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Blind Institute of Technology

The Blind Institute of Technology offers services to those with disabilities, particularly the blind and visually impaired, that reduce barriers to inclusive employment through education, preparation, employment placement and accessible technology initiatives.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
4
Contract Staff:
4
Volunteers Annually:
50
Retention Rate:
100%

Mike Hess, Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Mike brings more than two decades of blindness experience, leadership, and thoughtfulness to the mission. As the token blind guy in private Fortune 500 companies, Mike experienced just what it takes to build organizations through people, processes, and tools. Mike managed seven-and eight-figureprojects throughout his careerand states it is because of his blindness, not despite his blindness, that he became a six-figure engineer. Even though Mike had great success in his corporate career, he always had the notion of leaving his thumbprint on humanity. Thus, he left corporate America to begin the mission at Blind Institute of Technology.

Natalie Suzanne Hess, Chief Connections Officer
Start Date: 2013

Natalie Suzanne Hess has spent her life giving back. She went to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has spent multiple years giving back to the elderly and volunteering at school for all three of her children. Support for the Blind Institute of Technology comes naturally to her, as she is passionate about helping the blind and visually impaired community. As Chief Connections Officer, she maintains relationships on both client and candidate sides of the organization

Ethan Twisdale, Chief Accessibility Officer
Start Date: 2018

Ethan is BIT's Chief Accessibility Officer, and the Director of the BIT Academy. He has an extensive background in education and technology, including software development, data analysis, public education, and private instructional workshops. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is also a qualified Google Cloud Platform Developer, and a certified Salesforce Administrator. He has helped shape and design mathematics courses at the university level, as well as client-facing instructional technology workshops and certification courses for private industry. Ethan brings his knowledge and experiences to BIT and to the Academy, spearheading our efforts to grow BIT into a world-class resource for all things accessibility.

Ethan Holliger, Lead Accessibility Consultant
Start Date: 2018

Ethan is BIT's Lead Accessibility Consultant. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo. Asa person who is blind, he has used screen readers his entire life, in addition to an extensive background in accessibility testing and assistive technology training. Ethan is a Certified JAWS user and NVDA Expert, and has experience writing JAWS scripts. Ethan brings his vast wealth of first-hand experiences and his advanced knowledge of accessibility and assistive technology to the BIT mission.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
10
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
2
Male:
8
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
9
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
1
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

2

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

88%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

50%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

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