FRS Elects 2014 Board Officers

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086,

Arlington, Va. (February 24, 2014) – Dale Merten, chief operating officer of Toledo Telephone Co. (Toledo, Wash.), was elected president of the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO, hosted by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, in San Antonio, Texas.

Nancy J. White, president & chief executive officer of North Central Telephone Cooperative (Lafayette, Tenn.), was elected vice president; and Daniel Riazzi, financial advisor for Riazzi, Rhyne & Swaim Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (Winston-Salem, N.C.), was elected secretary/treasurer. 

The foundation also elected James Michael Grisham, controller for Shawnee Telephone Co. (Equality, Ill.), and Stephen D. Milner, general manager of Planters Telephone Cooperative (Newington, Ga.), to fill at-large seats. Ellen Classen, vice president of business development for Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (Dulles, Va.), was chosen as a new associate board member.

FRS also celebrated its 20th anniversary in San Antonio with a Texas HoeDown at Cowboys Dancehall featuring line-dancing, armadillo races and barbeque.


 The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrows economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of todays youth. Visit us at 

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at