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Since 2010, we’ve helped tomorrow’s technology leaders master their craft and get ahead. That happens through hands-on learning from instructors who bring industry knowledge as well as technical expertise to the classroom. Our instructors are real-world professionals who can help you grow your skills and connect you with your next job.

Meet the Team


Natalya Ostrovskaya

Natalya Ostrovskaya

Product and project management instructor

With a masters degree in information systems project management, Natalya Ostrovskaya is an expert in IT project and product management. For more than 15 years, Natalya has worked to improve software development lifecycles using agile methodologies for Fortune 500 companies. Her true passion, however, is teaching, coaching, and helping people achieve their career potential. As a Forte Knowledge instructor, teaches several project management courses.

Gustavo Pontinha

Gustavo Pontinha

Java advanced instructor

Gustavo has been a software developer for over 20 years, 16 of them using Java and related technologies. He switched from tech support to software development early in his career, working for media, insurance, technology, e-commerce, and financial companies, such as IBM, Scotiabank, and CME. Most of his development was focused on the back-end, but he has plenty of experience on front-end development as well.

Tony Vizza

Tony Vizza

Quality Assurance (QA) Instructor

Tony began his software career in the mid-1970s designing, coding, and testing mainframe software applications. Since the start of his career, he's seen a tremendous amount of change in IT as technologies have evolved. He began working in design and development, but over time was drawn toward software support and training. Now, he works in quality assurance as an analyst and manager. As a Forte Knowledge instructor, Tony brings his broad experience and passion for coaching and teaching to the classroom.

Cleber Baldan Junior

Cleber Baldan Junior

Software development engineer with test automation expertise

Cleber is a self-described "die-hard geek, tester at the core, and ultimately—a developer." Cleber brings a solid understanding of software development methodologies with a background rooted in quality assurance (QA), testing analysis, and automated test design and engineering. His wide technical expertise, coupled with his business background, make him a practical, energetic Forte Knowledge instructor. Cleber loves inspiring Forte Knowledge students with hands-on course training.

Yemi Akisanya

Yemi Akisanya

Product management and business development leader

Yemi is a business and product management leader with a background rooted in quality assurance (QA). As someone who has worked on both the business and technology sides of software delivery, Yemi is the ideal liason, coach, and leader for building software delivery teams and value-driven products. As a Forte Knowledge instructor, Yemi is unique and valuable resource who shares his experiences as both a technology practitioner and business leader to help students grow their IT and communications skills.

Ricardo Staudt

Ricardo Staudt

Quality Assurance (QA) Instructor

Ricardo is a seasoned QA engineer with more than 16 years of experience in the software industry. During that time, he's worked on a variety of projects in mobile, desktop, and web application development, QA, and testing for mid-market businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises. Ricardo is proficient in test automation—for both back-end and front-end applications. He loves solving problems by taking advantage of cutting-edge strategies, using evolving methodologies, and developing testing tools and frameworks.

Dasha Daniyalian

Dasha Daniyalian

Quality Assurance (QA) Instructor

Dasha has been in the IT industry for almost ten years with a specialization in quality assurance and testing analysis, currently working for Foot Locker. Though now a Forte Knowledge instructor, Dasha began her career in QA as a Forte Knowledge student. Since completing her Forte Knowledge training, Dasha has risen in the IT industry, taking various roles. She returned to Forte Knowledge to become an instructor because of her passion and commitment to helping others achieve their career goals, as she has.

Sergii Opanasiuk

Sergii Opanasiuk

Senior software engineer with test automation and DevOps expertise

Sergii is senior DevOps engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the software development field with seven years of experience in test automation. Sergii has worked in four different countries for a variety of companies, from from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Sergii excels at mentoring interns and junior engineers, coaching young technologists to enhance their skills. As a Forte Knowledge instructor and working DevOps engineer, Sergii enjoys keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry and stays up-to-speed on modern technologies and techniques in software developing and testing.

Suman Katter

Suman Katter

Experienced agile coach and trainer

Suman is a Senior Scrum Master and Agile Coach with more than 10 years of intensive experience in IT. Throughout her career, she's helped dozens of organizations adopt agile software development best practices. Along with practical experience in agile adoption and transformation projects, Suman holds several certifications, including CSM (Certified Scrum Professional), CSP (Certified Scrum Professional), PMI PMP (Project Management Professional), PMI ACP (Agile-Certified Professional), and PSPO (Professional Scrum and Product Owner). As a Forte Knowledge instructor, Suman is passionate about sharing her expertise with current and future IT professionals who are ready to grow and influence product development, management, and delivery with an agile approach.

What Graduates Say


There are two important things that one needs to have when thinking of starting a new career: knowledge and confidence. I’m thankful that I got both from my training experience at Forte Knowledge. While I was taking classes, the staff became my close friends and supported me from admission to graduation—then, to finding a job. I'm so happy that I've started my own career in QA testing!

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