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Board of Directors

Edward G. Viltz, President & Chairman

Edward G. Viltz is president and founder of the Internet Collaboration Coalition (InternetCC). He has over 25 years of international executive management, consulting and entrepreneurial experience in the information technology marketplace.

He was the founding President of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), manager of the .ORG top level Internet domain, serving from 2002 through 2006. During that time PIR experienced phenomenal revenue growth from $1.9 million to over $32 million. In addition, .org domain names under management grew from 2.6 million to 5.3 million while attaining all budget and financial objectives.  The .org domain is now growing at a greater percentage rate than both .com and .net.

He previously formed Technology Integration Solutions (TIS), an international consulting company, as a project management and business development firm focusing on setting up school-based Internet and technology partnerships between the United States and African countries. He was vice president and chief operations officer for Pulsar Data Systems. He also co-founded and served as president of Enterprise Integration Corporation (EIC) and held a variety of key management posts with the IBM Corporation.

During his IBM career, he helped develop multiple new business distribution and industry channels. In addition, he held several executive-level and management positions nationwide, and he was recognized for business management, revenue growth and human resources development. Most notable, he was a Loaned Executive from IBM to the small disadvantaged business community, and he developed a national network of technology companies owned by female and minority entrepreneurs.

Currently, he is on the board and is past chairman of Progressive Life Centers. He also is on the board of the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).  Additionally, he served on former White House councils on small business and closing the digital divide. He is also a member of the Bulgarian President’s IT Advisory Council and has consulted to governments, civil society organizations and corporations internationally.

He has a bachelor's degree from Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO) and has done graduate studies at Harvard University school of business and also holds a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. In 1993, he was inducted into the Who's Who in Black America.

Michael Palage, Esq., Board Member

Michael Palage is an intellectual property attorney and an information technology consultant. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law. He has been actively involved in ICANN operational and policy matters since its formation in various capacities, including a three-year term on its Board of Directors. 

He provides consulting services to domain name registration authorities and other technology related companies.  He has also testified before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee regarding the accuracy and access of domain name Whois data, and as an expert witness in a number of Internet legal proceeding on behalf of law enforcement and large corporation.

R. Benjamin Johnson, Ph.D., Board Member

R. Benjamin Johnson, Ph.D.Dr. Johnson has a reputation for personal integrity and toughness, his expertise spans over two decades of nationally recognized leadership in management and public policy.  He serves as Senior Counselor to numerous firms, including Porter Novelli, Ogilvy, the National Cancer Institute and Spectrum Sciences, to name a few.

Ben has the distinction of being one of the longest serving African American members in White House history. He served two years under President Jimmy Carter and was one of 30 staff members to serve the entire eight years with President Clinton. In the Carter White House, he served as Director of Consumer Programs and was an assistant to noted consumer advocate Esther Peterson.

One of the highest-ranking African Americans in White House history, Johnson last served as Assistant to the President and Director of the President's Initiative for One America. In that capacity, he oversaw the first freestanding White House office in history to examine and focus on closing the opportunity gap that exists for minorities in the US. He served as the White House point person for promoting the President's race relations goals. He was also responsible for coordinating the race relation work of all federal agencies.

Ben joined the White House staff in 1993 as an Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison and later became the most promoted White House staff member in the Clinton White House. He served as Special Assistant to the President, and was responsible for all areas of outreach to the African American community. He later served as Deputy Assistant to the President, with an expanded portfolio that included all areas of outreach to various constituencies, including seniors, Hispanics, Jewish, White Ethnics and members of the Disability Community. He is a strong advocate for opportunity and responsibility.

Ben has served in key positions in local and federal governments. After leaving the Carter Administration, he was appointed Administrator of the Business Regulation Administration in Washington, DC. In that capacity, Ben regulated all corporations doing business in the District of Columbia, issued all business licenses, and enforced all food protection laws. In 1988, he was appointed the Administrator of the Housing and Environmental Administration where he directed the enforcement and compliance of all housing and environmental laws in the nation's capitol.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two honorary doctorate degrees for public service. He has lectured at many institutions and organizations including Harvard University, the Brookings Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Aspen Institute. He is involved in charity work and currently chairs the board of the One America Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes dialogue between the races and assists low-income youth of all races.

He is a former deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and serves on the DNC’s Rules and the Bylaws Committee.  Ben has been married 30 years to Jacqueline Johnson and has five children and nine grandchildren.

Consulting Team

Henry Quiero 

Henry Quiero serves as the CEO and President of Diverse Community, Inc. During his 15 years at Bell Atlantic (Verizon) and Bellcore (Bell Labs), Henry held positions in Engineering, Information Systems Management, Product Management, Marketing, Sales, and lastly as a General Manager of a Network Consulting startup. He was then employed by VeriSign, Inc. as the Director of International Business Development. Henry holds an Engineering degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the Stern (NYU) School of Business Henry’s varied experience in multiple disciplines of the product cycle gives him a unique perspective and insight to execute this plan.  His technical and business skills are integral in architecting a system that provides the scalability and flexibility to adapt to competitive forces. 

Henry has been involved with three successful startup companies.  The first was Bell Atlantic Network Integration (BANI) where he served as General Manager and developed the New York Metropolitan territory into a $60 Million business.  In this position, Henry recruited the management team and had overall responsibility for 75 employees in his region.  He later worked as the Northeast Director of Network Solutions - IT Consulting Group.  Within 10 months, Henry’s sales team exceeded the established revenue objectives and led a committee to restructure the service offering and develop practices in areas of expertise.  Lastly, while fully employed by VeriSign and directing the international business development efforts of the VeriSign Naming Services Division, Henry founded DiversePRO, Inc.  The DiversePro.com community portal was created by 10 executive professionals Henry recruited who generously contributed to the successful deployment of the website.  DiversePRO.com currently hosts over 10,000 unique visitors a month including Fortune 500 corporations, minority organizations and diverse professionals.  Diverse Community was an off-spring from the original vision established during the DiversePro.com undertaking.

Don Mason

Don Mason is managing director and co-founder of DLSM Associates LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in Internet businesses that demand strategic planning and solutions.  He has over 20 years of experience in the internet and financial services sectors with a concentration on international business development, project management, risk management and  information technologies. With DLSM, Don has worked on several new business ventures, providing consultative services to the MTLD Consortium (dotmobi), Telnic UK and the Yellow Pages Association.

Prior to DLSM, Don spent six years as a senior manager at VeriSign Global Registry where he was responsible for international business development and relationship management for their global client base. Don successfully closed several distribution deals with domain industry leaders which subsequently provided  substantial year over year revenue streams to the firm.

Don joined VeriSign after ten years in the financial services sector with Credit Suisse, Citigroup and First Boston, where he held numerous positions focusing on risk management, compliance, and information security matters.

Don attended Columbia University, where he majored in Management Information Systems.

Christine Paz Brundage

Christine Paz Brundage is a business consultant specializing in marketing and business development. In addition to domestic marketing experience in Hispanic communities, she also has worked extensively in the Latin American international market.   

Most recently, Brundage held the position of International Marketing Consultant for Public Interest Registry, a non-profit organization.  In this capacity, Brundage conducted outreach initiatives throughout Latin America, as well as managing marketing programs and public awareness campaigns.  Her prior professional background includes marketing and sales positions in various companies such as the Sprint Nextel Corporation, The Limited and Billboard Magazine.

Brundage earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Montclair State University in New Jersey.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercy College in New York. Brundage is fluent in Spanish and is an avid volunteer in her community.

George Sadowsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Sadowsky is currently finishing a 5-year span of employment with Internews Network in the area of Internet and ICT policy, with direct application in field projects in developing countries. The objective of these initiatives has been for the most part to assist countries in redefining and evolving their policy environment -- their legal system, their regulatory structure, and related policies -- so that the benefits of the Internet, as well those deriving from related ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) can be more rapidly and more fully realized by all sectors of the society. 

He is now involved in a variety of consulting assignments, and with a group of collaborators finishing a proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation to deploy high bandwidth networking to the science, higher education and medical research communities in at least two significant African countries. He maintains an active involvement with my profession, engaging in a mix of entrepreneurial activity and pro bono contributions. These activities rest on a base of computing, networking, and communications technologies and apply to education and to economic and social development.


He remains committed to helping to spread the Internet to and within developing countries and developing regions of the world and helping people to exploit it, thereby improving education, government, health practice and services, and opportunities for local entrepreneurship activity.
Dr. Sadowsky has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and completed his undergraduate and Masters Degree in mathematics & Physics from Harvard University with honors. Additional information can be found at www.georgesadowsky.org.