Meet the Equidox Team

We’ve built a team of professionals with accessibility experience and a passion for inclusion and digital accessibility, focused on PDF remediation. We asked our team what digital accessibility means to them.

Tim Needles

Tim Needles

President and CEO

Tim Needles is the President and CEO of Onix Networking Corp., a leading cloud solutions provider based in Lakewood, Ohio. Onix has elevated businesses to the next level of productivity, collaboration, efficiency and success since 1992. The company uses its ever-evolving expertise to solve clients’ technology pain points across numerous business sectors. Onix creates targeted solutions with infrastructure, collaboration, devices, search and geospatial technology, using products from such partners as Google, Amazon Web Services and Dropbox, among others. Equidox was developed by Onix to provide solutions for accessibility. Onix backs its strategic planning and deployment with incomparable ongoing service, training, and support.

In 2014, Tim and his wife, Dianne, established Onix Outreach, an accredited 501(3) c. This non-profit charitable giving arm of Onix is dedicated to providing essential goods and services to underserved individuals and families in northeast Ohio.

“Onix recognizes accessibility as another challenge we can solve. No person should be left out of your organization’s success; no person should be excluded from your organization’s products or services. With our solutions, your organization can become inclusive and compliant.”

Ryan Pugh

Ryan Pugh

Director of Accessibility

Pugh leads the Equidox accessibility team. Prior to joining the Equidox team at Onix, Pugh served as an Access Technology Analyst for the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, where he was the association’s focal point for accessibility and usability testing. He conducted intensive web accessibility audits for compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including some of the world’s largest online retailers, notable colleges and universities, government agencies at the federal, state and local levels and other non-profit institutions.

He also delivered accessibility training workshops and managed the NFB’s document remediation program, specializing in PDF accessibility.

“This is the information age. Access to information is a fundamental human right and plays an essential role in all aspects of our lives, yet a billion people are locked out by inaccessible design. It’s not about checking boxes, it’s about reaching everyone.”

Pat Needles

Pat Needles

Executive Director of Sales

Pat leads the sales team and the Equidox team. Pat has been in working in software technology sales for the last 30 years, representing two different companies during that time. He served as VP of Sales for a quality control software product that has been a leader in the marketplace for over 20 years. Pat built the sales and marketing teams at IQS and had great success before leaving the company in 2008. Pat is now the Director of Sales for Equidox, a fast-growing division of Onix that has developed a world-class product for document accessibility. Pat also oversees the sales team for web accessibility services, which helps organizations comply with ADA regulations and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

“I have a great passion for what Onix has created in the world of digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We help individuals on a daily basis gain access to information that otherwise is not available.”

Eric Cantin

Eric Cantin

Senior Developer

Eric is the creator, designer, and developer of Equidox. Equidox is an automated solution that simplifies the process of converting inaccessible PDF documents to compliant HTML, PDF or epub format.

Eric is an accomplished and successful senior full-stack developer with over 24 years of experience who is solution-focused and produces outstanding results based on the requirements of an organization. He has a proven ability to identify and develop new technology to implement innovative solutions to increase productivity. Eric possesses a broad understanding of web technologies, databases, languages, frameworks and cloud computing. He is extremely knowledgeable in front-end and back-end systems and the different layers and protocols involved. He is also actively involved in accessibility and specifically with PDF standards. Eric provides a wealth of knowledge and experiences with all facets of system and software architecture and development.

“Equidox was created to make it easy to convert your documents to HTML and make them accessible at the same time. That way your users are able to access your content in the way THEY want, on the device THEY want and even print it the way THEY want. That is accessibility to me.”

David Freelan

David Freelan

Lead Data Scientist

David is the head data scientist of Equidox working on automating tasks within Equidox through computer vision and machine learning. Before joining Onix, David was the team lead for two international robotics competitions in Brazil and China. He has also published several academic papers about robotics, deep learning and multi-agent systems. David has designed our recently enhanced table and list editor algorithms as well as many time-saving and workflow-enhancing improvements to Equidox Software.

“Working for a company doing accessibility and trying to get everybody included is a great way to apply my skills. As our machine learning technology improves, we hope it will be able to also detect scanned text (our existing technology does a great job of auto-tagging digitally rendered text content), and take that final step to using artificial intelligence for near-total automation.”

Dan Tuleta

Dan Tuleta

Sales Engineer

Dan Tuleta came to Onix from a background in production, productivity and quality control. He has a BA in Business Management and brings to Equidox an enthusiasm for accessibility. Dan’s patience and skill with Equidox software provide clients a sound base on which to build their roadmap to compliance and inclusion.

“To me, digital accessibility means innovation beyond the constraints of physical, mental, or technological limitations. I want to help build a better future in which everyone can thrive, regardless of their ability, and where technological evolution is matched by systems that adapt to the ever-changing digital world.”

Dawn Campbell

Dawn Campbell

Account Manager, Canada

Dawn is a passionate champion for inclusion and has worked in the accessibility field for over twenty years. Dawn has worked in three Ontario colleges, two school boards, and distinguished organizations like the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Rick Hansen Foundation. In 2011 she was awarded the International Day for Persons with Disabilities Access Award for Kingston, Ontario.

Dawn’s perspective and passion for her work are derived from a life-changing head-on motor vehicle accident that left her with multiple injuries to her right leg. Dawn advocates for universal design and believes that accessibility is more than ramps and elevators.

“We live in a highly digital world that demands attention to accessibility.”

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