Cristopher Broyles, Chief Consulting Solutions Officer
Cristopher Broyles joined AFB in 2017, and has worked in the accessibility space since 2001. He is a leading expert on accessibility and inclusion, specializing in program policy and technical standards.
Cristopher is frequently sought out as a trusted accessibility advisor and leader by nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, private corporations, and the federal government. He is an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, participating on the Testing and Certification Board, and was selected to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Tester Program.
Prior to joining AFB, Cristopher led the Accessibility and Inclusion Program for a multibillion-dollar IT Consulting firm with over 30,000 employees in offices across 19 countries.
Cristopher completed his doctoral work at Texas Tech University, with a focus in accessible communication, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University.
John Lilly, Senior Accessibility Engineer
John Lilly joined AFB in 2014 to develop a series of accessible mobile applications, allowing AFB to reach blind and visually impaired individuals, families, and service providers across the nation. John has become a key member of the Consulting team, leveraging his programming knowledge and expertise to conduct usability and technical evaluations, identify solutions, and make recommendations.
John specializes in accessible mobile and web applications; programming languages, such as Java, Objective-C, Python, and HTML; and in assistive technology, including Talkback for Android, VoiceOver for iOS, and Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA).
Prior to joining the AFB team, John worked with several large consulting firms, and played a key role in developing a streamlined, automated, and accessible communications program for the Department of Human Resources of West Virginia.
John holds a bachelor’s in Computer Science from Marshall University.
Matthew Enigk, Accessibility Engineer
Matthew Enigk joined AFB in 2018 as a Technology and Accessibility Specialist, to evaluate websites, desktop, and mobile applications for accessibility to the blind and visually impaired.
Previously, Matt worked for a major IT consulting firm as a primary web and accessibility developer on the Healthcare.gov Plan Finder system. His past development experience includes Java, C#, SQL, PHP, and HTML. Assistive technology experience includes Talkback for Android, VoiceOver for iOS, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA), and JAWS.
Matt graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s in Computer and Information Technology with specializations in programming languages and web application.
Leslie Schulz, Usability Specialist
Leslie Schulz joined AFB in 2019 as a usability specialist. She is a web designer and college instructor who has taught students how to conduct usability testing. She also has a special interest in coding for web accessibility.
Leslie spoke on the topic of web accessibility in 2015 at the Big Design user experience conference, held annually in Dallas Fort Worth. View the presentation here.
Her Design Team class created a website for the American Council of the Blind of Texas, and she is working with the webmaster, Paul Hunt, to update this site and bring it online.
Recently Leslie received the certification of the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Concepts from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. She continues to strengthen her understanding of coding for accessibility through courses with Deque University.
Leslie holds a Master of Science in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University.
Mary Witherspoon, Usability Associate
Mary Witherspoon joined AFB in 2018 in the role of Usability Associate. She previously volunteered at the AFB Center on Vision Loss. Prior to joining AFB, Mary served as an Independent Training Consultant at the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind.
Throughout her career, Mary has served as a certified public accountant, a dispatch system analyst, and an employment development specialist, to name just a few. With over 20 years in the field of training and process development, Mary experienced a significant loss of vision. She now is excited to use her skills towards impacting the lives of people with vision loss.
Mary holds a Master of Science in Human Resources & Training from Amber University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Matthew Janusauskas, Director, Technical and Web Services
Matthew Janusauskas has over 20 years of experience working with assistive and mainstream technology including roles in accessibility and technical services, information technology, training, team management, and product management.
His extensive technical background, leadership, and communication ability have allowed such achievements as integrating a number of international technical accessibility teams. As product manager, he worked with multiple development and sales teams simultaneously to keep high-profile assistive technology products like the Victor Reader Stream digital e-reader in the market-leading position globally.
William Reuschel, Technical Development Lead, Web Services
William joined AFB full time in 2012. He has experience in applying WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 guidelines to achieve digital inclusion for both web and mobile platforms.
William has a technical background with mobile app development, and with AFB he has led the development of several mobile apps for both iOS and Android including the accessible note taker AccessNote and the app for the online magazine AccessWorld. Prior to joining AFB full time, he was an intern with AFB Tech performing product evaluations and software development. He holds a B.S in Computer Science and a B.S. in Chemistry from Marshall University.
Megan Dodd, Director, AFB Center on Vision Loss
Megan Dodd joined AFB in 2017 to oversee the Center on Vision Loss, a national demonstration center located in Dallas. The Center demo areas and programs are designed to help people with vision loss live more independently. With a focus on emerging technologies and tools, and demonstrating solutions directly to individuals with low vision, the Center on Vision Loss is a natural partner for AFB Consulting to conduct and administer user testing projects.
Prior to joining AFB, Megan served as Community Outreach Specialist for the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, where she handled numerous duties in marketing, sales, software and application design, and program development.
Megan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy at age 17, a genetic disorder which causes the loss of vision in the center of the eye. Her personal experience with vision loss has kindled a commitment to help create a future of no limits for blind individuals.
Megan was selected as National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award winner in 2014 and graduated from NIB’s Business Management Training Program the following year. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, certificate in management, and is a certified Microsoft Office Suite 2010 Master. Megan is currently pursuing her master's in business administration and master's in human resource development.
Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living and Employment Specialist
Neva Fairchild joined AFB in 2008 to oversee Esther’s Place at the Center on Vision Loss. Esther’s Place is a demonstration model home with over 500 products and environmental adaptations to help visually impaired or blind individuals live a life with no limits. Neva has over 25 years of professional experience in blindness rehabilitation and a lifetime of experience living with low vision. She was diagnosed at an early age with cone rod degeneration, a rare genetic eye condition.
Prior to joining AFB, Neva was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Employment Assistance Specialist with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and a Vocational Evaluator with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind.
Neva serves in numerous leadership roles, ranging from international to local in scope, with organizations such as the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the National Rehabilitation Association. She was also appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas, and elected Chair in 2017.
Neva holds a bachelor’s in rehabilitation science and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Aaron Preece, AccessWorld Technology and Information Specialist
Aaron Preece joined AFB in 2013 after serving as an intern with the organization. He authors articles for and assists in the production of AccessWorld®, AFB's technology magazine, as well as operates AFB's Information Center, where he provides information and resources to those with vision loss, their families and friends, professionals in the field of vision loss, and the general public.
Aaron has expertise in the use of desktop and mobile screen readers including the free and open source NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader for Windows and the VoiceOver screen reader for iOS, as well as the TalkBack screen reader for Android and the ChromeVox screen reader on ChromeOS. As an individual with a visual impairment, Aaron has direct knowledge of using assistive technology in a variety of settings from employment and education to leisure and entertainment.
Aaron also assisted in the composition of AFB's Learn NVDA video tutorials for the NVDA screen reader. Aaron has frequently spoken to groups and at conferences on various topics relating to visual impairment and accessibility. Topics include general information regarding assistive technology, the usability of healthcare devices, and game access for people with visual impairments. Aaron also serves on the board of trustees of the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust.
Aaron holds a bachelor of arts in history from Marshall University.
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