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, President of Educational Programs
Ed Bosso joined Perkins School for the Blind in March 2016. As president of Educational Programs and superintendent, he oversees all of Perkins’ educational services, including educational programs on Perkins’ Watertown campus and in public schools, as well as the operations of the Training & Educational Resources Program, encompassing teacher training and the Perkins Research Library and Archives. 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. Charlson also oversees the FCC iCanConnect program, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program providing free communication technology and training to eligible individuals. 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 Print Disabled and has contributed to numerous publications on braille and library services. She was the first woman president of the American Council of the Blind (2013-2019) and a member of the Accessible Books Consortium to support the Marrakesh Treaty. Charlson is the president-elect of the North America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union (WBU) and has a master's degree in library science from the University of North Texas.
Brenna Child, Chief People Officer
Brenna Child joined Perkins as its first Chief People Officer in 2020. Child’s key areas of focus include supporting and enhancing Perkins’ organizational culture, promoting the strength and capability of our entire workforce, and ensuring Perkins remains a sought-after organization for both employees and volunteers.
Child came to Perkins from The Washington Post, where she was Head of Talent Management & Branding, leading team success in acquisition, marketing, culture, internal communications, diversity & inclusion, and organizational development. Her career began in B2B software sales & marketing, where she began to see the critical link between progressive human capital strategy and business success. She has over 18 years’ experience in the HR space developing advanced talent strategies to further an organization’s growth and impact. Brenna holds an MBA from Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA in Psychology/Organizational Behavior from Clark University.
Rebecca Fater, Executive Director of Marketing
Rebecca Fater has been inspired by Perkins' global mission and impact since joining the organization 10 years ago. With experience in education, government and news media settings, her work at Perkins has spanned content strategy, brand management and thought leadership. Today she oversees marketing and communications strategy to advance Perkins' mission and support its impact, growth and sustainability goals. A Providence College graduate, Fater's past experience includes serving as Massachusetts State House Bureau Chief for Media News Group and as Editorial Director at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester to support enrollment, advancement and brand management. She remains committed to creating an inclusive, accessible world for all.
Katherine Holland, Executive Director of Perkins International
Katherine (Katie) Holland joined Perkins in 2019 as the Executive Director of Perkins International. She is a leader and manager with more than 15 years of experience in designing sustainable program strategies and motivating teams to achieve ambitious goals. Katie comes to Perkins from Women Deliver, where she served as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Katie supported global advocacy for gender equality including the 2016 and 2019 Women Deliver global conferences and the four-fold growth of the annual budget and staff. Prior to Women Deliver, Katie spent more than 10 years with UNICEF in posts ranging from policy to management to health. She has also held positions at the Amani Children's Foundation, Harvard University and the Hope for African Children Initiative. Her work has taken her around the world and across the African continent, and currently includes serving as a global advisor to Praava Health in Bangladesh. Katie holds a Masters of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), from Harvard University, and a certificate in leadership from INSEAD. She is also a proud women's college alumna and earned her Bachelor's degree from Salem College, where she now serves as a Trustee.
Katherine Sears, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Katherine Sears joined Perkins in 2020 as the chief financial and administrative officer. In addition to directing financial operations, her role also includes oversight of facilities management, legal support, food services and IT. Sears brings 25 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, where she has had oversight for finance operations and also served as a strategic partner to leadership. She has deep experience with charitable organizations, having spent several years at AmeriCares Foundation Inc., and has also served as CFO for multiple global consumer goods companies, as well as for an operating foundation and private foundation. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and received her BA in economics from Yale University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
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.