Our Team

We’ve got a happy team of hard working individuals.

Ken Breen

Ken Breen

President

Results-driven leader with 25 years of experience in developing profitable solutions to digital publishing challenges. Builder of strategic partnerships, management teams, and streamlined processes.

Howard Berke

Executive Chair/CEO, Co-founder

Co-Founder Serial entrepreneur, co-founder of 15 startups, serving as Chair, Director, CEO, President, VP-level.

Mike Paciello

Chief Accessibility Advisor, Co-founder

Mike Paciello is Co-Founder and Chief Accessibility Advisor of Open Access Technologies (OAT). OAT is the industry leader in the production of automated, high volume, accessible and usable documents.

Starting at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1982, Mr. Paciello has served as an international leader, technologist and authority in the areas of emerging technology, accessibility, usability and electronic publishing. Mike is the previous Founder of The Paciello Group (TPG), a world-renown software accessibility consultancy acquired in 2017 by Vispero, a leader in assistive technology for the blind and visually-impaired. TPG provides professional services and products to hundreds of clients including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.Com, Pearson, Wells Fargo, SSA, IRS, GSA and the VA.

Mr. Paciello, along with several colleagues, formed the International Committee for Accessible Document Design (ICADD), the organization responsible for creating ICADD-22, the first-ever electronic publishing standard that produced Braille, large text and voice-ready publications from a single source file. ICADD-22 is recognized as a formalized segment of ISO 12083, the American Association of Publishers SGML standard for publishers.

Mike authored the first book on web accessibility and usability, “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities” and, in 1997, Mr. Paciello received recognition from President William Clinton for his work in the creation of World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). He has served as an advisor to US Access Board and other various federal agencies since 1992.

On April 3rd, 2008, Mike and co-chair Jim Tobias, presented a historic series of internationally harmonized technical recommendations to bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. As a result of these recommendations, the US Access Board released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 along with guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. These revised standards and guidelines were published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 and went into effect in January, 2018.

In 2016, Mr. Paciello was recognized by Knowbility for a “Lifetime Achievement in advancing the cause of digital accessibility.”

Trudy Knudsen

Director, Business Development

Trudy is an accomplished, results oriented business development executive with a proven track record of success in the publishing, technology, education and eLearning markets. Experienced intrapreneur with a passion for helping C-level executives solve problems to delight customers. She is excited to help organizations provide an engaging user experience for low vision customers. Trudy brings with her energy, passion and a zeal of life.

Kyle Paciello

PDF Program Manager

Kyle Paciello is OAT’s PDF Program Manager. His primary functions are to oversee the management of PDF remediation services at OAT. He has Adobe Acrobat certification as a PDF expert.

Becky Gibson

Director, Accessibility

Becky is a recognized leader in Web Accessibility with over 30 years of diverse experience in corporate and open-source software product development. Her passion is Web Accessibility advancement and evangelism that impacts products, customer strategies, and industry standards.

Glenn Gross

Director, Account Management

Glenn has extensive experience solving complex business problems through technology. He’s excited to be part of the OAT team and looks forward to helping identify productive solutions that that make your digital content accessible, and usable, for the blind and visually impaired.

Marsha A. Matzkin

Controller, Admin, Finance

Marsha began her career in public accounting and internal audit. Since 1985 she has been working as a Controller/VP finance for several private companies.

Lynne Walsh

Director, Enterprise Sales

Lynne brings extensive experience in helping executives solve their critical business issues in the document accessibility space. She is passionate about developing practical solutions and finding workable plans for her clients success.

Will Walker

Technical Advisor

Will has been in the high tech industry for almost 30 years as a software engineer, technical leader, architect, product manager, and engineering director in several Fortune 500 companies. He was one of the original pioneers of the API-based approach to accessibility that is commonplace today and has a passion for using technology to make the world a better place for all.