Assistance to DeafBlind Students - MEET OUR TEAM
Svetlana Tikhonova
Founder & President
Svetlana Tikhonova is the President and a Co-Founder of Deaf Blindness Help Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to bringing high tech assistive technology to individuals who are Deaf-Blind and Visually Impaired around the world with disabilities at no cost to their families. She is passionate about providing relief by developing, supporting, and incubating those initiatives, the Deaf Blindness Help nonprofit organization is building confidence, improving the quality of life and transforming the future in underserved society across the world.

Svetlana Tikhonova holds the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management from Columbia University focusing on all areas of business risk, including finance, indemnity, operations, and strategy. She also works as a Head of Finance for Ingenus Pharmaceuticals NJ.

Svetlana has founded first core members of our team.
Ekaterina Ovodova
co-Founder & CMO
"When I was 13 years old I went through surgery to stop losing my vision, which is called scleral buckling. Being fully conscious, but not able to see and act on my own for 3 days, made me miserable. I can't even imagine how hard it is to realize that not being able to see is a new reality. There are millions of people that don't have access to even basic education due to their vision and hearing conditions nowadays. Together we can bring their dreams into the real world.*
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Ekaterina Ovodova holds the Master of Science in Mathematics from MSU focusing on graph-theoretic approach to privacy in distributed systems.
Core Members
Marianna Belyavskiy
Board Member & The Treasurer
"I am a passionate educator and a risk professional. I am an alumni of Columbia University, where I am currently a Lecturer in Risk Management. In addition, I am an Enterprise Risk Manager, working and living in New York City."
Katherine Springs
Board Member & PR
Katherine Springs has been in the field of education for more than 28 years. She has also worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for more than 11 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum director, special education teacher, Registered Behavioral Technician, supervisor, and school assistant director and director. She has worked with various school districts and state agencies to coordinate services and equipment to fit the needs of hundreds of individuals.

She has dedicated her life to the betterment of children and individuals with special needs. She is passionate about her work and her family. Within her own family, she has a daughter that was born deaf and a grandson recently diagnosed with autism. She has worked diligently to ensure her child, grandchild, and others receive the necessary information, material, and equipment they need to enhance their learning and job marketability.