LEADERSHIP
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

BIO

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.

EDUCATION

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

CHRISTA L. ALEXANDER

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

BIO

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. Christa is passionate about sustaining the vitality of small-town America and is committed to seeing rural Mississippians thrive by bringing the all benefits robust broadband access can offer. Christa is active with many broadband organizations including as President of The Telecommunications Association of the Southeast, a member of the NTCA Government Affairs Committee, the MS PSC Connect Mississippi Committee, and incoming President of the Georgia Telecommunications Association. She was awarded “Grassroots Advocate of the Year” in 2020 by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association. Today, in her role as General Counsel and VP of Operations at FTC, she remains as 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.

EDUCATION

B.A., University of Mississippi - 2008

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

S. WESLEY ELLIS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BIO

S. Wesley (Wes) was appointed CEO of Fail Telecommunications in 2016 following the passing of then-CEO, Charles Fail. Wes has served as counsel to both the Fail family personally, and to FTC's corporate operations since 1999.

EDUCATION

B.S.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi - 1983

M.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi - 1985

L.L.M. in Taxation, New York University, 1990

J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law - 1989

STEPHANIE HAND

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

BIO

Stephanie dove into her accounting career at FTC in 1997. After several years as an accounting clerk, 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!).

EDUCATION

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