President, Bhuvana, Foundation
India and US
Ram is an internationally recognized neuroscientist currently holding the William Weaver Chair in Experimental Neurology at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA. He has recognized the needs of the underprivileged in India and has dedicated his time and resources to the formation and development of Vidya Vanam.
Sarah joined the Board of Directors of the Bhuvana Foundation in 2013, after teaching English and Social Studies at Vidya Vanam for a year. While living in Anaikatti, Sarah also worked with women in the Irula Tribe to document ethnographic stories and experiences. With 8 years of international development and global health experience, Sarah is a strong advocate for global women's reproductive health, with a particular passion for family planning, and she brings forward expertise on the intersection of market solutions with global health. Sarah holds a BA in Politics & Government from the University of Puget Sound and both an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She currently works at Jhpiego on a global maternal newborn health project.
Susan is the wife of Ram Sriram and a long-time supporter of the collaborative efforts he and Prema have made to uplift the lives and futures of tribal children and their families. She and Ram talked about this dream of his on a date in 1978!
She practices medicine at the Veteran's Clinic in Nashville, where she specializes in care of women Veterans and oversees quality of their care and education of their healthcare providers. She enjoys reading, crafts, her Unitarian Universalist community, and spending time in India with Ram!
Amy Brown has been a member of the board since 2011. She has been working towards to goal of raising funds for Vidya Vanam since 2010, when she along with the Green Hills Rotary assisted in raising funding to provide a van for child transport for the school.
She and her husband, Brian, have lived in Nashville area since 1999. Because she is the child of two college professors, she has a passion for education. Her background includes an undergraduate degree from University of Missouri and a graduate degree from Texas Tech University. Currently she works for a pharmaceutical company that specializes in Multiple Sclerosis.
Sharon Lobo is the President of Indus Architect, PLLC, an architectural firm in New York City, the United States. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in 1991, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Ms. Lobo’s family is from Goa originally and she currently lives in New York. Ms. Lobo was awarded as an Honoree in 2015 by the Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects. Ms. Lobo is a member of several trade organizations such as the Real estate Board of New York, the US Green Building Council and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Ms. Lobo is active in the charity community, contributing to women’s rights and children’s causes globally. Ms. Lobo also participates in international women’s conferences, the most recent being the 2016 International Women’s Business Conference in Bahrain. Ms. Lobo has been a guest speaker at the American Institute of Architects National Conferences on several occasions. Ms. Lobo fosters mentorship of architectural interns and graduates in her firm.
Mridu Sekhar’s life has spanned India, the United States, the region of the former Soviet Union. She has traveled extensively through these countries and Europe and other parts of the world. In all these regions she has used business & her interests in issues relating to children, education and health to build relationships with institutions and everyday citizens Since selling her business interests in the region of the Soviet Union in 2008 and going into semi-retirement, she has contributed her time and resources to causes involving children, the arts, and political activism. Since 2009 Dr. Sekhar has served on the board of the Bhuvana Foundation, which operates a school for tribal children in the Nilgiris mountains of of South India. She is also the president of the board of the Kalapriya Foundation since 2015. Between 2009 and 2019 she served as treasurer of the Indo-American Democratic Organization and on the finance committees of many progressive political campaigns. She holds a PhD in Physics from Boston College. Between 1974 and 1989 has held corporate positions in Information Technologies in healthcare.
Jayant was born and raised in India by philanthropist parents. From a young age, he observed firsthand the very significant impact thoughtful and practical philanthropist projects can have on the lives of individuals and families. During his teenage years and when in medical school, he was involved in raising funds for providing milk and medicines to cancer patients and their families who had to stay in a hostel adjoining the hospital for extended periods while undergoing treatment. For years, he traveled to a village where my family was involved in setting up a school, in collaboration with the SOS, for underprivileged children. The school grew over the years from an elementary school to a government accredited high school. It has provided much needed educational opportunities for children in rural areas, and especially for girls who traditionally were not educated in that part of India. Dr. Bagai moved to the US more than 20 years ago, and has worked as a Cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville Veterans Hospital and Nashville General Hospital.
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