Meet the Instructors

  1. Cameron Karch

    Cameron Karch

    CAMERON KARCH has been involved with communications since 1983 specializing as a technician in both voice and data protocols. He has performed both project management and quality control tasks in addition to splicing, testing, and emergency restoration disciplines for a variety of CATV, telephone companies, end-users, and government organizations. Cameron has a variety of certifications from the White House and the Optical Society of America. He has worked as a fiber optic technician and an instructor for The Light Brigade since 1987 ...

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  2. Mark Kazes

    Mark Kazes

    MARK KAZES has worked in the technology industry for over 25 years. He has several certifications including ETA FOI, ETA FOT-OSP, BICSI RCDD, OSP Designer, RTPM, Certified ICT Technician, and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. He has extensive knowledge working with electrical codes and industry standards for inside plant and outside plant communication design and installation solutions.

    In 2016, Mark was named ETA International’s Top Certification Administrator for proctoring the most fiber optic examinations. He has studied adult learning with a concentration on curriculum content and delivery process (DACUM) from The Ohio State University and has managed a team of telecom trainers and instructional designers. Mark enjoys travel to explore our country and various sporting activities ...

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  3. Phil Shoemaker

    Phil Shoemaker

    PHIL SHOEMAKER has been a member of our training team since 2000. Within the field of fiber optics, he has designed, installed, and maintained fiber optic voice, video, and data communications networks and has worked with troubleshooting and emergency restorations. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology and is certified as an ETA Installer/Administrator, NARTE Technician Class III, FOA CFOT, and CFOS/I, IMSA Fiber Optics for ITS Level 1 and FCC GROL Certification.

    Treating everyone equally and knowing there will always be someone smarter than you, in other words, do not act like you are the smartest person in the room, has been Phil’s approach to teaching and life. He believes that in the world of fiber technology you can never stop learning.

    Phil grew up in Washington but is now a proud Texan! He loves traveling for pleasure with h ...

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  4. Sean Sheedy

    Sean Sheedy

    SEAN SHEEDY has over three decades of experience that includes ISP and OSP installation, troubleshooting, emergency restoration, design, system integration, and inspection. He is a published author, consultant, and trainer whose experience spans the military, government, federal and state prisons, the commercial market, and the private sector.

    He holds 30 industry certifications, as well as instructor certificates from ETA, FOA, industry manufacturers, and Washington state.
    In addition to still working in the field, Sean developed the fiber optic/copper communications installation and troubleshooting courses for Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, WA, He serves on the ETA board and serves as an ETA instructor. Sean has been an instructor and technician with Light Brigade since 2012 ...

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  5. Nick Kjos

    Nick Kjos

    NICK KJOS has 18 years of experience working with fiber and has been teaching for more than 25 years. His teaching career began at Bismarck State College (BSC) where he taught students how to plan, construct, and maintain FTTx systems.

    The amount of data that can be transmitted on a fiber system over long distances with near 100% reliability amazes Nick. With his background in technical fields, like electronics and computer hardware, transitioning into fiber was only natural. He enjoys learning new technologies and sharing that knowledge with like-minded people.

    Nick joined the Light Brigade in 2012, as an instructor for Fiber Optics 1-2-3 and FTTx for Installers and Technicians and is a technician for Advanced OSP Technician, Emergency Restoration, and Fiber Optics for Oil and Gas. Nick earned his Associate of Applied Science from North Dakota State College ...

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  6. Greg Lambrecht

    Greg Lambrecht

    GREG LAMBRECHT’s professional experience began as an avionics technician, working on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in the Canadian Yukon and then as an avionics crew chief for a Vancouver BC airline. In 1991, he began teaching in the Avionics and Telecommunications Technician program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) also served as the program head. It was during his time at BCIT, Greg became involved in fiber optics. He found fiber interesting because of the precision and hands-on skills that appealed to his technology side.

    Radiofrequency (RF) communications, fiber optics, and copper cabling services are his areas of expertise. Greg is a certified administrator for the ETA Fiber Optics Installers (FOI) and Fiber Optics Technician Outside Plant (FOT-OSP) exams. He loves being an instructor and approaches the classroom from the perspective of a ...

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  7. Gary Klingele

    Gary Klingele

    GARY KLINGELE has over 40 years’ experience working as an electronics technician performing installations, troubleshooting, emergency restorations, and inspections. His professional background includes the installation and maintenance of fiber optic voice, video, and data communications networks. He has also worked with microwave, two-way VHF & UHF radio systems and control, security, and video systems.

    After retiring in 2013 and began teaching because he loves helping others learn the ins and outs of working with fiber optics. Gary has an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology (AASET), is certified as an ETA Fiber Optic Installer/Administrator, a UTC Fiber Optic Professional Technician and Fiber Optic Professional Designer, a NARTE Master Technician, and an FCC GROL certification with RADAR endorsement.

    In his spare time, Gary enjoys flying a ...

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  8. Todd Russell

    Todd Russell

    TODD RUSSELL has been in the communications industry for over 33 years, working for New England Telephone, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon. He has converted analog offices to digital, wired and tested high-speed long-distant toll circuits, and installed, spliced, and tested fiber optic rings. During his career, he has provided cable restoration during every major storm in the North East and spent three months at ground zero after September 11, 2001.

    Taking pride in the quality of your work is paramount to Todd and as a project manager for a FIOS construction team, he was awarded a patent for a fiber optic test method and device (TR24). He earned an associate degree in computer information technology from Southern New Hampshire University and has his Fiber Optic Installer certification from the ETA.

    When Todd is not riding one of his Harley Davidsons or collecting ...

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  9. Tim Yount

    Tim Yount

    TIM YOUNT has 35 years of experience specializing in fiber optic communications infrastructure including advanced testing and network troubleshooting. He is the co-founder of Fiber Insight, an organization providing fiber optic network training, advanced testing, and consulting services.

    His fascination with fiber technology was sparked by a summer internship with Superior Cable in Hickory, NC. Siecor bought Superior in 1980 and Tim’s copper world morphed into fiber. Tim’s professional background includes product line management roles at industry-leading companies including Siecor (Corning Cable), Tektronix, ILX Lightwave, Hewlett Packard, and JDSU.

    Working in the field with telecom customers to understand their challenges and needs formed Tim’s philosophy to pay it forward. He always strived to ensure his customers received a quality reliable solution. His teach ...

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  10. Paul Neveux

    Paul Neveux

    PAUL NEVEUX's 35 years of fiber optic experience can be described as soup to nuts, meaning covering a great deal! He has worked in research and development and R&D supervision, manufacturing engineering, pre-sales engineering, product management and he has earned 10 patents. Cable design and manufacturing and testing including material analyses are his areas of expertise.

    The interaction between light and matter, especially photovoltaics has always interested Paul. Continued learning and growth are important to Paul and are reflected in his academic achievements. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    In his spare time, Paul builds his own computers and is learning RUST, a programming language designed for performance and safety. He enjoys scuba diving ...

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