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DOROTHEA C. FAIL

PRESIDENT

BIO
Dorothea (Dot) married Charles Fail January 25, 1958. Since that day, Dot has been hands on with all aspects of the family business operations. She has seen the telecommunications industry evolve and is an integral part of FTC's progress and success. Dot is an avid gardener and animal lover.

DONNA F. ALEXANDER

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

EDUCATION

B.S.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi - 1980

Donna is the oldest child of Charles and Dorothea Fail and has worked in telecommunications her entire career. She was a key player in the establishment of Fail Telecommunications in 1992. An accountant by education, Donna served FTC as Chief Financial Officer until 2015. Today, Donna has stepped into her fathers shoes as she oversees the daily operations of FTC and its affiliates as Executive Vice President.

CHRISTA L. ALEXANDER

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

EDUCATION

B.A., University of Mississippi - 2008

J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law - 2012

You might say rural telecommunications is in Christa’s blood, as she is the oldest grandchild of Charles and Dorothea, and the fourth generation to carry on the legacy of FTC. An attorney by education, Christa rejoined the family business in 2012 as In-House counsel. She served as the VP of Operations until 2022 when she was appointed as CEO. Christa is passionate about sustaining the vitality of small-town America and is committed to seeing rural Mississippians thrive by bringing all the benefits robust broadband access can offer. She was recently appointed by Governor Tate Reeves to the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Board of Directors. She was awarded “Grassroots Advocate of the Year” in 2020 by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association. Christa is active with many broadband organizations including as President Georgia Telecommunications Association, a member of the NTCA- the Rural Broadband Association Government Affairs Committee, and the Mississippi Public Service Commission's Connect Mississippi Committee. Today, in her role as General Counsel and CEO at FTC, she remains a zealous advocate for the rural broadband industry at the national, regional, and state levels and enjoys being closely involved with shaping policy which nurtures rural connectivity. Outside of the office she enjoys being involved with local animal rescue organizations and spending time with her dogs at the beach.

STEPHANIE HAND

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

EDUCATION

B.S.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi - 1996

Stephanie dove into her accounting career at FTC in 1997. After several years as accounting staff, Stephanie's leadership skills and understanding of telecommunications accounting made her a natural fit for Controller. She served as Controller for 15 years before being named Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Stephanie is a key member of the FTC team and a true asset to the telecommunications industry. When she's not in the office, Stephanie enjoys baking (and for that, we are thankful!).

CURTIS FAULKNER

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

EDUCATION

A.S., Chattanooga State Technical College - 1996

Before being appointed to the position of Chief Technology Officer in 2022, Curtis joined the Fail Telecommunication Corporation (FTC) team as Network Administrator in 2011. Working along with the FTC family and its affiliates, his extensive experience has helped bring access to gigabit-class broadband to rural communities through efficient resource usage, delivered with a hometown spirit. In his role as CTO for FTC, Curtis is excited to help guide the company through technology
changes, find operational technology optimizations, and evolve IT operations. When not thinking about broadband and technology, Curtis enjoys peaceful trips to the mountains with his wife and relaxing by playing musical instruments while seeking the approval of their cat, Ellie.

ALI ALEXANDER PHILLIPS

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

EDUCATION

B. Accountancy, University of Mississippi - 2013

B.B.A. - Finance, University of Mississippi - 2013

Following in her family’s footsteps, Ali joined the FTC team after graduating from Ole Miss in 2013. She worked as an accountant and financial analyst for 9 years before taking over as VP of Operations in 2022. Although Ali has vast experience with accounting, financial analysis and forecasting, grant writing, business development, and marketing, she has really grown into her passion of working with the people that make FTC’s day to day operations run effectively and efficiently. Ali is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Broadband Association of Alabama & Mississippi (BAAM, formerly TELSE) and President of the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association of the Midsouth (ITPA Midsouth). She also serves as the chair of Public Relations for the ITPA Midsouth, is on the executive and event planning committees for BAAM, and served as the chair of the 2021 Rebranding Committee for BAAM. She received the “Pioneer Spirit Award” in 2020 from the MidSouth ITPA, and completed the Young Leadership Council Program in 2022. When Ali is not working, she enjoys attending Ole Miss Football and Baseball games, volunteering with the Nashville Junior League, traveling, and doing anything creative. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Heath, and their rescue pups Bo, Coco, and Lilly.

TJ HAND

VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION

A.A., Jones College - 2004

TJ began his career in manufacturing. He spent nearly 6 years in logistics with a major manufacturer of heavy machinery parts; however his passion was really with technology and computers. His logistics skillset coupled with his ability to learn new things quickly, made him a natural fit for his role with FTC working with IPTV in the late 2000s. He learned more about the industry and assisted with the roll out of wireless internet technology at many of FTC’s locations. TJ also took on the roll of billing administrator and assisted with regulatory matters including FCC and Public Service Commission filings, and audited billings for accuracy. Today, in his role as the VP of Strategic Development, TJ utilizes all of his various skill sets to help FTC and its affiliates take advantage of all market opportunity for growth and fiber optic broadband expansion.

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