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NTC Accessibility Committee

As a part of our continuing efforts to make the NTC accessible and inclusive to all involved, we are continuing our Accessibility Committee for the 20NTC. This committee will help identify opportunities for NTEN to improve the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Committee members are chosen based on demonstrated interest in accessibility, thought leadership related to nonprofit technology, and commitment to creating an inclusive environment for the conference.


Committee members are expected to participate from October through December 2019 in the following ways:

  • Participate in monthly committee calls (no more than 1 hour per month)
  • Provide input on making the NTC online presence accessible
  • Review NTC accessibility information and offer constructive feedback
  • Help identify additional opportunities to make the NTC more accessible
  • Support NTEN’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion during all stages of developing the accessibility plans for the conference

If this sounds like a good fit for your skills and interest area, please complete the form below. Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 30, 2019. Notifications will be sent in early October.

Have additional questions? Feel free to email us.

20NTC Accessibility Committee

The 20NTC Accessibility Committee is a group of experts and accessibility champions in their respective fields of work. They provided input as part of our community-driven process to further develop our accessibility efforts for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Who Could Participate

Participation in the committee is open to NTEN community members with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in accessibility efforts. With a focus on making our programming as inclusive as possible, we encouraged those with diverse experiences and perspectives to apply.

20NTC Accessibility Committee Members

Below is the list of 20NTC Accessibility Committee members.

Barbara Gorzinski
Grants Manager
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Seattle/King County
Tacoma, WA
Pronouns: she/her
I'm the best kind of triple threat: Experienced at nonprofit program development for the greater good, community organizing to achieve big outcomes, and possessing the ever-so-geeky analytic hard and soft skills to make sense of it all. People say I have a dry wit. I say I have a big soul. And I love to ride my bike and have long, deep, important, life-expanding conversations over hot bowls of soup and cold bowls of ice cream.
Emily Frazier
Burlington, VT
With years of experience building websites, I am a self-starting innovator who is highly motivated to see projects through from start to finish. I specialize in multi-tiered technical and creative integrations for any type of media and have spent close to a decade customizing solutions for online video delivery. Paired with my extensive experience in communications and the entertainment industry, I have the unique ability to cultivate vision and big picture roadmaps while translating them down to technical deliverables. This includes finding a unique approach to every story or article; engaging and energizing companies to be a participatory player in the ever-changing media landscape; bringing together websites, social media, video technology, apps, and print materials; writing about a high peak or a sailing adventure; and just digging deep and breathing life into new projects. When I can, I put in time doing volunteer work. I've worked at orphanages in Kenya both doing direct work with the kids and creating videos for the organization to bring in more volunteers. I also have been known to volunteer in classrooms and preschools around VT. And I often help out at animal shelters. I received a bachelor of fine arts in Film Production and a minor in Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal. I am an avid writer in a variety of genres, including outdoor writing, fiction, brand marketing, and poetry. When I'm not writing or running a business, you can find me skiing powder, running, and reading about anything related to cyberspace. You can learn more about me and my company at
Johanna Bates
Technical Director & Front-End Developer
Montague, MA
Pronouns: she/they
Johanna Bates began her nonprofit tech career in 1999 when she was hired to write marketing copy for a nonprofit publisher, and ended up hand-coding their first-ever online book catalog as 500 pages of static HTML. She was next hired to build in a new, custom, open-source CMS, and she never looked back. Finding she preferred rural to city life, Johanna moved to western Massachusetts and spent eight years directing technology and writing related grants for Community Partners, a statewide health care advocacy organization. Today Johanna is a strategy consultant, front-end coder, and Drupalist. She co-owns DevCollaborative with Erin Fogel, whom she met through NTEN. Her team focuses on building Drupal sites for orgs in sustainable ways that help them get the most for their limited funds. She's been an NTEN member for over a decade, served on the NTC agenda steering committee for four years, and co-moderates NTEN's Drupal Community of Practice.
Jules Khong
Software Engineer & Accessibility Lead
ThinkShout, Inc.
Portland, OR
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Jules began her career in advertising and design, but her love of making things and accessibility drew her to code. She believes equity can and should be woven into how we build things, and brings that focus to ThinkShout where she leads the Accessibility Initiative. She's worked with organizations including the SPLC, Girl Effect, W+K and Nike. Over the last 12 years she's worked to build things, solve problems, and hopefully make the world and the internet a better, more inclusive place.

Laura Patch
Digital Product Manager
Sierra Club
Walnut Creek, CA
Pronouns: She/Her

Laura is a digital product manager at the Sierra Club, where she helps implement tools to improve the grassroots organization’s ability to provide resources for activists. At the Sierra Club, she works with digital content producers, developers, and organizers to improve the accessibility of those resources so everyone can participate in the movement.


With a Master’s in Communication, Culture, and Technology and a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Laura has been working in the political power of digital space and on the importance of diverse voices in that arena for most of her career. She previously worked at (formerly Anita Borg Institute), which hosts the Grace Hopper Celebration, and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement. She consults for ChIPs Network, Leadhership1, and SocioFabrica. Laura is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies, a certificate available from the International Association of Accessible Professionals.

Leah Siu Yuen Roderman
Senior Digital Communications Manager
ChangeLab Solutions
Alameda, CA
Pronouns: she/her

Leah is a digital communications strategist who has more than 20 years of experience managing websites, developing communications strategies, and working with highly collaborative teams. I've worked for organizations with a diverse array of needs, including nonprofits, Fortune 500 corporations, an NBA franchise, small businesses, and public agencies. Nonprofit work is especially rewarding to me, not only to serve the common good but also because I've benefited from a wide range of creative experience. My gender pronouns are she/her/hers. What's new: I'm building skills to help advance WC3's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and advocating to make the Web a more inclusive place for people of all abilities. 2019 goals: launch new website (DONE), hike to the top of Lassen Peak, complete my NTEN Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, prepare for the IAAP's Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) Credential.

Melissa Helquist
SLCC Community Writing Center
Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Melissa Helquist is Director of the SLCC Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. Melissa is a community educator and a passionate accessibility advocate. She has helped to develop accessible publishing guidelines adopted by the Society for Disability Studies and University of Michigan Press. She is an accessibility trainer for higher education and is a founding participant of Utah Communities Connect, a digital inclusion initiative.
Sue Anne Reed
Cross Campaign Technologist
Clarksville, TN
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

For more than 20 years, Sue Anne has delivered online production services across multiple sectors, with more than a decade focused on the nonprofit and social good space. For the past 5 years, Sue Anne worked for The Engage Group and delivered projects for Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry – Share our Strength. She has served on the Advisory and Steering Committees for NTEN and is a regular speaker on technology topics at nonprofit conferences. Prior to The Engage Group, Sue Anne worked at Care2 and EMQ FamiliesFirst in California. She resides in Clarksville, Tennessee, and volunteers regularly with veteran programs out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.