Meet the College Success Team

Leslie Thatcher, Director

A portrait of Leslie ThatcherLeslie Thatcher brings more than 25 years of experience in college and independent school education to College Success @ Perkins. She’s contributed to college and high school admission offices, developed programs focused on orienting young adults into new schools on the high school and college level and advised, taught and led students in and out of the classroom.

Throughout her career, Leslie has worked to create opportunities for student growth and independence, both academically and personally. Her professional and leadership experience includes admissions, program development and student life in independent schools, including residential parenting at Worcester Academy and Cushing Academy, and as a college counselor at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall. Additionally, she served as Associate Dean of Admission for Lewis & Clark College. Leslie consults with college-bound young adults as an independent educational consultant and executive functioning coach.

Leslie has a master's in education with a focus on adolescent development and higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College.

Kate Katulak, Associate Director

A portrait of Kate KatulakKate Katulak is a former teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, where she taught technology, executive functioning and math in the Secondary Program. She was also a representative on Perkins' Expanded Core Curriculum Steering Committee and helped design curricula across content areas.

In 2016, Kate was a co-facilitator of Perkins’ Pre-Employment Program, a workshop that equips students with visual impairment with the skills they need to get a job.

Prior to her arrival at Perkins, Kate taught students with visual impairments and provided professional training to colleagues at Stamford Public Schools. She also worked in a psychology research lab at Yale University.

Kate has a master’s in education with a concentration in blindness and visual impairment from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University.

HuyenTran Vo, Orientation and Mobility and Assistive Technology Specialist

A portrait of HuyenTran VoHuyenTran Vo specializes in orientation and mobility as well as assistive technology with College Success@Perkins. She brings to the job nearly 10 years of experience working with people with visual impairments as young as three on up through retirement age.

She holds a Master’s of Education in Special Education from George Mason University, a Master’s of Education in Visual Impairments from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from George Mason University.

She’s a licensed Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT), and Certified Assistive Technology Specialist (CATIS). Prior to joining College Success, she worked in public school systems as an itinerant teacher.

Marisol Carmona, Lead Residential Coordinator

A portrait of Marisol CarmonaMarisol Carmona is the Lead Residential Coordinator for College Success@Perkins. She joined the program in August of 2018 after earning her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston.

She’s interested in creating ways to support parents of young adults with vision impairment in transition and providing guidance throughout what can be a difficult journey. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she spent time working for the federal government, handling allegations of discrimination in the workplace and delivering presentations to raise awareness of disability issues to supervisors and managers.

Carmona is passionate about and committed to supporting blind and visually impaired individuals reach their full potential, particularly through helping them overcome barriers in their academic and career pursuits.

Daniel Rueters-Ward, Assistant Residential Coordinator

A portrait of Daniel Rueters-WardAs a residential coordinator with College Success@Perkins, Daniel Rueters-Ward supervises the dorms on nights and weekends, leads student trips and helps them plan independent off-campus excursions.

He also focuses on building independent living and technology skills while supporting academic work. Before joining the College Success team, he worked as a job coach at Perkins as well as at the nearby Carroll Center for the Blind, where he also served as a building supervisor.

Mikayla Kenneway, Assistant Residential Coordinator

A portrait of Mikayla KennewayMikayla Kenneway serves as an assistant residential coordinator with College Success@Perkins. In the role, she mentors and educates students about social norms and conflict management issues, assists in goal setting and orientation and mobility skill building, and reports on student behavior and progress.

Previously, she served as a Recreation Coordinator at the Carroll Center for the Blind. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salve Regina University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University.

Bailey Thomas, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

A portrait of Bailey ThomasBailey Thomas is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) with College Success@Perkins. She holds a M.S.Ed. in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and a B.G.S. in Visual Impairments, both from Northern Illinois University.

Prior to joining the organization, she worked in various capacities at her alma mater, serving as a teachers aid, a teaching assistant in the vision impairment department and a graduate assistant for braille and adapted materials. She has 3 years experience working with young adults who are visually impaired.