Meet The Board
> Ted M. Hankins, President
TED M. HANKINS, Regulatory Operations Director for CenturyLink, currently handles the regulatory operations for Louisiana and other states. He is responsible for the development and presentation of CenturyLink advocacy before regulators and legislators concerning broadband, competition, pricing and a variety of other issues.
Ted has worked in the telecommunications industry in various capacities since 1980, and has served on a number of industry committees and state telecommunication associations. Ted currently serves as Second Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association, and serves on the Oklahoma High Cost Fund Board. During his carrier, he has held positions in Fixed Asset Accounting, Cost Separations, Retail Toll Billing, Carrier Access Billing, Intrastate Settlements, Economic Analysis and Pricing, State Government Relations, and State Regulatory Operations.
Ted received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the California State University – Chico. He has also completed additional course work toward a Master’s of Business Degree as well as courses on industry topics.
CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route- mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route- mile international transport network.
> Karen Babineaux, Vice President
After college graduation, Karen began a career in the banking industry as an executive secretary to the president/ceo of New Iberia National Bank (now Iberiabank, the largest bank in Louisiana). With a Masters in Education, she decided to transition from the business sector to education. For the next 21 years she worked in every facet of education, working with various school organizations and committees. She served on several evaluation teams for the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges collaborating with others for the improvement of education through accreditation. She and her husband started and managed a successful family health club business for 22 years. She has recently completed the Burk Baker School of Real Estate and is licensed by Louisiana Real Estate Commission. She is a realtor with EXP Realty, Lafayette.
Karen and her husband, Baron have three children. Their first child was born with a profound hearing loss. She has witnessed firsthand the isolation the deaf, blind and deaf/blind (her son has usher’s syndrome and is now deaf/blind) have experienced because of communication. She is also aware this carries over to speech impaired, hearing impaired and HOH. Karen is passionate about assisting in making communication services available to all. She was present at the Capitol when the first relay call in Louisiana was made by Baron, Jr to then governor, Honourable Edwin Edwards.
> Brandon Frey, Treasurer and Secretary
Brandon Frey is the Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He has been employed with the Commission since April, 1999. Since joining the Commission, his primary area of practice has been telecommunications. In his role as Executive Counsel, Brandon acts as lead counsel on appellate matters, advises the Commissioners and the Commission’s Executive Secretary on legal matters affecting the Commission, and represents the Commission in matters before federal and state agencies. Prior to working for the Commission, Brandon received a BA in 1994 and a JD in 1997, both from Louisiana State University, and served as Judicial Clerk for the 26th Judicial District Court, Parishes of Bossier and Webster.
> Pauline Wood, Member at Large
I was born to deaf parents and have been deaf since birth. I graduated from Louisiana School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University. I got my Masters in Special Education from Western Maryland College in 1977. I taught at Alabama School for the Deaf for three years and Louisiana School for the Deaf for 28 years. Following my retirement I became more active with several organizations of the Deaf. I am now a board member of Louisiana Commission of the Deaf, Board member of Gallaudet University Alumni Association, former member-at-large of La. Association of the Deaf. Several years ago I was chosen as a parliamentarian/advisor of Louisiana Acadiana Deaf-Blind Citizens, Inc. I am a member of Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. More than a year ago I was asked to serve on Louisiana Relay Administration Board to represent Deaf community. Being on RAB is educational and I am grateful to be on it.