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Meet the AFB Consulting Team

Cristopher Broyles, Chief Consulting Solutions Officer

Cristopher Broyles, AFB Chief Consulting Solutions Officer

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For questions about AFB’s services, contact Cristopher Broyles, AFB Chief Consulting Solutions Officer:

Cristopher Broyles joined AFB in 2017, and has worked in the accessibility space since 2001. He is a leading expert on accessibility and inclusion, specializing in program policy and technical standards.

Cristopher is frequently sought out as a trusted accessibility advisor and leader by nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, private corporations, and the federal government. He is an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, participating on the Testing and Certification Board, and was selected to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Tester Program.

Prior to joining AFB, Cristopher led the Accessibility and Inclusion Program for a multibillion-dollar IT Consulting firm with over 30,000 employees in offices across 19 countries.

Cristopher completed his doctoral work at Texas Tech University, with a focus in accessible communication, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University.

John Lilly, Senior Accessibility Engineer

John Lilly

John Lilly joined AFB in 2014 to develop a series of accessible mobile applications, allowing AFB to reach blind and visually impaired individuals, families, and service providers across the nation. John has become a key member of the Consulting team, leveraging his programming knowledge and expertise to conduct usability and technical evaluations, identify solutions, and make recommendations.

John specializes in accessible mobile and web applications; programming languages, such as Java, Objective-C, Python, and HTML; and in assistive technology, including Talkback for Android, VoiceOver for iOS, and Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA).

Prior to joining the AFB team, John worked with several large consulting firms, and played a key role in developing a streamlined, automated, and accessible communications program for the Department of Human Resources of West Virginia.

John holds a bachelor’s in Computer Science from Marshall University.

Matthew Enigk, Accessibility Engineer

Matthew Enigk

Matthew Enigk joined AFB in 2018 as a Technology and Accessibility Specialist, to evaluate websites, desktop, and mobile applications for accessibility to the blind and visually impaired.

Previously, Matt worked for a major IT consulting firm as a primary web and accessibility developer on the Healthcare.gov Plan Finder system. His past development experience includes Java, C#, SQL, PHP, and HTML. Assistive technology experience includes Talkback for Android, VoiceOver for iOS, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA), and JAWS.

Matt graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s in Computer and Information Technology with specializations in programming languages and web application.

Megan Dodd, Director, AFB Center on Vision Loss

Megan Dodd

Megan Dodd joined AFB in 2017 to oversee the Center on Vision Loss, a national demonstration center located in Dallas. The Center demo areas and programs are designed to help people with vision loss live more independently. With a focus on emerging technologies and tools, and demonstrating solutions directly to individuals with low vision, the Center on Vision Loss is a natural partner for AFB Consulting to conduct and administer user testing projects.

Prior to joining AFB, Megan served as Community Outreach Specialist for the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, where she handled numerous duties in marketing, sales, software and application design, and program development.

Megan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy at age 17, a genetic disorder which causes the loss of vision in the center of the eye. Her personal experience with vision loss has kindled a commitment to help create a future of no limits for blind individuals.

Megan was selected as National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award winner in 2014 and graduated from NIB’s Business Management Training Program the following year. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, certificate in management, and is a certified Microsoft Office Suite 2010 Master. Megan is currently pursuing her master's in business administration and master's in human resource development.

Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living and Employment Specialist

Neva Fairchild

Neva Fairchild joined AFB in 2008 to oversee Esther’s Place at the Center on Vision Loss. Esther’s Place is a demonstration model home with over 500 products and environmental adaptations to help visually impaired or blind individuals live a life with no limits. Neva has over 25 years of professional experience in blindness rehabilitation and a lifetime of experience living with low vision. She was diagnosed at an early age with cone rod degeneration, a rare genetic eye condition.

Prior to joining AFB, Neva was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Employment Assistance Specialist with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and a Vocational Evaluator with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind.

Neva serves in numerous leadership roles, ranging from international to local in scope, with organizations such as the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the National Rehabilitation Association. She was also appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas, and elected Chair in 2017.

Neva holds a bachelor’s in rehabilitation science and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Aaron Preece, AccessWorld Technology and Information Specialist

Aaron Preece with his dog guide

Aaron Preece joined AFB in 2013 after serving as an intern with the organization. He authors articles for and assists in the production of AccessWorld®, AFB's technology magazine, as well as operates AFB's Information Center, where he provides information and resources to those with vision loss, their families and friends, professionals in the field of vision loss, and the general public.

Aaron has expertise in the use of desktop and mobile screen readers including the free and open source NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader for Windows and the VoiceOver screen reader for iOS, as well as the TalkBack screen reader for Android and the ChromeVox screen reader on ChromeOS. As an individual with a visual impairment, Aaron has direct knowledge of using assistive technology in a variety of settings from employment and education to leisure and entertainment.

Aaron also assisted in the composition of AFB's Learn NVDA video tutorials for the NVDA screen reader. Aaron has frequently spoken to groups and at conferences on various topics relating to visual impairment and accessibility. Topics include general information regarding assistive technology, the usability of healthcare devices, and game access for people with visual impairments. Aaron also serves on the board of trustees of the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust.

Aaron holds a bachelor of arts in history from Marshall University.

Rebecca Sheffield, Senior Policy Researcher

Rebecca Sheffield

Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., joined AFB in 2014. As part of AFB’s policy and research team, she works to continue AFB’s long history as the go-to source for the latest statistics and research related to the experiences of adults and children with vision loss, including qualitative and quantitative investigations and program evaluation. She supports AFB’s national advocacy efforts and helps to facilitate the 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss. Rebecca is the author of AFB’s quarterly Research Navigator newsletter which is published as part of the DirectConnect newsletter series from AFB’s Public Policy Center.

Rebecca’s research interests are in empowering and improving the lives of persons with disabilities, and especially in the use of quality of life measurements to evaluate the impact of interventions. Prior to earning her doctorate, Rebecca worked for a central Texas school district as a teacher of students with severe and profound disabilities and as a teacher of students with visual impairments.

Rebecca earned a Ph.D. in special education from Texas Tech University. She was recognized by the sensory disabilities field through the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities, which provided a fully-funded doctoral fellowship through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

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