Board of Trustees
Ms. Anuradha Mahesh Director
Ms Anuradha Mahesh’s association with Swabodhini dates back to 2006. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance. In addition to being a Trustee she is also the Director of the school. She manages the entire operations of the school, which includes education, therapy services, finance & administration, planning and budgeting, audits and legal compliances.
With her experience in multinational consulting firms prior to joining Swabodhini, she has introduced many of the best practices and also extensively worked for creating visibility & expand donor base.
Ms. Sudha Kartik Head of Education
Ms Sudha Kartik, a post graduate in Psychology and also holding a Masters in Library science is the Head of Education at Swabodhini. Her forte is parent counseling & Special education. Prior to joining Swabodhini she was practicing as free-lance parent and student counselor for 4 years.She joined Swabodhini in June 2015 as a parent counselor curriculum implementation and upgrading of curriculum, student progress, parent interface parent counseling etc. She has introduced innovative ways of teaching like play way activities, theater arts, role modeling etc. She is instrumental providing structured individual and group training in self help and life skills through theatre arts teaming up with therapists.
Ms. Agila Subramaniam Head of Therapy
Ms Agila Subramaniam, a clinical psychologist holds a Masters degree in Psychology. She specializes in Cognitive Behaviour therapy. Her therapies have been found effective in many children with mal adaptive behaviours. She is also good at counseling the students. Her assessment techniques are unique which are very effective to set the exact goals in IEP’s. She has been in this field for over 7 years. She has worked in several special schools prior to joining Swabodhini.
She joined us in June 2015 as Behaviour therapist cum Psychologist. Presently as Head of Therapy Services she will be coordinating the entire therapy services viz Speech, Occupational Therapy & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Ms. Amirthavalli Rangarajan Head of Administration & Finance
Ms Amirthavalli Rangarajan, an M. Com and ICWA Inter has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. As Head of Administration and Finance, she takes care of the entire Finance, Accounting & Administration services of Swabodhini. She also manages the inventory, sales & collection of the retail unit “Swayam Shop” in addition to taking care of complete accounting, audit, planning & budgeting for events, management of infrastructure and facilities. She joined Swabodhini in August 2013.
Prior to joining Swabodhini she served as Manager Accounts in 37th Crescent Hotel in Bangalore.
Ms Aruna Narayanan Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Ms. Aruna Narayanan is the Public relations coordinator of Swabodhini. An engineer and a post graduate in Business Administration, Aruna takes care of the entire public relation affairs of Swabodhini. She coordinates for all outreach programs, donor communications, newsletters, organizing events for visibility and manages the face book page and other public communications. With a flair for writing she has also penned many short stories. She joined Swabodhini recently after giving up her profession as a banker. Prior to joining us she has worked in Citi Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
Aruna also an avid runner and a triathlete, she regularly trains and participates in major running events.
Technical Expert Team
Swabodhini constantly strives to give its best of services to its students. Experts have been appointed to guide the core team for therapy & special education services.
Mr. Saravanan Sivanithi
Mr. Saravanan a leading Occupational therapist in Chennai having over 16 years of experience in the field of special needs, joined us at the beginning of this academic year to oversee the therapy services. His areas of specialization include sensory integration & paediatric neuro development apart from occupational therapy. He is a National and International Trainer and a Resource person. He has also rendered consulting services to many organisations for Disability management and also for drafting policies. He has co authored and published a book titled "Towards Inclusive communities". At Swabodhini he will be overseeing speech, OT and Behaviour therapies and provide necessary guidance to the team for the overall improvement of students.
Mirra Charitable Trust
The main objective of Mirra is potential realization, empowerment and inclusion of children with autism, learning disability, and other special needs into mainstream schools and community at large. Having seen what effective inclusion could do to children with needs, the urge to reach out to a larger section of children and schools resulted in MIRRA. Ms. Lakshmi Satish is the co-founder of Mirra Charitable Trust. A student of English literature, Lakshmi Satish was always inclined towards teaching children, this prompted her to become a trained teacher. Soon this paved the way for her to become a special educator and work in an inclusive school in Chennai. Ms. Lakshmi and her team from Mirra is providing expert guidance for special education and related teaching methodology to Swabodhini.
As part of Swabodhini's onging efforts to better serve its students and their families, as well as to help the School plan for the next decade, the board appointed two professionals as advisors: Mr. V. Srinivasan and Dr. Chandru Rajam.
Mr. V. Srinivasan Adviser
Mr. V. Srinivasan was, for almost 30 years, a senior executive with Carl Zeiss, a German multinational company. He held various leadership positions across the Company's Asian region and was responsible, on two occasions, to lead its subsidiary in India.
His profile may be found at: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/v-srinivasan-6abb4530
Dr. Chandru Rajam Adviser
Dr. Chandru Rajam was a former professor of business and taught at a number of universities in the US and Singapore. He worked in or for global media companies, such as BusinessWeek and The Economist, and has consulted for a number of global and regional companies.
His profile is at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ChandruRajam
Messers Srinivasan and Rajam have been working with the Management Team at Swabodhini on a formal strategic planning process.