Meet Our Staff
Mike Pollack, Information Systems Manager, Full Life Care
Mike Pollack has been working with the STAR Center since 2012, providing tech support and grant contract oversight. He says he “enjoys working with the talented volunteers and users at the STAR Center”. Mike’s has been doing technical support through his own business since 1996 and since 2013 has been working for Full Life Care as the agency’s IT Manager.
Natanielle Thangamany, Computer Lab Coordinator, Full Life Care
Natanielle joined the lab as the coordinator after initially volunteering at STAR. She loves learning about the assistive tech available in the lab and being able to help and assist users with their problems. While technology can be frustrating, she realizes the utility it has in today's world and is interested in making technology accessible and inclusive for all.
Thomas Ross, Advisory Board President, STAR Center Co-founder, and Assistive Technology Specialist
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Seattle University)
Former Chair of Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
I'm interested in helping people explore appropriate computer-based assistive technology, with specific experience with speech recognition technology.
Typing on a computer doesn't need be tedious anymore! :-) Come and check it out!
Dorene Cornwell, BA in Slavic Languages and Literature and MA in Russian studies
I have a long work background in academic technical support and health care / social services data analysis.
Lifelong struggles with vision issues and midlife medical events, made it necessary for me to learn to use assistive technology including screen reading, screen enlargement, Braille, and various approaches to accessible electronic content. I am very grateful to the community of people at the STAR Center for all the ways their experience, laughter, and energy have helped with this adjustment.
Recently I have helped coordinate several multicultural projects related to disaster preparedness and digital inclusion. Someone I met recently says project coordination is about making interesting things happen and writing about them. I like projects, that have an impact on people’s lives, that help people discover new possibilities offered by technology and training.
Additional Interests: Digital Inclusion, Languages and language access, walkability, accessibility, transportation, broadband technology, disaster preparedness.
Personal blog with additional resources http://rantwoman.blogspot.com
Lisa Maurer, BA, Psychology major from UW
Although I am visually impaired, I enjoy life, go places with friends, take part in church activities, write poems and stories, knit, crochet, and sew. I enjoy working on my computer, building websites, and writing email letters and other activities to support some of my favorite wild life and environmental protection organizations.
Years ago I learned JAWS at the STAR Center and began accessing the internet. I am grateful for the STAR Center, and I am happy to volunteer.