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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

About our Board Members

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - USA

  • Vani Dontamsetty

    President

    Vani is an experienced IT Solution architect with over 20 years of experience in  technology across many industries. She has worked for the US ARMY as a subject mater expert in ITSM from 2008 - 2019. She has received many awards for the design of the Process management tool that is currently being used by the ARMY to procure Common Hardware Systems. Vani is currently working in Bank of America as an ITSM architect.  Vani is married to her husband for 28 years and together are proud parents of two boys. Vani has pursued many hobbies and is an amateur painter and plays the sitar. She has served as a key member of the interior decoration committee for the Sarva Dharma Service Center.  She has been a volunteer for UpliftaChild and Krushi Home for the past 5 years and has been teaching Biology, Physics and English to the underprivileged children using skype. She manages the schedules for 5 other volunteer teachers as part of the Sarva Dharma Service Center Education Services and together they are teaching 67 kids in 2019-2020. Vani dedicates many hours of every Saturday towards service activities at the Sarva Dharma Service Center.  She has effectively managed many technologists spread across various countries in her professional career and was a lead Designer and Architect for many projects. She has also successfully coordinated and oversaw the interior decoration tasks of the Sarva Dharma Service Center in NJ.  She has also served as the honorary president of the Investrite – a private investment club for 2019.  She continues to work sincerely and with dedication towards service and her professional goals.

     

  • Hebjan Robby Paulus

    Vice President

    Robby has been enabling pharmaceutical commercial operations with improved systems and processes. He has been a resident of NJ for the past 20 years and is also instrumental in setting up senior home health care business and children’s STEM enrichment programs in the greater middlesex/Mercer counties. Robby is very active in the community and has been supporting charity organizations not just limited to Uplift a child and includes support to Manavi, Cry, SAKHI and Ronald Mcdonald Charities. He was motivated and set a personal goal to make a difference by personally engaging and working for Uplift a Child in raising funds and increase the donor base and partner with other organizations which can support and help Uplift a Child.

     

     

  • Sahithya Alla

    Treasurer

    A cheerful person with great coordination and pleasant people skills.  Founding President & CEO of a small IT Consulting Firm started in 2005.  Active participant with charity organizations like UpliftaChird.org & Pure.org.  A loving mother, guide & full time caretaker raising two beautiful children to become compassionate and responsible human beings.

     

  • Vani Taduvai

    Board Member

    My name is Vani Taduvai. My husband is Ramesh Taduvai I have 2 beautiful kids. My son is 19 and my daughter is 13. I did my diploma in pharmacy and worked before having kids. Now I am a house wife. I like to volunteer and conduct services for society frequently. I am very happy to do all these activities, like old age homes and temples.

     

  • Sowmya Ramaiah

    Board Member

    Sowmya is an energetic, motivated personality juggling between family, professional life and community service.  Actively managing Masgo Corp, while raising two kids.  Chairperson at Bridgewater Raritan High School Orchestra for the fundraising department.  Leader of Prep club in 4H at Somerset County.

     

  • Madhu Bharathula

    Board Member

    I did my Master’s in Computer Science and has been working in IT industry from past 19 years.  Currently, I am working as Technical manager at Bank of America from past 5 years.  Outside my professional works, I love to help people.  From past 15 years, I have been supporting a small orphan center in Tirupati.  Going forward, I want to help Uplift a Child Organization in organizing events and raise money to help the needy.

     

  • Madhavi Duddella

    Board Member

    Madhavi Duddella is a pharmacist by profession and lives in New Jersey, USA. Out of her immense desire to serve humanity she teamed up with Uplift a Child to help the unfortunate children. 

  • Satish Maram

    Board Member

    Satish Maram lives in Washington DC area. He is the Global Head for API and Integration Services at Astrageneca. He is assoicated with Uplift a Child with many years. His services to the underprivileged children are highly valued. He has a tremendous spirit to uplift this cause. 

  • Seeta Punji

    Board Member

    Seeta Punji is from Plainsboro NJ.  She and her husband have been supporting Uplift a Child for over a decade.  She strongly believes in the power of education to change lives, a lesson passed down from her father.

     

  • Mahi Dontamsetti

    Board Member

    Mahi currently works at State Street as their Chief Technology Risk Officer (CTRO). He has been involved with Uplift a Child for several years in both sponsoring children and helping with its activities. He is passionate about helping out children and truly believes that as a society, as a nation and as humanity, we can only collectively improve, if every one of us improves individually and education is the best means of improving the next generation. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - South Africa

  • Naga Raju Gurrala

    Country Director

    Mr Nagaraju Gurrala is from Jagtial,Telangana, India. He is currently CEO for ShareSoft IT Solutions in South Africa, he spends a lot of time in helping local charities.

  • Priyanka Gurrala

    Vice President

    Mrs Priyanka Gurrala from Jagtial,Telangana, India. She is very passionate about social service and community development.

  • Sabelo Sizwe khumalo

    Treasurer

     Khumalo Sabelo Sizwe is from KZN(Durban), South Africa. He is an accountant who makes time for charitable activities during his free time. He is part of the governance team and benefits Uplift a Child with his leadership.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Philippines

  • Ms. Joy Soriano Moy

    Country Director

    Joy is passionate of educating orphan children in her mother country. She is rendering her services to Uplift a Child by selecting the most needy children in her country and educating them. 

  • Edwin Limosnero

    President

    Edwin is our President at Philippines. He plays an active role in promoting the activities of Uplift a Child and reaching out to our children. 

  • Mr. Eugene Boney

    Executive Director

    Eugene Boney is our Executive Director taking care of our operations at Philippines. He works for a bank, apart from his work he is passionate of educating many underprivileged children Africa, India and Philippines. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Nepal

  • Mr. Lok Tiwari

    Country Director

    Loknath Tiwari is from is a Business Entrepreneur living in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.He owns a chain of Restaurants in the area and is involved in organic farming. For the past 2 decades he was instrumental in making a difference to the people of Nepal living in the Washington D.C area. He is very active with social activities and good will tasks at the Embassy of Nepal lending a big helping hand to the Nepalese government delegation most of the time. He met our CEO a few times and have started the Uplift a Child Nepal Chapter to make a difference to the underprivileged children in Nepal. He took the founder & CEO Sam Vonumu to Waling, Nepal in 2013 for the inauguration ceremony on the start of our Nepal operations. Since then, he has led the Nepalese operations in USA and Nepal.

  • Ms Usha Sherchan

    President

    Usha Sherchan is a Writer, Poet and a Social Worker by profession. She hails from Ganesh Tole, Nalamukh, Pokhara. Currently residing in Kathmandu, Nepal. She served in various prestigious positions, In 2011 she was a Member of Academic Assembly for Nepal Academy of Literature, Arts, Culture and Knowledge. She also served as President for the Narayan Gopal Music Trust, Treasurer for the Trimurthy Nikethan as well as member for various other literary organizations. 

     

     

     

  • Ms. Yeso Kanti Bhattachan

    Vice- President

    Yasho hails from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a dedicated member of Uplift a Child Nepal. She hold prestigious positions at

    South Asia Sub Regional Focal Person, Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN), Since October 2018. 

    Regional Council Member, Asia Pacific Women Forum for Law and Development (APLD), Since November 2017.

    Vice-Chairperson, National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF), Since 2015.

    Vice-Chairperson, National Network of Indigenous Women (NNIW), Since May 2007.

    Board Member, HimRights (Himalayan Human Rights Monitor), since 2011. 

    Focal Person (Nepal), Asian Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN), 2011.

    She was felicitated by the National Indigenous Woman's Federation (NIWF), Nepal in the Fourth General Assembly organized on January 2, 2010.

     

  • Mr. Nirjhar Man Sherchan

    Secretary

    Nirjhar Man Scherchan hails from Mustang Nepal, currently residing at Kathmandu, Nepal. He is passionate of serving humanity with his time and talents which brought him into association with Uplift a Child Nepal. 

    He is a business man by profession, in this streamline he was the CEO, Tukuche Distillery P. Ltd,   CEO, Muktinath Overseas P. Ltd,  CEO, Dhunche Agro Farm P. Ltd,  Secretary, Board of Directors,  Mass Mutual Cooperative Ltd,  Promoter, Prime Education Inc and Prime College. His affiliations were

     Founding Member and Vice President: Institute for Himalayan Conservation-

    Nepal Member: Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce ,  Mustang Chapter

    Founding member and Board Member     : World Mountain People Association,   Nepal Chapter

  • Ms. Kalpana Tiwari

    Treasurer

    Kalpana Tiwari is associated with Uplift a Child family since many years. She has immense desire to serve humanity. She hails from Wailing, Syangja, Nepal. She serves the government of Nepal as the Deputy Mayor holding many responsibilities such as Judicial Committee Coordinator • Coordinator of the Revenue Advisory Committee • Budget and program formulation committee coordinator • She is also the  Coordinator of Waling Municipal Level Agricultural Production Management Committee,  Disability Identity Card Distribution Local Coordinating Committee Coordinator,  City Committee Coordinator for Protection of Senior Citizens, Women and Children. Prior to joining the government, she was involved in mulitple activities in Nepal specifically with Women & underprivileged children.

     

  • Mr. Kumar Pradhan

    Board Member

    Hails from Maijogmai Gawpalika-4 (Namsaling VDC–8) Ilam, Nepal. He is associated with Uplift a Child since past 7 years. His affiliations are Vice-Chairpreson, Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities Secretary, Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities Treasurer, Newa Lyaymha Daboo CenterOffice (Newar Youth) Board-Member, SODEF, local NGO, Ilam Namsaling Founder-Member, Uplift A Child,Nepal,Laltipur-13

  • Ms. Anitha Gauchan

    Board Member

    Anita is from Lalitpur and a business owner. She has been a part of Uplift a Child Nepal since 2013. She works with our volunteers locally and help with our operations. She wants to work more and make a difference rather than talking much about her.

  • Ms Sabitra Bhujel (Chepang)

    Board Member

    Is a dedicated member of Uplift a Child Nepal. She hails from Kurintar,Chitwan. She is Affiliated with:

    • worked as a founding chairperson in "Nepal Chepang Women Association (NCWA)" for 6 years,
    • Present member of "National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF)",
    • Present secretary of "National Indigenous Women Federation  (NIWF)",
    • Present member of "Network for Developing Indigenous People (NDIP)". She has vast work experiences in   

    ·        Coordination with Local and central government.

    ·        Good management skills for calling meeting at grass root level and regional level

    ·        Very good rapport building skills with stakeholders.

    ·        Monitoring and evaluation.

    ·        Conducting workshop, seminars and discussion.

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  • Mr. DB Sherchan

    Advisor

    Mr. Scherchan is also known as Sanjay Neupane. He is a journalist by profession and was working with news agencies. His last job was, he worked as the Editor for Karobar National Economic Daily. He is our main public relations officer in Nepal for Uplift a Child Nepal. He recently died due to a medical issue and Uplift a Child Nepal miss him very much.

     

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Kenya

  • Samuel Makori

    Country Director

     

    Samuel Makori is a pastor by training and is currently the president of the Seventh-day Adventist church, East Kenya Union Conference.

                   Pastor Makori loves the youth and has gone on mission trips into the remotest part of the country of Kenya. It is during these mission expeditions that he met with young Maasai girls who were being initiated into adulthood to be married off. The girls ranged from age 9-11. This touched him so much that he thought of a rescue plan for these girls. He used his family money and some help from some friends and took these girls to a boarding school. Two of the girls are in form three (third year in high school) and the other two are joining form one next year (year one in high school) school. With the help of Mr. Sam Vonumu, he has been able to put fifty needy children in school, some in elementary school and others in high school. He desires to expand this humanitarian work to over a thousand children. This is what he wants to do even in his retirement years. He is very passionate about this work.

  • Charles Oyoo Achera Misian

    Country Secretary and Treasurer

     

    Mr. Misian is a family man with children. He is an architect by training and he is a university lecturer at a public university. He also sits on another welfare committee dealing with a children’s home, which provides habitation these vulnerable children. He brings to the committee a rich experience of dealing with the disadvantaged.

     

  • Mr. Zablon Mabea

    Treasurer

     

    Mr. Zablon Mabea is a land economist by training and has worked in various offices and levels in the ministry of land. The highest position he held was that of the Commissioner of land in the republic of Kenya. He has a wealthy of experience in registration of societies and compliance issues. He brings with him  the legal angle into the trust. He is the one who oversaw the registration of the trust in the shortest period.Mr. Mabea has now retired and wishes to spend his retirement time in such humanitarian matters

     

  • Mrs. Alice Kemuma

    Member

     

    Mrs. Alice Kemuma has a huge passion for the youth and wants to see them succeed in life. She has sacrificed her limited personal money to uplift disadvantaged children and youth.  She is a trained secretary and now works as an administrative secretary.  She has offered to do all secretarial work and much of the communication between the uplift a child International and Uplift a Child International, Kenya Chapter.

  • Gladys Kerubo Gwaro

    Member

     

    Mrs. Gladys Kerubo is a trained high school teacher and currently teaching at an urban high school. Mrs. Gladys Kerubo brings into the trust the teaching skills, which can be used to educate the parents and the community, the importance of giving the youth a pleasant future. She is also able to guide these youngsters in their pursuit of their education.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - INDIA

  • Dr. Ramakrishna Chelikani

    President

    Dr. Ramakrishna Chelikani lives in Hyderabad, Telangana,AP. He has been a big part of Uplift a Child for more than 10 years. He is a life time sponsor, a volunteer and an advisor. He is a businessman and owns several businesses all over India. One of the best thing he likes is feeding the hungry and underprivileged. He continues to make a difference with his charitable giving and leading the organization to move to the next level. 

  • Mr. Mahendra Tated

    Vice- President

    Mahendra is a businessman and owner of Neelgagan Stationers, Coastal Commercials, PSSG Capital Management Pvt Ltd in Vizag, AP and business partner with JLR Agency in Port Blair. While busy with his business, he has held many positions helping the non-profit activities in the country.

    He served as the President and twice Secretary of Rotary Club, Visakhapatnam, Vice Chairman – Jain International trade Organization (JITO), Visakhapatnam Chapter, Member of AP Chamber of Commerce, Member of East Point Golf Club, Visakhapatnam., Chairman of Mahaveer International, Visakhapatnam., Vice President of Visakhapatnam Book Merchants Association., Member of Air Travelers Association of India., Secretary of Shivaji Park Skating Association, Visakhapatnam, Founder of Prag’s Cultural Society Visakhapatnam, and running Prag’s Dandiya from Last 22 Years.

    NATURAL DISASTERS:

    COVID 19 – He made a significant difference to the local people during the crisis and has involved in distribution of Food Packets in Visakhapatnam, with more than 2000 packets distributed. From 27 March 2020 till date (14 April 2020) have reached figure of 25K. From JITO have distributed 21K Mask to Police Commissioner, GVMC and to District Collector. HUDHUD Cyclone – Organized distribution  of 1.65 Lakhs food packets for weeklong period during HUD- HUD- Calamity through more than 65 NGO’s and Individuals in Nov 2014.

    SKATING - Founder Secretary General of Artistic Skating Premier League to be held during Jun – Aug 2016. Founder Secretary of Shivaji Park Skating Association. Actively involved & organized 26th AP State Roller Skating (Artistic) Championship, Nov 2014, Organized 25th AP State Roller Skating (Artistic) Championship Nov 2013 and  Organized  District Roller Skating (Artistic) Championship  Nov – 2014.

    A wonderful citizen making a difference in the lives of many.

     

  • Mr. Srinivas Yerabolu

    Treasurer

    Mr. Srinivas Yerabolu is a native of Visakhapatnam. He is a successful business man since many years. He has a great passion to give an opportunity to many underprivileged children for education. 

     

  • Capt. Sairam Kali Prasad Raghupatruni

    Secretary

    Capt. Sairam Kali Prasad Raghupatruni hails from Visakhapatnam city, Andhra Pradesh. He is a businessman by profession. His desire to serve poor have motivated him to join this noble cause to reach out to many children.

  • Mr. Krishna Kishore Parvathaneni

    Joint-Secretary

    Krishna Kishore is from Visakhapatnam, AP, India currently relocated to Hyderabad, Telangana. He is a Entrepreneur and has been a part of Uplift a Child India since 2010, He is associated in many activities of this organization. 

     

  • Mr. Sudhakar Kaligithi

    Board Member

    Sudhakar is from Vizag, AP, India. He is currently the Managing Director for Supreme Marine Tankers PVT LTD in Vizag, India. He feels that every one must do something for others while they have life.

     

  • Dr. Satya Jnaneswari

    Board Member

     

    Dr. Satya Jnaneshwari is a retired professor from Maharanee College, Peddapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India. She got her MA from Andhra University in Telugu language and Literature (2nd rank in the university). Got her Ph.D. from University of Delhi (Folk lore of Godavari districts, undertook 3 years full time post-doctoral research work for UGC under the career award scheme – Telugu Ballads). Worked at Maharanee college from 1979 to 2013 till her retirement) She was also the main in charge for women development center at the college and worked for girls’ student’s welfare and empowerment.

     

    Contributed a lot in the field of Telugu literature with dozens of publications nationally and internationally. Specialized in women’s empowerment and welfare of women with disabilities. She is part of Uplift a Child board since 2010

     

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Congo

  • Mr. Chinyabuuma Dechy

    Country Director

    Chinyabuuma is from Goma City in North Kivu of DR Congo. He worked in the non-profit Industry for more than 20 years with international organizations and comes with rich experience with root level operations. He is volunteering to support our DR Congo operations since 2016 helping our children in Bunyakiri village in South Kivu. His passion for Uplifting the poor and needy was commandable. As a country director, he was won thousands of people's hearts in the area with his good track record.

  • Ms. Dieume Mwisha Chinyabuuma

    Planning Advisor

    Dieume is specialized in Planning, Monitoring and Execution of special projects. She is currently heading our local operations in Bunyakiri along with the team. She comes with 20 years of experience doing exactly the same.

  • Mr. John Mugisa Mayele

    Operations Advisor

    John is a local leader in Bunyakiri with the communities. He knows how important it is to balance the help received and ensure everything is fair and justice is done to the cause. With his help, our team is able to succeed and ensure no wastage of any resources and finances.

  • World Headquarters

    Uplift a Child International

    8705 Kodiak Drive, Silver Spring,
    MD-20903 USA

    Telephone: +1 240 832 9234

    Email:info@upliftachild.org

  • World Wide Offices

    • India:
    • Floor-3, Flat No:10, Sowbhagya Apartment, Opp.Hotel Tycoon & Heritage, VIP Road, Vishakapatnam- 530003, Andhra Pradesh
    • Congo(DR):
    • 15 Avenue Mbuji-Mavi, Q Keshyero, Goma City, North Kivu
    • Kenya:
    • Box No:14760, Code 00100, GPO, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Nepal:
    • Dhobighat - 3 Lalitpur Sub metropolitan City Lalitpur
    • Philippines:
    • Block-1, Lot 18 Progressive 3 Village, Malino 1, Bayanan Bacoor, Cavite # 4102
    • South Africa:
    • Unit 37, Cedar ROC, Langerveldt St Vornavalley, Midrand, Gauteng 1689, SOUTH AFRICA
    • Canada:
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