Michaela Cisney

FOUNDER & executive director

Michaela is the founder of Priyam Global, and since 2011 has focused on understanding the lived experiences of children with disabilities and their families in low-income countries. Michaela founded Priyam Global in 2014, after a deeply impactful experience with a special needs children's home in India in 2009. Priyam's approach of investing in mothers is based on three years of independent study into childhood disability in low-income countries, and two years of consulting with families. Michaela's role includes organizational strategy,  fundraising, and communications, including photography and design.


Rani Anbazhagan

program manager

Rani provides in-country leadership for Priyam Global, including program management, development, and oversight of budgets. She contributes her years of experience in serving families of children with disabilities to ensure that program activities are meeting family needs. Rani is also the founder of Hope Special School, Priyam Global's key partner, and has directed Hope School since it began in 2003.


Gereena John

program coordinator

Gereena is a recent MSW graduate who joined Priyam Global in November 2107 as program coordinator. Her role includes understanding the goals and needs of each family and helping them to create individualized plans, leading parent education sessions, coordinating work skills training, and assisting the director to gather information and data for measuring Priyam Global's program impact.


Board of directors

Catherine M. Sherwood-Laughlin, PhD, MPH Clinical Professor at Indiana University; Director of MPH Program at Indiana University-Bloomington

Beth Gazley, PhD, Professor of Nonprofit Management at Indiana University; Director of Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program

Linda Henderson, MS Community relationships specialist at Indiana University School of Public Health, former State Representative for Indiana, 2016 candidate for Senator

Joshua Cisney, MPA/MSES Project developer, Renewable Energy at Hoosier Energy REMC

Michaela Cisney, MPH Priyam Global founder and CEO