2021 Election

All Seven Board of Directors seats are up for election in 2021.

IX-Denver will be holding an election at our February 2021 members meeting. The purpose of this election will be selecting three Board members for one year terms (2021-2022) and four Board members for two year terms (2021-2023). To ensure that IX-Denver has the best possible leadership, we have selected nine board candidates (bios below) who are willing and able to serve our members as Directors.

You can view all of the current Board members here.

Important Dates

  • 19 January 2021 – Call for Volunteers opens
  • 4 February 2021 – Call for Volunteers closes
  • 5 February 2021 – Slate of candidates announced
  • 18 February 2021 – Members meeting and election opens
  • 4 March 2021 – Voting closes
  • 5 March 2021 – New Board announced


Jon Shephard

I began my career as a voip tinkerer/enthusiast. My true calling. It didn’t take long to investigate and add multicast video to my list of hobbies. Since then, I have assisted rural telecoms transition from dialup/dsl-only to fiber to the home voice/video solutions. More importantly, I have been on the other side of the fence working with small isp’s and local lec’s where every peering opportunity matters. I currently spend my time exploring how network programmability and automation can efficiently improve space and commercial networks. In my free time I explore democratizing financial networks with programmability and automation.

Spencer Gaw

I was involved with the SP industry for nearly 10 years, starting at Front Range Internet in Fort Collins before moving to Time Warner Telecom/Level3/CenturyLink. I’m now at DigitalOcean, helping to redesign their Edge and Backbone networks.

John Osmon

I live in Albuquerque, NM, and have started a New Mexico non-profit that is running ABQIX in two (soon three) buildings in downtown Albuquerque: https://abqix.net . I lived in Golden, CO in the early 90s for school, and a couple of technical jobs after graduation. I also help run a camp for mathematically precocious kids that is often held in Colorado Springs. I still feel kinship for Colorado even though I haven’t lived there for decades. For the last 20+ years, I’ve been in Albuquerque, trying to help bring Internet to the hinterlands. I ran the technical side of a 30k+ user dial-up network, built the first non-ILEC metro ethernet service in Albuquerque, and later helped take a VoIP startup across seven western states. I even got to host NANOG 41 and ARIN XX in October of 2007.

Mark Calkins

Mark Calkins is a technology enthusiast, motor head, and a general knowledge-seeker. He is intrigued by stability at scale, and simplicity through complex abstraction. These concepts are what drew Mark into the field of ‘building the internet’ in the late 1990s and why he still enjoys it today. Mark has over twenty years of experience in the Telecom/MSO/Service Provider segment with a proven track record of ingenuity and dedication to the craft. Mark is very excited about the non-profit IX movement because he feels it is an excellent way to give back to the community in which he lives by improving connectivity for all people in the region. Mark is a founding member of the IX-West organization and the IX-Denver Board of Directors.

Nate Todd

Nate Todd has been involved in network engineering since serving in the Air Force in from 1995-1999. He spent 12 years with USWest/Qwest/Centurylink in a variety of work groups supporting TDM based telephony systems on up to a worldwide enterprise backbone. Current work has been with multiple ISP’s on backbone overhaul and growth, cache deployments, and peering awareness and strategies.

Chris Grundemann

Chris Grundemann is a passionate, creative technologist and a strong believer in technology’s power to aid in the betterment of humankind. In his current role as VP, Strategy at Myriad360 he is expressing that passion by helping clients build bigger, faster, more efficient technology infrastructure that is both more secure and easier to operate and scale. Chris has well over a decade of experience as both a network engineer and solution architect designing, building, securing, and operating large IP, Ethernet, and Wireless Ethernet networks. Chris holds 8 patents in network technology and is the author of Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration, an IETF RFC, a personal weblog, and various other industry papers and blogs. He is also a co-founder and of IX-Denver and Chair of the Open-IX BCOP committee. Chris often speaks at conferences, NOGs, and NOFs the world over. He has held previous positions with Markley Group, Internet Society, CableLabs, tw telecom, CO ISOC, ISOC-NY, ARIN, NANOG, AfPIF, CEA, UPnP, DLNA, RMv6TF, and several others. Chris is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and can be reached via Twitter.

Elisa Jasinska

Elisa Jasinska has been automating large-scale networks for over 10 years. She started her career at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange and was later involved in setting up various other Internet Exchanges. She implemented numerous traffic accounting and automation solutions for Internet Exchanges and CDN’s. Elisa actively takes part in the Internet community, contributes to open source software and regularly presents at conferences such as NANOG and RIPE.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. has been involved in Internet policy, and anti-abuse, since 1998, when she joined MAPS (Paul Vixie’s organization) as their in-house counsel. Since then Anne has, among other things, written part of our Federal anti-spam law CAN-SPAM (the only part with teeth, in my opinion), led the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy for 15 years, provided expert consulting on GDPR compliance, done both legislative analysis and legislative drafting, testified before numerous legislative bodies, drafted Internet policy documents for various organizations, and served as legal counsel for, among others, the CyberGreen Institute (they scan the Internet looking for open and abusable ports, and render an Internet health report based thereon). ISIPP also runs several groups, including a Network Hotline group (to facilitate large networks being able to quickly reach someone at another network when there is an urgent situation), and a Trusted Reporter group, for people in the anti-abuse industry and network anti-abuse roles to be able to report abuse directly to the networks being abused.

Clinton Murphy

Clinton Murphy has worked throughout this industry since 2006 installing VOIP and IP/TDM PRI’s across the Colorado Front Range while providing technical support for those small businesses. He was commissioned into the U.S. Marines in 2008 as a Communications Officer and spent 4 years managing teams to deploy various tactical networks and provide training for foreign forces. The past several years he has spent his time integrating new technology and services for an ISP, focusing on network stabilization and operational optimization. He is always excited about technology advancement, understands the importance for peering and the fundamentals that make the Internet operate properly for all consumers.