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Meet the Accessibility Center Team

Avi Advani, Web Accessibility Specialist

Avi Advani (he/him), Web Accessibility Specialist, California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterAvi has worked in higher education since 2007 and has dedicated his career to promoting accessibility as an equitable and inclusive practice. He comes to the Accessibility Center from San Francisco State University, where he worked as the Interim Associate Director for the Disability Programs and Resource Center. In his time at SF State, Avi implemented several key processes in the areas of web and mobile accessibility, accessible procurement, document accessibility, and media captioning. Avi has also collaborated across the California State University system, serving as a subject matter expert on the systemwide Accessible Technology Network team. His educational background includes an MBA and a BS in Computer Science.

Outside of work, Avi enjoys traveling, hiking, playing video games, and spending time with his wife and cat.

Angela Baucom, Project Manager

Angela BaucomAs Project Manager for the Accessibility Center, Angela is known as the one who cares about “Who does what, by when.” After attending Butte College, Angela earned a bachelor’s in Business with emphasis in both Accounting and Information Systems from CSU Chico, and an MS in Information Systems from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Current certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Private Pilot License (PPL).

Angela’s passion is providing project management expertise to the area of accessibility, although, in her 30 years of project management she has supported many industries such as finance, distribution, health care and human resources talent management.

In addition to her role at the Accessibility Center, Angela serves on the Professional Development Steering Committee as well as the EEO Advisory Committee for the Butte-Glenn Community College District. Outside of project management, Angela has taught university courses on Information Systems.

When not working or flying, she spoils her two Papillons who love to do tricks and make guest appearances.

Elisa Carrillo, Digital Accessibility Specialist

Elisa CarrilloElisa has six years of experience working in the California State University system, having developed guides, resources, and hosted trainings on digital accessibility and universal design. Most recently, she was the Digital Accessibility Specialist at CSU Long Beach and served as the main point of contact for document accessibility remediation for faculty and staff.

She is pursuing a master's degree in Assistive Technology and Human Services at CSU Northridge. Elisa has extensive knowledge of Section 508 compliance and a keen interest in screen readers and speech-to-text assistive technology.

Christine Fundell, 508 Program Manager

Christine Fundell, 508 Program Manager, California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterChristine has been committed to accessibility in higher education for over 15 years, with focus on developing policies, procedures and best practices to ensure digital inclusion of all students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining the Accessibility Center, Christine worked at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), serving as the coordinator of accessible technology efforts and collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote sustainable culture change. With accessibility expertise in the areas of digital content and procurement, Christine also served as a member of the CSU Chancellor’s Office Accessible Technology Network, developing and implementing systemwide improvements.

Along with accessibility certifications from the Department of Homeland Security and the International Association for Accessibility Professionals, Christine has a Master’s in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology from CSUSB.

Lauren Miller, Alternate Media and Assistive Technology Specialist

Lauren MillerPrior to joining the CCC Accessibility Center, Lauren worked for eight years at Los Angeles Harbor College in the DSPS department, and as an adjunct instructor in the college’s High Tech Center. She has a BA in Behavioral Sciences from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a M.Ed. in Community College/Higher Ed Leadership from Northern Arizona University (NAU), and is finishing her M. Ed. in Educational Technology, also from NAU. Being passionate about accessibility, she keeps disability in the talks about equity and community college education, and has a motto of "Accessibility from the Heart,” which is what she constantly strives to provide.

Outside of work, she is a mom to three (human) boys and three (kitty) girls. She loves to read, cruise, play scrabble, and take road trips!

Tom Siechert, Procurement Accessibility Specialist

Tom SiechertTom has worked in the field of accessible procurement since 2006, for both California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Tom served as a subject matter expert and member of the CSU system’s Accessible Technology Network where he led the development of the CSU Accessible Procurement process. In 2014, in coordination with the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Director, Tom launched a pilot of the new framework at Fresno State and led development of an enterprise level integrated IT purchase review system – a system that was later adopted by a majority of the CSU’s 23 campuses. Tom also served as an IT Procurement officer for 17 years at Fresno State.

Tom has an MBA with a concentration in Finance, and a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems, both from Fresno State. In addition to giving national presentations on the topic of accessible procurement, Tom has earned numerous accessibility-related certifications.