Accelebrate Management

Steve Heckler
Steve Heckler
President

Steve founded Accelebrate in March 2002. He manages Accelebrate’s overall curriculum, works with clients to design enterprise-wide and team-level learning solutions, manages Accelebrate's overall business, and teaches several times a year (which he loves). Since 2002, Accelebrate has grown from startup to a $5 million/year in revenue and has taught for clients in more than 20 countries, spanning every continent except Antarctica.

Specialties:

  • Designing enterprise-wide technical training solutions for corporations, government agencies, and universities
  • Facilitating the development of team-level training programs that build genuine competency among the participants in the topics taught, not just "check the box" skills for passing a multiple-choice test
  • Utilizing current trends in cloud and on-premise application development and hosting
  • Blending synchronous and asynchronous learning to maximize results and convenience
  • Leading international business initiatives (Accelebrate has delivered classes in-person and online for students in more than 20 countries)

Prior to founding Accelebrate, Steve served nearly seven years as Vice President and then President of a Washington, DC-based IT training firm.

Steve is passionate about education and ensuring that every Accelebrate student has a successful class with a knowledgeable, engaging instructor and hands-on material that is directly relevant to real-world projects. Within the firm, Steve is one of Accelebrate's lead instructors for Apache httpd, Apache Tomcat, JBoss, and IIS.

Outside of Accelebrate, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, helping lead workouts with a local fitness boot camp, traveling, teaching English and math skills to refugee children, and reading about foreign policy and current affairs. He holds Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from Stanford University.

Lynn Gant
Lynn Gant
Director of Sales

Lynn joined Accelebrate in May 2006 to lead the firm's sales efforts. She enjoys building relationships with clients and becoming a trusted learning partner. With each client, she strives to provide the highest quality of service and respect. Lynn loves that Accelebrate tailors its classes specifically to clients' needs and does not try to sell them a "one-size fits all" solution.

Lynn had 13 years of experience working in the training industry before joining the Accelebrate team. She worked for two Washington, DC-based training firms as a Training Manager, Operations Manager and Business Development Director. Outside of Accelebrate, Lynn loves spending time with her family and friends, biking, traveling and exploring new restaurants off the beaten path.

Jason Bell
Jason Bell
Director of Technology & Senior Instructor

Jason joined Accelebrate as a contract instructor in 2005. In 2012, he took on the additional role of Accelebrate's Directory of Technology. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective running of Accelebrate's IT infrastructure and employing new technologies to support the organization's continued growth.

Specialties:

  • Computer software design and development
  • C/C++, Microsoft .NET, Apple OS X, iOS (Objective-C and Swift), and Web-related technologies
  • Microsoft IIS server administration and configuration
  • Future trends in desktop, web, and mobile development. Jason has a keen sense of which technologies are going to be hot and which will not succeed.
  • History, design, and current trends in programming languages
  • Conducting IT training in a classroom environment
  • Creation of IT training courseware
  • Computer systems security
  • Web application security
  • Cryptography

Jason has been computer programming of one kind or another since his father purchased a TI-99/4A in 1982. He was actively working in the field during many of the seminal moments for the industry, including the introduction of Microsoft Windows, the original Macintosh, and the emergence of the World Wide Web. During the early days of Microsoft .NET, his work was featured in MSDN Magazine and he co-authored five books published by Wrox Press.

In the 1990's, Jason served eight years as a member of the United States Air Force. He was involved with humanitarian operations conducted throughout Europe and was later assigned to the Pentagon Telecommunications Center.

Away from work, Jason is a private pilot and enjoys running, biking, and mountaineering. He is also a member of Mensa and holds several industry certifications including Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).

Julie Prince
Julie Prince
Director of Client Success & Tech Talent

Julie has been leading operations and customer success teams for over a decade. She greatly enjoys continuously learning and solving problems creatively with people and technology. From optimizing systems and processes to strategizing and collaborating on learning programs, Julie is always seeking to learn, connect, and grow. Outside of the office, Julie loves music, photography, reading, traveling, and exploring nature with her family.

Mike Kullen
Mike Kullen
Training Environment Setup Manager

Mike joined Accelebrate in 2012 and coordinates the technical setup for most of Accelebrate's on-site and online training sessions, ensuring that the classroom computers, rental laptops, or virtual machines are all optimally equipped for a successful class. Before joining Accelebrate, Mike was a backend application & database development consultant for financial firms for 11 years. Prior to that, Mike spent 6 years as a consultant, instructor, and curriculum manager for a training firm in Washington, DC.

Mike has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Georgetown University and several years of acting training from theater programs in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Mike loves going on adventures with his family, and also dabbles in nature photography and building an open-source media network at home.

Lisa Bell
Lisa Bell
Logistics and Graphic Design Manager

Lisa joined Accelebrate in 2004 to manage logistics for all classes from start to finish, ensuring that each class runs smoothly. Since joining, her role with the company has grown to also include web development, graphic design, and marketing.

Lisa has a combined degree in business, computers, and arts administration from SUNY Fredonia. She has spent 20 years as a web developer and has been doing logistical management and event coordination since 1989. Lisa and her husband have had many opportunities to travel both inside and outside the US and are eager to explore new places whenever they get the chance.

Anne Fernandez
Anne Fernandez
Web Content Specialist & Instructor Manager

Anne manages Accelebrate's digital marketing campaigns, free webinars, and paid advertisements, and coordinates open enrollment courses. In addition to writing content for and updating the Accelebrate website, she is responsible for the site's Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Anne holds certifications in Google Ads and Google Analytics and writes articles on various SEO topics.

Anne joined Accelebrate in January 2010 while living in Indonesia to help facilitate trainer travel and support training logistics. Prior to joining the Accelebrate team, Anne served for four years as a web development trainer in a DC-based firm.

Anne now resides in Virginia after living overseas for 10 years in Egypt and Indonesia. She enjoys traveling around the world with her husband and two children, teaching yoga classes to kids, and volunteering at a local homeless shelter.

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