Robert Rae

President & CEO

With over 25 years of success in technology, telecommunication and consumer service businesses, Rae leads ClearCaptions’ passion to assist in the lives of our customers with innovative and simple to use technology products. In 2017, he led the separation of ClearCaptions from Purple Communications where he served as CEO of both companies. Prior to Purple, he served as President and COO of Academic Partnerships, CIO at Mosaic Sales Solutions and Executive VP of Securus Technologies. Rae earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

John Kelleher


John Kelleher brings more than 30 years of financial insight and leadership to ClearCaptions. He provides reliable oversight of corporate finance, strategic planning and execution, global sourcing and supply chain management. Before, he served as both CFO and COO for 5.11 Tactical, a specialized outfitter for law enforcement, military and firefighting professionals.

Blaine Reeve


Blaine Reeve has over two decades of technology, engineering, operations and software leadership in the wireless, ISP and VoIP verticals building high performance teams. At ClearCaptions, he leads the Software Development, Quality Assurance, Infrastructure Engineering, Corporate IT, Product Development and PMO organizations. This encompasses the end-to-end Design, Build, Validate, Deploy, and Operate lifecycle for all technology within the company and customer facing products. Prior to ClearCaptions, he served as Vice President of Operations and Network for O1 Communications, an ISP and high volume VoIP Wholesaler and CLEC.

Gordon Ellis

Vice President of Sales

With more than 30 years of experience managing high-performance sales, operations and delivery teams, Ellis brings to ClearCaptions a diverse industry background, which includes telecom, financial services, healthcare, government, education and manufacturing. Ellis has been a leader in building ClearCaptions sales and support strategy from the beginning. Prior to ClearCaptions, Ellis has held leadership positions at Purple Communications, EcoTechnology, Inc., NEC, Trinitech, Inc. and the University of Wyoming. Ellis has a MIS degree with an emphasis in Industrial Operations Management.

Rita Beier Braman

Vice President of Operations

Rita Beier brings over 23 years of experience in Telecommunications Relay Services to ClearCaptions. Beier participated with the FCC and consumer groups towards each advancement in TRS. Centers under her leadership processed the first Speech-to-Speech relay calls, the first IP-Relay text calls. Beier designed and managed National Quality programs for text services as well as VRS and IP-CTS services. She has participated in TRS initiatives at the Federal, State and Local level as well as with national consumer groups. Beier leads a team responsible for Operations, Quality Assurance and Training in multiple sites with multiple vendors. She holds expertise in contract development and negotiations, regulatory compliance and leading across diverse groups. With a wealth of TRS quality and operations experience, Beier brings innovative and creative solutions for continuous customer experience improvements.

Michael Strecker

Vice President of Regulatory and Strategic Policy

With over 18 years of telecommunications experience, more than 14 of which were in Relay services, Mike Strecker leads the compliance and government affairs at ClearCaptions. Prior to joining ClearCaptions, he was the Vice President of Telesales and Logistics, as well as the compliance officer and the compliance committee chairman at CSDVRS, LLC. He has also held various finance and accounting positions at Sprint, Communication Services for the Deaf, Inc. and CSDVRS, LLC rounding out what provides a broad base of experiences and skills. Strecker earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Webster University.

Allison Egri

Director of Marketing

Allison Egri oversees the company’s brand, demand and customer expansion marketing efforts. Egri comes to ClearCaptions with 10+ years’ experience in sales and marketing. Most recently, Egri was the Director of Marketing at Purple Communications, Inc. Prior to her tenure at Purple, she held Account Executive positions at Paramount Equity Mortgage and Maloof Sports and Entertainment. She holds a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Management from San Jose State University.

Monique Dirstine

Director of Human Resources

Monique oversees all aspects of the HR Department including payroll. She started her career in Human Resources as an Employee Services Representative and has held several HR positions over the last 17 years. Prior to ClearCaptions, she held the Director role for both Purple Communications and ClearCaptions and HR Manager and Business Partner roles with Purple Communications. Dirstine earned a Business Administration degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of Washington.