The Alliance Team


Program Manager

Elaine Horn

META Solutions – Marion, OH

Elaine Horn has over 15 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.

E-mail: elaine@treca.org
Phone: (888) 828-4798 ext. 254

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.

E-mail: keller@uakron.edu

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).

E-mail: lonnie.decker@davenport.edu

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.

E-mail: kfitzner@hfcc.edu

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.”​

E-mail: panderson@davenport.edu

Alliance Success Lead

Janet Kropff

University of Akron – Akron, OH

Janet S. Kropff, M.A. is a professor of Computer Information Systems in the Business Technology program at the University of Akron. She holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Kent State University. Janet teaches CCNA, CCNA Security, and CCNP classes at the University of Akron.

E-mail: jsk3@uakron.edu