About us

Our mission is to love our neighbors by restoring independence, dignity, and hope through affordable assistive technology solutions.

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Student Project

VisuALS started as a student project at Oklahoma Christian University after recognizing the need for an affordable assistive communication device. The student team entered into Love’s Cup, a state-wide business plan competition in Oklahoma, and won first place.

Oklahoma Christian VisuALS
Oklahoma Christian VisuALS

Impacting Lives

The impact of what those students created did not truly become evident until they met a man named Carl. Seeing the impact they had on Carl’s life, they knew they needed to create a business.

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VisuALS is now a fully operating business that is selling their solution for just a fraction of the price of traditional solutions.

Our Story

In 2014, a student in the Master’s of Engineering program at Oklahoma Christian University, approached the university with an idea to create an affordable AAC device for his friend who had ALS. His friend was a doctor and so he could afford the expensive traditional communication devices that cost $15K – $25K, but he saw the need for an affordable solution. Oklahoma Christian decided to pursue this idea through their senior engineering capstone projects. Over the next two years, two groups of students worked on the project. The first group of students started the work in the Fall of 2015 and the second group of students picked up that work in the Fall of 2016. The students did not realize the potential of what they were creating until they met a man named Carl Phelps, who ended up becoming their first beta tester. 

The video above is of Oklahoma Christian’s President introducing Carl and the student team at Oklahoma Christian’s alumni dinner. Since then, members of that student team have graduated and started their corporate careers, with a few of them still playing significant roles in the business and others acting as Strategic Advisors. Other team members have been recruited to help build the business and bring VisuALS to market. VisuALS officially launched on September 1st, 2017 and is seeking to live out it’s mission to love it’s neighbors by restoring independence, dignity and hope through affordable assistive technology solutions. 

Our team

Steve Maher

co-founder/ceo

Steve Maher helped co-found VisuALS in 2017 and became CEO in summer of 2019.  He has been advising teams and projects for a long time. He was blessed with nearly two decades working in Silicon Valley, all in product development, plus served as Chairman and President of a non-profit for a decade. He has been at Oklahoma Christian since 2002, teaches full-time, and has also served as Chair of the Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science. When not inspiring young engineers, Steve enjoys church fellowship, sports, traveling, reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with his family

Andrew Ash

Development & operations

Andrew directs our operations and software development.  He is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma Christian. He has been with VisuALS since early 2019.

Zourab Tsopourachvili

marketing specialist

Zourab directs Sales and Marketing for VisuALS.  He received his Bachelor’s degree at Ohio Valley University and Master’s degree from Oklahoma Christian, (2020 MBA graduate).  Originally from France, he came to the USA to attend college on an athletic scholarship.

Russ McGuire

co-founder/advisor

Russ McGuire helped co-found VisuALS in 2017 and served as CEO until summer 2019.  He is a trusted advisor with proven strategic insights. He has been blessed by God in many ways including serving as a corporate executive, and co-founding technology startups. More importantly, he’s a husband and father who cares about people, and he’s a committed Christian who seeks to honor God in all that he does. He served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Oklahoma Christian University from 2015-2019. Some of his career highlights include co-founding the first web development firm in Oklahoma in 1995, serving as vice president of corporate strategy for Sprint from 2008-2014, being a published business book author and a patented inventor.

Jevon Seaman

co-founder/advisor

Jevon was a co-founder and the original Chief Operating Officer for VisuALS.  He is an Accounting graduate of Oklahoma Christian, but he enjoys doing more than just bean counting. In his free time, Jevon finds happiness in woodworking, playing his guitar, and having a cup of coffee with friends. When not crunching numbers or sharpening a chisel, Jevon greatly cherishes time with his new bride.

Austin McRay

co-founder/advisor

Austin McRay was a co-founder and the original Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for VisuALS. Austin is a 2016 Marketing graduate from Oklahoma Christian with an emphasis on professional selling and also completed his MBA at OC.  Sales is something that Austin finds interesting because it allows him to connect with complete strangers. Austin cares deeply about connecting and forming relationships with people and his hope is to turn every stranger that he meets into a friend.

Seth Reiter

Advisor

Seth Reiter joined VisuALS in 2018 as Operations Manager and became COO in summer of 2019.  He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) and previously worked at Boeing.  He became Director of Eagle Ventures at OC in 2019 while working on his MBA, which he completed in April, 2020.   He has been involved in a number of start-up businesses and helping students start their own businesses, including OC’s latest winner of the I2E Love’s Entrepreneurial Cup in the Small Business Division.