MEET OUR TEAM

JOHN SAMUEL

Chief Innovation Architect

John brings 13 years of business experience in various domestic and international industries to the LCI Tech group. While launching and serving as the CEO for Aster Cameroon, a global telecom infrastructure Joint Venture, he built a $45 million business bringing internet access across Africa. Afterwards he became an early member of Homestrings, a USAID backed crowdfunding platform, where he helped raise capital for startups in Emerging Markets. John holds his MBA from George Washington University, BS in Accounting from North Carolina State University and Certified Professional in Accessible Core Competencies (CPACC).

John knows no barriers. You can find him exploring the ends of the world, from summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, to drinking Pisco Sours in Lima!

KEVIN ERICKSON

Accessibility Manager

Kevin brings over 10 years of experience specializing in digital accessibility with web and mobile design and build. He comes to the LCI Tech 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 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).

When Kevin’s not helping clients navigate the world of digital accessibility, you can find him running, bicycling or motorcycling – but only if you can catch him!

Click hear to read a Q&A with Kevin

CARLA SMITH

Technology Services Representative

Carla conducts usability and accessibility tests on websites and other digital content based on international standards. She joins the LCI Tech team after a 38-year career with the NC Dept of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, where she supported claimants and employers. Carla is currently working towards becoming a CPACC.

When Carla is not knocking down accessibility barriers, she is knocking down pins as a member of the Raleigh Outlaws bowling league!

ALYSSA CHEESEMAN

Digital Accessibility Analyst

Alyssa specializes in identifying accessibility issues using the combination of a screen reader and screen magnification software and makes recommendations based on international standards. She is a recent graduate with a BA in Sociology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Alyssa received her Certification in Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) in 2019.

When Alyssa is not weaving ideas into reality, she is weaving yarn into blankets.

SHANNON GARNER

Technology Services Representative

As a member of the tech team, Shannon conducts accessibility tests on websites using a screen reader. Prior to joining the LCI Tech 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) in 2019.

Not only is Shannon aiming to eliminate accessibility issues, she is also aiming at the bullseye as a member of the National Blind Dart League!

TRACKER

Tracker (Track Star) is the first guide dog of LCI Tech.

Tracker is an energetic, 60-pound, yellow Labrador Retriever; born in San Rafael, California. Tracker joined LCI after graduating in 2016 from Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Oregon, as the companion of Shannon Garner.

When Tracker isn’t making things more accessible for Shannon by guiding her around physical barriers, you can find him nudging her under the desk with his favorite Nyla bone in his mouth!

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