseball teams for the Boys and Girls Club. He is a 2020 Member Guest Champion at Forest Hills Country Club.

January 6, 2017

Sam Newton

Sam Newton, Vice Chairman of the Stephenson County Board, has been a member of the iFiber network since its inception as a shovel-ready project during the Obama Administration in 2010. Sam serves on the iFiber Board of Directors as its Treasurer. He is Co-Pastor of Greater New Unity Church of God in Christ in Rockford.

February 23, 2017

Daniel Payette

Daniel Payette has worked at Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District since 2011, where he currently serves as executive director and manager. He has served on iFiber’s Outreach Team for many years. He was appointed to the Illinois Fiber Ventures Board in 2016. Illinois Fiber Ventures is the for-profit arm of Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber). His work has focused on broadband outreach, energy efficiency programs, community planning, and economic development.  He received his Master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Marquette University.  Dan is a resident and native of Shannon, IL. He enjoys singing, photography, and currently sits on the Rockford Catholic Diocese’s Pastoral Council.