Bella Powers recently endured an intense one-on-one evaluation with a fellow fiber optics subject matter expert specially trained in certifying instructors for Navy fiber optics. CHA’s Curriculum Development Product Line Manager, Dylan Lynch, said, “Bella passed her demonstration and examination with flying colors. Our company now has the capability to train Navy Sailors to work on fiber, including hybrid cable, and the graduates will also be eligible to test for Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certification at no charge.”

Bella has been with Cape Henry Associates (CHA) for 10 months, coming directly from the Newport News Shipyard where she served as a hybrid fiber technician on a critical Navy ship control system. In her time there, she learned she has a true passion for fiber optics as well as for teaching, which made her a perfect fit to become an instructor and CHA’s Fiber Optic Subject Matter Expert. After getting her FOA certification in January of this year, Bella spent the next several months expanding her knowledge from strictly shipboard fiber optics to more commercial fiber optics.

As an instructor she, of course, loves to teach, but she also describes herself as “someone who loves to learn and to grow with my job.” Her goal is to see herself grow right alongside CHA until we get to a point where our team of instructors is actively teaching “all the things that are in our capabilities!” That broad capacity of knowledge is one of the things she most likes about CHA, along with the way “everyone comes together to help wherever needed.” The idea that there is a wealth of knowledge and willingness to draw from it at work motivates and inspires her.

What inspires her most, however, is her family. “They are my biggest cheerleaders and always inspire me to push harder. “But,” she adds, “even if I don’t quite reach a goal I have set for myself, they are always there to make sure I keep my head up.” That dynamic is one of the reasons she loves spending her free time surrounded by family, including her husband of almost 10 years, Dustin, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel.

Bella spends a lot of time at the ballfield watching Daniel play baseball. During the offseason, if she’s not at work or studying something new, you’ll find her curled up on the couch with the family dog, reading. This native Virginian’s favorite pastime, though, might be fishing. “I love to fish! There is just something peaceful and relaxing about being on the water throwing a worm (or whatever bait I’m using at the time) even if I am spending more time wishing than actually fishing.”

Bella’s ability to find the positive in any situation serves her well in her current position because teaching takes a lot of patience as well as the capacity to effectively identify both the areas students need additional instruction in as well as the areas in which they excel. We’re excited to be able to offer our clients fiber optic expertise and instruction with such a naturally gifted teacher.

She even sings, or so she told us when we asked her for a little-known fact. “I love to sing. I’d be a famous singer right now if I could have lived out my childhood dreams.” We’re just glad she chose not to “sing for her supper” as the saying goes, and instead has opted to use her considerable talents to assist our clients with their fiber optic training needs.

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