Staff Feature of the Month – March 2020

Name:  Donavon McClure

Role on the Project:  Stakeholder Relations Field Representative

My Story:  Before joining the DBLLC, I spent nearly three years serving as a member of Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s executive staff as her Scheduler. Along with providing advance work, I oversaw all interns and their projects, assisted in initiative and policy development, among other administrative responsibilities. During this time, Treasurer Ball returned a historic amount of unclaimed property to Kentucky citizens, enhanced Kentucky’s transparency website, had several pieces of bi-partisan legislation passed into law, and became a national leader on financial literacy.

I was born and raised in Southeastern Kentucky. Being raised in both private and public schools in Laurel County, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute and Rogers Scholars program. Using my Rogers Scholarship, I was able to attend Union College, in Barbourville, Kentucky, where I earned my degree in history and political science. While attending Union, I served in various student organizations, along with being a member of the men’s soccer team both as a player and a staff member.

I moved to Lexington in March of 2019 to take on the role of Stakeholder Relations Field Representative for the KentuckyWired project. I enjoy spending time with my dog Herman, playing soccer, and continuing to explore our beautiful Commonwealth.

Why I joined the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC close to a year ago with the desire to learn a new industry and help better connect the Commonwealth’s access to high-speed internet. The KentuckyWired Project will play a vital role in Kentucky’s future economic growth as well as advancements in educational opportunities.

Staff Feature of the Month – February 2020

Name:  Zack May

Role on the Project:  Utility Coordinator

My Story:  I grew up in a Navy household and moved around quite a bit as a child, but Lexington, KY has been home for most of my life. After high school I spent twelve years in the restaurant industry before obtaining a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Kentucky University. After graduation I took a job with AT&T’s preferred EFI&T vendor for their Cisco platform fiber optic networks. I worked my way up to the position of Systems Engineer where I directed the installation, testing, and commissioning of over two hundred successful optical network augmentations and new builds over the course of almost five years. I joined the DBLLC in March of 2019 and have assisted in efforts with Comm Make Ready, Power Make Ready, Engineering, and Building Entries.

I currently reside in Lexington, KY with my wife of three years, Emily. We have a one-year old son, Harrison. We enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and canoeing and I am an avid whitewater kayaker.

Why I joined the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC after a past colleague reached out to me about a position with the Aerial Comm Make Ready team. Being involved with the different aspects of OSP construction has proven to be the perfect complement to the ISP experience I brought from my previous job. Being part of such a large project has been both challenging and rewarding. I take great pride in my role on the project knowing what a positive impact this network will have on the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas of industry and technology.

Staff Feature of the Month – January 2020

Name: Cody Jackson

Role on the Project: HSEQ Administrator

My Story:  Before my job at DBLLC, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for almost three years. I volunteered at two Foundations and taught English, wrote for an Expat Magazine, and worked for a company developing a language application. Although, I enjoy teaching, my career has always been in telecommunications. I worked for a municipality for 5 years in the telecommunications department working on wireless internet and cable. I’ve done it all: customer service, sales, technical support, office management, installation, service tech, headend support, and even climbed towers.

My family is my life and happiness. I am happily married, and we have a labradoodle. When I’m not working you can find me running, hiking, or cycling.

Why I joined the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC in March 2019 after hearing a past colleague mention the project. Being a part of a huge project like this one has been challenging but rewarding. I’m originally from Kentucky, so being able to help Kentucky move forward safely makes me Kentucky Proud!

Staff Feature of the Month – December 2019

Name: Melissa Raker

Role on the Project: Project Facilitator

My Story:  I was born in Heidelberg, Germany while my father was stationed there for the Army. When I was a still a baby, my mom, dad, sister and I moved back to his hometown in Estill County, Kentucky. I attended Estill County Public Schools until my high school years where I then attended Powell County High School.  I did leave this great state for 8 years and lived in Florida and Venezuela, but ultimately my family drew me to come back home to Kentucky.

I joined the Kentucky Army National Guard as a Motor Transport Specialist but spent 5 of the 6 years of my enlistment as an active duty Human Resources Specialist in the Active Guard-Reserve Program. After leaving the Army, I attended nursing school at Fortis College; only to realize I did not, in fact, want to be a nurse.   I am new to the world of fiber optics communications as I come from a very different background ranging from the military, to human resources, to medical management, but I have really enjoyed stepping away from those areas and having the opportunity to learn something new.

I am a very family-oriented person, kind of have to be with 5 kids. I have three boys and two little girls, ranging in age from 19 to 2 1/2 years. I am a huge advocate for adoption and sit on the Board of Members for a local adoption agency here in Lexington. As an adoptive parent of two young children, this is very near and dear to my heart. I spend most of my “free” time caring for and hanging out with my kids. In the little amount of spare time that I do have, I enjoy attending my eldest son’s band’s live performances, photography, watching movies, spending time outdoors and playing with my two German Shepherds.

Why I joined the Project: I joined the DBLLC in June of 2019. I had heard many great things about the company along with the Kentucky Wired Project. I have always enjoyed being part of a team and this sounded like a great one to become a part of as it is benefitting my state. I think it is so important that every county, be it a rural area or metro area, will all be affected positively by this project. The impact it will have on our communities will be enormous. By connecting state government offices, libraries, state police posts and community colleges will not only give the state a much-needed economic boost but will help in attracting new businesses to Kentucky, thus bringing in more jobs. The Kentucky Wired Project will also enhance our current healthcare and education systems while facilitating better coordination among first responders and enabling internet and cellular service providers to bring services to more remote areas of this great Commonwealth. It makes me proud to be a part of something so impactful.

Having a Little Halloween Fun 2019

The staff at NG-KIH DBLLC knows how to have a little fun.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the office to office challenge offered by our JV partner Black & Veatch.  It was a Bootiful day!

Staff Feature of the Month – November 2019

Name:  Joe Sanders

Role on the Project:  Lead Construction Manager

My Story:  I started in the communications industry 20 yrs ago, prior to that I traveled all over the country working and playing in the outdoors in places like Colorado, California, Wyoming and Louisiana.

I am originally from Geauga County Ohio but have been based in Danville, Kentucky all my life.  I have been married for almost 20 yrs and have an 18 yr old son a 15 yr old daughter and a rescue dog named Pepper.

I spend most of my free time in the outdoors mountain biking and wading creeks for small-mouth.  I also enjoy going to my kid’s soccer games and working on vintage cars with my dad.

Why I joined the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC on the KYWIRED project one year ago because I wanted a challenge and to be a part of something important.  I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and learn how to succeed in an industry that is evolving rapidly.  To be a part of this project has been a great experience, in my short time here I have learned a lot from a great group of people.

Staff Feature of the Month – October 2019

Name:  Julia Thamann

Role on the Project:  Utility Coordinator

My Story:  I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design and worked in that field for 8 years doing design work and project management before transitioning into the Telecom field, where I’ve been working for the past three years. I joined the KY Wired project over a year ago, and it’s one of the best jobs I’ve had.

What motivates me is the opportunity to help. I’m passionate about giving back, and love that the work I’m doing is contributing to something that’s going to help so many people. This project will really make a difference in our state! It’s going to have such an impact on education, healthcare and emergency services, as well as bring business opportunities into rural areas. It’s going to change Kentucky in a very positive way! I’m very excited to be working with companies that are so philanthropically minded as part of this project as well. Both Black & Veatch and Ledcor are very involved in giving back to their communities, which makes working with them a very positive experience.

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, though I call Lexington, KY home now. I’ve lived here for over 15 years and have seen quite a few wonderful changes to the city in that time. I’m the middle of 5 children, and most of my siblings have kids of their own. I love being an aunt! I’m a member of the Professional Women’s Forum, where I work on the philanthropy committee. I enjoy volunteering for various causes, such as the Lexington Humane Society, GleanKY, and the International Coastal Cleanup. I’m an artist at heart, and I’m also an avid belly dancer! I study American Tribal Style and tribal fusion belly dance with Mecca Live Studio and Gallery and Shisha Tribal Belly Dance, and I absolutely love it! I’ve been dancing and performing for over three years, and my fellow dancers have become my family. I enjoy camping, hiking and being in nature, and am dedicated to preserving the natural world for future generations.

Staff Feature of the Month – September 2019

Name:  Matthew Machlied

Role on Project: Field Splicing Manager

My Story:  I grew up in Villa Hills, Kentucky.  Located in Northern Kentucky, I went to High School at Dixie Heights High School where I graduated in 1998.  I attended Northern Kentucky Technical College, and soon after joined the United States Air Force in March 1999.  I served nine years Active Duty Service in Communications Cable and Antenna Maintenance.  Within my service, I was blessed to be trained and mentored by some of the best in Telecommunications, from Fiber and Copper Splicing, Networking to Antenna Maintenance.  My service has sent me all over the globe from Texas, Portugal, Afghanistan, to California where I met my wife who I have my only son with.  After my nine years of service, I decided to Honorably Discharge out of the military as a Staff Sergeant for a more stable life.  I am the youngest of five siblings, and my family has always been of great importance to me. Which led my wife and I to move back to Northern Kentucky where I was employed at Cincinnati Bell.  I was at Cincinnati Bell for nine years and held many positions and roles there, from Fiber and Copper Repair Technician, Splicing, to Prequalification Technician.   Until I found Ledcor and The Kentucky Wired Project and made the move to where I am now.

Why I Joined the DBLLC:  After experiencing some of the worst and dated telecommunication services all over the Commonwealth, I wanted to be part of a team that was dedicated to build the First, State-wide Fiber Optic Network in the United States.  The opportunity to not only contribute to my fellow Kentuckians but to work and be a part of a company such as Ledcor to hone and mold my own career goals.  The past twenty months on this project has been trying, but the benefit to the State of Kentucky that this Fiber Optic Infrastructure will bring to the Commonwealth is immeasurable.

Staff Feature of the Month – August 2019

Name:  Gale Williams

Role on the Project:  Project Controller for the LTS portion to the DBLLC

My Story:  I am a Kentuckian, born in Harlan and raised in London.  After completing my Accounting degree at George Washington University in D.C, I have worked in New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston and now Lexington as both an Accountant and Entrepreneur.  Having lived in several different states, I have been fortunate to see, experience and learn many things that interest me including history, culture, cooking, sports and even salt-water fishing.  No matter where I lived, I always missed KY, the kind people and beautiful scenery.  My husband, Tom (also a Kentuckian) and our two fur-babies, Colonel and Rascal are happy to be back in the Bluegrass.  It’s nice to be home!

Why I joined the DBLLC:  My husband and I were living in Houston, TX for his oil and gas career.  Just as we were considering making some changes, I learned about the opportunity at Ledcor through my sister, Holly Hopkins Scoville.  Having lived in technology-oriented cities such as Atlanta and Houston, I immediately recognized the opportunity and impact this project would bring to Kentuckians.  I am honored to be a part of helping Kentucky lay a framework for a bright and successful future.


Staff Feature of the Month – July 2019

Name: David Holder

Role on the Project: Field Engineering Manager

My Story:  I was born and raised in Central Kentucky where I learned to love everything outdoors. As a child camping, fishing, hunting, and watching Kentucky Basketball were my favorite past times. As an adult I went on to complete a degree in Drafting & Design as well as Civil Engineering Technology. After a short period of working for the KYTC, I began looking for more in my career which landed me at Big Ass Fans for a couple of years. In August of 2015 I began doing pole data collections for the DBLLC and since then I have held roles in comm make ready, power make ready, field construction, and now field engineering.

Why you joined the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC to pursue opportunities that will shape my career for the rest of my life. My parents were born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and I know how much this state needs to get up to speed with the rest of the world. Hopefully, at the end we can all say that we were a part of something great, something that changes Kentucky forever.