From delivering educational interventions to children in remote villages to leading strategic initiatives around the world, our team’s backgrounds demonstrate dedication and expertise.
We believe in our work because we see it improving children’s lives every day.
Kristen Layton, Director of Perkins India
“Every single meeting we have, we begin by talking about a specific child — their story. I want the work to focus on the children.”
Kristen Layton leads new sustainable initiatives and guides the strategic direction of Perkins India’s work. In 2010, she helped launch Perkins International’s programs in the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Perkins International, she served as an international consultant specializing in inclusive education and children with disabilities, including visual impairment and deafblindness. She has held positions with Boston College, the University of Maryland, the National Deaf-Blind Project, the New York public school system, the Helen Keller National Center, and Education Development Center, Inc., where she led a team to launch the International Inclusive Schools Network. Layton earned a master’s degree in special education and severe disabilities from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Sampada Shevde, Country Head
“The main objective has always been to create educational opportunities for children with MDVI — this is what makes me proud to work for Perkins India.”
Sampada Shevde oversees Perkins India’s programs. A 1999 graduate of Perkins International’s rigorous Educational Leadership Program, Shevde now drives Perkins India’s locally facing operations, working on developing future partnerships and programs to grow impact. She has successfully initiated collaborations with government organizations and routinely delivers trainings and works with teachers and families in the community. She has previously worked for Sense International, India and Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind. Her roles over the years have included training manager, principal, coordinator and special educator, and she has consulted and conducted trainings and workshops throughout India and Southeast Asia. Currently a visiting faculty member at the National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped in Mumbai, Shevde has also authored and contributed to various publications and educational training materials. She holds a master’s degree in education from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mumbai University.
Supriya Das, Project Coordinator
“The work I do is like food for my soul. I love every part — be it working with the little children, young students, their families or service providers.”
Supriya Das connects with educators, parents and other professionals across India, providing them with the latest MDVI research and educational strategies. Das works in the field to evaluate programs and conduct trainings. She maintains web access to educational resources for community use, making sure content is translated into Hindi. A 2015 graduate of Perkins International’s Educational Leadership Program, Das also serves as a consultant, supporting efforts in India to achieve inclusion for children with visual impairment in mainstream schools. Das has previously worked as a research associate and program coordinator. She was recognized for her contribution at Assistech to the development of the “SmartCane” — the first affordable mobility device for people with visual impairment and deafblindness. Currently pursuing a doctorate in special education from Amity University, Das holds a master’s degree in special education from IGNOU University and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Delhi University.
Paige Klotzman, Program Coordinator
"I'm proud that Perkins India is working to reach some of the most vulnerable children. I do this work because I've seen how the overall well-being of children and families can be improved, and believe that when every child — especially those with multiple disabilities — has access to a meaningful education, we will live in a more peaceful and sustainable world."
Before coming to Perkins, Klotzman’s work and studies took her to India and Nicaragua, where she developed a five-year monitoring and evaluation plan for education programs in a rural community. She holds a master’s degree in development practice — with a focus on international education, monitoring and evaluation — from the University of Arizona and graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.
Anuradha Mungi, Educational Specialist
“I’m inspired to do this work by the children with MDVI who receive need-based services where there are no services or limited services.”
Anuradha Mungi works with partner organizations, conducts functional assessments for children with MDVI and gives guidance to educators, community-based rehabilitation (CBR) workers and families. Mungi also provides consultations and trainings for government and NGO professionals and coordinates with mentors who regularly visit partner organizations. She recently co-authored a unit on deafblindness for an online course through Avinashilingam University and has previously worked for Sense International, India and Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind. Past roles include teacher, social worker, field supervisor, training manager and guest faculty member at the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), Regional Centre, Mumbai. Mungi holds a master’s degree in social work, with a specialization in rural and urban community development, from Indore School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree from Vikram University. She also received a diploma in special education (deafblindness) from Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind.