2020 AIR Mentors


Alexandra Tait
Alexandra Tait

Alex Tait is a developer, consultant and educator whose passion lies in the intersection of accessibility and modern JavaScript within interface architecture and design systems. As a developer, she believes that inclusion driven development practices with accessibility at the forefront lead to better products for everyone. As a consultant and strategist, she believes that less is more and that new feature scope creep cannot be prioritized over core feature parity for disabled users. As an educator, she believes in removing barriers to information so that tech can become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry.


Amanda Rush
Amanda Rush

I have almost two decades of experience developing for the web in general, and over a decade of experience developing for and using WordPress.

I’m a member of the WordPress Accessibility Team, and I teach people how to use WordPress and other web technologies with or without assistive technology.

I’m also very active in the larger WordPress community.


Andrea Skeries
Andrea Skeries

I’m a huge lover of art and technology, and bringing the two together, as a front end web developer and designer.

I’m being playing with HTML, since that first Bondi Blue iMac came out, using table layouts, and Angelfire for hosting.

I’ve been learning about web accessibility for a little over 10 years. I was among the first group of people to become certified professional, and accessibility core competencies, or CPAC from the IAAP a couple of years ago.


Bouton Jones
Bouton Jones

Bouton Jones has over 20 years as a contractor and consultant in web design and web development. He has worked for Battelle, Keane, Robert Half, and AT&T as well as working on several contracts for the DoD. He co-authored QA Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology, co-presented a session on Digital Accessibility at Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers 2017 and presented a total of three sessions on Accessibility at the Adobe ColdFusion Summit in 2017 and 2018. His team won the First Place trophy for best accessible web site in the 2019 Accessibility Internet Rally.


Carlos Cordero Alfaro

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Cory Bly
Cory Bly

I am an IT professional with over 20 years of total IT experience, including 10 years of web development experience, of which 8 years have been spent supporting contracts for the Federal Government. During my time supporting Federal Government agencies I’ve gained quite a bit of knowledge in creating Section 508 compliant websites, PDFs and other office documents accessible from multiple devices, browsers and platforms.

I also have experience in implementing Search Engine Optimization best practices and tactics to increase a website’s search engine rankings. Most recently I became employed as an User Experience Consultant performing duties as a web applications tester with an emphasis on accessibility.


Herin Hentry
Herin Hentry

Over 10 years of experience in testing as a committed tester, team player and as a team lead. I have worked on various challenging projects in different domains including finance, telecommunications, retail industry, websites, mobile applications and accessibility.

I have worked in different phases of testing including functional, user acceptance, end to end, pilot testing, beta testing and system testing. My major strengths are communication & interpersonal skills, strong reporting skills, proactive thinking, team management, time management, professional qualifications and knowledge in testing methodologies.

My current passion is Accessibility testing. I have performed multiple Accessibility Evaluation projects for Level A and Level AA standards and ATAG2.0 guidelines.

I believe in self-management, time management, self-organisation, team collaboration and pro-active learning to achieve goals.


Joe Burkhart

Joe Burkhart works as a Lead Accessibility Solutions Engineer and is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). He has experience as a developer and also consulting with project teams to build accessible products and services that meet WCAG and comply with CVAA.

He currently works in the telecommunications industry where he focuses on providing accessibility tools and resources that project teams need for success. Joe is passionate about finding technology solutions to accessibility problems.


Jonee Meiser

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Juny Kallukalam
Juny Kallukalam

My ultimate passion is to be a part of the strategy and creation process for consumer-facing products that affect every day people’s lives and enhance them for the better.

Specialties:

  • Digital accessibility
  • Inclusive product design
  • Product management
  • Visual storytelling
  • WCAG

Kim Collins
Kim Collins

Front-end web developer and web accessibility specialist.

I build accessible, responsive, performant websites, and help coach other developers to do the same.

I’m a big believer in cross-functional team collaboration, and building accessibility in from the start.


Michelle Williamson
Michelle Williamson

I’m a developer with 20+ years of fullstack web development experience and a Master’s in Computer Science that dove into the world of Android Development a couple years ago. Strong in Java, PHP, Git workflows, CLI, SQL, NoSQL, accessibility, REST, various Google and Facebook APIs, and debugging. Also have experience in working in a distributed team and with Agile/Scrum methodologies and tools. See http://mickeywilliamson.com/ for more info and portfolio.


Miranda Capra
Miranda Capra

I am a champion of inclusive design and usable accessibility for assistive technology users of all skill levels. I moderate usability tests with people with disabilities and create WCAG-conformant design patterns that are also easy to use by people of all abilities. I educate corporations about accessibility policies and processes.


Momin Pasha Mohammed
Momin Pasha Mohammed

4+ years of hands-on experience in designing and developing accessible web UI applications leveraging HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA. Worked as SME on web accessibility such as auditing and making recommendations to make web applications accessible. Personally passionate and strongly committed to going beyond accessibility compliance and to make products truly inclusive for everyone.


Accessibility Consultant for a few organizations including Deque Systems on web, mobile and PDF accessibility, ensuring clients are producing not only compliant content but usable as well. She’s been consulting for over 11 years on external sites against WCAG 2.0 standards and now 2.1, technical writing, UX reviews, presentations, remediation, assessments and training were and are still part of her daily activities.

She was an active member of the Accessibility Consulting team at CNIB focusing on internal and external AODA and WCAG 2.0 Compliance and has obtained her IAAP CPWAS and Certified Tester certifications.

In her current role as an Accessibility Consultant, Naveesha provides accessibility audits for clients, Usability assessments, Document conversion and promotes accessibility awareness & services to organizations within Canada and the US while assisting anyone in need of accessibility information ensuring compliance with the current Section 508 of the U.S. Rehab Act, WCAG 2.0, W3C and AODA standards. These duties compliment her interests of volunteering for fundraising events and helping others in need either internationally or in local organizations.


Peter Daly
Peter Daly

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Raghavendra Satish Peri
Raghavendra Satish Peri, Deque

Rags, as he is fondly called, has an extensive background and experience in Digital Accessibility.

He has worked with various clients ranging from Travel & Hospitality, e-commerce, Entertainment, Banking & Finance.

Currently, he is a Digital Accessibility Consultant slaying web accessibility & mobile accessibility challenges.


Rajath Tirumangalam
Rajath Tirumangalam

Currently as a senior accessibility analyst at Target india, Bengaluru; I perform audits on applications, website, physical accessibility, provide trainings, research on new solutions.
my total industry experience spans across ten years including eight years in digital accessibility space for a wide range of enterprise-level, large organizations including: TCS, Target India, Infosys, across a variety of domains such as Banking & finance, transport, e-commerce, Staffing, and HRWeb. I am an IAAP certified CPACC professional.

My Accessibility expertise includes: Mobile Web, Native iOS & Android, Hybrid Apps, Responsive Web Design, HTML, JavaScript, j-query, CSS, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Modern Web development techniques. I have performed accessibility audits on a number of high-profile corporate websites and web applications. I can advise on the globally accepted guidelines for web accessibility and can propose solutions to overcome accessibility issues. I also train developers in accessibility to enable them to build accessible websites and applications.


Rajendra Prasad
Rajendra Prasad

Rajendra is a Principal Accessibility Consultant at a MultiNational Company with extensive experience in Web Accessibility. He has worked with various fortune 500 companies ranging from Banking, Insurance, Universities, Healthcare.

He enjoys developing prototypes using HTML/ARIA and share them with development teams. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) from the IAAP. He is an accessibility trainer, interviewer and blogger.

He has been a part of Open AIR from 2013 (as a participant/mentor) and loves to work with different teams across the globe and educate teams/clients on Web Accessibility.


Sandeep Tirumangalam
Sandeep Tirumangalam

Sandeep lives in Hyderabad, India and has been involved in the accessibility community since 2013. He studied at Bangalore University and is a person with low vision.

Sandeep became passionate about accessibility once he learned more about web design and usability testing. Now, he enjoys learning about WCAG guidelines how that pertains to the user experience.


Saroj Bala
Saroj Bala

Thirteen years of digital customer experience with expertise as designer/developer and skills in providing simple tech support. Five years of professional business experience in the web accessibility field with expertise as an assistive technology tester and skills as an accessibility adviser.

Previously worked for SAPIENT as a UI/UX developer, Hindustan Times Media Ltd as a web designer/developer and AEQUOR as a web developer.

Accessibility expertise includes: Responsive Web Design, HTML5, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Modern Web development techniques.

Hands on experience in branding and identity, designing prototypes, Developing div based structure, Cross Browser compatibility, User Experience Technologies,Photoshop, CSS3 and Dreamweaver.


Sheri Byrne-Haber
Sheri Byrne-Haber

Sheri Byrne-Haber has been working exclusively in the intersection of business/disability/technology for more than 15 years. She previously built a global accessibility team at McDonald’s and is currently doing the same for VMware. She has degrees in IT, law and business, and is CPACC and ADA certified.


Stacey Rayos
Stacey Rayos

Stacey Rayos is a Webmaster for Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas. A web developer for over 10 years, Stacey learned the importance of inclusive design when she began working with the highly esteemed Jim Allan at TSBVI in 2014. Under his patient tutelage she has become an enthusiastic evangelist for inclusive development and usability.

Her primary coding languages are HTML, PHP, Python and Javascript. Stacey is currently engaged in the mammoth project of moving the TSBVI Joomla! CMS site into a Drupal 8 platform on a cloud host.


Suman Damera
Suman Damera

Suman Damera is the accessibility team lead at Deque India. He has more than 10 years of diverse experience in Accessibility testing/consulting/training. Suman is a member of the W3C ARIA working group, a certified web accessibility specialist(WAS), and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). Suman has a strong passion for being a constant learner in regards to all things accessibility/assistive technologies.


Thomas Logan
Thomas Logan

Thomas Logan is the CEO of Equal Entry and cofounder of A11yNYC – Accessibility New York City. Thomas has been working in the accessibility field for over 13 years. He got his start at UNC with a student project to make a digitized ancient world map accessible through sound and touch to a graduate student who was blind in the Classics Department. From there he worked at Microsoft, Mozilla, and a variety of accessibility consulting organizations, and ultimately his own company Equal Entry. Logan’s passion is spreading awareness and clear instructions for people in the technology industry to understand how to build solutions that work for everyone.


Tzveta Dinova
Tzveta Dinova

Design, anthropology and anything in between. All things creative and tech learning.


Usha Devi Pitchandi
Usha Devi Pitchandi

I am a User Interface Expert working with an ambition of bringing the web technology to new heights.

I have been involving in pitching teams, leading team, expertise web consulting, acquiring business with clients, front-end web development, SRCUM activities and project management. My career started and established firmly with client-side web development mainly with HTML, CSS, CSS libraries, Javascript, JS libraries & Photoshop. Accessibility(508 Compliance, WCAG etc), Web Standards (W3C), Responsive Web Development, Re-usability, Code Standardization, Browser & Operating system compatibilities for various hand-held devices & desktops are my areas of expertise. My research goes on with the Aural Web Technology together with User Experience(UX)

SCRUM has fascinated me a lot that am practising scrum for more than 3 years. Involving myself in evangalising SCRUM work environment and importance of SCRUM methodologies among my peers.


Yesica Ercoreca
Yesica Ercoreca

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Zhennan Wang
Zhennan Wang

I joined IBM in 2000, now a researcher at Human Ability and Accessibility Center.

Research interests focus on accessibility related techology researches including web accessibility techologies and mobile technologies.