Our Team


Mary Jan Hedman, Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer since 2008, Mary Jan Hedman has grown St. Joe Valley Metronet from 50 miles to more than 215 miles of dark fiber. Unlimited bandwidth connectivity now is available in Marshall and St. Joseph Counties. Under her direction, Metronet supports innovation and growth for business subscribers while fostering public service initiatives including nCloud and fiber to schools. She continues to work with municipalities, data centers, service vendors, other carriers and subscribers to increase the value of Metronet access

Susan Strantz, Project Assistant
Susan Strantz is responsible for daily office operations, accounts payable and receivable, and subscriber and vendor invoicing. Susan assists with special events and meetings and manages the eNewsletter and updates to the website. She joined St. Joe Valley Metronet in March 2010.

Ben Hudson, Telecommunications Infrastructure Manager
Ben Hudson monitors Metronet's fiber network and subscriber circuits to ensure uninterrupted service and immediate response to other service issues. Ben is Metronet's go-to person for new developments in the area and road improvements working with state, county and city officials to protect our fiber assets. In his project management role, he works with contractors installing new fiber and laterals. He joined St. Joe Valley Metronet in July 2013.

Ben Miller, Director of Business Development and Strategy 
Ben Miller manages all aspects of the business development cycle to assist organizations interested in connecting to Metronet's dark fiber network. He works closely with service vendors, carriers, governmental agencies, schools and businesses finding the solution that best fits their needs. Ben is also involved in efforts where high speed connectivity is critical to a community's economic development. Prior to joining as an employee, Ben completed market analysis for Metronet on a contract basis. He joined St. Joe Valley Metronet in November 2015.

Jennifer Buck, Business Development Assistant
Jennifer Buck is responsible for facilitating the process of new proposals and contracts for prospective and current subscribers. She assists with prospect mapping, Salesforce administration and E-rate. She joined St. Joe Valley Metronet in August 2016.


Tom Cuggino consults with St. Joe Valley Metronet's executive team regarding organizational structure and growth strategy. Tom has also been instrumental in Metronet's initiative for connecting the area's K-12 schools to encourage digital learning and is the chairman of the Connecting Schools Grants Committee.

Steve Mayo assisted in the original feasibility study, developed the initial fiber backbone design and helped with the financial model beginning in 2003. When the project was approved, Steve served as the project manager through completion. Steve currently provides assistance on new construction, backbone relocations, and upgrades. Steve also assists in contract negotiations with other telecommunication service providers.

Chris McMillan has prepared financial statements for St. Joe Valley Metronet since 2007. She works closely with the staff and the CPAs ensuring accurate accounting of all revenue, expenses, capital expenditures, etc. Chris is also instrumental in each year's budgeting process.

Brad Tener is an enFocus Fellow working on development of a fiber management application that provides a visual representation of our network database, subscribers and subscribers' connections. In 2018, Brad will work with Ben Miller, director of business development and strategy, to analyze the market potential of other communities before his term ends in late July.

Lindy Warner provides St. Joe Valley Metronet with human resources consulting services for staffing and other HR issues.  She assists with recruiting and hiring for new positions and employment law.

Bill Wilson, principal of Two Things, LLC, consults with St. Joe Valley Metronet on communications and marketing strategies including advertising, marketing campaigns and video case studies. He manages all media relations and provides content for press releases, the Metronet newsletter, website and annual review.

Martell Electric is a true partner for Metronet providing not only the construction and fiber installation but also insight to the administration, design, ongoing maintenance and repair of the network and customer circuits. Nearly all members of the current Martell Electric team were also involved in the initial network construction in 2005.

Directors (Served in 2017)

Dr. Kay Antonelli, South Bend Community School Corporation
Board Member

Craig Benninghoff, Hoosier Racing Tire
Board Member

Regina Emberton, South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
Board Member

Scott Ford, University of Notre Dame (2017 Bradley Company)
Board Member

Debra Futa, St. Joseph County Public Library
Board Member

Dr. Derrick Forchetti, The Medical Foundation
Board Member

Eric Horvath, City of South Bend
Board Member

Gary Miller, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
Board Member

Ken Prince, City of Mishawaka
Board Member

James Schrader, Mishawaka Utilities
Board Member

Michelle Wright, Schurz Communications
Board Member


Karl King, King Research

Paul Marsh, Teachers Credit Union
Vice Chairman

Pat McMahon, University of Notre Dame

Ron Kraemer, University of Notre Dame

Jeff Costello, Beacon Health System, Inc.

Mary Jan Hedman, St. Joe Valley Metronet