SENIOR STAFF

Albert Rizzi and his first guide dog, Doxy

Albert J. Rizzi

Founder of My Blind Spot

Albert J. Rizzi received his B.A. from Manhattanville College and has dual M.S. degrees from St. John’s University in education—one in early childhood and the other in administration and supervision. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow and began his career in education as a kindergarten teacher. He became the Executive Director of MARC After-School and Pre-K Program located in the South Bronx, providing direct services to 250 students and their families. In 2006, Albert unexpectedly and completely lost his sight. He became an activist and advocate for the blind and visually impaired, providing education, building awareness, and working to achieve the development and dissemination of assistive technologies.

Anthony Buonaspina

Chief Technology Officer

Anthony holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has over 30 years experience in hardware design and software programming. He has worked as a Digital Electrical Engineer on several commercial and government projects specializing in miniaturization of electronic equipment. Anthony specializes in computer and cloud networking and has collaborated with clients and third parties on creating custom software designs and is a web presence and accessibility expert.

In 1995 he founded GRQ Innovations, Inc. a computer consulting firm that addresses the business computing and software needs of corporations across the country. Anthony is also an accessibility expert and guides our clients in compliance and best practices for federal and international standards and protocols in the development and designing of accessible digital offerings, websites, mobile apps and work environments. He is proficient in designing and developing custom made computer systems and software, which lends itself to working on custom designed legacy programs and platforms needing intensive remediation’s and corrections in order to be compliant and conformant with current standards and protocols. Anthony manages The MBS team of accessibility professionals, some of whom are members of the blind and print disabled community.

Kevin Carbone

Senior Accessibility Specialist

Kevin received his B.S from Farmingdale State University in computer programming and information technology. He specializes in computer and cloud networking as well as custom software design and web development. He is also a Cisco Certified Network Associate. Kevin has been working on accessibility standards and remediation projects and is an expert in accessibility and usability testing including digital offerings, mobile apps and websites.

Brian Wentz

Research Advisor

Brian is the chair and an associate professor in the Accounting and Management Information Systems Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and he is frequently involved with applied research that focuses on the implications that Web accessibility and usability can have on business, education, employment, public policy, and societal inclusion. For more than 13 years, he has been involved in a variety of projects related to Web accessibility and usability for people with disabilities. Dr. Wentz has published over 25 refereed articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings, and lends his support to the mission and vison of My Blind Spot.

BOARD AND STAFF

Our Board

James Brock
CEO and Co-Founder, Blue World, Inc, a privately held data collection and marketing company

Diana Kamp
Business manager in the veterinary industry and fundraising consultant.

Ted Locke
CFO and Co-Founder, Blue World, Inc, a privately held data collection and marketing company

Our Staff

Albert J. Rizzi
Founder and CEO

Miles Keil
Executive Assistant

Chris Zomp
Senior Project Manager

Thomas Rhatigan III
IT Security Analyst

Brian Wentz
Research Advisor

Gabe DiMaio
Marketing and Outreach

Jonathan M. Hermus
Marketing and Outreach

Richard P. Kelly
Educational Projects Coordinator

Jeff Welden
Usability Tester

Rhea Althea
Usability Tester

Arnie Abrams
Grants and Development

Georgia Baransky
Accounting Manager

Vaughn
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