Faculty

Taha Abdulkarim (Full-time Faculty) graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been an instructor at HFC for more than 10 years. Before joining the faculty at HFC, Mr. Abdulkarim spent 12 years working as an IT professional in the field of computer networking during which time he participated in project implementations, system upgrades, and technology conversions. Mr. Abdulkarim is skilled in designing, planning and implementing LAN/WAN solutions. He has extensive knowledge of Cisco networking technologies, protocols, system engineering methods, and network design. Mr. Abdulkarim teaches courses in both the CCNA and CCNP curriculum. He holds numerous Cisco certifications including CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, and CCDP in addition to Security+, Server+, and Novell CNE certifications.
Phone: (313) 845-9895
Todd Browning (Full-time Faculty) has been a Cisco instructor at Henry Ford College since December 1999. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree and holds a Master's Degree from Wayne State University.
Phone: (313) 845-6365
Kathryn Fitzner (Full-time Faculty) has been an instructor at HFC for over 13 years. After obtaining a BS in Business Administration, Mrs. Fitzner worked as an accountant for several years. In 1989 she joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer teacher in Samoa, where she discovered a love of teaching. She then completed her Masters in Teaching from Wayne State University and began working as a secondary school computer instructor and technology coordinator. Mrs. Fitzner became involved with the Cisco Networking Academy program in 1999. In addition to instructing students, she provides training and support to instructors and Academies throughout the Midwest. Mrs. Fitzner has presented at numerous Academy conferences both locally and nationally. She is a certified Cisco Instructor Trainer and holds several IT certifications including CCENT, CCNA, Network+, and Security+.
Phone: (313) 317-1570
Ian Baringer (Adjunct Faculty) is a graduate of the Cisco Networking Academy program and Henry Ford College. Mr. Baringer started as a technical lab assistant in 2001 and in 2004 he became an adjunct instructor. After acquiring his CCNA certification, Mr. Baringer obtained a position as a Network Analyst, where he provides technical leadership in all facets of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Enterprise LAN/WAN network. Mr. Baringer also volunteers his time as a lead judge and presenter at HFC’s annual Academy Olympics event.
Kelly Gheesling (Adjunct Faculty) completed the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA program in 2000 as part of the very first cohort at HFC. Just two weeks after passing her CCNA exam, she was hired as a Network Operations Engineer at Fiber Network Solutions, Inc in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Gheesling went on to become the Inside Sales Manager where she was responsible for customer retention, technical sales presentations, and technical support. After a few years, she moved back to Dearborn to work at Ford Motor Company. Ms. Gheesling has spent the past ten years working in network design, implementation, support, and most recently in Network Services as a Technical Project Manager.
Jim Knerr (Support Staff) graduated from Henry Ford College in 2007 with an Associate Degree in Network Administration. While attending classes, he was hired by Enertron, LLC and was assigned to the college as a computer repair technician. Jim works mainly on the East Campus, keeping the computers and the network running at M-TEC and the Nursing building. Jim has also been working as a lab assistant for HFC’s Cisco Academy program since 2011.