Maria S Santamaria, CEO and Founder
A special educator by profession, Maria Santamaria (kown as Sarah), started by teaching at a school for children with special needs in Mumbai. A Masters in Special Education in the Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, and work experience in job coaching uniquely equipped her to start a Vocational Training Centre for differently-abled adults and led to her founding the Diya Foundation in 1999.
Marguerita Lobo, Managing Trustee
A trained special educator, Marguerita has a long history of teaching differently-abled and underpriviledged children. She has also conducted many awareness programmes in schools and teacher’s training institutes.
Now on the board of trustees at Diya Foundation, she also helps with the structure and execution of our training programs.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND TEACHING STAFF
Shirley has been with Diya since 2000. Her passion to make a difference in the students she works with and her love for Diya are two qualities that make her indispensable. Her commitment, love and passion make her one of the most loved and needed staff at Diya. She has seen our students transform from dependent and needy adults to self dependent and mature adults.
Arun Kumar N
Arun, an electrician by profession but wheel chair bound since an accident on the job joined Diya in 2007. His commitment and desire to make a difference makes him a wonderful team member and a very important part of the Diya family.
Raghu has been an inspiration with his fine sense of quality and perfection in every product he works on. Getting over his accident and reaching a stage where he is able to think of others instead of his accident has been a journey of discovery and learning and our trainees benefit from his sense of perfection and quality.
Esther is the housekeeper at Diya, charged with maintaining the hygiene and cleanliness of the Diya premises. She joined us in 2013 and has proved a diligent and caring member of the staff, ready to pitch in and help with the trainees when needed.