Alliance Team

Program Manager


Elaine Horn

META Solutions – Marion, OH

Elaine Horn has over 22 years of experience in supporting Cisco Networking Academies. As the Program Manager of the ASC Alliance, she addresses instructor issues and needs, teaches CCNA classes, and organizes and presents at state conferences and virtual workshops. In addition, she writes classroom activities, directs state and local competitions, and builds relationships with teachers, state directors, Cisco engineers and partners. Elaine’s goal is to provide teachers with practical skills and knowledge that can readily be applied in their classrooms. She holds a CCNA certification and is a certified CCNA Instructor Trainer. Before joining the Cisco Networking Academy program, she taught math and computer science courses at a career center.

Phone: (888) 828-4798 ext. 12254

Alliance Success Lead


Deb Keller

META Solutions – Marion, OH

Deb Keller is an Instructor Trainer and Academy Support Contact for META Solutions. Deb is qualified to teach all CCNA courses, CCNA Security, and all CCNP courses at the student and instructor levels. She holds current CCNA, CCNA Security and CCNP certifications. As a 2013 retiree of The University of Akron (UA) in Akron, Ohio, she is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Information Systems.

Deb has been involved with the Cisco Networking Academy program since 2000, when she started the program at UA and created an associate and a bachelor degree that incorporated these courses. The program grew to more than 500 students during her tenure. While at UA, she was the Computer Information Systems lead faculty, the Cisco Academy legal main contact, a regional Cisco Academy manager, and partnered with local high schools, vocational schools and community colleges to provide seamless step-up programs into the UA degrees. Deb taught wireless networking, voice-over-IP, network management, other networking courses, as well as programming and Oracle database courses.

Prior to teaching, Deb started working in computer networking in 1982, when she was part of a state-wide team that installed a TCP/IP-based network for Ohio supercomputer access. She supervised the growth of the UA network to include more than 60 buildings on two campuses and network connections to K-12 schools. As the networks grew, she managed telecommunications and data networking for UA. She was a leader in OARnet (the Ohio Academic Resources network) and Internet2 in Ohio during this time period. Deb obtained a High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) grant of $317,916 from the National Science Foundation (Award ANI-9818075) in 1999 and 2000, and a matching Ohio Board of Regents grant of $153,063.


Alliance Success Lead


 Lonnie Decker

Davenport University – Midland, MI

Dr. Lonnie Decker has been with Davenport University since 1989, and currently serves as the Department Chair for Networking and Information Assurance. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University in 1987, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Central Michigan University in 1996. In 2008 he completed a PhD in Organization & Management, with a specialty in IT Management, from Capella University.

In 1999 Lonnie passed the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam, and also became a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI). In 2011 he completed the CCNA Security certification and in 2012 completed the Cisco Instructor Trainer Qualification (ITQ).


Alliance Success Lead


 Katie Fitzner

Henry Ford Community College – Dearborn, MI

Katie Fitzner has been involved with the Cisco Networking Academy Program since 2000 when she started the program at Murray Wright High School in Detroit. She taught CCNA classes at Murray Wright for two years before transitioning to Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) as the legal main contact of the regional academy. Katie is qualified to teach all CCNA courses, IT Essentials, and CCNA Security. She holds CCAI, CCENT, CCNA, Network +, and Security+ certifications.

As a regional main contact, Katie provided services to as many as 25 secondary and post-secondary educational institutions; building strong relationships with these Academies. For several years, Katie has coordinated the Academy Olympics, an event where Academy students from all over Southeast Michigan engage in friendly competition showcasing skills they have learned within the Academy program.

Katie attends yearly Academy Conferences to build technical skills and disseminate important information to local instructors. In addition, she has coordinated and presented at numerous academy conferences.


Alliance Success Lead


 Pete Anderson

Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI

Pete Anderson has taught at DU for 14 years primarily in networking technology. Pete is an advisor for the Cyber Defense Organization, a student organization that promotes network and information security. He supports the DU Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team which has placed in the top three at the Michigan state qualifier five out of the last seven years.

Pete serves as the Cisco Networking Academy Manager for Davenport University and provides support for Cisco Networking Academies across Michigan. Pete is a member of the West Michigan Cisco User Group, which meets monthly at the Davenport University W.A. Lettinga Campus. He has been involved with the Cisco Networking Academy as an Instructor since 1998 and presented at multiple National Cisco Networking Academy Conferences. He holds multiple Cisco Systems, Inc. networking certifications, including CCNA, CCNA Security, CCDA, CCNP, and CCDP. He is working toward the Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer – Routing & Switching certification.

Pete sums up his teaching philosophy as, “My intent is to provide each student with both knowledge and hands-on skills.”​


Alliance Success Lead


Paul Fedele

Calhoun Area Career Center – Battle Creek, MI

Paul Fedele has been a Cisco Academy instructor since 1999 and has trained many other instructors during that time. Primarily, he teaches high school juniors and seniors at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) in Battle Creek, MI. Paul holds current IT certifications from CompTIA (A+, Linux, Network+, Server+), Cisco (CCAI), and SUSE (SCA). He is also certified to teach Math, Computer Science, and IT content in multiple states.

In the intervening years, Paul has supported his students in realizing their full potential through differentiation and collaboration.

With Paul’s guidance CACC students have:

  • designed, built, and maintained both servers and networks for local schools and non-profits continuously since 2000.
    designed, built, networked, and maintained flight simulators for the CACC aviation class.
  • designed and built a greenhouse control computer for the CACC agriculture class.
  • designed and built a 14 camera high definition surveillance system for the CACC law enforcement class scenario house.
  • created a web page which students can use to report bullying activity and have open-sourced the code.
  • presented at conferences, including Michigan Business Educators Association (Lansing, MI), Cisco Midwest Regional (Granite City, Il), twice to the Governor of Michigan and to legislators within the Capitol Dome (Lansing, MI).
  • won the 2016 Robofest World Championship, beating teams from every continent except Antarctica. They also won 2nd place in the Robofest World Championship in 2015.
  • found two previously unknown prime numbers, 11 · 2 1343347 + 1 and 11 · 2 960901 + 1.
  • became the world’s youngest CompTIA A+ certified student at the age of 9, and the world’s youngest Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement holder at the age of 10.

Since 2009, Paul has also assisted in the development of Cisco Academy curriculum (CCNA5, Health Information Networking, IT Essentials 7, IoT Connecting Things) and NDG (Linux Essentials, LPIC-1) curriculum and has served as a member of the Packet Tracer Advisory Board.