Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of CRY America as specified in the Bylaws and specifically, in the areas of CRY America policy, statutory & legal compliance, financial oversight and approval of business plans towards building a strong and relevant organization. The Volunteer Representative is nominated to the Board through a process of elections among volunteer leaders across the USA.
The Board comprises of the following persons:
Shefali Sunderlal Chandel - President & Program Director
With a Masters degree in Social Work from Delhi University, Shefali has held leadership positions at CRY India & CRY America for 25 years. Shefali was Director Development Support for 11 years, where she successfully established the grant management function of CRY India. She brought in strategic direction on children’s rights and strong project selection, planning, monitoring & evaluation processes which are well recognized by donors & other non profits today.
Shefali was appointed President at CRY America & has been leading the organization since 2002, with a focus on brand building, civic engagement, fundraising and grant making. From $87,709 (Annual Report 2003-04) revenues in 2003, CRY America has grown it’s supporter base to 25,153 donors, 2000 volunteers & has impacted the lives of 618,915 underprivileged children through support to 70 Projects across India & the USA. Shefali currently lives in New York with her son Vikrant.
Apoorv Agarwal - Honorary Trustee, Treasurer & Advisory Board Director
Dr. Apoorv Agarwal started his association with CRY America as a volunteer in 2004 & then took on the role of the Detroit Action Center Leader in 2007. He was nominated to serve as the Volunteer Representative on the CRY America Board of Directors in 2009. He has continued to serve on the BOD as 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 Yohan.
Edward Remias - Honorary Trustee, Board Secretary & Volunteer Representative
Edward joined CRY America in 2008 & has cultivated San Diego to be one of the most successful Action Centers in the country under his leadership. He joined the BOD in 2015 & says, “I consider myself privileged to serve in this role to make a difference in the lives of children who deserve it the most. Because I can! And what I can, I will!”
Edward is a Software Professional at Qualcomm, enjoys playing volleyball on the beach and snowboarding. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Jyoti & daughter Nitya.
Puja Marwaha - Honorary Trustee
A post graduate diploma holder in Human Resources from XISS, Ranchi, Puja joined CRY in 1994 to set up the HR function. Prior to that, she worked with Citicorp and KSIL. Puja was appointed Chief Executive of Child Rights and You [India] in February 2010 and she joined the CRY America Board in the same year.
She currently resides in Calcutta with her husband Ajit & daughter Aditi.
Anita Bala Sharad - Honorary Trustee
A BSc Electronics graduate, Anita joined CRY in 2007. After 14 years of experience in Marketing and Communications, working on brands and services of national and international repute in companies like Contract Advertising, Euro RSCG, Parry Nutraceuticals and JWT, moving to CRY was a conscious decision in a bid to put her vast experience in the corporate sector to good use for a cause she strongly believes in. Anita currently resides in Delhi with her husband Sharad & daughters Manjari & Unnati
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.
Anita Agarwal - Advisory Board Member, New Jersey
Anita Handa Agarwal has been a member of the CRY America Advisory Board since April 2015. She started her affiliation with CRY in India in 1989 when she joined CRY Mumbai as a Program Manager after finishing her master’s degree in Non-Profit Management at the New School for Social Research in NYC. Anita also holds a master’s degree in economics from Mumbai University, and worked for a bank in Mumbai. Anita returned to full-time employment in 2015, with the joining of non profit 4CS of Passaic County as Operations Manager.
Anita has played a significant role in leading CRY’s New York Gala Dinner for the past two years, which has seen the event double in terms of revenues & high net worth attendees from the NY-NJ geographies. She has also served as a member on the board of The Middleton Early Learning Center and The Women’s Club, both in Glen Ridge, NJ, where she lives with her husband Ajay and sons Arkin and Avi .
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.
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