CRY America Advisory Board
Advisory Board members are ambassadors and advisors that assist with strategic growth plans of CRY America, specially in the areas of fundraising from high net worth individuals, media outreach & technical guidance on finance & statutory compliances. CRY America looks for Advisors in the areas of financial & statutory compliance, fundraising & brand building, corporate/ business leaders, media spokespersons and child development experts. Advisory Board members are not responsible for policies & statutory compliance. They serve in volunteer positions in salient geographic locations for a 2 year term. The Advisory Board selection, induction & quarterly planning & review meetings with individual members are led by Apoorv Agarwal.
The CRY America Advisory Board currently comprises of the following members:
Dr. Apoorv Agarwal - Advisory Board Director
Apoorv started his association with CRY America as a volunteer in 2004 & thereafter took on the role of the Detroit Action Center Leader in 2007. He was nominated to serve as the Volunteer Representative on the Board of Directors in 2009. He has continued to serve on the BOD as an Honorary Trustee and Treasurer. Apoorv was recently appointed as the Director of the CRY America Advisory Board in February 2016.
Dr. Agarwal is the founder and principal of Ingineering Innovation LLC, a sustainability focused consulting practice. Previously, he has served in various engineering and management capacities in the Research & Advanced Engineering and Electrified Powertrain Engineering organizations of Ford Motor Company. Dr. Agarwal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Durham, NC with his wife Sunita and son Johan.
Dharam Bali - Advisory Board Member, Houston
Dharam Bali has been a member of the CRY America Advisory Board since 2015. He has been a long standing volunteer since 2008 and has led the CRY Houston Chapter for 3 years since 2010 where he was responsible for organizing several CRY Walk & musical events. Dharam was instrumental in leading & organizing CRY’s first Houston Gala Dinner in 2016 which brought together 175 high net worth individuals for the cause of children’s rights.
Dharam is the owner of Vantive, an IT Consulting and Staffing company. He is a Computer Science engineer from University of Pune and has worked as a Consultant with many companies including CAPGEMINI, Deloitte, PwC, IBM and Accenture. He loves travelling and exploring new places. He currently lives in Houston with his wife Priya.
Dr. Vikas Anand - Advisory Board Member, Arkansas
Dr. Vikas Anand received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and an MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. His major areas of research include corruption and ethics in organizations, knowledge management in organizations, and trends in the globalization of business practices such as outsourcing. He has published his work in top international journals and his work has been cited extensively. He has also taught and lectured in multiple locations in the world, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards.
Vikas currently hold the Charles Fichtner Chair in Management and is the Chair of the Department of Management at the University of Arkansas. For years he has co-led the Study Abroad trip to India where Walton College students have been exposed to the culture, diversity, business practices and social issues in India. Vikas joined the CRY America Advisory Board in August 2016.
Arti & Ketan Duvedi - Advisory Board Member, Bay Area
Sonali Soni - Advisory Board Member, San Diego
Susmita Thukral - Advisory Board Member, San Diego
Susmita has been a core team member of the San Diego action center since 2009, where she played an important role in helping to lay the foundation for this action center and carving its vision for the future. She has been consistently involved in volunteering during events, to leading and planning events, fundraising during annual walks, donor cultivation, spreading awareness and establishing community relations. Due to her passion and commitment to the CRY mission, she has been instrumental in the success of the CRY SD Gala Dinner for the last 2 years, which has doubled in its fundraising outcomes.
Susmita has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Delhi University and in Applied Psychology from Columbia University, New York. She is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California and a professor of Psychology at Grossmont Community College, California. It is because of her professional training as a therapist and her own experience of growing up in a single parent home, that she finds herself deeply committed to working for children. She currently lives in San Diego with her family.
Juuhi Ahuja - Advisory Board Member, Houston
Juuhi is the President, & CEO of Wise Men Consultants which has grown from a Staffing company into a full-blown Technology Solutions provider. Juuhi began her career in New York City in the insurance industry. She has a Bachelor’s in Business & an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Juuhi is an active member of various organizations, including the Houston Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Indo American Chamber of Commerce and Women's Business Enterprise Alliance.
Juuhi’s believes that “If I am not networking, I am not working” and if something is worth doing, one must do it quickly and with high quality. She is a certified yoga teacher & practices meditation daily. She enjoys music, traveling & reading. Juuhi is married to Omprakash, a successful businessman who owns hotel franchises like the Sheraton, Hilton and Marriott. They have a daughter who is their pride and joy.
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