IAVA Executive Committee 2018

Rajbans Joshi
Rajbans Joshi and his wife Kim have been in Richmond since 2010 and are proud to be a part of the Indian community in Richmond. Rajbans is a Product Owner at AMC Technology and Kim is an entreprenuer. They have been married since 2012 and both of them are avid travellers, hardcore foodies and always ready to experiment something new and adventurous. Rajbans had been a part of the IAVA Membership team in the year 2016. In the year 2017, he took over as Vice President, Operations. He loves interacting with people and getting engaged in various volunteering activities and he hopes that he gets to do both in the year ahead.
Sanjay Goswami
Vice President, Operations
Sanjay & Madhulika have been residing in Richmond since 2010. Before coming to †US in year 2000, he was with Indian Air Force and still cherish 6 years of my time in IAF. Their move to Richmond turned out to be a blessing for as they found an active Indian community and tons of good friends. They have two kids - Tarun, a freshman at UVA and Parul 8th grader at Moodys. He tries to participate in all sorts of volunteering activities, be it India Bazar or Hindu Temple or other NGOs. He strongly believes that all of us should try and give back to the Indian community. IAVA is an excellent community organization and would like to urge everyone to get their friends to join IAVA. Sanjay was the Social Director in IAVA in the year 2016 and 2017.

Aekta Chawla
Vice President, Marketing
Aekta Chawla, Real estate professional. I moved to Richmond in the year of 1999 along with my husband Gaurav and have two sweet kids. I am very passionate about being active in the community and as a Vice President, Marketing invite you all to join IAVA. My philosophy for work and play ' DO IT WITH PASSION OR NOT AT ALL'
Vineet Makhija
Treasurer & Operations Director
Vineet and Surabhi moved to Richmond in 2014 from Charlotte NC, we're looking for a platform to make some good friends in the community. We joined the IAVA community in 2015 and became members which gave us an opportunity to meet some great people who were very welcoming and made us feel at home. We both enjoyed so much and decided to get engaged in the community. We have three children, Ayush who is a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ashvin is Junior at Glen Allen high School and Simran is in Holman Middle school. Surabhi is a Montessori school teacher and she loves dancing! Vineet works in a Technology group for a bank.

Ujjval & Pavi Shukla
Secretary & Communications Director
Ujjval and Pavi, finally decided to put anchor down in Richmond in 2013 after living in various cities in US. Ujjval is avid sports enthusiast with distinct creative quotient. Pavithra is loving mom, committed professional, ardent dancer and yoga practitioner. Pavi is Cultural Director for RKS. Diva and Abha are their two loving daughters, both the girls love Music and Dancing specially Bollywood style. Ujjval & Pavi are really excited to be part of the great organization that creating a strong foundation for Indians Heritage in Richmond.
Vakul Goel
Social Director
Vakul & Shivi Goel have been calling Richmond their home since 2004. Vakul has been an active community leader volunteering in community events throughout Richmond. Shivi loves dancing and has volunteered to choreograph multiple dances at various Richmond events throughout the year. Their two kids Vansh (8) & Naysa (4) love to move their legs on the numbers choreographed by mom.

Vivek & Tripti Gangal
Marketing & Social Director
Vivek Gangal is a Richmond resident since 2001. Vivek is married to Tripti and have two beautiful daughters Kriti and Isha. Vivek and Tripti, both, actively volunteer at the various community events and as family enjoy traveling. They are looking forward to a active and enjoyable IAVA 2016 calendar.
Roop & Praveen Bassan
Social & Operations Director
Rupinder Dhillon, mostly known by ‘Roop’ is an IT Professional originally from Punjab who has moved to Richmond in 2000. She is married to Praveen Bassan, a Business owner and have two handsome boys Ansh and Arsh. After working with Capital one for 10 years, Roop is currently a VA State employee. Roop and Praveen are fun loving and enjoy travelling. They have been associated with IAVA for many many years. They believe in ‘what goes around comes around and you reap what you sow’.

Satish & Aarti Mishra
Operations & Cultural Director
Satish and Aarti have been Richmondites since 2013. They have been in the states since 2007 and after travelling coast to coast decided Richmond was the best place for their family. Satish is in IT space with Anthem and loves sports, music and reading. Aarti is in HR with Anthem and loves music and painting and is a great peoples person. They have two beautiful daughters Ipsita and Myra. These pretty girls also love music and have passion for dancing. They came to know about IAVA last year and since then this group is like a second family to them.
Sudhendra Ayyampalayam
Operations Director
Sudhendra Ayyampalayam has moved to Richmond in 2006 from Detroit and joined IAVA in the same year inspired by Dr. Surya Dhakar. Started as a Volunteer in the Food, expanded into logistics, stage decorations, camping and became membership director in 2012 and continue till today. Sudhen & Vishali (CPA) have been married for 10 years with sibling Akshaj (7 years) continue to serve the community under IAVA. Sudhen would now be joining as the Operations Director

Ajay Kadyan
Operations Director
Ajay Kadyan is an IT Professional who has been residing in Richmond since 2007. Ajay got married to Sapna in 2011 and they have a 2 year boy Avyaan Kadyan who keeps them busy most of the times. They joined IAVA in 2016 and since then volunteered for various IAVA events throughout the year. They enjoy traveling to new places. They feel honored to be a part of operations team for IAVA and be a part of such a fun loving and passionate team.
Prajakta Vaze
Cultural Director
Prajakta is known in the community for her ability to “ get things done , and done well “ .The hardcore artist in her has always envisioned leadership of many “ first - ever “ events in performance arts. She lives by this quote and its the source of my creative aspiration, “ Curving back within myself I create again and again “.

Swati Neogi
Social Media and Creative Director
Swati Neogi has been residing in Richmond for 8 years. She is a fun loving and outgoing personality accompanied with equally enthusiastic partner and child. They have been involved with IAVA for 7 years now and just in love with the energy and enthusiasm. She has many many friends through IAVA who are like family to her. IAVA helps her keep in touch with my India. In addition to being the Social Media director, she has taken over as the Creative director as well.
Manisha Singh
Graphics Director
Shailender Singh is the Software Development Manager (EDI) in Dell International Services, In charge of Application integration using Microsoft products. Shailender belongs from dil of India (New Delhi) and currently†lives in Twin Hickory Glen Allen with his wife Manisha son Meet Singh (6) and daughter Siya (6 months).

Parnita Singh
Operations Director
Parnita Singh, a Realtor by profession, currently residing in Glen Allen with her husband, Manpreet Bawa and 2 children, Gurbaaz and Mehr, ages 11 and 7. She loves interacting with people and looks forward to working with the Indian community in Richmond through IAVA, a true representation of all Indians. She enjoys teamwork and is excited to be part of the IAVA operations team this year.
Rick & Rachel Sharma
Sports & IAVA Care Director
Rick and Rachel have been married for 18 years and have 2 amazing kids - Priya (15) and Rohan (7). Rick’s competitive edge naturally landed him to become an incredible asset to the IAVA sports team. He loves all sports. Rachel is an active part of the Junior Board for the Children’s Museum of Richmond(C-MOR). Rachel has initiated a partnership between IAVA and C-MOR. Rick and Rachel love to spend time with friends and family, watching football, movies and enjoy vacationing. Rick loves to be outdoors and taking adventures. Rachel loves to cook - fusion and different cuisines. She is currently also working on her blog.

Neelam Singh
Sports Director
Neelam Singh: A Business Intelligence Consultant living in Richmond since 2009. She comes from a fauji family and has done her professional studies from Goa and Germany. An ardent traveler and voracious reader she is a mother of two boys Kiaan (4) and Aarin (1). Her husband Manoj Sangra (marathoner himself) encouraged and inspired her to get into long distance running. She feels honored to be a part of the IAVA training camp and would leave no stone unturned to motivate people to choose running as a way of life.
Rupali Pendse
IAVA Teen Director
Rupali, her husband, and two children proudly call Glen Allen their home. She firmly believes in family values and actively participating in the community. She reflects these beliefs in the fact that she has been an office bearer for local community organizations such as GRMM, IAVA, Boy Scouts of America, Richmond Association of Realtors as well as a strong supporter of the PTA. She have passion for IAVA and loves to work for community

Richa Batra
Membership Director
Richa Batra has been living in Richmond since 2013 with her husband Nitin and daughter Vaanya. She works with Suntrust Bank. She is passionate about dancing & music. She loves interacting with people and making new friends. She is glad to be a part of the team IAVA and looks forward to contributing towards the association
Nitin Grover
Operations Director
Nitin Grover is an IT Project Manager residing in US for 6 years now. He moved from Portland, OR to Richmond in April 2017 with his family when he joined IAVA and is being a proud member of the association. Nitin and Ruchi were married 10 years back and enjoy happy family with sons Aarav (8) and Aarush (1). Nitin is highly passionate, enthusiastic, stage host and loves driving and drinks but not together. He belongs to an educationist family with dad as retired Principal from Engineering College in Haryana, India. His masterstoke is Chess and playing with his sons.

Prajwal Bhatkar
IT Director
He goes by the name "Praj". He is married to Ashwini and has a daughter name "Prisha". He is an IT professional basically from Maharashtra. He moved to Richmond in 2007 and since then in and out of town. He works at Capital one in IT department and is a member of IAVA since last year and would like to contribute to IAVA IT cell.
Arun Sarda
Arun Sarda is an IT Project Manager residing in Richmond since 2006. He joined IAVA in 2014. Arun and Pooja have been married for 11 years and have a daughter Tanushree (8). Arun is a foodie. He enjoys interacting with people and loves social get togethers. Pooja is an entrepreneur. She loves running and participating in marathons. Arun is excited to be a part of IAVA email communication team and looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic team.

Agila Ganesh
"Agila Ganesh has been living in Richmond since 2010 with her husband Ganesh and daughter Maya. She is an IT professional.She is passionate about dancing, painting and loves cooking. Both Ganesh and Agila are sports enthusiast and like to follow major sporting events . She is excited to be a part of team IAVA and her goal is to continue bringing more members to the committee.
Vipin Gautam
Vipin and Sweta moved to Richmond from Phoenix during summer of 2017 and since then they have been active members of IAVA. Vipin works as an IT manager and together they have traveled across the world, as part of work and leisure. They have been married since 2003 and have three adorable kids, Tanishqa, Meneja and Luvin. Vipin cherish photography and strongly believe that pictures convey incredible stories in remarkably simple manners. With AIVA touching so many lives of our community in a positive way, it's an honor to be a part of this journey in 2018.

Rohit Joshi
Rohit Joshi and his wife Jigna have been in Richmond since 2002 and are proud to be part of the Indian community in Richmond. Rohit is an Engineering Director at Capital One and Jigna is an entrepreneur owning a Dairy Queen in West End. They have two lovely kids Shriya and Shlok.

Rohit is passionate about technology and meditation. He is also a volunteer at Heartfulness Meditation Institution and Zankar Group which organizes Navaratri Dandia in West End.
Meditation is our ancient heritage and scientifically proven to help body, mind, and soul and enable conscious living. I heartfully invite everyone to come and experience meditation at the Heartfulness meditation center.

Samrat Ghosh
Operations Director
Samrat and Ankita have been residing in Richmond since 2011. Both are technology profesionals employed in Capital One. Recently, couple has been blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Aarohi who has given them profound gift of parenthood. Samrat is avid movie follower with penchant towards historical classic along with being technology enthusiast. Ankita is loving mother with passion towards cultural activities especially folk dance and drama. Samrat & Ankita have been active contributor in community, Samrat served in the board of bengali association(GRBA) last 2 years in addition to IAVA IT in 2017. Samrat is true believer and promoter of IAVA values which aims to strengthen fabric of Indian community in Richmond by celebrating traditions and culture thousands of miles away from India. Samrat is excited to be part of operations team and looking forward to contribute towards next chapter of IAVA.

Anay Raj
Anay an IT professional, moved to Richmond in 2011 and currently living with his wife Rani. Anay & Rani are part of IAVA from last couple of years and has been actively participating in various volunteer event since then. They love to travel and are passionate about music. Anay is a sports enthusiast and foodie by nature. He is a part of IT team of IAVA since last year and excited of keep being a part of this extremely enthusiastic team of selfless volunteers of Indian community.

IAVA Executive Committee 2018


2018 IAVA Executive Committee
President Rajbans Joshi
Vice President-Marketing Aekta Chawla
Vice President-Operations Sanjay Goswami
General Secretary Ujjval Shukla
Treasurer Vineet Makhija
Technology Anay Raj (CTO) , Prajwal Bhatkar
Cultural Prajakta Vaze, Aarti Mishra
Marketing Aekta Chawla, Vivek Gangal, Dr. Preeti Dube
Membership Hetal Vaidya, Richa Bhatia, Agila Ganesh, Rahul Shah, Sheena Pramod
Creative Swati Neogi, Paulami Saha
Social Vakul Goel, Seema Tiwari, Roop Bassan, Tripti Gangal, Madhulika Goswami, Deepti Gupta
Design Manisha Singh
Communications and Social Media Arun Sarda, Swati Neogi, Pavithra Prabhakar
Community Outreach Krishna Mudigonda
IAVA Teen Rupali Pendse
IAVA Care Milind Pendse, Rachel Sharma
IAVA FIT Neelam Singh, Pankaj Sharma
Meditation / Yoga Rohit Joshi, Sudhakar Tiwari
IAVA Sports Rick Sharma
IAVA Golf Dinesh Nayak
Photo/Video Media Vipin Gautam
IAVA – Operations
Ajay Kadyan, Deepak Arora, Amit Dingra, Nitin Grover, Parnita Singh,
Surabhi Makhija, Rashmi Jaiswal, Samrat Ghosh, Satish Mishra, Sudhendra Ayyam, Praveen Bassan, Vivek Jaiswal
 Dr Surya Dhakar, Deep Bainsla, Kim Joshi
Board of Directors
Chairman Vikas Kapila (President 2012)
Directors Govind Pande (2013)
Dr. Raj Dubey (2014), Milind Pendse (2015), Rakesh Bainsla (2016, 2017)
Special Support
Gaurav Bhargav, Mandar Deshpande, Nilesh Bhandare, Ashish Jain, Mukul Paithane, Chirant Nataraj