Ms. Anuradha Mahesh
Ms. Anuradha Mahesh is a chartered accountant and cost accountant with a masters in commerce and has worked with the Big 4 Audit firms in India and abroad. She is a well known advocate of the special needs cause and has served as a trustee with a chennai based special school from 2006 to 2019. From 2016-19, she took the additional responsibility of a director with the same institution. In those 13 years, Anuradha has played a crucial role in streamlining accounts and processes, improving the quality of special education and therapies by bringing in well experienced and qualified professionals, instrumental in expanding the donor network and creating a lot of visibility for the cause. She is the recipient of many awards for her exemplary work in the field of special needs education like Champion of Chennai, Lady Sivabogam Award, NGO Leadership award, Women’s Economic Forum to name a few.
Anuradha feels that true empowerment of people with special needs can happen only when the community as a whole can come together and work towards uplifting each other.
Anuradha drives SNEH and its initiatives by charting out the vision and direction, bringing together various stakeholders and supporting the team in executing the project.
Ms. Aruna VN
Ms. Aruna VN is an engineering graduate and has done her post graduation in business administration. She has worked as a banker with top international and private banks, handling the small and medium business segment for Chennai market for more than 6 years.
Being strongly inclined towards social causes, Aruna made a switch to the special needs segment. She worked with a chennai based special school for more than 2 years and helped them in marketing, communications, geographical expansion and create more visibility. SNEH is a natural extension of this work where she aspires to bring the whole special needs community together.
Aruna handles marketing, communication and overall coordination between various stakeholders for smooth functioning of SNEH
Aruna is also a certified yoga teacher and is passionate about spreading the message of yoga through her yoga venture Yoga-Darshini.
Dr. Geeta Lakshmi
Dr. Geeta Lakshmi is a psychologist and special educator who is trained in cognitive and applied behaviour analysis. She has worked extensively in the special education field, having served as counsellor, special educator and vice principal in a montessori school and as a principal in a special needs school. She provides one on one special education for children in ASD, cognitive and development challenges and also provides psychological counselling and behaviour therapy for children, parents and geriatric patients.
Dr. Geeta’s flair for creative work and her deep understanding of the special needs community provides her a unique advantage to ideate and create products for SNEH based on participants skillset and also equip the participants in production.
Ms. Kantha N
Ms. Kantha N – with a Masters in foreign Trade, PGDCA in Administration Law / Labour Law is an entrepreneur who specialises in handicrafts. She has a wide and varied experience ranging from corporate, running her own enterprises and also working with special needs adults. Her passion is handicrafts and she has worked closely with various government and private organisations in this field. She has conducted more than 3000 handicrafts workshops, focusing on underprivileged women self help groups, NGOs and the special needs community.
Ms. Kantha brings to SNEH her experience and technical knowledge to provide skill training, create our product mix and also help promote SNEH’s products to domestic and export markets.