Team

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.

Get to Know Us

John Samuel

John Samuel
Co-Founder/CEO

John Samuel impacts businesses and people with innovative strategies on disability inclusion.
John’s John’s bio.

Mike Iannelli

Mike Iannelli
Co-Founder/CSO

Mike is a hybrid executive with tenure in firms from both the client and agency side.
Mike’s bio.

Kevin Erickson

Kevin Erickson
Accessibility Services Manager

Kevin brings over 10 years of experience specializing in digital accessibility with web and mobile design and build.
Kevin’s bio.

Ronak Patel

Ronak Patel
Director of Operations and Customer Success

Ronak brings to Ablr over 10 years of experience from startups as well as the world’s top technology and services companies, including the Fortune 1 and Fortune 500.
Ronak’s bio.

Matt Krombach

Matt Krombach
Solutions Consultant

Matt grew up in The Triangle and attended Appalachian State University in the mountains of NC to pursue his interest in broadcast media.
Matt’s bio.

Quan Leysath

Quan Leysath
Partner Development Strategy

Quan Leysath is someone you want as your partner. Luckily, here at Ablr, he passionately takes charge of creating partnerships & strategic alliances with organizations.
Quan’s bio.

Sharon Delaney McCloud

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.
Sharon’s bio.

Susanne Meyer

Susanne Meyer
Employment Analyst

Susanne comes from LCI Tech, where she worked passionately on disability inclusion.
Susanne’s bio.

Kim Casey

Kim Casey
Accessibility Consultant

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.
Kim’s bio.

Carla Smith

Carla Smith
Accessibility Representative

Carla conducts usability and accessibility tests on websites and other digital content based on international standards.
Carla’s bio.

Alyssa Cheeseman

Alyssa Cheeseman
Accessibility Analyst

Alyssa specializes in identifying accessibility issues using the combination of a screen reader and screen magnification software.
Alyssa’s bio.

Shannon Garner

Shannon Garner
Accessibility Analyst

As a member of the Ablr team, Shannon conducts accessibility tests on websites using a screen reader.
Shannon’s bio.

Team Bios

John Samuel
Co-Founder/CEO

John Samuel

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).

Mike Iannelli
Co-Founder/CSO

Mike Iannelli

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 BAS, Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.

Kevin Erickson
Accessibility Services Manager

Kevin Erickson

Kevin brings over 10 years of experience specializing in digital accessibility with web and mobile design and build. He comes to the Ablr team from Virginia, where most recently he served as an accessibility consultant at Level Access, providing accessibility guidance, testing, execution, and training. Prior to his time at Level Access, Kevin worked for the Virginia Department of Education as well as the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, helping to solve clients’ performance and usability challenges from start to finish.

Kevin holds a degree in computer science and multiple certifications including as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Ronak Patel
Director of Operations and Customer Success

Ronak Patel

Ronak brings to Ablr over 10 years of experience from startups as well as the world’s top technology and services companies, including the Fortune 1 and Fortune 500. He enjoys leveraging his background in strategy and operations, program management, customer experience, and business development to deliver world-class products and experiences. Most recently, Ronak served as an Analytics and Program Manager at Walmart eCommerce, where he led strategic projects aimed at driving change and maximizing business and operational efficiency for the high-growth e-commerce business. Ronak is also visually impaired, and diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of his brand. He believes in building and leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver optimal business results.

Ronak holds dual degrees in Operations Management and Finance from the University of Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys fitness, meditation, audiobooks, and spending time with his friends and family.

Matt Krombach
Solutions Consultant

Matt Krombach

Matt works diligently to help companies build accessibility and inclusion into their organizations from the ground up. As a committed salesman, he won’t stop until Ablr becomes the first choice for accessibility, and even then he will keep educating and advocating for disability inclusion. When you talk to Matt, you realize quickly that he has invested his whole heart in Ablr.

Matt graduated with a BA in Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Appalachian State University.

Quan Leysath
Partner Development Strategy

Quan Leysath

Quan passionately takes charge of creating partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations. Quan has experience in both the private and nonprofit industry. He began his career in banking at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in the roles of team lead and underwriter assistant. He moved to the nonprofit sector, where he worked for National Industries for the Blind. In 2017, Quan was awarded the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Quan holds a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Sharon Delaney McCloud
Communications Consultant

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.

Susanne Meyer
Employment Analyst

Susanne Meyer

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 Casey
Accessibility Consultant

Kim Casey

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.

Carla Smith
Accessibility Representative

Carla Smith

Here at Ablr, Carla conducts usability and accessibility testing on websites and other digital content, based on international standards. Carla is currently working towards becoming a CPACC.

Alyssa Cheeseman
Accessibility Analyst

Alyssa Cheeseman

Alyssa brings to Ablr her specialization in identifying accessibility issues, using the combination of a screen reader and screen magnification software, and makes recommendations based on international standards.

Alyssa is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a BS in Sociology. Alyssa has earned her Certification in Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and DHS Trusted Tester Certification.

Shannon Garner
Accessibility Analyst

Shannon Garner

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.

Tracker
Guide Dog Extraordinaire

Tracker

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

Bill Hudson
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.

Jeffrey Hawting
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.

Donald Thompson
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.