Meet Our Instructors

Mahjed Al-GhandourMajed Al-Ghandour has taught for Technology Training Solutions for over 22 years. He has a PhD in Engineering from NC State University, and teaches many different programming courses, some of which involve cloud computing, and some which help participants manipulate their web environments. Majed is a Professional Engineer and has earned the Microsoft MCP, MCSD and MCT, the Novell CCNA, and he is also SAS Certified. Majed earned his Certification of Accomplishment in Teaching from NC State University, and also earned an EPIC online Teaching Certificate.

William (Bill) BlackmonWilliam (Bill) Blackmon has taught AutoCAD courses for Technology Training Solutions for over 10 years. As a licensed architect in the state of North Carolina, he has been using Autodesk products in his field for more than 20 years. He has served as technical editor on multiple AutoCAD books, and has written dozens of custom AutoCAD applications. Bill patiently approaches teaching from the standpoint of an end-user with a strong emphasis on efficiency and real world application.

Martin BrossmanMartin Brossman is a leading authority on social media and online marketing. He is a business coach, author, consultant, and trainer known for his insight and grass roots marketing expertise. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Martin is a popular speaker on social media topics. He also teaches at North Carolina community college Small Business Centers and Chambers of Commerce venues throughout the state.

Ken CarmackKen Carmack, owner of Partner Technology Solutions, has over 20 years of experience in technology system design, support and education. Partner Technology Solutions provides IT services to small and midsized businesses. Ken teaches group, corporate and one-on-one classes in Excel, other Microsoft Office products and Google Suite applications. He works hard to stay abreast of emerging trends in networking, security and hardware/software, and as an added plus, he is a former CPA and holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Wake Forest University.

Scott ClarkScott Clark has been working in Information Technology for more than 2 decades. He helps facilitate communication and understanding between I.T. and Business to create solutions and resolve real world issues. As a SharePoint courseware developer and instructor, he is an expert in a platform that lies at the intersection of Business and I.T. Scott works closely with his students during and after class. He creates a relaxed and comfortable classroom where students have a great learning experience. His students leave class armed with knowledge they can immediately put to use in their own environments to design solutions that create tangible benefits in the real world.

Laura ConeLaura Cone has enjoyed facilitating for Technology Training Solutions for 18 years. Her experience in Human Resources, management, and small business ownership have served her well for over 25 years as a trainer and consultant. She creates applications, designs and teaches courses, and consults with both private and public-sector clients. Laura is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Instructor who specializes all Office products, as well as Microsoft Project and Power BI software.

Charlie DickensCharlie Dickens is a Raleigh, NC native, a professional photographer and the owner of Charles Dickens Photography here in Raleigh. He has a background in engineering, over 20 years of photography experience in the areas of weddings, portraits, and commercial photography, and several years of experience teaching various levels of photography. Charlie is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of North Carolina.

Sara HansenSara Hansen is an educator with over 15 years of experience in teaching, training, and facilitating. Her background in educational management has helped Sara fine-tune personal skills in the various Microsoft products, enabling her to impart useful approaches to each package. Sara is keenly aware of the need that today’s workforce has for professional development and leadership skills, and she enjoys helping them assimilate such skills. She is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), which helps her keep up with trends in training, eLearning, and learning.

Frank JonesFrank Jones is the organizer of the Raleigh SEO Meetup, founding member of the Triangle Wikipedians user group, host of the Raleigh SEO Conference, and Marketing Director at OptSus Marketing. In the classroom and at these events, Frank has been teaching WordPress and digital marketing for several years. He has been building websites since 1995 and started using WordPress in 2008. His years of experience with web development have earned invitations to speak at conferences across the country.

Larry JonesLarry Jones is a freelance graphic designer/web-developer who has a degree in Journalism/Advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science where he teaches Tools for Information Literacy. His favorite creative tools are Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Excel, Linux, Git, GitHub and Atom. He has over ten years of experience working with WordPress as well as other PHP/MYSQL open-source systems.

Robert KoshinskieRobert Koshinskie is the principal of Ringbolt Consulting. A startup founder and former senior manager for market-leading firms, he holds a degree in Biophysics, an MBA and certificates in Business Analytics and Modeling. He has created and delivered both live training simulations and on-demand training programs. His Decision-Making Skills course for Technology Training Solutions offers practical guidance in an entertaining and informative way that is ideal for both those early in their careers and experienced managers who must guide their teams to success.

Scott MadryDr. Scott Madry is a Research Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the applications of Geomatics technologies for regional environmental and cultural research. He is also the President of Informatics International, a global geomatics consulting company, and of the Global Space Institute. Dr. Madry is a three-time Fulbright Scholar, is widely published, and has received many scholastic and community awards. In his role with Technology Training Solutions, Dr. Madry specializes in open-source GIS software and topics related to space.

Dana MathewDana Mathew has taught at Technology Training Solutions for over 10 years. She is an expert facilitator of the all the Microsoft products, most Adobe products, and many of the Webmaster Certificate courses. She is an energetic, dynamic instructor skilled in training adult learners over the past two decades. When she is not training, she is either consulting on software applications or creating databases for corporate clients.

Divya ParekhDivya Parekh is a business leadership and executive coach who has expertise and knowledge of real-world business, and has a proven record of success. Having worked on the international level with leaders, achievers, and entrepreneurs, Divya’s strategies motivate leaders, cross-functional groups, and teams to achieve a combined mastery of connectivity and alignment. Her experience allows her to guide professionals through complicated business and personal challenges. Divya brings over 25 years of rich and varied experience in academia, biopharmaceutical, business, and coaching industries.

Kelly PfrommerKelly Pfrommer is CEO and Founder of Cloud Giants, an independent consultancy located in RTP that partners with organizations to implement and optimize their investment in Salesforce. Her day-to-day activities involve working with the nuts and bolts of Salesforce as well as managing the big-picture strategy for Cloud Giants. Kelly holds six Salesforce certifications including Salesforce Certified Administrator, Advanced Administrator, Sales Cloud Consultant, Platform App Builder, Service Cloud Consultant, and Community Cloud Consultant. Kelly received her communications degree from NC State University and her MBA from NC State University’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management.

John RuppelJohn Ruppel is an innovator in Transformational Leadership. He is a consultant, trainer, coach and author of the TYIIR System©. For over 20 years, John has led, and continues to lead, industry leading disruptive programs/technologies, mission critical business initiatives, digital transformations, and DevOps implementation for the world’s leading organizations and governments.

Brian SakofskyBrian Sakofsky, M. Ed, is a strategic development trainer, coach and consultant with over 12 years designing and delivering training for effective, measurable results. Brian’s experience as a scientist, a cave explorer and in the corporate environment lends him to have a unique approach, connecting to learners on a deep level. He is known for delivering immersive, mindful and experiential learning experiences that drive transferable results to individuals’ home and workplace.

Karen TiedeKaren Tiede is a social media marketing consultant/trainer and textile artist who has successfully applied social media to market her work, now teaching Marketing with Pinterest around the state. Karen brings over 15 years of corporate process design and improvement experience to her work with professional, academic, and small business organizing.

Benjamin WechslerBenjamin Wechsler is a Change Agent. Through his coaching, consulting, and teaching, Ben works with leaders transforming corporate cultures, building teams, and creating strategies requiring pivotal decision making. Ben’s career experience spans many industries and skills sets, and brings to the Technology Training Solutions program his unique leadership development programs. Ben is a Certified Knowledge Manager, Certified Creative Problem Solver, and Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument Certified Practitioner.