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Senior Leadership Team

Irwin Schneidmill
President
Irwin has more than 30 years of experience in managing and owning companies, including 15 years in the mail order and direct marketing/distribution business. Since his arrival at ILA, the company has dramatically expanded its field sales force, improved marketing programs, and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the company's warehouse and distribution facility. Irwin has found the most interesting part of the business is his frequent visits to customers, both domestically and internationally. "There is nothing more rewarding than an emotional thank you from someone you've helped to lead an active, independent life." Irwin received a B.B.A. from Baruch College.
Irwin Schneidmill
 
Michael Gutierrez
Director of Operations
Michael has been with ILA for 17 years. He started in the warehouse and worked his way up to his current position of Director of Operations. Michael has a degree in networking from Briarcliff College. He loves living in New York! "The beaches, the east end, vineyards, I could go on and on," he says. Michael was born in the Bronx and grew up in Brooklyn before moving to Long Island, where he and his family have lived for over 30 years.
Michael Gutierrez
 
Pamela Strauss
Director of Marketing
Pamela Strauss has been with ILA since 2004 and is currently the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for managing the production of all ILA catalogs, all print advertising pieces and ensuring that all ILA websites are performing optimally. Prior to joining ILA, Pam was at home raising two children. Before her domestic career, she was a computer programmer for Astoria Federal Savings and NaBanco, a credit card transactions processing company. Pam received her AAS degree in Data Processing from Queensborough Community College in New York and currently resides on Long Island.
Pamela Strauss
 
Ursula Izurieta
Director of Merchandising
Ursula has been in the business of Buying and Merchandising for almost 20 years. Her extensive background includes both wholesale and retail venues, not only within the healthcare industry but others as well. She most loves the challenge of choosing the right products that will help the customer lead more independent lives. Ursula lives on Long island and keeps herself busy raising 3 teenagers.
Ursula Izurieta
 
Cesar Gomez
International Accounts Manager
Cesar Gomez brings to ILA a multifaceted knowledge of the low-vision industry as well as an understanding of the entire blind community. He is a well know professional with more than 14 years of experience working directly with those of special needs. As the International Accounts Manager, Cesar cultivates and maintains all sales throughout the entire world, with a huge emphasis on Latin America, South America, and many Spanish speaking European countries. As well as developing relationships with our customer base, Cesar also serves as our liaison for the many international distributors we work with. Cesar is quite accomplished, but is most proud to be a part of this industry which enables the customer to maximize their active independence with our product line of daily essentials and assistive eye care and ear care devices.
Cesar Gomez
 
Mindy Haberman
Account Manager
Mindy has been with ILA for 5 years. She started in customer service and is currently Accounts Manager of Sales for ILA. Mindy does a vast amount of traveling for ILA. She has a degree from New York University in both Marketing and Statistics. Mindy is responsible for ILA's international accounts, agencies, schools and contracts. She currently resides on Long Island with her family.
Mindy Haberman
 
Karin Danza
Account Manager
Karin recently joined the ila sales force and has shown positive progress and great assistance for both international and domestic customers. Her background in sales along with her positive personality shows the customers that she is the go to person for their needs! With her no nonsense and straightforwardness she will grow the business to the fullest extent. We welcome her on board and will assist her with whatever tools she needs to ensure our customers are satisfied. Karin lives on Long Island with her family.
Karin Danza
 
Barbara Chernosky
Office Manager
Barbara Chernosky has over seven years experience working in the low-vision and hard-of-hearing industries. As ILA’s office manager, she is responsible for maintaining all aspects of the office as well as supervising ten very qualified and dedicated customer service representatives. Prior to her current responsibilities she spent ten years as an office manager for a motorcoach tour operator and 20 years as a residential real estate broker. Barbara received her BA degree from Long Island University and she and her husband live in New York. She has two grown children, three granddaughters and a new grandson.
Barbara Chernosky
 
Lisa Luke
Warehouse Manager
Lisa began her career with ILA almost five years ago in the shipping department. In a very short period of time she worked her way up to warehouse manager where she is now responsible for running all warehouse operations.
Lisa Luke
 
Jodi Podbielak
Accounting
For the past six years Jodi has been responsible for ILA’s bookkeeping, accounts receivable, and accounts payable functions. Jodi earned her B.S. in marketing and finance from C.W. Post of Long Island University. She is a health enthusiast who also enjoys collecting and listening to music.
Jodi Podbielak
 
Stephen Guerra
Assistive Technology Specialist
Stephen Guerra has twenty plus years of experience in the assistive technology industry. Stephen is responsible for resolving customer questions regarding ILA products and providing analysis on new devices in the Assistive Technology industry. Prior to his current responsibilities, Stephen was an Information Technology Analyst with Adecco North America and Chase Card Services where he resolved computer, phone, system and network issues. Stephen lives with his wife Andrea and three girls Maddie, Talor, and Kaylee in Rochester, Minnesota, where he enjoys being a dad, reading, playing Beep Baseball, and being secretary of the National Beep Baseball Association.
Stephen Guerra