Our Ability, CEO
Our Ability Alliance/Disability:IN NY, Executive Director
Our Ability’s President and CEO, John Robinson is dedicated to connecting individuals with disabilities towards education and employment through mentoring, workshops, public speaking as well as job placement. Our Ability is the only disability owned and operated business dedicated to building employment opportunities through our job platforms, employment webinars, digital profile system and personal empowerment.
The job placement portal Jobs Ability, is making the complex simple by offering an AI driven platform where candidates with disabilities can enter their skills and experience, and then receive
endorsements and references that reinforce their value to future employers. Our Ability is a certified disability owned and run business that creates game-changing strategies for enabling full inclusion of people with disabilities.
- In 2019, John Robinson was named and served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reimagine the Erie Canal Commission.
- In 2018, Robinson was presented with the Chamber Champion Award in recognition of actions that have advanced the mission of the Capital Region Chamber.
- In 2014, John was named one of ten national White House Champions of Change for Disability Employment by the Obama Administration.
John Robinson is the subject of “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story,” a public television documentary and “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination,” an autobiography published in 2009.
“I left corporate America after 20 years to give back to our community of individuals with disabilities and provide new opportunities for employment.”
Our Ability, Vice President
Doug Hamlin is an experienced executive with over thirty years directing development of software products and building sales, training and support organizations to achieve profitable success. He was a member of the founding group of VersaTrans Solutions Incorporated in 1983. After serving many roles throughout the company, including President and CEO from 2000 until 2008, he guided the company through its acquisition by Tyler Technologies where he served as Division President until 2010.
He is active in both the Onondaga and Albany County communities. As a member of the Board of Directors at Albany Medical Center since 2000, Mr. Hamlin currently serves as Vice Chair of the Hospital Board of Governors. He is also president of the Board of Trustees of the Skaneateles Historical Society and Museum.
From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Hamlin led the planning and participated in the “Journey Along the Erie Canal”, a 360-mile adaptive bicycle ride from Buffalo to Albany on the Canalway Trail highlighting the abilities within everyone. This has led to a passionate interest in the history, engineering and economic impact of the Canal’s past, present and future.
“Early on, my employer looked past my challenges and directly at my skills. It’s my responsibility to encourage and empower others to do the same.”