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Our mission

Creating and delivering one-of-a-kind training experiences for businesses, organizations, governments and people with disabilities focused on promoting employment and disability inclusion.   

Our master trainers, motivational speakers, and disability employment experts offer opportunities to practice power-packed life skills such as:  

* Projecting a positive personal image  * Successful networking  * Communication skills  * Informational interviewing  * Business etiquette  * Volunteerism  * Community engagement 

Our Team
Founder & President 

Eileen Rivera Ley 

An innovative leader in the disability inclusion space, Eileen has she led the national advocacy efforts for the National Federation of the Blind’s Diabetes Action Network and served as the Founding Administrator for the John Hopkins Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center of the Wilmer Eye Institute.   

Legally blind since birth, Ms. Ley earned a BA in Economics from Harvard College, and an MBA in Healthcare from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, she was featured as International Woman of the Year by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Blind Savvy USA was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 minority business enterprises in 2013 and Ms. Ley was honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2011. She serves as a board member of the Maryland State Boychoir; a member of Employment Committee of the National Federation of the Blind; and as a Trustee of the Friends of Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. She resides in Baltimore MD. 

Trainers & Partners

David DeNotaris, MA

David DeNotaris, MA , An inspirational speaker, author, trainer, and executive coach, for over 25 years, David has empowered individuals and organizations to transform obstacles into opportunities. David delivers captivating and uplifting messages for teams and audiences of all sizes. David is also the author of Feeling Your Way through Life. He creates customized workshops and trainings for government agencies, colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and Fortune 500 Companies nationally.   

Legally blind since birth, David is a nationally recognized expert in vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities. He earned his MA in Educational Leadership and Administration and his undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected school board director of the Lower Dauphin County School board since 2019. David has had leadership roles in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Most recently, serving as Executive Director of the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

Dr. Rob Gilbert is one of the world’s leading authorities on sport psychology and peak performance. As a professor at Montclair State University, he has spent the last 40 years researching the mental strategies used by the world’s top athletes, business leaders, sales  people and students.  

For seven years, Dr. Gilbert edited “Bits & Pieces,” the world’s most popular motivational magazine. Dr. Gilbert’s Success Hotline has given daily motivational messages to millions of  callers since 1992.  

Dr. Gilbert has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talks shows and he has  given speeches to companies like IBM, I.T.T., Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Wireless,  Madison Square Garden and Nabisco. Among the academic institutions he has spoken at  are the United States Military Academy, UMass Amherst, University of Wisconsin, and Brown University.  

Dr. Gilbert personally coaches athletes, performers, executives and sales people. These  one-on-one sessions conducted by phone have produced dramatic performance shifts. His four most recent books are, “How to Have Fun without Failing Out” about college success, “Good to Great Golf” on the psychology of winning golf, “105 Great Stories” and “Thank God You’re Lazy.”  

Want to hear Dr. Gilbert motivate you right now? Just call Success Hotline at (973) 743-4690. 

Dr. Rob Gilbert, PhD

JP Williams

JP Williams is an accomplished singer, workshop leader, LifeCoach, and public speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Blindsince age 10, he brings a unique, seasoned perspective to everyopportunity. He has an innate gift for connecting with audiencesthrough humorand music to share wisdom and inspiration.JP isa co-writer on the three-week no. 1 hit single “Best Shot”—the song that launched the career of country music artist JimmieAllen.He’s performed on the Grand Ole Opry (a stunning soloacoustic performanceco-written with Bobby Tomberlin), as well ascountless other notable stages throughout his career in the music industry.He writes under hisown publishing company, Blonde Leading Blind Music. Previously, he was signed as a staffwriter with Major Bob Music from 2011 to 2018.To keep up with JP, follow @blindmangram on Instagram or visit


J.J. Meddaugh is the owner of A. T. Guys, a technology sales, training, and consultancy company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Since 2008, A T Guys has developed and distributed products and services to benefit people who are blind and visually impaired, and has partnered with numerous companies including Fortune 500 businesses on accessibility and usability projects. 
J.J. is an advanced Android user and has participated in a variety of trainings, seminars, and events over the past decade. He has provided his expertise to assist developers in making their apps accessible and has participated on a variety of Android-based projects. He has twice attended Google’s developer conference in California. He is also a certified NVDA Expert. 
He cohosts the Blind Bargains Qast, a podcast focused on access technology and lifestyle topics, and formerly was a cohost of That Android Show, a podcast focusing on Android apps and news. Other interests include tactile graphics, audio production, and goalball. A graduate of Western Michigan University, he enjoys playing the keyboard, travel, and trying new cuisines.  



J.J. Meddaugh

Matt Vollbrecht

Matt Vollbrecht “would be totally blind by the age of three and would eventually need prosthetic eyes.”  This diagnosis, rather than defining him, inspired him to unleash his true potential. Matt was discovered to have an incredible interest and tremendous natural talent for singing and playing the piano. Having “absolute perfect pitch” Matthew began studying piano at age 4 and voice at age 6.  Matt studied classical vocal training at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. He has performed for and shared the stage with many well-known musicians, actors, dignitaries, and political figures. He has received many awards such as: at the age of 10, he became the youngest recipient of the VSA Arts National Young Soloist Award, the youngest in history to win that award. He went on to represent VSA Arts in several performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as at the VSA Arts International Festival in Brussels, Belgium. His life experiences and the many opportunities afforded him have helped him to gain a unique understanding of diversity, human emotions, and problem solving.  

Through his own creativity and unique ability, Matthew combined spoken messages with musical performance. Matt officially began motivational speaking in 2006. Matt shares many of his life experiences in his first book entitled “Blind Faith”. In 2012,  released his second book entitled, “Titanic – the Most Complete Story Ever Told”. 

Sandy Jones, M.S. Ed., is a Professor Emeritus from CCBC (Community College of Baltimore County), Baltimore, MD, where she taught a special needs population in the Developmental Education department. Sandy has a strong belief that each student has the right to college and she has served for 25 years to provide the kind of support that will help every student be successful in college. In many different ways she has dedicated her career to serve special needs students. Sandy taught various offerings of English and Reading, closely working with Disability Support Services. She tutored students with special learning needs in the Tutorial Center throughout her career. Sandy has presented at numerous educational conferences, including: MACRA (Mid Atlantic College Reading Association), Board President; DEAM (Developmental Education Association of Maryland) Board member, and Project Access at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). Sandy traveled with representatives of CCBC to the United Kingdom to explore common interests in special needs education at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. Recently, Sandy has enjoyed working as an independent contractor for Blind Savvy USA in developing curriculum and facilitating workshops for blind and low vision transition-age students. 

Sandy Jones

Team Members

Iris Anderson

Communications Mgr

Sandy Jones

Curriculum Designer

Maria Harris

Curriculum Development

Sarah Ellis

Program Assistant

Janet Johnson


Iris Anderson

Communications Mgr


Sandy Jones

Curriculum Designer


Maria Harris



Sarah Ellis

Program Assistant


Janet Johnson



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