Catherine began her career at Pioneer in 1998 in customer service. She left for law school at Washburn and returned in 2002 as the Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs. She took over as CEO in 2012. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Kevin, and their Great Dane, Brue. She also enjoys running, traveling, and trying new foods and cuisines. Catherine stays busy serving on multiple boards. To name a few, she is the Chairwoman of the Kansas Lottery Commission and sits on the CoBank board of directors.
Gavin Fowler serves as the Director of Special Projects. He has been with Pioneer since 1991 and has worked in a variety of departments: Warehouse, OSP Engineering, OSP Technician, Plant Records, and NOC Technician. He is a graduate of Northwest Kansas Area Vo-Tech. Gavin loves his relationships with Pioneer coworkers and customers. When he’s not thriving at Pioneer, he is camping, hiking, back county driving, and watching baseball!
Kasey joined Pioneer in 2014 as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations. Previously he was the marketing manager for a large group of hardware stores. Kasey holds an MBA from Kansas Wesleyan as well as Bachelor degrees from K-State in Management and Marketing. Kasey enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Arrow, being outdoors, and staying active in the southwest Kansas community.
Garin joined Pioneer in 2015 as Director of Outside Plant. As Director of Outside Plant, his team consists of technicians, dispatch, shop, and construction. Garin joined Pioneer from TDS Telecom in Minnesota where he worked on the engineering and construction teams. Other than his Minnesota accent, Garin brings a lot to the table here at Pioneer. In his spare time he enjoys family time, golfing, and staying active.
Erica serves as the company’s Director of Customer Service. She has been with Pioneer since 1996 and was previously the Director of Human Resources. Erica has a degree in Organizational Leadership from Friends University. She spends her spare time making and selling crafts at the Main ARTery. She keeps busy following her daughter’s volleyball career, hosting foreign exchange students through Rotary, and keeping a distant eye on her son, who attends Washburn University.
Matt serves as the company’s Director of Network Operations. He started at Pioneer in 1987 as a Key System Installer and Central Office Technician. Matt attended Northwestern Kansas VoTech School and is originally from Kingman, Kansas. When he’s not with his Pioneer family, he is fishing, golfing, or keeping himself busy with the many boards and committees he serves on.
Sarah serves as the Director of Human Resources. She attended Colby Community College and started at Pioneer in 1998 in Accounting. She enjoys the family atmosphere here at Pioneer Communications. In her spare time Sarah enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. She stays active volunteering on the Communities in Schools board.
Tom serves as the company’s Director of Engineering. He has been with Pioneer Communications since 1997. He enjoys the people at Pioneer and has prior experience working as an Engineering Consultant for various other telecommunication companies across the Midwest. Tom enjoys traveling and visiting his 20 plus grandchildren.
Jeff joined Pioneer in 2001. He is an FHSU graduate with BS degrees in Mathematics, Organizational leadership, and an MBA. He enjoys finding solutions to the endless challenges in his position. While not at the office he is chasing his two sons and loving it. He enjoys unplugging by playing golf and getting into the outdoors.
Becky Zerr serves as the company’s Controller and has been with us since 1988. She has a banking background and a BS in Accounting. She sees Pioneer as great place to work, with endless opportunities. Becky’s other full time job is being Cheerleader Mom to her two son’s active sports careers and serving on the Pink-Out Committee for the Big Orange Boosters.