Executive Directors: 2021-2022

Programs


Kelsey Trundle

Co-Executive Director of Programs

Bio

Kelsey is an organized, analytical thinker who strives for success. Experienced in the areas of elaborate research, presentation development, leadership through articulation within various groups, and conflict resolution.

Currently, Kelsey serves as Director of the Telecommunications Education Center (TEC) at the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). TEC is a dynamic learning program devoted to improving education, quality of work, and safety within the telecommunications industry. TEC trains the wireless workforce for the future to meet the demands of 5G.

Prior to joining WIA, Kelsey served as National Director for a telecommunication staffing and site development company. Traveling across the country, Kelsey drove business from all major wireless carriers and cell tower owners to support the real estate development of 4G LTE, special projects, venues, while supplying labor resources needed to deploy these projects.

After graduating with honors from Randolph-Macon College with a B.A in Political Science and a Minor in Religious Studies, Kelsey decided to go back to school to pursue her Master’s in Business Leadership at Harvard University Extension School.

In her free time, Kelsey loves to island hop and surf. The first wave she ever caught was in Ocean City, MD. The largest wave she has caught to-date is 8 feet in Rincón, Puerto Rico.  Her goal this year is to go to Hawaii and watch the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition.

To contact Kelsey, email her at programs@wwlf.org


Debra Mercier

Co-Executive Director of Programs

Bio

Debra has more than 20 years of Telecom and IT sales leadership experience, growing teams and companies, and building and executing long-term business strategies. Debra is currently employed with Comcast Business leading sales efforts for the Enterprise Greater Central Region.

She has been part of the WWLF family for 7 years as a Member, Mentor and recently held the elected Vice President role on the board for the 2019-2020 term.
With the kick-off of 2021, aligning Debra for the Executive Director for Programs was a natural fit, her passion for mentoring and supporting others to grow is what she loves to do.

Debra credits her success to the mentorship she has received from others throughout her career and she strives to pay it forward to the industry and women in wireless by sharing her experiences and supporting the future growth of professionals in the wireless industry.

To contact Debra, email her at programs@wwlf.org

Membership


Leslie Freeman

Executive Director of Membership

Bio

Leslie is a Principal in the Telecommunications Engineering department for The W-T Group, LLC. She started her career in the telecommunications industry with the WT Group in 2007.  

Since 2008, Leslie has been an active member and held positions as Chicago/Madison City Representative, Event Regional Director Central, and currently holds the Executive Director of Membership position with the WWLF. Leslie is passionate about bringing and expanding the WWLF at the local level. 

Leslie is Secretary of the Illinois State Wireless Association and serves on the committee of the South Wireless Summit. She also is an active member and volunteer for numerous other state wireless associations. 

To contact Leslie, email her at Membership@wwlf.org

Education


Lynn Whitcher

Co-Executive Director of Education

Bio

Lynn Whitcher serves as Executive Co-Director of Education.  

Since joining WWLF in 2009, she has served in the organization as Secretary, Executive Director of Brand Management, and as a member of the Programs Committee.  

Lynn is General Counsel of Md7, which provides business process management and professional services to wireless operators across 18 countries.  She has been named as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”  She also serves as President of the California Wireless Association and is a member of the Texas Wireless Association, Nevada Wireless Association, and Northwest Wireless Association. 

To contact Lynn, email her at Education@wwlf.org


Courtney Davis

Co-Executive Director of Education

Bio

Coming soon

Industry Relations


Carrie Charles

Executive Director

Bio

Carrie Charles currently serves as Executive Director of Industry Relations.

Carrie Charles is an Entrepreneur, Coach and Thought Leader.  She is the CEO of BroadStaff, a staffing firm that specializes in the Wireless Telecom Industry.  She is also a Master Certified Life, Business and Career Coach. 

For over 20 years, Carrie has helped thousands of individuals grow personally and professionally.  She has helped companies such as General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard and Eli Lilly to attract, retain and develop their employees.  She is also a professional speaker and author.   She has been a featured expert on NBC, HSN and Clear Channel networks.  Carrie served her country as a Telecommunications Specialist in the United States Marine Corps. 

Brand Management


Beth Yglesias

Executive Director of Brand Management

Bio

Beth is a National Director of Business Development for Jacobs Telecommunications.  This is Beth’s third term serving on as an Executive Director for WWLF, and she is passionate about empowering women in technology and wireless industries.  After graduating with a civil engineering degree from Auburn University, Beth held several positions in environmental and engineering services and quickly discovered her interest in program and business management.  Beth began her career in the wireless industry in 1995.  Prior to joining Jacobs, Beth served as Director of Engineering for Towersource, LLC.

Beth is a member of Florida Wireless Association, Georgia Wireless Association, Texas Wireless Association, Alabama Wireless Association, and the Carolina Wireless Association.  Beth also serves as Director of Registration for the South Wireless Summit.

Ways & Means


Shamrose Ali

Executive Director of Ways & Means

Bio

Shamrose is the Director of Operations at Texas Wireless Communication, a minority and woman owned organization. Shamrose was previously in the Finance industry and transitioned into Telecommunication back in 2018. During this time she has been very involved within the industry. She won the Fellowship award in 2019 and was paired with Beth Martindale as her Mentor. She joined Amanda Cahill as a Co-Chair of Ways and means in 2020.

Shamrose enjoys helping other women within the industry and outside of the industry build their careers and teaching them different skill sets. She believes that women empowering other women is the key to success. She spends her free time with her husband and her dog. She enjoys traveling, shopping and reading non-fiction books.

Shamrose is a member of the Carolina Wireless Association, Texas Wireless Association, Arkansas Oklahoma Wireless Association and Illinois Wireless Association.

To contact Shamrose, email her at Sponsorships@wwlf.org

Events

 

Laura Lora

Executive Director

Bio

Laura Lora currently serves as Executive Director of Events for WWLF. 

Laura is one of 3 founding partners of LCC Law, which open its doors in 2001 and after 15 years of successful business, rebranded to LCC Telecom Services, LLC in 2015.  Laura is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and International Relations, a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and went on to receive her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2000.  Laura entered the wireless industry by being recruited by a tier-1 carrier as a Property Specialist in the Detroit Market.

Laura is a native of the Dominican Republic, and speaks fluent Spanish and French.   Laura enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

To contact Laura, email her at Events@wwlf.org.

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