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ABOUT THE TEAM


 

DEEPA SRIKANTAIAH, Ph.D. 
President/STEM Education Specialist

Deepa Srikantaiah is an international education specialist. Deepa started ArtLight Global because she believes the intersections of mathematics and art education provides an empowering conduit for the voices of those who are marginalized. Deepa has over 15 years of experience working in international education and development. Her regional focus is South Asia and the US, but she has also worked in East Asia and in Eastern and Southern Africa. Deepa has a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Learn More About Deepa: https://www.deepasrikantaiah.com/

ROBYN MORRIS, JD
Treasurer/Grants and Contracts Manager

Robyn Morris is an attorney with experience in entity formation, contract review and negotiation, and general corporate issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Robyn worked as a financial analyst at Freddie Mac. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2010 and holds a BA in Economics from Spelman College.  Robyn is also an elementary mathematics tutor, an avid traveler, and a puzzle enthusiast. 

NITESH BATRA,MBA

Mindfulness Education Specialist

It was in 2007 that Nitesh attended his first Yoga class. It was that class that marked the beginning of his quest to discover the depths of Indian culture and history. He has practiced Yoga and Meditation under the KPJAYI lineage and has been authorised to teach by his Guru Sh. Sharath Jois. He runs the Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna Program in Bangalore. His passion led him to become a Media Professional and produce two feature films on India. Nitesh started his career working for financial firms like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae prior to becoming an entrepreneur, where he ran a successful health care business working with the federal government in the United States. Nitesh currently runs The Mindful Initiative, a firm that promotes mindfulness and is an investor in firms in India. Nitesh graduated from University of Maryland with a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and an Masters in Computer Engineering. He also holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is an avid photographer and traveler. You can follow his photography on his photography website.

 

JENNA FRYDMAN, M.A.

Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

Jenna Frydman is an Atlanta-based elementary school teacher with a background in International Education. She finds the daily work of exercising creativity and logic to sculpt curriculum and instruction exhilarating, and she adores working with children. Jenna specializes in primary education, but has taught students at all levels, including in India, Namibia, and Rwanda. She has written curricula and children’s books for international audiences, and supported major education projects in the Middle East and Asia. Jenna received her MA in International Education from the George Washington University, her MA in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her undergraduate degree also from the University of Illinois.

KATE FITZPATRICK, M.A. 
Art and Social and Emotional Learning Specialist

Kate Fitzpatrick is a D.C. based artist and educator who is immersed in how art impacts education and learning. Kate is trained in the fine arts and has been teaching art in private and public school settings for over 16 years. Working with marginalized children of all ages throughout her teaching career has led her to develop holistic art education curricula that allow children to find success and their voice through creative expression and mindfulness practices. By integrating arts and mindfulness practices, Kate believes children will build strong community networks that allow them to develop a stronger aptitude for learning and personal growth.

Learn More About Katehttps://katesfitzart.com/

SAMEENA SITABKHAN
Architect & Urban Design Education Specialist

Sameena Sitabkhan is a practicing Architect based in Oakland, California. Currently, she is a studio instructor and the Building Lab (B.Lab) Coordinator in the architecture program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is focused on creating opportunities for student engagement in community based projects, including design build, with an emphasis on the Architect as an advocate and activist. Current projects include architecture workshops for local youth and designing around the issue of homelessness in San Francisco.  Her work spans a range of typologies, from affordable and formerly homeless housing to a solar powered high school woodshop, a community center in Kashmir, and a charter school housed in an old textile factory.  

Sameena's Website: pinktank.xyz

LISA SWAYHOOVER, Ph.D. 
Global Citizenship Education Specialist

Lisa Swayhoover is a Baltimore, Maryland-based educator and New Jersey native committed to inspiring students of all ages to imagine new, different, and creative solutions to global social issues and conditions of inequality. She has 20+ years working in international education and has been active in the internationalization of K-12 curriculum, teacher preparation, and higher education at the local, state, and national levels. Lisa loves working and interacting directly with children. She has a background in children’s literature and delights in leading storytime, teaching using game-based strategies, and challenging young minds through play. She is also an aspiring balloon animal artist. Lisa received her Ph.D. in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. 

APOORVA WEBER, M.S., PMP
Visual Art Design Specialist

Apoorva Weber is a Seattle, WA based illustrator, designer & certified project management professional. Apoorva holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from The University of Maryland. Go Terps! She explores her creativity by illustrating inspirational pieces and fundraising for organizations that strive to educate children around the world. Apoorva believes that art is a great stress-preventing activity and ignites alternative ways of learning common technical concepts.

Learn More About Apoorva: https://www.apoorvaweber.com