Previously Mr. Butler was a Consumer Advocacy and Mediations Specialist in the Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division. Prior to this position, Mr. Butler was employed in the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) as an Office Automation Clerk. Mr. Butler has been with the FCC since 1990.
Amy Cresap is a Sign Language Interpreter in the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD). Ms. Cresap joined the FCC in 2018 and has since been providing Sign Language interpreting services for FCC employees and guests to the Commission.
Ms. Cresap began her interpreting career in Albuquerque, NM where she owned a small business providing interpreting services in a wide variety of settings. Prior to the FCC, her career brought her to Washington, DC where she worked for Georgetown University Hospital as a staff medical interpreter. Ms. Cresap has a Bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting and Portuguese and holds the National Interpreter Certification.
Ms. Coho researches telecommunications issues affecting consumers such as digital literacy, broadband adoption, mHealth, Text-to-911, cramming, bill shock, robocalls, emergency communications, mobile phone protection, and disability rights. She develops and implements national outreach campaigns and facilitates partnerships with multiple consumer groups, agencies, and other stakeholders. In this capacity, she creates and delivers training; arranges and presents on webinars and podcasts; arranges exhibits, tours, presentations, and other special events. Ms. Coho published blogs on the FCC webpage and contributes to content posted on the FCC’s Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division webpage.
Prior to joining the FCC in 2011, Ms. Coho’s diverse experience included managing a training and outreach division in the private sector; managing contractors; designing, delivering, and implementing floodplain management and multi-hazard mitigation planning programs; program management, strategic planning and process improvement; regulatory analysis; policy development; grants management for state, local, and Tribal officials; Congressional relations and correspondence; as well as emergency management and Tribal issues.
Ms. Coho is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Sherry L. Dawson is Deputy Chief of the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Since 2003, she has managed and executed the Division’s initiatives to educate and inform consumers about the FCC and its role in addressing telecommunications issues that affect their daily lives. She served as Acting Division Chief in 2015-2016 and briefly in 2018.
A career-employee with the FCC, Ms. Dawson has worked in various Bureaus and Offices throughout the agency. She views consumer outreach as her most rewarding work at the Commission. Ms. Dawson represents the FCC at public meetings and conferences by presenting on consumer issues and/or speaking directly with consumer groups
Prior to joining the FCC in October 2007, Ms. Hernandez-Ulloa was the Community Relations and Press Manager for the New York State Department of Health. She focused primarily on addressing the health concerns of all the residents in the State of New York.
Ms. Hernandez-Ulloa received both a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Business Administration in Business Management from Pace University in New York.
Alma Hughes is a Consumer Education & Outreach Specialist in the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division. In her present position, Ms. Hughes provides outreach to numerous constituencies including K-12 and older adults, educating them on the importance of telecommunications programs as well as the rules and polices that have been implemented by the Commission.
Since May 1983, she has held positions in the Mass Media Bureau’s (now Media Bureau) Cable Division, Video Service Division, and the Policy Division as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. She is continuously looking to expand her career in communications while addressing the needs of consumers. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hughes attended classes at the University of the District of Columbia. During her high school years in the Washington, DC area, she was employed as a part-time clerk typist at the Department of Defense/Air Force JAG Office.
Lyle Ishida serves as the Chief of the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD). He has been with the FCC since 2000, holding positions in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. While serving in CAOD, he has also held various management and technical positions including Acting Chief of the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, Acting Chief of the Web and Print Publishing Division, and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau.
Mr. Ishida began his Federal career working as a civilian specialist and manager with the Department of Army. His last posting was as Chief of the Directorate of Community Activities at Camp Zama, Japan.
Becky Lockhart joined the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau as an Education and Outreach Specialist in 2010. Ms. Lockhart works to educate consumers on a variety of telecommunications issues. She is especially focused on outreach to underserved and rural communities and digital inclusion.
Ms. Lockhart has worked at the Commission for over 20 years. She has held positions as a Staff Assistant in the Media Bureau, then worked for several years as a Paralegal in the Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division. During the DTV Transition, Ms. Lockhart was a part of the Commission’s outreach team where she enjoyed working directly with consumers, developing educational programs and planning events. These skills are part of her current role with the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division.
Ms. Lockhart received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Celeste McCray has worked for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 1995 and has held various positions throughout the agency.
Ms. McCray joined the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD) of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) in 2008. In her current role as a Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist, she serves as a subject-matter expert on diverse topics affecting consumers in the communications industry. She serves as the Commission’s program manager on the distracted driving and mobile device theft prevention initiatives. Ms. McCray has worked on high-level Commission-wide teams such as the Digital Television Transition (DTV) team--where she served as a Regional Coordinator for SC (Upstate) and NC (Ashville)--; the Chairman’s Broadband Team; and Broadcast Incentive Auctions team. She collaborates with other federal government agencies, private industry organizations, wireless carriers, youth organizations, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) leaders and African American leaders to provide consumers with information about the Commission’s policies. Ms. McCray also represents the Commission at conferences, workshops, meeting and on webinars.
From 2000 to 2008, she was a Program Manager responsible for coordinating information for the Chairman and Commissioners’ overseas trips. From 1995 to 2000, Ms. McCray served as the International Bureau’s Director of the International Visitors Program. In this position she was the first point of contact for embassies, universities, private organizations and federal government agencies who wanted to visit the Commission to learn about critical issues affecting the communications industry.
Ms. McCray studied Biology at South Carolina State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Health Care Administration from Columbia Union College and a Masters of Business Administration from Capella University where she graduated Cum Laude.
Since 2018, David Savolaine has been a Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist for the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Previously Mr. Savolaine worked in the Web and Print Publishing Division (WPPD), where he wrote and edited numerous consumer outreach materials, as well as being the Contracting Officer Representative for a contract to translate materials into several other languages.
Mr. Savolaine joined the FCC in 2001 as part of the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) after having worked as legislative staff for Sen. John Glenn and Rep. Sherrod Brown. In 2003, he joined the Media Bureau’s (MB) Office of Communications and Industry Information, where he responded to Congressional inquiries and FOIA requests, as well as drafted briefing memos on MB issues.
Mr. Savolaine has a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a M.A. in American Government from American University. He is the proud father of two sons, leads a Cub Scout pack, enjoys performing music and theater, and sings and plays bass in the FCC Band.
Lindsey D. Snyder is a staff Sign Language Interpreter in the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD). Since joining the FCC in 2015, Ms. Snyder continues to provide interpreting services for Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind employees and guests to the Commission. She also coordinates accessibility services, collaborates with the Section 504 Compliance Officer, and supports outreach initiatives.
Ms. Snyder comes to the FCC with an eclectic background having been a freelance interpreter for 15 years, a professional director/ actor, and a proud mom of two girls. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performances Studies with an expertise in translating and interpreting Shakespeare into American Sign Language and early modern gesture.
Chantal Virgile is a Consumer Educational Outreach Specialist for the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She joined CAOD in 2014. Ms. Virgile’s work currently focuses on educating consumers about FCC initiatives and the resources available to assist consumers with their telecommunication needs. Among her many projects, she coordinates opportunities to bring awareness on such initiatives as combating illegal Spoofing and Robocalls, providing information to assist consumers with access to telecommunication services and develop initiatives that recognize and encourage advancements in accessible telecommunication technology for people with disabilities.
Ms. Virgile began her career at the Commission in 2002 with the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB). In 2010, she joined the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) where she tracked advancements in broadband deployment across the country as well as assisted with outreach campaigns concerning Text-to-911 adoption and emergency alerting and preparedness efforts.
Ms. Virgile is an alumni of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Gerard Williams has served as the FCC’s Section 504 Compliance Officer since 2017, coordinating accommodations for people with disabilities to access the Commission’s programs and services. He manages various accommodations contracts at the Commission, handles incoming requests, and consults with other Bureaus on matters of accessibility of the Commission’s activities. A certified American Sign Language/English Interpreter, Mr. Williams began his career at the FCC in 2014 as a Sign Language Interpreter. He continues to provide interpreting services to Commission staff and the public, including Tactile and Protactile ASL interpreting for individuals who are DeafBlind. As part of CAOD’s Disability Outreach Team, he has routinely participated in such events as the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility and the FCC Civics Class. Mr. Williams also scripts and translates ASL videos.
Deandrea Wilson is a Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist in the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD). She has been with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 1999. Prior to her role in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) Ms. Wilson served six years as an Outreach Specialist in the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau where she provided expert advice, and guidance to the Director of Strategic Communications, and Bureau management. She planned, developed, coordinated, and implemented national-level public safety and homeland security outreach and education initiatives to educate and inform targeted audiences about the Commission’s public safety programs. In her current role in CAOD, she leads the planning and execution of expos that reach national audiences. She also develops outreach materials for high-level Commission outreach projects.