Board of Directors (2016)

Director Name e-Mail Address
Zone 1 Dr. Anil Mattoo
Zone 2 Dr. Sudesh Kaul
Zone 3 Nirja Sadhu
Zone 4 Dr. Shakun Munshi Malik
Zone 5 Randhir Wokhlu
Zone 6 Suresh Sus
Zone 7 Sudesh Saraf
Zone 8 Veena Kaul
Zone 9 Maneesha Munshi
Zone 10 Piyush Mattoo

KOA Zone 1 Director

Dr. Anil Mattoo

Dr. Anil MattooDr. Anil Mattoo was born in Karan Nagar, Srinagar in Kashmir. His father Mr G.L. Mattoo is a Civil Engineer and his mother Mrs. Krishna Mattoo (Adalati) worked as a school teacher. Dr. Mattoo is a product of Tyndale Biscoe School in Srinagar. He graduated from Govt. Medical College Srinagar in 1989. He also completed post graduation in internal Medicine from G R Medical College, Gwalior. In 1996 Dr Mattoo moved to the United States and completed a residency in Internal Medicine from Rush Westlake Hospital in Chicago and subsequently a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine from Winthrop University Hospital in long Island, New York. He is currently working as a consultant physician at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, NY. Dr Mattoo is married. His wife Nita Kaul is also a physician. He has two beautiful children Harshil and Himani.

KOA Zone 2 Director

Dr. Sudesh Kaul

Dr. Sudesh Kaul

Dr. Sudesh Kaul was born and brought up in Srinagar. He is the youngest of 5 children born to Late Smt. Dulari and Sh. Jagar Nath Kothidar of Sathu Bar Bar Shah. He is married to Menakshi Dhar  and  blessed with two  wonderful boys –  Harshil and Nayan.

Sudesh is a doctor by profession. When he moved to USA in 2004, he did Internal Medicine residency  in  New York and is currently a hospitalist physician in Massachusetts.

Sudesh enjoys watching movies, and plays cricket. His favorite food is  Yekhni, but he has now become a vegetarian.

KOA Zone 3 Director

Nirja Sadhu

Nirja Sadhu

Nirja Sadhu was born and brought up in Rainawari, Kashmiri She received her master’s degree in botany from Kashmir University. Like a lot of other KPs, she was forced to migrate from Srinagar after the Jan 19, 1990 events. She lived in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi until 2000, before moving to Dubai for a year. New Jersey has been home to Nirja and her family since 2002.

She had been involved in the cause of Kashmiri migrant teachers while living in Delhi, and in recent years has played an active role in the temple reconstruction projects in Kashmir.

She has a strong desire to bring the members of the US Kashmiri community together for social, cultural and networking purposes. Nirja is looking forward to working closely with the NJ-PA community to make KOA more meaningful and responsive to all age groups, especially our youth members.

KOA Zone 4 Director

Dr. Shakun Munshi Malik

Dr. Shakun Malik

The experience of serving as zone-4 president over the last 2 years has been very enriching to Dr. Shakun Malik. She has come to know a lot of great people who have further enriched her knowledge about her Kashmiri heritage. She is particularly proud of our youth who have been active in her zone with Sunday school where they discuss our heritage and teach Kashmiri language to the younger ones.

She considers Kashmiri Pandits a part of an extended family. “Our families all look and think different and it’s always been so. Families are whom you love because it provides support and a framework of values to each of its members. Family members teach each other, serve one another and share life’s joys and sorrows”.

A family works together to overcome struggles and to provide happiness to each of its members.

Shakun Malik is a graduate of Kashmir Medical College and is serving as the head, Thoracic and Head & Neck Cancer Therapeutics at the Clinical Investigations branch of National Cancer Institute/NIH. She is married to Rajat Pamposh Malik (a gastroenterologist by profession) and has two children Raeva and Hersh.

KOA Zone 5 Director

Randhir Wokhlu

Randhir Wokhlu

Born and raised in Kashmir, Randhir left valley during the exodus. He worked in India for five years; studied Business and Information Technology in the US, and has lived in Plano, Texas for over 19 years. Randhir considers preserving, protecting, and ensuring Kashmiri culture is important not only for obvious purpose but also to buttress an important message that despite all the challenges, we can survive and thrive. KOA could be that platform if we work in unison.

KOA Zone 6 Director

Suresh Sus

Suresh Sus

Suresh Sus was born and raised (Nave Sadek, Nursing Garh) in Srinagar Kashmir. He went to school at Hindu High School, Sheetalnath, and then on to DAV Higher Secondary School, Hazoori Bagh. Married to Phoola Ogra, the couple migrated to US in 1976. They have two sons – Neel and Nikhel (Nik).

Suresh and Phoola are part of a thriving KP community in the Research Triangle Area, (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC) and have supported and participated in the cultural and social activities, in this area and within Zone 6. He was recognized for starting the Eastern NC Chapter of KOA Zone 6 in 2010, and was first elected to KOA Board of Directors, in May of 2013.

KOA Zone 7 Director

Sudesh Saraf

Sudesh Saraf

Sudesh Saraf came to the U.S. in 1987 as a graduate engineering student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He got plugged in to the local KOA chapter right away and has been part of the Chicago chapter of KOA ever since. He currently works in the construction industry as V.P. of Engineering at an Architectural Engineering firm located in Darien, IL. Sudesh is married to Ruby (Sunita Pajnu) Saraf since 1989, and they have raised three wonderful kids (triplets) Kartik, Sneha and Maegha who are 22 years old and have graduated from college. Sudesh has actively participated in Kashmiri community building at the local level. He also unsuccessfully contested the Zone 7 directorship in 2005. Currently, he is involved in a local initiative in Chicagoland area that is focused on teaching the kids in the community about Kashmir History, heritage, language etc. so they are connected to and proud of their roots.

Sudeshji feels honored and privileged to represent Zone 7 at the national level and is committed to serving our community with zeal and passion.

KOA Zone 8 Director

Veena Kaul

Veena Kaul

Veena Kaul has lived in Michigan since 1984 and before that she lived in Scranton, PA for 8 years. She migrated to USA along with her husband JB Kaul in 1976. She along with my husband was involved with KOA from its inception and is still passionate about it. She believes in KOA and the principles it stands for. Her dream for KOA is to have 100% membership and have successful programs to uplift our community here and in India. She believes in networking for the benefit of our community in terms of jobs, guidance for higher education,  matrimonial and making sure that we provide a platform for our youth to meet and make long-term friendship.

Veena ji is blessed with one biological daughter and two grand kids. She considers KOA as her extended family and would love to get to know each one of them personally. By profession she is an anesthetist.

KOA Zone 9 Director

Maneesha Munshi

Maneesha MunshiManeesha Munshi was born in Sheetalnath, Srinagar and was there until her 3rd grade. Post exodus, her parents; Ashok, Meena and sister, Aneesha moved to Hyderabad which eventually became their second Home. She has been in the United States since 2008. Her passion for Kashmir started from seeing how her parents and grandparents longed to go to this place they once called Home. She thinks that the youth with their enthusiasm and the elders with their experience can  bring the community together and help every one of us stay connected to the land of our roots.

KOA Zone 10 Director

Piyush Mattoo

Piyush Mattoo

Piyush Mattoo lives in Mission Viejo, CA and was born, raised in Jammu, India. His Grandfather had migrated from Kashmir back in 60’s and had an ancestral home in Maharajganj, Srinagar. He is married to Aaroshi Kaul and has a 3-year old son named Pinak. He has a Graduate (University Of Massachusetts) / Undergraduate (University of Mumbai) degree in Computer Science and is finishing up with an Advanced Project Management course from Stanford. As an award winning Software professional he is a Startup founder, serves as an Advisory for various Startups focusing on innovations particularly at an early phase and is currently working as a Principal at a Semiconductor Manufacturing company building connectivity solutions which connects people, places and things within diverse markets such as automotive, cellular, connected homes, military, wearable.

He has also been involved with various local charitable events, causes. He enjoys Indoor, Outdoor sports and is looking to engage in the Orange County Tennis, Ping-pong leagues.