Meet The Chapter Coordinators

Manoj Khabe

 

Chapter Coordinator: Sharda Sheshabhattar

I am an IT Professional, currently work as Lead Technical Program Manager in MasterCard. I have always been passionate about music, dance, arts and entertainment media. I have done voluntary work as a Radio Jockey and it helped me discover the joy of connecting to a variety of people. During the same time, I started associating myself with the cultural events organised by the Princeton Chapter and I realised the huge imbalance in the World between the haves and the have nots. My eyes opened up to a World, where kids have been struggling to meet their basic needs, where Education is luxury and I felt very pained and dejected. I started developing a strong desire to do something towards improving the condition of the underprivileged kids in the World. While I very well know that I single handedly cannot move mountains, but I am confident, that my little efforts will add to the great cause that Asha For Education stands for.
After working for more than 5 years at Princeton Chapter and organising many events, I decided to start a new chapter with a team of very smart, intelligent and highly motivated folks.This includes kids and adults from this part of the World, where I live, which is precisely New Jersey.
So, that is the history behind the NewYorkcity Chapter of Asha For Education, which is a 100% volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.
Today – we are a small team of Volunteers and we sincerely hope to spread the essence of Asha For Education over the coming months and years and grow into a larger family that can make a visible difference in the lives of underprivileged children of India.
I invite you all to Come and be a part of our family. You can contribute in many different forms and remember no act of charity is ever too big or too small – A common misconception about charity donations is that they need to be fairly significant in order to make a difference. However, this is not the case. Even the smallest of donations can end up going a long way towards helping out someone less fortunate than us;

Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Manoj Khabe

Project Coordinator: Manoj Khabe

Eventually, after holding various technical executive positions director, CTO, and an entrepreneur in the IT profession, I started to realize I can use my skills to contribute for the betterment of humanity. I became passionate and wanted to do my part for society via a charitable foundation that has more power and influence to make a large-scale social and economic impact.
Asha For Education is a 100% volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.
Charity jobs can be rewarding and enriching in all kinds of ways. Perhaps the foremost reason for pursuing any kind of charity work for me is about making a difference.
Often this very personal “calling” comes from a moral, social, cultural, motivation, rather than the typical appeals for business or commercial pursuits.
Equally, such ‘value-driven’ work can then take on a more combative, “siege mentality” derived from placing “cause” over profit.

Come and join us for such a great and noble cause. Your time, skills and even a single dollar can bring hope and transform the lives of children in need. So, there is never a better time to start giving.
It is so rare that you get to work for an organization where you can walk in and know that you are trying to make a difference to the world.
It is a huge challenge as we are only a small organization compared to the governments and regimes against us, but it’s one we relish and one that gets us all out of bed in the morning.

That for me makes volunteering for Asha For Education a great choice. You can help us in our mission in a variety of ways. You can join a local chapter in the USA, get involved with projects in India at an intimate level, help us with our fundraising efforts, or donate your time and/or money.

Sharda Sheshabhattar

Treasurer: Pankaj Warade

I am an IT Professional. I have recently taken up as Treasurer of NewYorkCity Chapter.
I invite you all to Come and be a part of our family. You can contribute in many different forms and remember no act of charity is ever too big or too small
Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Sharda Sheshabhattar

Fundraising Coordinator: Ruta Sankhe

I work in the pharmaceutical industry. I recently joined as Fundraising Coordinator for the NewYorkcity chapter. I have worked as a volunteer since beginning of this year and have been amazed with the passion and coordination seen within the team. Both the adults and teen volunteers are dynamic set of people who are working towards a very noble cause and their enthusiasm has invited me to accept this new role within the team. I look forward to work with this team and new members as you all join. Remember no contribution in too small as it may be with time, skills , involvement in various projects or monetary.
Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Grishma Pandya

Publicity Coordinator: Grishma Pandya

Having worked in the healthcare industry for over 12 years, specifically in therapeutic areas like Oncology and Rare Diseases, I’ve been very grateful to help discover new drugs and therapies for pediatric patients who may have last stage cancer or a disease so rare that the patients have very short survival period. Joining “Asha for education” as a volunteer and advocate opened up another avenue in my life to empower disadvantaged children gain life skills, educational tools and abilities to build not only a bright future for themselves but provide them insight on creating a positive ripple effect as well in their community and beyond.
My journey and commitment with “Asha for Education” and all its loyal comrades has just started this year but I look forward to providing my services in any way I can along with instilling and nourishing the values of giving and not just receiving to all the beautiful kids who are also involved. It is my goal to serve this organization in eradicating illiteracy one step at a time and building a future of hope and security for all.Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Bhavesh Pandya

Marketing Coordinator: Bhavesh Pandya

Bhavesh Pandya is an experienced leader in the customer insights and analytics domain. He has experience promoting multi-channel marketing and digital innovation across the Financial Service, Healthcare, and Consumer Electronics industries. He was the Director of Strategy and Development at E-Trade Financial, Director of Sales Analytics in Corporate Investment Bank at Deutsche Bank, Director of Marketing Insights at TD Ameritrade, Head of Customer Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Vice President of Product Management in the Corporate & Investment Bank at JP Morgan & Chase. He currently leads the customer insights function at a Brother International Corporation, a company headquartered in Japan. Bhavesh is an avid sports fan and also manages a travel soccer team in the Eastern Development League in NJ. Bhavesh holds a master from Columbia University in Public Health Policy & Management, MBA and a bachelor’s from Rutgers University in Engineering & Statistics. Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Aishwarya

Event Coordinator: Aishwarya

My name is Aishwarya. I recently completed my Masters in Engineering in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University and am now working as an Outsourcing Manager at Bristol Myers Squibb. I came across Asha for the first time at Cornell, where I volunteered and planned half yearly Asha charity events. I hope to bring in ideas of from my experience at Asha Cornell to Asha NJ/NYC chapter and looking forward to make a difference with everyone in children’s lives. Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Pavani

Creative Designer: Pavani

Experienced Creative Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the IT, marketing and advertising industry. I enjoy experimenting with diverse medium, be it a design for brochure, social media or creating interface. Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Abhishek Pitti

Marketing Coordinators: Abhishek Pitti and Bindu Sudhakar

I am a Medical Doctor and my wife, Bindu works as an IT consultant. We have volunteered for charity organizations since our college days. We always enjoyed organizing fundraising and marketing events for charitable causes. We both are equally passionate about the cause, Asha for education stands for – the education of underprivileged children of India. I welcome you to be a part of our dynamic team of volunteers that makes this mission possible. Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.

Chinmaya S Dixit

Web Administrator: Chinmaya S Dixit

I am an IT professional and a novice learner, currently working as an Android Application Developer and also managing Asha for Education NewYorkCity Chapter’s website. Please connect with us via email (newyorkcity@ashanet.org) to learn how you could contribute.