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Candidate Profile: KARTHIK SUNDARAM

 NameKARTHIK SUNDARAMPhone #2672100134Email idskmtkarthik@gmail.comTAGDV Membership TenureSince 2019Brief Bio (200 words)I’m Karthik Sundaram, residing in North Wales PA with my wife and Son. Since 2019, my son has been student in Tamil school, starting from Nilai 1.  My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)If I elected as “EC-Member at Large” - I promise to be a cornerstone in our collective journey to bring people together and enhance their engagement. I will attend and actively participate in all Sangam events and initiatives. I will strive to promote inclusivity and cultural enrichment, working alongside my fellow members to strengthen our bond and create a vibrant and engaged Tamil community. I will actively work to create an environment where every member feels included, valued, and encouraged to share their unique contributions. I commit to using my skills, knowledge, and time to support our community  building endeavors and help strengthen our bond. Through dedication, collaboration, and open communication, I aim to make the Tamil Sangam a vibrant and thriving hub for our community .

By |2023-10-29T20:03:06-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Baskar Chinnusamy

Phone: 302 898 8983Email: baski.c@gmail.comTAGDV Membership TenureSince 2008, Currently Life memberVolunteer Positions held at TAGDVExecutive committee: Membership coordinator 2020 to 2021. Vice President 2022 to 2023.  Significant Contribution done toTAGDVAs part of my previous roles conducted multiple events, created a software to secure membership data, started second TAGDV Tamil school in Delaware (Middletown), we are in 3rd school year in-person with 45 kids. I was a Tamil teacher, teaching 2 school years, 2 grades each week, one after the other (Virtual).Brief BioI work for a financial institution in cybersecurity field. Completed my second masters from Georgia Tech inCybersecurity major. I believe in positive thinking; it makes our lives better and I have conducted few sessions on positive thinking in the past. I love helping people and happy to see their life changing. We take a lot from the community and I want to give back to the community in all the ways I could. I’m currently working with school district to make Tamil one of the world languages to teach in high school as part of their curriculum. I’m running for board of trustee open position and requesting you to allow me to serve you.My promises to TAGDV PatronsBeing part of executive committee, I have seen good and bad things happening in this association. I want to help streamline multiple items being part of the new board of trustee. •       Will make sure the association works in the best interest of all the members not just few committee members. •       Will work on getting credit for high school students at their school for Tamil. Experimented this year and was successful, will implement the same for more students. •       Will bring in more Tamil families to the association as I already did by opening a new school in Middletown (south Delaware). •       Will help grow Tamil arts like Silambam, Paria, etc.•       Continue to help TAGDV Tamil schools grow and operate successfully by working closely with them and provide the support they need. 

By |2023-10-29T20:03:30-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Ravichandran Raju

Phone: 4794452542 Email: ravigr@gmail.com  TAGDV Membership Tenure  Since 2015Volunteer Positions held at TAGDV  • DTP School Coordinator 2021-23Significant Contribution done to TAGDV  Led the DTP school operations for two yearsPersonal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable) NAJob Details / Linkedin Profile  NACurrent Employer  NAJob Title  NABrief Bio (200 words)  Ravi lives in Claymont, DE with his wife Krishnaveni, twin kids Ilan & Iniya. A proud member of TAGDV since 2015 and a proud parent of Delaware Tamil Palli. Have volunteered for DTP regularly. Most recently was the school coordinator for DTP during 2021-2023My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)  Contesting for TAGDV-Treasurer and looking forward to bringing innovations in operations of TAGDV. Tirelessly work towards the integration of TAGDV & Schools by establishing appropriate communication channels. Improve the general body awareness about TAGDV and thus improve the participation of GB in all events. Super excited about continuing the contribution to Tamil language & community.              

By |2023-10-29T20:03:53-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Periyasamy Kanagaraj

Phone: 3027728766Email: touchwoodit@gmail.comTAGDV Membership Tenure  Since 2020Volunteer Positions held at TAGDV  NoneSignificant Contribution done to TAGDV  •       Food distributions at Delaware Tamil school•       Volunteering in the school events particularly audio and food sections Personal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable) Job Details / Linkedin Profile  www.linkedin.com/in/periyasamy-kanagaraj75140620Current Employer  Please refer my LinkedIn profileJob Title  Please refer my LinkedIn profileBrief Bio (200 words)  I am living in Wilmington Delaware since 2018 with my wife and two children. Happyto see My kids continuing to learn Tamil eagerly in USA. We speak Tamil most of the time at home. Our parents are very happy to see their grandchildren speaking in Tamil fluently and they feel comfortable. That is all I wanted and that made me to volunteer in many activities for Tamil school to support them.   My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)  With everyone’s kind support and consensus, I can promise to do the following, •       Involve Parents & Kids in choosing events for school programs.•       Involve Parents & Kids in choosing restaurant/food selections as well. •       Ensure that teachers receive encouragement, appreciation and rewards.•       Assisting teachers in motivating kids to learn Tamil using latest technologies.I will either commit to fulfill my promises or work with team members if they have better  idea than mine.

By |2023-10-29T20:04:06-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Bhuvaneshwari Natarajan Gunasekaran

TAGDV Membership Tenure since 2019Volunteer Positions held at TAGDV DTP School volunteer DTP School TeacherSignificant Contribution done to TAGDV Served 3 years as Tamil School Volunteer(Teacher) Emceed for TAGDV Events  Personal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable)N/AJob Details / Linkedin ProfileN/ACurrent EmployerN/AJob TitleN/ABrief Bio (200 words)Bhuvaneshwari @ Bhuvee/Bhuvana  w/o  Vimalraj, proud working mom of Two little Angels from Wilmingon, DE a fun loving person deeply rooted in our Tamil community who volunteered as a dedicated Tamil teacher in DTP, nurturing the language and values that are close to our hearts. Additionally, I've had the privilege of emceeing and coordinating couple of TAGDV/ DTP programs, fostering a sense of togetherness and Celebration among us.My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)Contesting here today for the position of EC - Member at Large with a vision to enhance our TAGDV's cultural vibrancy and secure a bright future for our next generation. As a former program co-ordinator in our Tamil school, where I have played a pivotal role in planning and executing numerous events that inculcates a stronger connection to our culture. Now here to step up and take my commitment to the next level. With all you support I am eager to build a strong connection between TAGDV and our schools, actively encouraging each participation with most welcoming inputs from our community. I also promise to value every individual's interest and talents within our community and aim to bring a wealth of cultural activities, refurbish our heritage and empower our youth to carry our values into the future. 

By |2023-10-29T20:04:44-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Vasanthi Karthikeyan

TAGDV Membership Tenure10+ years – lifetime membershipVolunteer Positions held atTAGDVServed as a volunteer in TAGDV eventsSignificant Contribution done toTAGDVVolunteered towards Decoration, kids activities (Rangoli competitions, face painting)Served as a judge for Thirukkural Competition and Dance CompetitionPerformed Karnatic Vocal Programs for Pongal and Diwali CelebrationsPersonal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable) Job Details / Linkedin Profile Current Employer Job TitleProduct Owner, IT CompanyBrief Bio (200 words)I’m Vasanthi Karthikeyan. I live in Warrington, PA with my husband Balaji Karthikeyan, daughter Shreya, son Pratyush, and pet poodle Bruno. I’m a Product Owner working for a reputable IT organization. My family is lifetime member of TAGDV. I love music, learnt Karnatic Music for many years. I love to sing and teach what I learnt for free to interested kids and friends in my community. I volunteer in a local Pet Rescue Organization (non-profit) as an adoption coordinator and on vetting volunteer applications. My hobbies are travel, watch movies, and try different cuisines. My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)I would like to create a dedicated youth volunteering group in TAGDV to encourage youth volunteers for their active participation and make sure their volunteering hours get recorded in the long run. I would like to propose Presidential volunteering award to encourage and promote participation of our kids. Looking forward to contribute my time and efforts towards successful planning /coordination of TAGDV events. I've been fortunate to plan and manage the yearly Diwali celebrations for around 150-200 people in my area for the past 9 years, I'm looking forward to share my learnings and experience with the team.Work towards bringing in new members.Contribute towards documentation / communication, and bring everyone together as a community.

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Candidate Profile: Vasudevan Varadharajan

Name Vasudevan VaradharajanPhone: +1 484 321 3079Email: Haivasudev@gmail.comTAGDV Membership Tenure: 6 yearsVolunteer positions held at TAGDV: Food distribution, Thirukural competition judge, ETP Class VolunteerSignificant contribution done to TAGDV: Delegate to FETNAJob Details / Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vasudevan-v/Current Employer: Clarkston ConsultingJob Title: ConsultantBrief Bio:I have been a resident of Chester Springs for 8 years, living here with my wife Priya & 2 kids. Our family has been part of ETP since its inception in various capacities. I am passionate about the Tamil language and its rich heritage.I want to create a Tamil community where the next generation not only understands/talks about the culture but inherits the same length & breadth of knowledge our ancestors had.My Promises to TAGDV patrons?I am deeply committed to promoting Tamil traditions & language with the younger generations. This vision aligns with the needs and aspirations of the TAGDV members I aim to serve. I am excited to bring fresh ideas, dedication, and a collaborative spirit to the potential role as Member at Large and look forward to earning the trust and support of the community.

By |2023-10-29T20:05:10-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile: Vijay Selvaraj

 TAGDV Membership Life MemberVolunteer Positions held at TAGDV §  TAGDV Secretary (2020 – 2021)§  Substitute Teacher, Exton Tamil Palli (Since 2018)§  FeTNA volunteer representing TAGDVBrief Bio & SignificantContribution done toTAGDV  §  Lives in Exton, Pennsylvania, with my wife and two children.§  Working as Director of engineering in a leading telecom company.§  Took the initiative with a small group of friends in 2018 to establish a Tamil School in Exton, resulting in the founding of Exton Tamil Palli.  §  Actively serving as a substitute teacher and volunteer at Exton Tamil Palli since its inception in 2018.§  Served as TAGDV Secretary for two years (20202021), overseeing administrative responsibilities and organizational activities.§  Orchestrated a fundraising initiative on behalf of TAGDV, collaborating with TNF and FETNA to support those affected by the second wave of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu.§  Conducted more than 30 interactive webinars and workshops, encompassing diverse subjects, benefitting the Delaware Valley Tamil community in areas such as Tamil literature, Thirukkural, estate planning, immigration, college admission, siddha and health.§  Established a virtual learning platform for TAGDV Tamil schools, ensuring uninterrupted Tamil education for over 500 TAGDV Tamil students during the COVID-19 pandemic.§  Actively represented TAGDV at FETNA annual conventions since 2019, contributing as a volunteer across various FETNA committees, including pivotal roles in the GTEN - World Tamil Conference organizing committee in 2019 and as a member of the FETNA tech committee (2020-2022). Presently serving as the FETNA tech committee chairman, leading various projects.  Current Employer Leading Telecom CompanyJob Title Director of EngineeringMy promises to TAGDVPatrons  If I get elected in to the TAGDV Board of Trustees, I aim to §  Collaborate with the Executive Committee harmoniously to propel and advance the Association’s objectives.§  Facilitate the overhaul and modernization of the policies governing the Association.§  Ensure that TAGDV safeguards the privacy of its members, children, and their personal information.§  Promote the development of Tamil heritage across the entire tri-state region.§  Collaborate with other Tamil non-profit organizations to benefit TAGDV members.§  Ensure that TAGDV becomes a hub dedicated to the advancement of the Tamil community.  

By |2023-10-29T20:10:43-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile:Shakthiprian Shanmugam Ramakrishnan

Click here to watch Shakthipriyan's video introduction. TAGDV Membership Tenure 2 years Volunteer Positions held at TAGDV  Food Volunteer Significant Contribution done to TAGDV Current ETP teacher, Audio Volunteer ETP, ETP - Dance choreographer, ETP - Drama Director/writer Personal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable) Job Details / Linkedin Profile Current Employer Private software company Job Title Technology Project Manager, Corporate auditor (finance and project delivery) Brief Bio (200 words) Been EC member, Volunteer of Rhode Island Tamil Sangam and Main volunteer in Rhode Island Tamil School. Active stage Drama and short-film writer and Director. My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words) ·      To record volunteer hours to get State level recognition like Governor awards. ·      Establish to get the presidential awards for youth volunteers. ·      Improve the TAGDV participation in FetNA events and programs. ·      Improve the social media presence for TAGDV member family by creating more contents and programs. ·      Single consolidated online Tamil school to support Delaware, South Jersey and Pennsylvania members. ·      Conduct sports events for our TAGDV members and their Kids to enrich social connect. ·      Improve and modernize the assets for TAGDV for better cost optimization. ·      Conduct fund raising events/events for awareness (Like Autism, breast cancer, Trust, will, HIPAA etc..) and local causes. ·      Conduct children summer camps benefiting kids to excel in act, crafts, games etc… related to Tamil culture. ·      Create a bridge between TAGDV members and any business/legal/construction/educational/financial professional where both are benefitted. ·      Lay foundation for TAGDV self-land/building for future development.

By |2023-10-31T08:55:44-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments

Candidate Profile:Siva Prasath

Phone: (Home) 610-527-4387 (Cell) 610-762-4372Email: svvprasath@gmail.com Brief Bio:I came to the USA back in Feb 1990. I was introduced to TAGDV by a good friend of mine in 1991. Since then I have been involved with TAGDV in various aspects. My wife Viji Prasath and I have served TAGDV for a number of years. She and I served in the Executive committees of TAGDV multiple terms under various positions. My son Varun Prasath and daughter Shalini Prasath have been involved and participated in various activities of TAGDV. Both my kids studied in TAGDV Tamil school and participated and won many prizes from TAGDV. It was and has been our pride and pleasure to be part of TAGDV for all these wonderful past 33 years as a Life Member. Given my strong experience and well-being at TAGDV, I assure that I will do my best to carry out my responsibilities in the best interest of all the members of our Tamil Association. I actually have my own company 'Varsha Solutions LLC' registered under my name since April 2002, and I work for my company and have been very successful as an entrepreneur too, since I am happy with what I do.My promises to TAGDV Patrons:I will bring back full transparency in all matters in our organization.I will re-establish the cordial relationship among all TAGDV members by involving all senior members from the past and embracing the new members.I am ready to help any Tamil family in need of any kind of help, in whatever way possible from my side at all times.I will do my best to bring back FETNA convention celebrations in our organization.I will work towards accrediting our Tamil schools with the regular school system so that our children get credit in knowing and learning Tamil in their regular school system.I will work towards reestablishing the same harmonious culture in our TAGDV that was there 33 years ago, when I recall celebrating the events by accommodating everyone in minivans and traveling together to event venues and celebrating Tamil festivals together very happily.

By |2023-10-29T20:02:09-04:00October 29th, 2023|election-2023|0 Comments
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