Meet the Team
Fighting for the dignity of independence through wheelchair control.
John Sexton, Founder
John Sexton is a junior Electrical Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the Notre Dame Band, playing tuba, piano, percussion, and, in the stands at ND football games, electric bass. John has been working on LifeDrive for the past four years with his dad, Shawn, who is fighting ALS. He now leads the LifeDrive team hoping to change the lives of those who are going through what he and his family have gone through.
Shawn and Kathy Sexton, Parents, Consultants
Shawn and Kathy Sexton have been married for 28 years. Before he was diagnosed with ALS, Shawn was a networking engineer and always an innovator. As his disease progresses, he continues to seek solutions that will not only help him personally, but others who face similar challenges. Always the one to go to for tech advice, Shawn's focus has always been to look for ways to push technology for good and for others. In addition to being a live-in caregiver, Kathy has a background in technology, photography, and theology. Both Shawn ('88) and Kathy (MA '91) are graduates of the University of Notre Dame.
Lydia Damoose, Operations
Lydia Damoose is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Visual Communications Design major and minoring in Sociology. Currently, Lydia is pursuing a Master's in Management at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Originally from Harbor Springs, Michigan, Lydia is an avid skier, kayaker, and lover of all things nature. Here on campus, however, Lydia is a member of the Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish, playing the tuba, saxophone, and trumpet. She also works in the Notre Dame Development Office, and is a member of the Holy Cross Associates. She is excited to join LifeDrive, as she gets to apply her design and communication skills to an organization that will help benefit the Sexton family and the entire ALS community.
Conor O'Brien, Electrical Engineer
Conor O’Brien is an Electrical Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame originally from Northern New Jersey. The LifeDrive project really stood out to him because of the immediate impact it can have on a sizable population of the world. He believes that it is typically pretty hard for engineers, specifically those in the tech realm, to see their work lead to direct changes in the world, but this product offers him that chance. Aside from working on this project, Conor loves to work out and spend time with his friends. One of his favorite activities to do is to go exploring: whether he is roaming the streets of New York City or just riding his bike in an unfamiliar neighborhood in his hometown, Conor really appreciates the journey of uncovering new things about his surroundings.
Josh O'Brien, Electrical Engineer
Josh O'Brien is an Electrical Engineering major and Engineering Corporate Practice minor at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from central Maryland, he has a passion for using technology to find dynamic solutions that benefit people. The LifeDrive project provided him the opportunity to use his passion for the benefit of others and make the world a better place. Josh is honored to be working with the LifeDrive team. Outside of LifeDrive, Josh enjoys playing and watching any sport with a ball, especially when this time is with his friends and family.
Emily Chen, Regulatory
Emily Chen is a Science-Business major with a minor in public service/policy at the University of Notre Dame. She is a pre-medical student interested in the intersection of healthcare and business, motivated to make global impacts. In addition to her clinical experiences, she has interned in pharmaceuticals and healthcare consulting. On campus, she is involved in the STEM division of the Student International Business Council, where she led a project to help design a prototype for Stryker’s PPE surgical gown to be COVID-19 resistant, is conducting independent research through a health, hormones, and human behavior lab, and is Director of Finances of the GlobeMed club, a student organization focused on global health and social justice. She chose to join the EyeDriving Team through the McCloskey New Venture Competition because she aspires to make tremendous impacts on the healthcare industry, even outside of a clinical setting. As a Science-Business major, Emily is convinced that she can someday say “I am a doctor ... and also an entrepreneur”, placing the patient at the center of healthcare.