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ISW Nominating Committee presents the Slate for 2021-22

29 Dec 2020 12:30 PM | Anonymous

ISW Nominating Committee would like to announce the elections for the 2021-22 Executive Board and Governance Committee. The nominating committee would like to present the following slate:

Slate of Candidates


 Mr. Puneet Kohli

I am a life member of ISW, serving the community for past 12+ years. I live in Grafton with my wife, son, daughter and parents. My son is doing is undergrad at UCSD. As part of ISW community I have had the honor to volunteer and lead many community serving activities at ISW  from cultural to strategic to logistical. As  member of the Executive board for over 12 years I hope to continue to serve ISW and community. Being a software engineer by profession I hope to continue to help connect ISW to larger community in Greater Boston area.

 Vice President  

 Dr. Jagan Srinivasan

My name is Jagan Srinivasan and I am a resident of Shrewsbury for the past 8 years. Since our arrival here, most members of my family have been involved in volunteering at various cultural activities organized by ISW. I have 2 boys and a lovely 3 year old girl. My wife Snehal and I have been part of ISW community for past 8 years and have active volunteers for ISW and many other community activities.

General Secretary  

Mr. Balki Chandrakasan  

Balki Chandrakasan  currently lives in North Grafton,  MA  with his wife  and two kids . I have been very active in community volunteering in various  organizations and associated with  ISW for the last 12+ years  . He started with ISW language school teaching Tamil for several years and later  became part of ISW executive board  for the last 4 years .He is always interested in connecting with people and working to  bring the Indian community together   Balki is a Senior Technology Professional and working for Charles River Labs .

Asst. General Secretary  

 Mr. Manoharan Ganapathy 

I am living in Massachusetts for more than 12 years, from a small town near Chennai, Tamil Nadu and  residing in Shrewsbury with my family. I am very passionate about service and giving back to my community. I have been active in many nonprofit organizations for the past 6 years. Glad to be part of the ISW family. 


 Mr. Rajesh Khare

Rajesh is currently serving as the Treasurer of ISW (2019-2020). Rajesh has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2018 and has been an active member for many years. Rajesh has volunteered at many events/activities like Westborough/Shrewsbury parades, Language School, India Day, Diwali at WAM  etc. He lives in Westborough with his wife Arti and 2 kids. Both kids attend the Marathi school at ISW

Asst. Treasurer  

Mrs. Poonam Hingorany

Poonam has been volunteering at the India Society of Worcester since the mid 2000’s and held a position on the Executive Board as the IYG Advisor from 2014 to 2018. She is serving as Assistant Treasurer on the current Executive Board. Poonam has a master’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from Framingham State University. She lives in Grafton, MA with her husband Sanjay and daughters Sneha and Pooja who both have been students and then student teachers of the ISW Cultural school and IYG Board members. Poonam enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, trying out new dishes and staying active

Chair, Cultural Committee  

 Mrs. Amita Rao

Amita has been part of ISW serving in many roles as a volunteer. Her passion to volunteer and help drive many of the events has made her contribution to ISW valuable. She lives in Westborough with her husband, son  & daughter who all are active volunteers in many ISW 

Chair, Religious Committee  

 Mrs. Nisha Bawa

Namaste !! My name is Nisha Bawa & I am a life member of India society of Worcester. I have severed on ISW committee in various capacities. I am honored to be nominated to  server as religious committee chair person for the second year.

Chair, Language & Cultural Committee  

 Mrs. Ruchi Chauhan

Ruchi and her husband Ramendra live in Shrewsbury, MA with their older son, Yash, who is a freshman in Northeastern University and their younger son, Kunal, who is currently in 8th grade. Both have been students at the ISW school as well as IYG members. She currently has been working at Floral Street School and is very passionate about working with kids.

She started at ISW Language school as a volunteer Hindi teacher. Currently, as a Co-Director, she is responsible for over 140 students that attend five language classes on Saturday and Sunday, organizing classes for 11 different grades in 5 diverse languages, and recruiting over 40 volunteers that teach the sessions. For 2020, during the COVID lockdown, she helped create Masti Mazaa classes - free online classes for kids where they participated in different activities like origami, math, english, cooking, etc. During 2020, the online language classes and the one-on-one tutoring classes by IYG members, have helped the ISW community operate in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, thereby continuing ISW’s work in the community.

Chair, India Center Rental Committee  

 Mr. Shri Garg

I have been a volunteer of ISW since 1981 or so.  During this time I have served ISW in several positions such as Assistant Secretary, Scholarship Committee chair, IYG Adviser, President, Chair, Board of Trustees.  For the last 3 years or so I am serving ISW as Chair, India Center Committee. I would like to continue my job for the next term also.  I hope ISW has liked my service in previous years.  I would like to do a much better job in the coming years.  It is always my privilege to serve ISW and I am thankful to the ISW community for its trust in me.  


 Mr. Arvind Basil

I was born in India in 1960, married to Anita in 1987. Blessed with daughters Shruti and Kirti  (who are now Physicians ) in 1988 and son Amogh ( presently a Junior in Assumption College)in 1999. I moved to USA in 2003.
I have been an entrepreneur through out my life. I presently live in Auburn and own the UPS store at Westborough.

  • I have been part of several social organizations:
  • I volunteered with Mother Teresa at her orphanage home in Calcutta and had the privilege of being blessed by her personally.
  • I was part of the executive committee for the Indian Chapter of United Nations Youth Organization and also attended conferences at UNO headquarters
  • I was the District Chairman of Lions Blood Bank and Eye Operation Committee
  • I was the President of Lions Club in Kolkata
  • I was also the President of Lions Club of Oxford
  • I am presently Chairman of Awareness Committee of Lions District 33A
  • I was also associated with several other social organizations.
  • I have received several achievement awards, one being given to me by the Prime Minister of India for starting and successfully running the best water purification plant in India.
My thought of life is “ Together we can make our surroundings a better place to live by serving our Society and the needy”

 Mrs. Suchitra Agarwal

Suchitra Agrawal has been a resident of Shrewsbury for over 32 years. She graduated with a Masters's degree in English Literature from the University of Rajasthan and has done her schooling at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls Public School in Jaipur.
She has been a lifetime member of ISW for 20 years and has actively participated in various roles throughout the organization. These roles include participation in the Religious Committee, the Rental Committee, the School Committee, and she has most recently served as a Member-At-Large. She has been a Hindi K-1 language teacher since 2007 and has been passionate about introducing the youngest language students to the Hindi School. She has also served as a member of Bancroft School's PTA and has supported the Shrewsbury Public Libary in their volunteer and community outreach endeavors. She has always found joy in volunteering for community and educational organizations, particularly working with senior citizens and young children, and often combines her interests from running a local knitting group to collecting food and clothes for charities. Among her proudest achievements is watching her two children progress through the Hindi School and become language teachers themselves before graduating. She finds true pleasure in being part of ISW and is always willing to do whatever it takes to serve the community. She currently resides in Shrewsbury with her husband.


 Mr. Kamlesh Khilnani

Born and raised in Mumbai, living in Marlborough, MA now with my wife, Preeti (also from Mumbai) and two boys, Arnav and Jeet. ISW has been a great find for our family, making great connections, having the resources to expose our kids to some cultural activities, language school and the new state of the art India center.


 Mrs. Sakshi Garao

My name is Sakshi Gurao and living in Shrewsbury from last seven years. I am an accountant by profession. With great interest in social activities, I joined Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival in town and  currently working as a volunteer Treasurer position in the organization.  I have various interest mainly in art, dance, music, and cooking. I am  trained traditional Indian dancer.


 Mrs. Bhawna Sadhu

My name is Bhawna Sadhu.  I am originally from Kashmir and came to the United States in the year 1999. My husband Sandeep and I moved to Shrewsbury in 2002 and since then we have enjoyed our stay in Massachusetts along with our two daughters Yashna (Junior )and Diya (Freshman) in high school. I have over 15 years of experience working in the IT industry. I look forward to be part of ISW team and serve my community in whatever way I can.

The committee nominates the following members for Committee on Governance : 

Mr.  Rajiv Dayal (Chair)   Rajiv Dayal is a partner in a CPA firm in Boston. He lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Priti. They both love to spend time with their children, their granddaughter and the expanded ISW family. Rajiv has been a very active volunteer in ISW for the past 20+ years. He was the Treasurer for 10 years and the then President for four years ending in 2016. He is currently the Chair of the Building Expansion Committee and overseeing the construction of the expanded India Center. Over the years he has also been actively involved with other non-profit organizations and has held leadership positions with the local council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Ashish Cowlagi    Ashish Cowlagi is a life member of ISW and has been part of ISW for over 20 years. Recently in his role of President of ISW, Ashish has been integral part of the team on creating a strategy for expansion and future of ISW. Ashish lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Aarthi, son and daughter, who all are avid volunteers with ISW.
Mrs. Meera Gupta  

Meera Gupta has served the ISW Community in various roles for over 30 years. She worked as an Architect and Builder for many years. Meera currently ownsAunty G's, an Indian Street Food and Ice Cream Restaurant with her husband in Marlboro, MA. She was the First Woman President of ISW from 2005-2008. Also, she was adevoted Religious Committee Chair and Chair of India Center Committee for several years. Meera is committed to being a loyal member of India Society of Worcester for years to come.

 If you have any questions, please send an email to nominationcommittee@iswonline.org  


ISW Committee on Nominations

Renuka Garg(Chair), Barin Bando, Carolyn Passey, Sonal Koppikar, Shaikh Hoque

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