Meet the Ablr Team. We are a group of passionate people with different experiences and abilities; all united in our desire to create a more diverse, equitable and disability-inclusive world-one website at a time.
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John Samuel impacts businesses and people with innovative strategies on disability inclusion.
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Mike is a hybrid executive with tenure in firms from both the client and agency side.
Director of Accessibility
Kim, started her career working with a company dedicated to finding accessible solutions for independent navigation. At Ablr, she has expanded her focus to accessibility testing for all digital resources.
Senior Accessibility Analyst
As a member of the Ablr team, Shannon conducts accessibility tests on websites using a screen reader.
Sarah is a passionate and enthusiastic Tar Heel and creative communicator. She joins the Ablr team as a Digital Marketing Strategist and hopes to have the chance to amplify voices and causes that are important to Ablr.
Director of AblrWorks
Morgan Cates’ passion is to deliver innovative Disability Inclusion and Accessibility strategies for the workforce.
Susanne comes from LCI Tech, where she worked passionately on disability inclusion.
Sharon Delaney McCloud Communications Consultant
Sharon Delaney McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx Speaker, Certified Diversity Executive CDE®, agency owner, Olympic Torch Bearer, and more.
Angus Muneeb Kola Accessibility Analyst
Angus Kola has over 10 years of assistive technology and adaptive technology consulting experience with accreditation
John’s focus is on helping organizations be more inclusive by making digital content accessible for people of all abilities. John’s passion for his work is very personal, as he is blind. John wants to make sure the obstacles he has faced are removed for others. His experience includes stints in domestic and international industries over the last 15 years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Aravind Eye Foundation, the largest eye care provider in the world, and is a public speaker who loves connecting with people and telling impactful stories. John knows no barriers.
John holds his MBA from George Washington University, BS in Accounting from North Carolina State University and Certified Professional in Accessible Core Competencies (CPACC).
Co-Founder/Chief Revenue Officer/CRO
Mike is a hybrid executive with a blend of creative and analytical intelligence. His tenure ranges from developing and leading Digital Marketing Agencies, to holding Executive level positions with multiple firms. Mike spent half of his career on the client side, leading Digital Marketing, Creative & Analytics as Vice President of Marketing at the largest operator of for-profit post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and Canada (formerly known as EDMC). A highly effective and passionate leader, Mike has been part of the digital ecosystem for over 20 years, leading marketing strategy for brands like Hanes, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Johnston & Murphy and The Body Shop.
His dynamic background allows for unique and creative thinking for clients, companies and partnerships alike. At Ablr, Mike will once again be in hybrid formation: leading business/brand strategy, business development & marketing operations, and developing the Ablr Partnership Program; extending our footprint across the US & beyond bringing digital accessibility, inclusion and compliance to everyone.
Mike earned a BS, Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.
Director of AblrWorks
Morgan’s passion is to deliver innovative Disability Inclusion and Accessibility strategies for the workforce. She blends her experience from the education world (as a Special Education Teacher, Administrator, and Curriculum Designer) and the business sector (as a COO and Strategy Consultant) to develop tools, training, and resources to further meaningful employment. Morgan is an avid learner committed to building workplace training, culture, operations, and partnerships through trust-based networking and human-centered approaches. As a systems person, she is adept at creating environments with strong organization and emotional intelligence.
Morgan has multiple degrees and certifications in All-Level Special Education and Non-Profit Business Management from ACU and Duke University.
Susanne comes to Ablr from LCI Tech, where she works passionately on disability inclusion. She creates trainings to make workplaces ready to welcome people of all abilities, and consults with companies about the accommodations they need to make. Susanne has many years of personal and professional experience as an ally to the disability community.
Susanne holds a PhD from Duke University.
Kim joins the Ablr team after 19 years with Sendero Group, a company dedicated to finding accessible solutions for independent wayfinding. Kim has authored and participated on several federally funded grants totaling over $4 million since 2001 for the development of accessible wayfinding tools. Her previous experience with creating accessible products has translated seamlessly into her new role as digital accessibility consultant at Ablr. Kim has earned the DHS Trusted Tester Certification.
Kim holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from the University of California, Davis.
As a member of the Ablr team, Shannon conducts accessibility testing on websites using a screen reader. Prior to joining the Ablr team, she spent two years working on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service contract at HP in El Paso, TX. Shannon also received her certification of completion in hospitality and contact centers from The National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service in Buffalo, NY.
Shannon earned her Certification in Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and DHS Trusted Tester Certification.
From stocking clothing racks to creating social media calendars, Sarah has experienced different industries and the challenges that lie within them. What remains consistent is the importance of customer service, which is what piqued her interest in Public Relations. Having worked in a retail setting, she has experienced first-hand the importance of marketing and advertising as I see the number of customers walk through the doors. Now, as a Marketing Strategist, she will apply those lessons to help local businesses succeed.
Sharon Delaney McCloud
Sharon Delaney McCloud brings many distinctions to Ablr. She is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx Speaker, Certified Diversity Executive CDE®, agency owner, Olympic Torch Bearer, and author who helps leaders & teams improve communication and build resilience to drive business results. Sharon spent 20 years as a television journalist covering everything from NASA to politics to the Super Bowl at stations across the country. Through her professional development practice at Walk West, a full-service marketing agency, Sharon works with C-Suite executives and emerging leaders at global organizations on developing their message and delivering it with confidence and impact.
Sharon graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Communication.
Angus Muneeb Kola
Angus has five years of customer service experience with excellence and over 10 years of assistive technology and adaptive technology consulting experience with accreditation.
He worked as Gaston College’s ADA Compliance Specialist for over five years to make their online learning content more accessible. He has accessibility administrative experience in both automated and manual testing.
Before joining the world of accessibility, he has fifteen years of IT support and consulting experience and qualifications with a specialization in responsive web and app development.
Angus graduated from Gaston College with a A.A. in LIberal Arts.
Guide Dog Extraordinaire
Tracker is an energetic, 60-pound, yellow Labrador Retriever; born in San Rafael, California. Tracker joined Ablr after graduating in 2016 from Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Oregon, as the companion of Shannon Garner.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Over a fifty year career, Bill Hudson led with passion, vision, and courage to build a thriving business with one singular focus – to find meaningful employment for people who are blind. As a true entrepreneur, Bill was always ready to seize on new opportunities to grow and expand business across multiple channels. From a small Durham based manufacturing operation that made only one product – mattresses – Bill expanded into multiple product lines. His ‘small manufacturing operation’ now makes over 2,500 different products. In the mid-90s, Bill capitalized on government procurement changes to develop an innovative retail solution supporting our nation’s military, which in 2020 supports over 155 retail stores on military bases employing many people who are blind. Not satisfied with that growth, Bill expanded into government distribution, and more recently was the impetus behind LCI’s entry into technology services.
Board of Directors
Jeffrey Hawting is the President of LCI. Before coming to LCI, Jeffrey worked for over two decades in diverse organizations from non-profits to global Fortune 100 companies. With equally diverse roles in sales management, operations, marketing and more, his enterprise-level perspective lets us look to the future with confidence.
His current focuses are team development, process improvement, and new business development, but his anchor is LCI’s mission: employment for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Board of Directors
As CEO of Walk West, Donald leads strategy, partnerships, and business development. Under his leadership, Walk West has been recognized by Inc 5000 as the fastest growing marketing agency in North Carolina in 2018 and 2019. As a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), Donald takes pride in Walk West’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, with 80% of the leadership team consisting of women and minorities. Donald lives by the philosophy of ‘giving back’ and is passionate about advising, coaching, and mentoring dream chasers. He conducts workshops with C-suite executives of leading organizations who are looking to develop, expand, or optimize their diversity and inclusion practice. He is currently authoring his autobiography, Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success.