Meet the Team

Nicole Gardner

Headshot of Nicole Gardner.Nicole Gardner is the Program Director of Perkins School for the Blind’s Career Launch@Perkins. She brings to the job more than 30 years of relevant experience, having notably served as both a management consultant and the Chief Human Resources Officer of Oliver Wyman, an international consulting firm. Most recently she was the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Marsh & McLennan Companies, where she led the development of programs designed to help MMC succeed by creating an inclusive culture in which diverse talent could thrive and contribute. 

Kayt Norris

Headshot of Kayt Norris.Kayt Norris is the Instructional Design Consultant with Perkins School for the Blind’s Career Launch@Perkins. She boasts more than ten years of experience in education and workforce development across diverse organizations and contexts, most recently serving as a workforce development consultant in long-term care, helping providers improve staff recruitment, training and retention. Prior, she served as the global training director for Bridge International Academies, a large chain of low-cost private schools across Africa and India.

Carol Kinlan

Headshot of Carol Kinlan.Carol Kinlan is the Director of Recruitment for Transition Programs at Perkins School for the Blind. An alumni of Harvard University’s Mind, Brain and Education Department, she boasts a comprehensive background in special education. Before joining Perkins, she spent five years with McMillan Education of Boston placing students in appropriate educational settings and has served in myriad capacities in other diverse educational programs, including Shady Hill School and Dedham Country Day School.

Kaitlyn Barron

Kaitlyn Barron headshotKaitlyn Barron is an Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) at Perkins School for the Blind. She has been in the field of education for more than seven years and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. An alumni of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s TVI Graduate Program, she is passionate about helping students achieve their maximum potential in both academic and social settings.