Our Executive Team embodies a commitment to excellence and a pioneering spirit that has kept Perkins on the forefront of innovation in education and services.
Luiza Aguiar, Executive Director of Perkins Solutions
Luiza Aguiar joined Perkins Solutions in 2015 and has been executive director since 2017, overseeing the development and marketing of assistive technology products and accessibility consulting services. Aguiar has more than 20 years of experience in software and technology product management, marketing and business development, including positions at Sun Microsystems, Art Technology Group and FTP Software. She was previously employed as senior manager of product marketing at RSA, the security division of EMC. Aguiar holds an MBA from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Ed Bosso, Superintendent and Executive Director of Educational Programs
Ed Bosso joined Perkins School for the Blind in March 2016. As superintendent, he oversees all of Perkins’ educational services, including programs on Perkins’ Watertown campus and in public schools. Bosso has more than 30 years of experience in special education, including leadership positions as principal of the Delaware School for the Deaf, director of Statewide Programs for Deaf and Deaf Blind Students, and assistant superintendent of human resources for the Christina School District in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to Perkins, he served as vice president of Gallaudet’s National Deaf Education Center. Bosso earned a master’s degree in educational administration/supervision from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Science in special education from Bloomsburg University.
Kim Charlson, Executive Director of Perkins Library
Kim Charlson has been involved with Perkins Library since 1985, and has been director since 2001, overseeing the library’s mission of providing accessible reading material to people who are blind or visually impaired. A distinguished expert on library and information services for people with disabilities, Charlson serves on several committees for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and has contributed to numerous publications on braille and library services. She is the first woman president of the American Council of the Blind and a member of the Accessible Books Consortium to support the Marrakesh Treaty. Charlson has a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas.
Michael Delaney, Executive Director of Perkins International
Michael Delaney joined Perkins International in January 2016. As Executive Director, he oversees Perkins International’s efforts to ensure that every child who is blind around the world has access to a quality education. Delaney has more than three decades of experience working in international development and relief. Prior to Perkins, he served as Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Division director. Delaney earned his master’s degree in economics from the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Niagara University.
Kate Margolese, Chief Marketing Officer
Kate Margolese oversees Perkins’ overall marketing strategy, working to build awareness of the Perkins mission and educational philosophy domestically and internationally while ensuring that Perkins programs, products and services are attuned to the needs of the students, families, educators and school districts they serve. Before arriving at Perkins in 2015, Margolese led marketing efforts at technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Nets Inc. Prior to that, she was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where she focused primarily on strategic direction for technology companies. Margolese earned an MBA from Harvard University and has a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan.
Betsy McGinnity, Executive Director of Training & Educational Resources Program
Betsy McGinnity oversees the operations of the Training & Educational Resources Program, which brings together Perkins' information, training and educational resource functions to increase the impact these services have on the lives of people with blindness. McGinnity spent several years working as a teacher of students with deafblindness and severe disabilities in public and state schools before starting her career at Perkins in 1980 as coordinator of vocational services in the Deafblind Program. She received her M.Ed in special education at the University of Washington in Seattle.
David Whalen joined Perkins School for the Blind in 2016 to advance its mission and expand and support its local, regional, national and international programs through philanthropy. He previously worked at the New England Aquarium as vice president of development, and has served as chief development officer for Partners in Health and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Whalen is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a Master of Science in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MBA from Brandeis University.