Building on Success: In 2002, A Circle of Ten, Inc. (C10) leaders partnered with University of Texas Health Center/Northeast Texas Consortium, SUPERNet Technology Consortium and four school districts to start the East Texas Virtual Village(VV): “a human, education, and technology network” between nonprofit agencies, education and governmental agencies. The Initiative was vested with C10 and currently also involve Gulf Coast and Statewide Partners.
VV provides a “human, education and technology network” between faith/community based agencies, and schools introducing new collaborative networking tools and opportunities.
VV Technology Committee:
Dr. Mickey Slimp: NETNet
Regional Advisor to Virtual Village since 2002. Mickey Slimp is the Director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities (NETNet). He guided the early start Virtual Village and played a key role in C10’s US Dept. of Commerce, US Dept. of Agriculture and other collaborative grants to bring technology to nonprofits.
John Kelsey: Technology Consultant
Technology Consultant with Virtual Village in 2002-2003. Continuous services to VV Advisory Board. Thirty years in Education; designed and implemented wireless broadband networks and state of the art WANs in government, education, and business settings using aerial fiber optic cable, wireless broadband and conventional leased digital services for Public School Cooperatives, Region Education Service Centers, and Corporations.
David Anderson: David Anderson Consulting
Served on VV first Advisory Board 202-2003. Provides continuous services to the Advisory Board. Leading Provider of Computer Systems Integration, Network Design, and Consulting services helping rural East Texas business and nonprofit agencies solve their computing problems in one capacity or another since 1986. Providing technology support and training at C10 and C&FBA partners. MOA with C10 since 2004.
Anson Godfrey: NETNet
Currently Chief Technologist at Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities (NETNet).
4 ISD’s brought Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund
Funded by Fourth Partner
Foundation and Texas Bank & Trust