Team

  • David Niemeijer

    David Niemeijer

    David is founder and CEO. He has a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, but turned to developing assistive technology after a friend of his became paralyzed in a car accident and needed an on-screen keyboard for his Mac. Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare has grown to be the world-wide leader in Universal Access and communication solutions for Mac and iOS.

  • Martijn Leopold

    Martijn Leopold

    Martijn is CTO. He met David in high school many years ago. After studying Cognitive Sciences he developed exhibits at Science Center Nemo in Amsterdam. Later he founded his own business “Hoofdwerk”. In 2010 he joined AssistiveWare as a partner bringing to the table a wealth of experience in web development and product design.

  • Rosa Lehmann

    Rosa Lehmann

    Rosa is one of the three AssistiveWare partners, together with David and Martijn. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology and continues to write about interethnic relations with a focus on Eastern Europe.

  • Jennifer Marden

    Jennifer Marden

    Jennifer is VP of Clinical Development. She became a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1999, after 14 years as a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Jennifer specializes in AAC for children and adults with a wide variety of communication disorders, and has provided AAC services in school, hospital, clinic, home, and adult day program settings.

  • Kit Albrecht

    Kit Albrecht

    Kit is a member of the Support Team, living in Seattle. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and has been involved in disability rights advocacy for over a decade. She enjoys working at AssistiveWare because it enables her to combine some of her favorite aspects of both of these worlds.

  • Núria AloyNúria Aloy

    Núria is an experienced software developer. Over the years she has gained insight into the complexity of team dynamics and process improvement, and has become a strong advocate of collaborative working approaches. Núria comes from Barcelona (Spain) and lives in Amsterdam.

  • Enrique BallesterosEnrique Ballesteros

    Enrique is a member of the Marketing Team as well as the Support Team. He offers customer support for both French and Spanish. Enrique loves to help others, and truly believes that education is the only way to grow. Enrique is also a musician, playing guitar, drums and many other instruments. He was born and raised in Madrid (Spain).

  • Joe BarnickJoe Barnick

    Joe is a member of our Support Team and lives in the state of New York. Having Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Joe uses AssistiveWare's virtual on-screen keyboard, KeyStrokes, to access his Mac and has been involved with several AssistiveWare projects over the years. With his remarkable eye for detail and instinct for helping others, he supports the entire Team in their daily work.

  • Andrea BerentschotAndrea Berentschot

    Andrea takes care of HR and finance at AssistiveWare. She studied sociology and before joining AssistiveWare she worked in the cultural field. With a passion for people as well as numbers, she enjoys the diversity of working at AssistiveWare.

  • Dean BirkettDean Birkett

    Dean is a senior user experience designer. Originally from Blackpool, England, he now calls Amsterdam his home. A passionate advocate for creating universal accessible design solutions, which he enjoys putting into practice at AssistiveWare.

  • Maggie Casas

    Maggie Casas

    Maggie is a marketer with a strong background in Digital Marketing. She likes to make sure that all AssistiveWare’s marketing decisions are data-driven. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she lived in Canada and Spain before calling Amsterdam home. Maggie loves practicing yoga and planning new trips to discover the world.

  • Beth Farris

    Beth Farris

    Beth is an experienced member of the marketing team with a particular focus on content marketing and strategy. She likes to think of herself as both a thinker and a doer, and enjoys both the strategic and creative aspects of her work. Originally from New York, she likes to travel and blog about her experiences.

  • Pam Harris

    Pam Harris

    Pam is a member of both the Support and Marketing Teams, and monitors our social media communities. She brings more than two decades of experience as mother, caregiver and advocate for her adult son with significant disabilities, including complex communication challenges. Pam has completed the Assistive Technology Application Certificate Program (ATACP).

  • Amanda Hartmann

    Amanda Hartmann

    Amanda is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 18 years experience working in schools and with families and as a technology consultant. All this has led to a passion for working with children and young adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. She loves sharing what she knows about Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Literacy!

  • Joop Laan

    Joop Laan

    Joop is a web developer with a passion for usability and accessibilty. He works on improving and maintaining the websites of AssistiveWare. Aside from his role as a web developer, Joop is also part of AssistiveWare's Marketing Team. He is very actively involved in our marketing strategy as well as daily marketing activities.

  • Marcel de Laat

    Marcel de Laat

    Marcel studied graphic design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. As AssistiveWare's graphic designer he is part of the Marketing Team, and takes care of all our visual communications. If he is not busy behind his Mac, he is probably beating Marco in the squash-arena or roaming the roads on his Beemer motorcycle.

  • Sandor LegozaSandor Legoza

    Sandor is a senior developer, originally from Hungary. He likes to use his skills as a developer to create things both useful and meaningful. With his positive approach to life, he always tries to find humor in every situation. Sandor is a hobby musician and plays the guitar.

  • Sylwia MalinowskaSylwia Malinowska

    Sylwia is a senior developer. Originally from Poland, she lived in Spain for 12 years before moving to the Netherlands. Sylwia treats developing as a craft so she always tries to write clean, smart code, which sometimes leads to forgetting there is life outside. Sylwia loves coding, Mac computers, learning new things and her cats.

  • Marco NiemeijerMarco Niemeijer

    Marco is an independent videographer and the author of AssistiveWare's video productions. Marco visits families and schools around the world to capture the stories and experiences of assistive technology users to inspire others in similar situations. Marco studied fine arts at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He is also an independent recording artist.

  • José Antonio PérezJosé Antonio Pérez

    José is originally from Valencia in Spain, where he worked in assistive technology research at Universidad de València for five years. He joined the AssistiveWare team as a product designer. José loves Indie movies and photography.

  • Nathan Swett

    Nathan Swett

    Nate is a trainer, AV specialist and is a Support Team member. He ensures our webinars run smoothly and post-processes them for iTunes. Nate has a MEd in Special Education from the University of San Diego. His intent is to expose and train individuals at the youngest age possible utilizing all available assistive technology.

  • Anne Verhulp

    Anne Verhulp

    Anne is a member of both the Marketing and Support Teams. She loves languages, which led to a study in International Business & Languages. Anne enjoys traveling around the world providing training and supporting our international customers. The versatility of work is exactly why she appreciates working at AssistiveWare.