About the MTA Foundation

Propelling our community forward through investing in the education of our members.

Who is the MTA Foundation?

Each year, the MTA Foundation invests in its community through donations and major grants. The goal is to encourage economic development, technological diversity, and growth throughout the entire community. Organizations that work to further the mission of the MTA Foundation have an opportunity to apply. Because we love the community we live in, we also invest in general community support. Together, we can grow Alaska!



The MTA Foundation serves to promote technology awareness, economic development and enhance entrepreneurship through education and other activities in the MTA member service area.


Our Board

Catherine Fosselman

Director, MTA Foundation Board

Catherine Fosselman, is the owner/operator of Fosselman & Associates CPAs, Inc., located in Palmer. With over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Director Fosselman also taught 20 semesters as part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Alaska, on topics ranging from Small Business Management to Principles of Accounting for Business Majors. Director Fosselman also holds certificates from the NTCA Director Core Cu...

Dr. Alex Hills

MTA Foundation Board Director

Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Affiliate Distinguished Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He led the team at Carnegie Mellon that built the world’s first WiFi network after working in over a hundred small communities to build rural Alaska’s first telecommunications systems. He later served as Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Administration and chief telecommunications officia...

Michael C. Burke

Secretary/Treasurer, MTA Foundation Board

Michael Burke, CEO of MTA has over 34 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. Michael was named CEO of MTA in 2015. Under his leadership, the company has increased revenues, acquired AlasConnect, an IT Cybersecurity company with offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and has grown the employee base at MTA. Michael played a key role in convincing the FCC to approve the Alaska Plan in December 2016. The Alaska Plan...