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Accessibility Task Force

The Accessibility Task Force is for K-12 and HED insitutional and district members to meet along with the edtech supplier community to discuss projects and specifications related to accessibility.  This includes the development of a rubric for assessing accessibility policies and programs by edtech vendors and products, for potential inclusion in the TrustEd Apps certification program.

Meeting Information

View the upcoming Meeting Schedule. Meeting monthly as projects dictate.
Meeting schedule:

Forums and Discussion

Participate in the forum to find minutes & agendas for work group calls. You will also be able to participate in the discussion around the work and ask support questions.

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Nancy Swenson
Associate Instructional Designer
Nancy Petersen
Director Enterprise Apps & Data Services
Kelly Hermann
Vice President, Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion
Jeff Rubenstein
Owen McGrath, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Programs/Research, Teaching, & Learning
Tzviya Siegman
Rachel Comerford
Director of Content Standards
Andy Duckworth
Technology Innovation Officer
Russ Poulin
Peter Ramsdell
Director of Business Development
Kate Miffitt
Assistant Director for Innovation
Justin Tumelaire
Accessibility Manager
Michael Campbell
Business Analyst, LMS
Nazely Kurkjian
Coordinator of Disability, Diversity, and Nontraditional Student Services
Steve Gance, Ph.D.
Policy Associate, Educational Technology & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Stephen Gance, Ph.D., Policy Associate, Educational Technology & Open Education, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) located in Olympia, Washington. SBCTC coordinates and directs the Washington state system of 34 public community and technical colleges.

The Educational Technology & Open Education group identifies and promotes innovative strategies in technology-enhanced learning and manages system-wide grants and contracts for multiple educational technologies. Steve is tasked with tracking relevant educational technology integration and data standards associated with OpenBadges, Comprehensive Learner Record, CASE, and accessibility.

Steve earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. He has over 20 years experience in higher education and 15 years experience in the software industry.
Lee Clontz
Daisy Bennett
Privacy Officer
Lisa Nicks
Sr. Manager, Accessibility
Courtney McGough
Business Systems Analyst
Bethany Gordy
Enterprise Architect
Philip Voorhees
IT Manager - Accessibility
Kane Stanley
Business Systems Analyst
Dipesh Jain
Business Development
Rick Johnson
VP of Product Strategy
Rick Johnson is the Vice President of Product Strategy, and one of the founders of VitalSource Technologies, LLC. Now a division of the Ingram Content Group, VitalSource is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. As VP of Product Strategy, Rick manages the strategic direction of the fast growing platform, guiding the architecture, and implementation of its clients and systems.

Rick's career has been focused on bringing together his three passions: technology, publishing, and education. He is a frequent speaker on electronic textbooks, their integration into an institutional environment, and how the accessibility needs of individual students can best be accommodated in their delivery. He has served on multiple committees addressing the needs around delivering accessible content to students, was a member of the working groups responsible for version 2 and version 3 of the EPUB standard, currently serves on the board of directors for IMSGlobal (, and is the co-inventor of 3 domestic and international patents dealing with electronic books and their distribution.

Prior to Ingram and VitalSource, Rick spent more than 12 years with Apple Computer, Inc. As a Senior National Consulting Engineer for them he was instrumental in the implementation of complex solutions for many higher education and corporate customers, and received numerous national and international awards.

A graduate of the communication and business departments of Biola University in 1984, Rick has lived in the Phoenix area with his family since they moved from Southern California in 1991. Married to his wife Susie for more than 35 years, together they have raised two children, and are very active in their church and community. Rick also serves on the board of directors for several non-profit ministries.