Meet the Team

Here at Sunset Learning Institute our instructors truly make the difference! 

SLI’s instructors hold the most respected certifications in the networking industry. To enable our instructors to be true experts in their field, we have developed an instructor specialization program. Each instructor is assigned as the resident expert for a specific technology area and is responsible for enhancing the existing curriculum to best fit the needs of our customers. By having such focus, our instructors excel in training delivery and development.

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Maren Mahoney

Technical instructoR/Ccie

Favorite Place I’ve Traveled:
Italy (especially Florence & the Sistine Chapel)

Best Concert I’ve Been To:
I was never a concert goer, but I’ve been to TED and TEDx sessions and I’d do that again in a heartbeat!

Favorite Sports Team:
Go Vikings!


“Maren was possibly the most enthusiastic instructor I have ever encountered in all my training. She seemed to be very comfortable with training this subject.” – Roger, Network Engineer


Mike Keutzer

Technical instructoR

Hobbies Outside of Work:
Working on cars, keeping bees, tractor-time

Favorite Movie of All Time:
Blazing Saddles

Best Concert I’ve Been To:
Grateful Dead
Rainbow Theater, London, 1981


“Mike is the best instructor I have had to this day. He really broke the material down so you could get the whole picture.  I appreciate the opportunity to come and learn and I am for sure this will help launch my career.” – Nicholas, Network Operations


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Andrew Stibbards

Technical instructoR

If I Won the Lottery, I Would:
Go back to work on Monday, it takes time to setup trusts and accounts, can’t stop working right away.

Favorite Concert:
TYR

Favorite Movie:
Blazing Saddles or
Monty Python and the Holy Grail


“Andrew is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. His knowledge of the course was great; he explained every little thing in detail without skipping making sure that we understand the concept of everything instead of just completing the course. Thanks Andrew!” – Sharjeel, Field Engineer


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Russell Hughes

Technical instructoR

Best Concert I’ve Been To:
Prince & Pink Floyd

Favorite Place I’ve Been:
Galway, Ireland

Favorite Sports Team:
Nebraska Huskers


“Russell is a great instructor. He involved the class throughout the course and never hesitated to provide deeper explanations whenever there were questions. He also did a great job showing feeling and excitement rather than just dictating a course from a script.”  – Brett, Systems Engineer


Rick Williams

Technical instructoR

Favorite Place I’ve Been:
Costa Rica

Favorite Part About Working at SLI:
The people – past and present

Favorite Sports Team:
The underdogs in any playoff game


“He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and made sure everyone in the class was engaged. He answered all of my questions easily. I will
take classes offered by Rick in the future if he is available.” – Mike


John Meersma

Technical instructoR

Favorite Hobby Outside of Work:
Chess

Favorite Movie of all Time:
Top Gun

Favorite Sports Team:
Dallas Cowboys


“John is probably the best instructor I have seen over my 20 years in IT training. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Two thumbs up!!!!”  – Tad, Systems Admin


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Bruce Wilkinson

Technical instructoR

Favorite Place I’ve Been:
Tae Kwon Do-I’m a third-degree black belt
Australia

Favorite Part About Working for SLI:
Workmates

If I Won the Lottery Tomorrow, I Would:
Go home first class


The instructor, Bruce, was wonderful and extremely helpful. The class was MUCH more than I thought it would be. Great course, fantastic instructor, and I loved the way the labs were written in a human aspect. ”   – Christine, Systems Engineer


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Mark Wilson

Technical instructoR

Biggest Accomplishment:
The fact that I have such a great family and great friends speaks more for me than anything else
 
Favorite Movies:
The Philadelphia Story
 
Favorite Place:
The top of the Tooth of Time watching the
sunrise with my kids
 

“Mark is very knowledgeable and engaging with the way he runs the class. Amazing work as always!!!”  – Ian, Systems Engineer


Ben Nguyen

Technical instructoR


“Ben knows the material and is able to present it with enthusiasm. He is able to handle questions at this level very well.” -Mark, Systems Engineer


 

John Gardner

Technical instructoR

Hobbies Outside of Work:
Playing keyboard and guitar/Hiking and camping with my son

Favorite Sport:
Swimming

Biggest Accomplishment:
Becoming a father


Very knowledgeable and understood the product very well. Could answer questions and understood a lot of the other technology around the products.” -Brian, Systems Engineer