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

Kartik Sawhney

Kartik Sawhney
Our Ability, Chief Technology Officer

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Our Ability, Vice President of Sales

Doug Hamlin

Douglas M. Hamlin
Our Ability, Vice President

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Blaise Bryant

Blaise Bryant
Our Ability, Sales Marketing Account Executive

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Carrie Krentz

Carrie Krentz
Our Ability, Website Developer

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Sanya Tuli

Sanya Tuli
Our Ability, Program Manager

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Ansuman Sasmal
Syracuse University

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Hema Srinivas
Syracuse University

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Ruchita Harsora
Syracuse University

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BLUEGRANITE

Justin Buist
BlueGranite

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Leif Christensen
BlueGranite

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John Robinson

C.E.O. | Our Ability

Our Ability’s President and CEO, John Robinson (@OurAbility_CEO) 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.

Kartik Sawhney

Chief Technology Officer | Our Ability

Kartik is a disability advocate and technologist who has not let his disability prove an impediment in the pursuit of his personal and professional goals and has done substantial work in empowering other people with disabilities to be successful tech professionals. As the first blind student to pursue science education in high school in India, he advocated for change in rules that now allow all blind students across the country to pursue sciences in high school. Similarly, after several months of advocacy, he convinced the top technical universities in India to open their doors to blind students, leading to at least fifteen students in India pursuing engineering today.

A computer science graduate of Stanford University, Kartik co-founded Project StemAccess (now I-Stem) that provides technical training, mentorship and hands-on opportunities to blind students across the country, and develops technical solutions to empower them to access educational and employment opportunities. I-Stem also works closely with the government, technical universities and corporates to make their campuses and culture more inclusive, and has worked with nearly 2,000 people with disabilities so far. Before this, he co-founded NextBillion.org, an award-winning global mentorship program for students with disabilities interested in technology that worked with over 1,200 mentees and mentors in 10 countries. As an engineer on the accessibility innovation team at Microsoft, Kartik continues to help identify and develop accessible technologies. Further, given his experience in accessibility and assistive technologies, he serves as an adjunct faculty at the Indian Council of Medical Research, besides serving on boards of several organizations and other high-level committees, such as the Education Commission’s Expert Panel on Technology and Education . His work and views have been published in several journals including UNICEF’s State of the world’s children Report among others.

In recognition of his leadership potential and work, Kartik received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016 from Her Majesty The Queen. In addition, he has received the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (India’s highest honor for contributions to the disability sector) and was selected as one of the 17 UN young leaders for Sustainable Development Goals 2018 by Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

Sanya Tuli

Program Manager| Our Ability

Sanya is a Product Enthusiast who likes to build products which solve user problems and actually make a difference to the society. She has led products successfully at various Organizations including Multinational companies and startups in India.

Motivating others to bring a change in the world through Technology and creative thinking. A visionary with analytical skills and strategic mindset. Likes to write inspirational quotes and introspecting spiritually once a while. Often found Reading good books about Technology, Leadership, Human Psychology and Philosophies of life

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.

Blaise Bryant

Sales Marketing Account Executive | Our Ability

Blaise Bryant is an Account Manager for Our Ability, Inc. – an organization founded on the mission of employing people with disabilities to their desired job fit. Blaise conducts outreach to Fortune 1,000 companies marketing the Jobs Ability and Ableist Language Detector software. Additionally, Blaise produces podcasts for the Our Ability podcast series.

Prior to joining Our ability, Blaise assisted seniors and people with disabilities obtain Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Services and advocacy for Consumer Directed Choices in Albany, NY. His first professional job after graduating with a BA in Communications from The College of Saint Rose in 2014 was with the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley in Troy, NY sharing his lived experience as a person with a disability with youth.

Blaise is currently a member of the Leadership Tech Valley Steering Committee through the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and graduate from the program in 2021.

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

Leif Christensen

Solution Consultant | Blue Granite
Leif is a Solution Consultant at BlueGranite with experience designing and implementing Azure Data Factory workflows and Power BI dashboards for the Financial Services and Healthcare industries. Leif graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and attended the United States Air Force Academy. Leif has experience with the unique needs of credit union mergers and acquisitions.

Ruchita Harsora

 Program Manager, iConsult Collaborative | Syracuse University
Pursuing Master’s in Information Management at Syracuse University and striving to use my technical expertise to bring scalable solutions to meet the business requirements. Cooking fusion food and Dancing to Bollywood beats are things I am passionate about.

Hema Srinivas

 Program Manager, iConsult Collaborative | Syracuse University
Hema Srinivas Kodati is studying computer science at Syracuse University. I also work at OurAbilly as a software developer. I’ve worked for cognizant as a full-stack developer for almost a year. I specialize in .Net, Angular, SQL Server, and MuleSoft.

Ansuman Sasmal

 Program Manager, iConsult Collaborative | Syracuse University
Ansuman is fascinated by numbers and their implication in the real world, especially in Computer Science. I have 3+ years of experience in Application Development, Database Design, and REST API development in retail and B2B sectors. Currently pursuing an MSc in Computer Science at Syracuse University.