Our Team

John Robinson

John Robinson | Our Ability, CEO

John 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.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Doug Hamlin

Douglas M. Hamlin
Our Ability, Vice President

Doug is an experienced executive with over thirty years directing development of software products and building sales, training and support organizations to achieve profitable success.

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Aditi Agrawal

Aditi Agrawal
Our Ability, Project Manager

Aditi is an experienced developer, business analyst and project manager that drives digital transformation of business processes for clients, achieving competitive advantage through strategic management of information and leading-edge information technologies.

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Carrie Krentz

Carrie Krentz
Our Ability, Website Developer

Carrie creates effective and user-friendly WordPress websites that meet a client’s business objectives and client needs.  She is experienced with website SEO, google analytics and website accessibility standards.

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Abhiram Gopal
Syracuse University

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Salonee Ameria
Syracuse University

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Jason Zhou
Syracuse University

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Ravi Yadlapalli
Syracuse University

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Kevin Camelo
Syracuse University

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ZAMMO

Guy Tonye
Zammo

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BLUEGRANITE

Justin Buist
BlueGranite

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Bryan DeZeeuw
BlueGranite

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Colby Ford
BlueGranite

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ADVISORS

Art Thomas
Syracuse University

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Mike Barbato
Microsoft

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Eric Egland
Microsoft

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Mike Depoian
BlueGranite

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Stacey Kyler
Zammo

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John Robinson

C.E.O. | Our Ability

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, John Robinson presented with the Chamber Champion Award in recognition of actions that have advanced the mission of the Capital Region Chamber
  • In 2014, 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 seen around the United States and other countries. Autobiography of the same title was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009.

Douglas M. Hamlin

Vice President | Our Ability

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.

Aditi Agrawal

Project Manager | Our Ability

Aditi earned her Master’s in Information Management degree from Syracuse University in 2020. She was involved with iConsult Collaborative during her studies and was working as a Business Analyst for the Our Ability project. Then, she joined Our Ability as Project Manager. She has around 5 years of work experience as a developer, business analyst and project manager to drive digital transformation of business processes for clients, achieving competitive advantage through strategic management of information and leading-edge information technologies. Her industry experience includes banking, public sector, education and non-profits.  

In addition to being a Certified Scrum Master, she has hands on expertise of using Excel, Power BI, MS Project, JIRA, SQL. Her core responsibilities at Our Ability includes managing tasks, resources, maintaining communication and streamlining processes for all the collaborators and stakeholders.

Carrie Krentz

WordPress Developer | Our Ability

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Michigan.  She has more than 10 years’ experience creating beautiful and user-friendly WordPress websites.

Carrie uses her experience in sales to connect with clients to find web solutions that meet their business objectives and client needs.  Guiding clients through the process of creating a new website or a redesign she can make sure the end product will meet your needs from increasing online presence with search engine optimization and google analytics, meeting website accessibility standards or securing your website from hackers.

Her favorite hours are spent as the team manager, driver and general counsel for two girls, one husband and a crazy dog.

Michael J. Barbato

Advisor | Microsoft

Mike Barbato is Account Technology Strategist for Microsoft Education, managing Higher Education, Academic Medical Centers and Research Institutions across the State of New York. Mike has been with Microsoft for 16 years in various roles including Account Executive, Licensing Specialist, Application Development Specialist and Applications and Infrastructure Cloud Specialist. Mike also worked at Toyota Corporation, VMware and Cognizant Technology Solutions. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Mike resides in the Syracuse area and is married with three children. He enjoys exercise, walking his three dogs, hiking, skiing, home projects and working on classic cars. Mike volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and enjoys working on community development and skilling programs in Central NY.

Arthur P. Thomas

Advisor | Syracuse

Art is the Associate Dean for Career Services and Experiential Learning at the iSchool, overseeing the team responsible for preparation of all students for careers in the information sciences, including exploration of career possibilities, corporate and employer relations, engagement in experiential learning, professional certifications/badging and coaching for business and career success.

Since 2012, Art has also been Director of the iConsult Collaborative at Syracuse University, an experiential learning program where university students are engaged with client organizations in a diverse portfolio of information-related projects.  A specialist in public-private projects, Art helped to bring about the Syracuse Digital Innovation Alliance in 2019, a unique collaboration among Microsoft, Syracuse City, Onondaga County and the iSchool, organized to accelerate the implementation of Smart City, and Smart Campus, technologies in Central New York.

Art is the overall Faculty Lead for the Project Management Curriculum at the iSchool and has assisted in the editing of the course textbook by Kathy Schwalbe used in the foundation PM courses.  In addition, he has participated for several years in the Project Management Institute Global Task Force on Project Management Curricula. He has written numerous portions of the Guidelines for Undergraduate Project Management Curricula and Resources, published in 2015 and 2017 by the Project Management Institute, which can be downloaded by faculty.

Eric Egland

Advisor | Microsoft

Eric has been working as Subject Matter Expert (SME) / Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) since March 2016 – Present (4 years 11 months) with Microsoft

Drive enterprise awareness and adoption of AI & ML capabilities across industries with a focus on creating impact measured in business value by using predictive insights gained from large data sets.

Previously conceived of new applications of AI&ML across industries, including:

  • Conceiving, resourcing and managing the development, testing and worldwide deployment of the first sensor used to predict high-profile attacks against critical US facilities worldwide, and which became a new Special Access Program (SAP) in the US Intelligence Community
  • Co-creating the first geospatial and temporal predictive capability for roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, which directly contributed to reducing US fatalities over 60%
  • Implementing the first automated predictive pricing engine in California worker’s compensation insurance, driving business value by growing premiums by over $730M without increased losses.

Mike Depoian

Partner | VP Business Development, Blue Granite

His experience includes being a Partner- Vice President Business Development, Blue Granite

October 2001 – Present (19 years 4 months). Managing client and partner relationships while working closely with the leadership team to help plan and execute on business strategies. Develop and promote client focused sales culture across the organization.
AT&T, Area Sales Director, 1986 – 2001 (15 years), Various positions: Sales Management, Staff Management and Account Executive

Justin Buist

Solution Consultant | Blue Granite

Solution consultant with 20 years of experience building and delivering business solutions built on modern technologies in healthcare, retail, K-12 education, and manufacturing sectors. His areas of expertise are:

SQL Server BI Stack (SSIS/SSAS/SSRS), Dimensional Modeling, Transactional Database Design, Application Development (Desktop, Web, Mobile) Webservices / REST API development, ETL design and development

Bryan Dezeeuw

Solution Architect | Blue Granite

Over twenty years of experience in delivery in information technology with over ten years in business intelligence solutions and data warehousing. His industry experience includes sales, marketing, logistics, manufacturing, distribution, education, technology, healthcare, automotive, and accounting sectors.
His areas of expertise are:
Azure Web Applications, Azure Functions, Azure SQL DB and DW, Data Warehouse design & BI architecture, Microsoft BI Stack (SSIS/SSAS/SSRS/Power BI), MDX, DAX, Bot Development, User Training (Self-Service BI & Data Analytics Frameworks), .NET & .NET Core development, SQL Azure DB & Azure DW, Angular Development.

Colby Ford

Solution Architect | Blue Granite

Dr. Ford is a professional AI cloud architect, data scientist, and computational biologist who uses machine learning and distributed computing to solve problems across many fields. For the last 7+ years, he has been consulting for companies across industries, leading the conversation for digital transformation using the Azure cloud.
His areas of expertise are:
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Explainable and Fair ML, Anomaly Detection, Forecasting, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing
Cloud Data Architecture
Distributed Computing, Data Lakes, Data Warehousing
Computational Biology
Bioinformatics, Genomics

Stacey Kyler

Operations | Zammo

Stacey Kyler is the Head of Operations at Zammo. She has over 20 years of experience managing projects and leading teams at tech companies and at the highest levels of US government. At Zammo, Stacey manages the day-to-day operations of the company, with a focus on the overall customer experience as well as industry partnerships. She also speaks and trains regularly at AI workshops, on podcasts and at voice AI events.

Guy Toyne

Chief Software Engineer | Zammo

Guy Tonye is the Chief Software Engineer at Zammo. Based in Toronto, he brings over 10 years in software development. During his extensive experience in building custom voice applications, he knew that there had to be a more efficient way to get businesses on voice. Guy also co-founded the Toronto Voice Meetup, currently with over 2,000 members.

Salonee Ameria

Project Manager | iConsult Collaborative

Salonee is pursuing a Master’s in Information Management with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science at Syracuse University. In her current role as a Program Manager at iConsult Collaborative, Salonee’s responsibilities are to interact with clients, understand and accommodate their requirements throughout all the stages of product development, maintain relationships with them and lay out a roadmap for project implementation and strategy. The projects worked upon span across domains like web development, data analysis and visualization and chatbot development. This gave her an opportunity to work with technologies such as MS Azure and AWS.

With a good amount of hands-on knowledge in data visualization, Salonee has created various dashboards using MS Power BI and MS Excel to be able to analyze and derive insights from complex datasets. During her internship, she operated as part of a SCRUM team and created user stories for the JIRA board. Salonee was also involved in designing data flows and use case diagrams in MS Visio to depict the healthcare data extraction process. Her coursework has provided her a combination of both managerial and data science skills. Salonee’s academic projects include data analysis to predict customer churn and shopper behavior using R programming and developing effective marketing strategies for the same. As part of Salonee’s database management course, she created database models in MS Visio and generated SQL queries to structure the database. Salonee has learned about the concepts of agile project management, change management, SDLC and lean through her courses.

Abhiram Gopal

Python Developer | iConsult Collaborative

I am currently doing my MS in Applied Data Science at Syracuse University. I would say that I have a good understanding of almost all tools needed to carry out any task for Data Science related work. R, Python, Tableau, Visual Basic, SQL, Apache Spark. Apart from that, I am also AWS cloud certified architect associate and can help you in migrating your infrastructure to AWS cloud platform.

I am currently working as a Python developer in Our Ability where I help in creating automation scripts for parsing content. In order to do this, I am using the libraries of Beautiful Soup, Selenium & also a bit of regex expressions to parse the correct keywords & its content. Apart from that I am also working as Senior Tutor in 2U Inc where I help students of that organization understand the various technologies of data science.

Ravi Yadlapalli

AI Applications Developer | iConsult Collaborative

As an AI Applications Developer with 3 years of experience I am responsible for understanding the client’s ongoing business process which is to be automated or user experience has to be enhanced using various Artificial Intelligence services available in an optimal way. I am skilled at developing AI applications using Microsoft Azure stack and providing user/usage analytics using App Insights with KUSTO Queries and integrating them with Power BI. I use .NET framework to build applications and Microsoft BOT Framework (V3 &V4) to develop AI Bots which can be deployed on E-Mail, Skype, Teams, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Cortana, Alexa and other platforms. I use BOT Webchat (V3 &V4) along with JS, React-JS, HTML and CSS3 to embed and style bots into client’s websites.
I have worked on Azure Web Jobs, Function Apps, Logic Apps, Cognitive services like LUIS, NLP, QnA Maker, Azure Search, Graph API as part of AI solutions. I have integrated both SQL and No SQL (Azure Table Storage) into my applications along with Blob and Queue storage. I use R-language and Python for building AI models and Visualizations for data analytics. I have used Apace JMeter and POSTMAN for testing applications and APIs.

Jason Zhou

Lead Product Designer | iConsult Collaborative

Jason is a product designer bases at Syracuse, New York.

My design grew from the fascination with human judgment and decision-making processes. I am passionate about user experience design, and tends to look for inspiration from observation, communication, and formal design research to stretch my perspective.
Last year, I led a UX design team to help Our Ability redesign their website, chatbot, and future dashboard system. It was my pleasure to a design lead that helps Our Ability building their future product line. During the working time, our team were facing huge amount of challenges for developing the accessibility experience, and I am so proud that I led my team to overcome those difficulties and achieve our product goal. My overall future career goal is to utilize the power of design to connect people in order to create a meaningful world.

Kevin Camelo

Designer | iConsult Collaborative

Kevin Camelo is a designer that currently majors in Graphic Design and Information Management at Syracuse University. He started at Our Ability as a User Experience Design Intern, conducting research to help with the development of user-centric chatbot verbiage and flows. He also assisted with the overall chatbot design layout and functionality. As a designer, Kevin aims to create accessible visual solutions that provide an unhindered experience. Working with an extensive portfolio of projects that touch on inequality, Kevin believes his work at Our Ability is a step towards redefining societies view on disability employment.
Outside of Our Ability, Kevin works with Syracuse University’s InclusiveU program as a residential mentor where he provides guidance and support towards student’s college goals in a residential setting. Currently, he is working on developing animated interactions and the learning about the intersect between assistive eye-tracking technology and design.