NTID Employer Advisory Group

Overview / Introduction

The NTID Employer Advisory Group’s (EAG) mission is to help NTID stay current with relevant information that is critical to employment, both cooperative work experiences and full-time jobs, for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates.


The EAG is a crucial resource for helping to promote the marketability of our students and graduates by providing resources for NTID faculty and NCE staff to learn about technological advances and trends in business and industry.

Current Representatives

Sam Sepah

A.I. Research Product Manager

Headshot of Sam Sepah Before arriving at Google, Sam worked at the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Labor, IBM, GE-NBC Universal, Siemens, Sprint, and Apple. At each company, Sam was responsible for developing and advancing workforce and talent management.

Sam serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohlone College Foundation, Board of Associates of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in addition to the NTID Employer Advisory Group. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Social Science and an M.S. in Human Resources Development.

Linda Sutton

Director of Staff Development and Training – Walden School
The Learning Center for the Deaf

Headshot of Linda Sutton With more than 30 years of experience working with both deaf and hearing populations in residential treatment and psycho-social rehabilitation settings, Linda Sutton found her passion for this work while completing her degree in social work. She joined The Learning Center for the Deaf’s Walden School in 1998 as the Residential Director and served in that capacity until 2007 when she became Walden School's Director of Staff Development and Training. Linda has become a valuable senior leader during her time at Walden School. She is a Certified Lead Instructor for both Professional Assault Crisis (Pro-ACT) and Residential Child and Youth Care Professional (RCYCP). Linda enjoys the recruitment and training of interns and new staff for Walden School and watching their growth and development.

Sean M. Lucas

IT Service Management

Headshot of Sean M. Lucas Sean Lucas serves as a Manager of IT Service Management at OhioHealth. He has more than 12 years of experience within healthcare IT, with more than seven of those years serving in various leadership roles. Sean has partnered with RIT/NTID for eight years, onboarding co-op students as well as serving on the NTID Employer Advisory Group for the past five years. He also sat on an advisory council for NTID, assisting with developing Internet-of-Things-related curricula. Sean holds two bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems/Business Information Systems as well as an MBA specializing in Information Systems Management.

Gary Wieber

Principal Research Scientist
DOW Chemical Company

Headshot of Gary Wieber Gary Wieber is a Principal Research Scientist in Dow’s Consumer Solutions business, where he has 32 years of experience in developing siloxane resin materials and their application in industrial and protective coatings, beauty and home care materials, performance additives to filmic coatings, adhesives and electronic materials. Gary earned his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Colorado State University in 1990.

Joshua Stewart

Senior Vice President, Director
Talent Programs and Accessibility
The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Headshot of Joshua Stewart Joshua Stewart is a Senior Vice President and Director of Talent Programs and Accessibility. A PNC employee for 18 years, Joshua maintains oversight for firm-wide campus recruiting, intern programs, development programs, K-12 talent partnerships (PartnerUp), diversity recruiting and the enterprise accessibility strategy.

Prior to his current role, Joshua was a senior manager on the Leadership and Executive Development team, the corporate Diversity and Inclusion team and held various roles within PNC Bank’s Consumer Lending business.

Recognized by the Out for Work organization as an influential ‘out’ professional in corporate America, Joshua served as the founding President of PNC Proud the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Employee Business Resource Group at PNC Bank. Joshua is a co-author of the Forté Foundation’s Men As Allies tool kit training program, leads PNC’s Men As Allies program and provides coaching to organizations facilitating the program around the globe.

He earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences and holds a certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University.

Jonathan Poe

Deputy Director of Disbursing Operations
Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Headshot of Jonathan Poe Jonathan Poe is an RIT/NTID alumnus and a Rochester native residing in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Ashland University, and he serves as Deputy Director of Disbursing Operations at Defense Finance and Accounting Service. He has nearly 13 years of experience in various positions with the Department of Defense agency, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Accounting Systems, and current directorate. In his current role, he manages and monitors daily disbursements and collections to various vendors and small businesses. Last year, the directorate disbursed over $185 billion dollars for Army, Air Force, Navy, and multiple Defense agencies. He also served as a champion for the Employees with disabilities program to share and spread awareness to other DFAS employees about disabilities.

Michelle Cummings

Senior R&D Leader
Dow Performance Silicones – Product Development

Headshot of Michelle Cummings Michelle Cummings is a Senior R&D Leader within the Hybrids, Polymers, and Silanes Group. In this role Michelle is responsible for leading the Hybrids product development group to deliver on new innovative products combining organic and silicone chemistry for differentiated advanced performance.

Most recently Michelle was a Research Scientist within the Engineered Materials Product Development Group and Global Technology Platform Leader for Secondary Optics at Dow. Michelle was responsible for developing and commercializing products for secondary optics applications in lighting. Michelle has made significant contributions to Dow’s product portfolio through the commercialization of more than seven individual products into applications such as electronic adhesives, pottants and foams. She is a 2018 Edison Award and 2019 R&D 100 Award Recipient, as well as an inventor on five granted patents and four pending patents.