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Light Brigade’s instructors are technically skilled and have a wide variety of practical experience with fiber optic systems from small local telephone networks to sophisticated military facilities. Many have taught college-level courses in electronics and telecommunications. Others have built and operated fiber-optic networks or served as consultants for international companies. They are constantly evaluating new products and learning new techniques in order to maintain a leading-edge awareness of the industry.

Light Brigade has instructors spread throughout North America.


JOHN DRON graduated from Montana State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. He soon gained work as a fiber optic technician with a small fiber optic services firm. For over seventeen years, John has worked as a technician, consultant, instructor, project manager, and business owner in locations as widely varied as Thule Air Force Base in Greenland and the tunnels beneath the City of Chicago. John has been an instructor with Light Brigade since 2015.




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.




MARK KAZES has been in the technology industry over 25 years. He holds several certifications including ETA FOI (Fiber Optics Installer), ETA FOT-OSP (Fiber Optics Technician – Outside Plant), BICSI RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer), OSP (Outside Plant Designer), RTPM (Registered Telecommunications Project Manager), Certified ICT Technician (Information Communications Technology), and Six Sigma (Green Belt Certified). Mark was named ETA International’s Top Certification Administrator (CA) for proctoring the most Fiber Optics examinations during 2016. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom and has been with Light Brigade since 2015.




PHIL SHOEMAKER has been a member of The Light Brigade’s training staff since 2000. His work with fiber optic technology includes the design, installation, and maintenance of fiber optic voice, video, and data communications networks, and he has also participated in troubleshooting and emergency restorations. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology (BASEET), and is certified as an ETA Installer/Administrator, a NARTE Technician Class III, and has FCC GROL Certification (Elements 1 and 3).




SEAN SHEEDY has two decades of experience that includes installation, troubleshooting, emergency restoration, and inspection. He is a published author, consultant, and trainer whose experience spans the military, government agencies, federal and state prisons, the traditional commercial market, and the private sector. He holds 30 industry certifications as well as instructor certificates from ETA and FOA. 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, and serves as its instructor. Sean has been an instructor and technician with Light Brigade since 2012.


DANNY HUFFMAN is the president and founder of ONUG Communications, a network planning, design and construction services company. His 33 years of experience in the telecommunications and utility industry has enabled him to provide customers with varying assessments of industry trends including: “last mile” networks and broadband technologies. He has presented to the FCC and various industry groups on the future of fiber and trends for the telecommunications industry and has helped to pioneer automation of fiber design through the use of GIS and auto planning software. Before founding ONUG Communications, he held several management and technical positions with AFL and BellSouth Telecommunications. Danny has a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.




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