About TPGTPG works with organizations around the world, including government agencies, technology vendors, and companies in a variety of industries including retail/eCommerce, software/technology, publishing, banking/finance, healthcare, and higher education. Our services continuum allows us to provide targeted expertise on specific projects or to engage as a strategic partner on long-term engagements. We believe that with our partners and customers, we can collectively create a global impact on advancing accessibility.
A partner with The Paciello Group since its inception in May 2002, she worked to establish and grow the company until it was acquired in April 2017. Her role at TPG focuses on the financial and internal operations of the business, as well as providing support to sales and the technical team. Prior to TPG, she was the Controller for a software development company. She worked closely with outside investors to position the company for a successful acquisition to an Austin, TX VC firm. Debra began her career with Digital Equipment Corporation where she was selected to participate in their Financial Development Program. In this capacity she worked in various departments within the organization such as Internal Auditing, Manufacturing, Corporate Finance, Software development and Facilities. Debra is involved in her local community serving on several boards.
Debra decided early in her career that she wanted to be part of something that was for the greater good. She did not single out accessibility but was elated with the opportunity to be part of an organization that truly makes a difference in people’s lives.Quote to live by: “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeves
Travis Brown is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The Paciello Group. Travis has 25 years of experience building and growing technology consulting and software services firms in a variety of roles spanning business development and operations.
Travis was a founding member of NDC Group, a technology consultancy originating in Northern Virginia. He was a key contributor in growing that company to over 400 consultants leading to a successful exit when NDC group was acquired in a multi-company roll-up.
Travis also oversaw Professional Services for Price Interactive, a market leading SaaS platform for IVR and ASR service bureau operations, before he ultimately became Director of Business Development for Convergys Speech Solutions, which acquired Price Interactive from iBasis in 2001.
From 2013-2016, he was Director of Commercial Services for Deque Systems, a leading provider of software and services within the accessibility industry. Travis is a strong advocate for pragmatic approaches to help commercial, government, and educational organizations provide an accessible experience to those they serve.
He first got involved in accessibility when he learned that a wellness monitoring system he launched at one of his prior start-ups was completely inaccessible. The system was designed to monitor the health and wellness of the elderly, who have many of the conditions that are found among persons with disabilities. He has been in the field ever since.Quote to live by: “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius/Buckaroo Banzai
David has over 30 years of accessibility experience, starting from 1988 when he was designing microprocessor-based speech devices for blind and visually impaired consumers. He has successfully helped corporations of all sizes embrace and implement accessibility standards within their products, services, and best practices.
David has worked in a variety of roles including software engineer, director of technology, technology consultant, and entrepreneur. He has created multimillion dollar technology companies from the ground up: the Daily-e Corporation, which provided a diverse base of customers with world class software development services on the Microsoft platform, and Always Accessible, Inc, which helps companies implement practical strategies for creating universally accessible information technology. He has been a keystone consultant to the American Foundation for the Blind since 1991.
He started in accessibility as an engineering intern for the American Foundation for the Blind. At the time he felt like a mad scientists, trying to make all things talk using a microprocessor and an EPROM burned with speech. It was fun, challenging and a great way to kick-off a 30-year career in the field! However, more than anything else, he started and remains in this field because of the people. He believes the field of accessibility has some of the nicest, brightest and most enthusiastic folks working on improving inclusivity.Quote to live by: “Discover all that you love and pursue it with unbridled passion…”
Steve is a Technical Director for The Paciello Group (TPG). He joined TPG in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia.
Steve leads the development of the Web Accessibility Toolbar, aViewer and Color Contrast Analyzer accessibility testing tools.He is co-editor of the W3C HTML 5.1 specification, HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0, Text Alternatives Techniques, ARIA in HTML, and Notes on Using ARIA in HTML specifications. In 2015 he received the Knowbility Individual Achievement Award for contributing digital accessibility knowledge and skills to the general community. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate qualification in Information Technology from Swinburne University.
Steve became involved with accessibility thanks to his interests in social work, technology, and how technology can be used to improve the lives of people with disabilities.Quote to live by: “Accessibility is political”
Dave Lerch joined TPG as Global Vice President, Solutions Delivery in 2019. He is a seasoned technology consulting and professional services executive with a proven track record and history of excellence in establishing global, high-performance teams that consistently deliver and rise to the achievement of performance targets.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Billy Gregory is the Director of Training with The Paciello Group. Before joining TPG, and after failing to realize his dream of becoming a rock star, Billy focused his attention on front-end development working at small agencies, and at large corporations. It was during this time that he discovered his true love of the internet, and his wish that everyone be able to use it.
Drawing from his years of experience, Billy can relate to not only the challenges but the apprehension faced by developers who are new to accessibility. He enjoys working with designers, developers, and other web professionals to help them make a web that is accessible for everyone.
In his spare time, Billy is active in the Accessibility Community as Co-Organizer of “#a11yTO” which organizes Accessibility Camp Toronto, its monthly meet-up group, and #a11yTO Conf. He was also one half of the popular duo “The Viking and The Lumberjack. He is still not a rock star.Quote to live by: “I love the internet. I think everyone should be able to use it.”
Matt is the Director of Customer Success for The Paciello Group. Matt joined the team in November 2016 bringing over twenty years’ experience in accessibility, information technology, policy consulting and program management.
Prior to TPG he served as a Practice Manager overseeing large-scale accessibility transformations for numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as a Technical Analyst and Section 508 subject matter expert for numerous Federal Agencies including the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, Internal Revenue Service, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security.
He is the Co-Chair for the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium. This conference focuses on Accessibility Testing to address a growing need to educate, research and identify new innovations in our field.
He became involved with accessibility while overseeing a team of designers as a Federal Contractor. While working to meet the technical and functional requirements of Section 508, his awareness of inclusive design was forever changed.
He is thankful to work in an industry with like-minded, inspiring colleagues that have resulted in long-lasting friendships.Quote to live by: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” –Plato
We work with organizations around the world, including government agencies, technology vendors, companies in industries including publishing, finance, and healthcare, and educational institutions. Most of our clients are long-term engagements, demonstrating the value and effectiveness of our partnerships. Together we have a global impact on advancing accessibility.
We’re a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We contribute to Task Forces on CSS Accessibility, maintain a membership with the Silver Task Force (Accessibility Guidelines), and are editors for specifications HTML Accessibility API Mappings and SVG Accessibility API Mappings.
We support the Teach-Access initiative. Working in collaboration with Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft and others, TPG is involved in many activities designed to make accessibility an integral part of the higher-education curriculum – ensuring designers and developers enter the work-force with the accessibility knowledge they need.