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.

  • Tatjana Acimovic

    Tatjana Acimovic

    Tatjana joined the Communication team as Junior Graphic Designer. As the youngest member of the company, she wants to make a difference with her fresh, young and creative mind. Besides design, she’s very passionate about yoga, travel, photography and cooking.

  • Kit Albrecht

    Kit Albrecht

    Kit is a member of the Training and Implementation 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 Communication 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.

  • 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.

  • Nieke Frantzen

    Nieke Frantzen

    Nieke is our Office Manager. Originally from the Netherlands, she grew up in Spain and has been living in Amsterdam for longer than she can believe. Time flies. Aside from ensuring a smooth office-run and using fanciful language, she is all about music and worldly adventures.

  • Pam Harris

    Pam Harris

    Pam is a member of both the Support and Communication 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!

  • Patty Heine

    Patty Heine

    Patty is a member of the support team, living in Oklahoma City. She is the mother of two boys, one of whom has complex communication needs, and inspires her to advocate for inclusive educational opportunities for more young students. Patty has a Master of Education – Professional Counseling degree.

  • Muriël Kok

    Muriël Kok

    Muriël is the market research manager at AssistiveWare. After studying Communication Sciences in Nijmegen, she worked at several (international) qualitative research agencies for over ten years. She is keen to fully understand our users and their needs, to make our products and services even more user-centered.

  • 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 Communication Team.

  • 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 Communication 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.

  • Sophie Lap

    Sophie Lap

    Sophie is a member of the Communications Team. She joins AssistiveWare with a background in PR and an interest in making a positive contribution to the AAC community. Sophie was born and raised in London to Dutch parents, and is enjoying getting back to her Dutch roots now she’s living in Amsterdam.

  • 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 an experienced developer who transitioned into UX Design in 2017. Originally from Poland, she lived in Spain for 12 years before moving to the Netherlands. She enjoys finding out what people love (or not) to do and why, reading comic books, and petting as many cats as possible.

  • Jennifer Marden

    Jennifer Marden

    Jennifer is a clinical consultant for AssistiveWare, working on vocabulary design and AAC implementation training. 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.

  • 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.

  • Dorrit NijhuisMarco Niemeijer

    Dorrit takes care of finance at AssistiveWare. After studying human geography she worked as a financial officer in several international organizations. She enjoys thinking outside the box. Besides work, Dorrit is passionate about many things — gardening, traveling and language.

  • 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.

  • Anastasiia Subbotina

    Anastasiia Subbotina

    Anastasiia is originally from Ukraine and joined the AssistiveWare team as a project manager. She works closely with our design and development team to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

  • Nathan Swett

    Nathan Swett

    Nathan Swett is an assistive technology specialist and the CEO at the Center for Advancement of Technology in Education (C4ATE), a nonprofit providing training to schools and families in Southern California. He currently is a doctorate candidate at San Diego State University (SDSU) in Educational Leadership K-12.

  • Anne Verhulp

    Anne Verhulp

    Anne is a member of both the Communication 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.

  • Willemijn Wetzels

    Willemijn Wetzels

    Willemijn is a Speech Language Therapist. After working in a private practice, she started working as an AAC consultant. She then decided she wanted to work on a broader range. Working for AssistiveWare gives her the opportunity to share her knowledge about AAC. Serving more users, all over the world.