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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. 

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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.              

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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: Dr. Suresh K. Paramasivam

TAGDVMembershipTenureTAGDV member for last 14+ years; Member since 2009; Life Member since 2014VolunteerPositions held atTAGDV•       Served as Tamil Teacher in TAGDV Tamil School (PMTS). •       Served as Executive Committee Member (2018-19). •       Served as President TAGDV (2020-21). •       Served a FETNA Delegate. SignificantContribution done to TAGDV•       Played a pivotal role in the establishment of Exton Tamil Palli during my term as Executive Committee Member (2018-19).•       Part of EC (2018-19) that successfully arranged notable artists such as Bhagyaraj-Poorinima, Pusphapavanam Kuppusamy-Anitha, Director Mari Selvaraj and IAS office Udaychandran to participate in TAGDV events. Additionally, we organized a live orchestra featuring Singers Srinivas and Vijay Prakash. Our committee involved in presenting live performance by the talented young artist Lydian Nadhaswaram for the first time in NA.•       Served as President of TAGDV and Part of EC (2020-21) We hosted “Neeya Naana” show featuring Vijay Tv Gopinath (2020) at Delaware. Curated cultural display booths.•       Part of EC (2020-21) During Pandemic able to organize virtual events including Middle School, High School & College Prep workshops and literary gatherings.•       Successful fundraiser in collaboration with FETNA during the pandemicLinkedIn Profilewww.linkedin.com/in/suresh-paramasivam-52267521Current EmployerJohnson & JohnsonJob TitleClinical Operations Specialist-OncologyBrief Bio (200 words)  I am a professional employed at Johnson & Johnson, and I live in Royersford with my family: wife, Sutha and our delightful children, Navein and Sana. My association with TAGDV commenced in 2009, and I'm sincerely delighted to have held life membership since 2014. For over a decade, I've actively volunteered at the Plymouth Meeting Tamil School, beginning in 2010. Over the years, I've had the privilege of serving TAGDV in various capacities, including roles on the Executive Committee, as President, and representing the organization as a FETNA Delegate. During 2018-19, I played a pivotal role in the establishment of Exton Tamil Palli, providing a valuable resource for local families seeking convenient Tamil education. In the momentous year of 2020, we had the honor of hosting a completely sold-out "Neeya Naana” show featuring Vijay Tv Gopinath in Delaware. Additionally, we curated cultural displays and conducted a "Mullaipari" with large number of women participations, further enriching our vibrant Tamil heritage. In the face of the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, we organized a diverse range of virtual events, including College Prep workshops and literary gatherings, offering vital support to students in their educational pursuits. Furthermore, we successfully spearheaded a COVID fundraiser, raising $8,000 in collaboration with FETNA, the mother organization of all Tamil Sangams in NA. My promises toTAGDV Patrons?(200 words)My foremost promise is to safeguard the autonomy of the Executive Committee, ensuring it operates independently, free from external influences. Transparency and accountability will be the guiding principles in our decision-making processes, consistently putting the best interests of TAGDV first. I am resolute in my dedication to maintaining the financial well-being of our organization by organizing effective fundraising events. This not only ensures our sustainability but also provides the necessary resources to support our diverse initiatives. I will actively work towards the implementation of a comprehensive archival policy, centralizing the storage of essential [...]

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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. 

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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.

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Candidate Profile: Vani Lalmohan

TAGDV Membership Tenure Member since 2016 Volunteer Positions held at TAGDV Volunteer for various TAGDV events Significant Contribution done to TAGDV Served as a judge for various TAGDV events like drawing competitions, rangoli competitions and dance competitions. Participated as a food serving volunteer for TAGDV events (pre covid). Personal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable) NA Job Details / Linkedin Profile NA Current Employer NA Job Title NA Brief Bio (200 words) I live in Warrington with my husband Elangovan Subramanian, 16 year old twins Shriraam, Shriithaa and a 1 year old fur baby.I have a Masters degree in Computer Science Engineering and have worked for few MNCs. I’m deeply involved in my community and in my kids school activities. I am very involved in my daughter’s music school and have contributed several hours for fund raising events. I am also a design enthusiast with a keen interest in home decor. My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words) With my passion for Tamil language, culture, and dedication to volunteering combined with my organizational skills, attention to detail, I will ensure that tasks are handled meticulously. I will collaborate with other members and work towards creating an inclusive, positive environment for our Tamil community.

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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.  

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Candidate Profile: Bharathi Ponnappan

TAGDV Membership Tenure   Life MemberVolunteer Positions held at TAGDV  •       Serving as a Teacher for close to 5 years in Plymouth Meeting Tamil School.•       Cultural Coordinator – Plymouth Meeting Tamil School.•       Choreographer since 2016 in Plymouth Meeting Tamil School and has taught more than 50 Kids at a performance for TAGDV stage performance.•       Program Coordinator – TAGDV ECSignificant Contribution done to TAGDV  • Serving as a Program Coordinator in TAGDV EC (2022-2023). Have been instrumental in bringing new members andnew programs/new talents to TAGDV stage. • Serving as a Teacher/Volunteer/Choreographer/CulturalCoordinator wearing multiple hats in TAGDV(PMTS School).   Personal Details / Facebook Handler (If Applicable)  •       Have obtained my Bachelors(Engineering) Degree in Information Technology from Chennai, India. •       Have obtained my PostgraduateManagement studies degree from Mumbai,India.•       Have obtained my Master’s Degree in Business and Information Systems from a US university.Job Details / Linkedin Profile  • Working in a Senior Executive Position with a stellar record of professional IT experience over two decades. Current Employer  Technology Solutions CompanyJob Title  Senior DirectorBrief Bio (200 words)  I live in Warrington, Pennsylvania. I’m married to Ashok with 3 kids (Aishwarya, Anushka and Arjun). Working as a senior executive in an advanced analytics and technology solutions company with more than 2 decades of professional IT experience. Have been working with multiple non-profit organizations actively contributing to community. Have a great passion for dance and have performed and helped kids perform dance programs in various platforms. Have participated in more than 220+ stage programs across united states.My promises to TAGDV Patrons? (200 words)   I believe in bringing people together. I want to enrich Tamil language/ culture and bring TAGDV platform accessible to people not only to showcase their individual talent but also to make an exciting community which is being liked by all. I would like to bring innovation in programs and events that TAGDV host to the best interest of people. I want to encourage both adult and youth volunteers to make an active participation. Educating Tamil Community about Biliteracy Seal in Tamil Language to benefit our kids who had worked hard in learning our language is a goal that I want to pursue. I feel my professional and voluntary experiences would enable and guide the team towards success. Looking forward to service the Tamil community being a part of a new and exciting team !

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