Board of Directors
Gillis S. Cashman, Managing Partner, M/C Partners
Prior to joining the M/C Partners in 1999, Gillis was with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. He is focused on the wireline broadband infrastructure and services portion of the M/C Partners’ portfolio. He graduated cum laude from Duke University receiving an AB in economics with distinction.
Robert Savignol, Managing Partner, M/C Partners
Robert joined M/C Partners in 2004. Previously, he worked as a Director of Corporate Development for NTL, the United Kingdom’s largest cable television provider. Prior to joining NTL, Mr. Savignol was an investment banker with Salomon Brothers in New York, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with degrees in Finance and Economics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Yicong Liu, Senior Associate, M/C Partners
Yicong joined M/C Partners in 2015 and focuses on investments in a variety of media and communications industry segments. Previously, she worked at Silver Lake, where she focused on middle market and growth investments in technology companies as well as the Global Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley. Yicong received a B.S. in Chemical / Biological Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Lynn Refer, Independent
Lynn brings 20 years of telecommunications management experience including substantial time spent with competitive telecommunications companies. His background includes both sales and operations experience as well as capital raising. In 2000, he co-founded Looking Glass Networks where he served as the CEO of a provider of high capacity fiber optic telecommunications services in twelve US cities. He recently served as CEO of Telecom Transport Management Inc. and prior as President of Metro Network Services at Level 3 Communications, where he was responsible for all network functions of Level 3’s metropolitan area fiber optics facilities.
Brett Lindsey, President & CEO, Everstream
Brett was named President of Everstream in February 2014 and now serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior, Brett served as Chief Operations Officer of OneCommunity, the non-profit parent of Everstream. Brett oversaw the $100-million expansion of the network that powers Everstream, as it grew to cover 22 counties and more than 900 new customer locations. He brings more than 20 years of experience in successful operations management and business development efforts for venture-backed organizations to the Fortune 500.
Lev Gonick, CEO, DigitalC
Lev is co-founder of OneCommunity and became CEO in July 2013. Prior, Lev was CIO at Case Western Reserve University from 2001-2013. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next generation network projects, and organizational development. Lev’s innovations, including the Case Connection Zone catalyzed national projects, including US Ignite and Gig U.
Ray Voelker, Board Chair, DigitalC
Raymond Voelker is an experienced technology leader who recently retired after a 30-year career at Progressive Insurance. His background includes both hands-on and leadership roles in software development and technology infrastructure disciplines, capped by 15 years as Progressive’s Chief Information Officer. During his tenure, Progressive dramatically expanded its market share and was recognized as an innovator in the use of technology.
Raymond is Board Chair of DigitalC. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Everstream, a regional high-speed broadband provider, and is on the board of Tech Corps, which works towards a literate society in which all K-12 students have equal access to the technology skills, programs and resources that will enrich their education and prepare them to successfully compete in the global workforce.
Raymond has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the Case Institute of Technology at Case Western Reserve University, and he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.