Organization

About KOA

The KOA organization has its origins in the early meetings of History several Kashmiri Pandit families in the Washington D.C. and Maryland areas. These families soon came to realize the importance of building a community structure which could include other families too in a bond for mutual preservation and growth. As more families and members joined the founding group, the organization evolved to become a national outfit with regional chapters, documented bye-laws, systems and procedures as well as a non-profit status to better seek donations and pursue community actions.

MISSION

The KOA’s mission is to promote Kashmir Pandit ethnic and socio-cultural heritage (language, history, art, etc), celebrate religious festivals of importance to Kashmiri Pandits; provide financial assistance to needy and deserving Kashmiri Pandit individuals, educational institutions, places of worship and shrines, both in the US and in India; and preserve historical monuments and sites of religious and cultural significance in Kashmir, India.

VISION

The KOA shall serve as the premier Kashmiri Pandit institution with a fundamental purpose that lies in promoting Kashmiri Pandit heritage and its way of living, Kashmiri Brahmanism and its philosophies; and be a center of social learning that caters to the spiritual, cultural, physical, humanitarian and educational needs of the community.

KOA Organization

KOA Organizational Structure

KOA Organizational Structure

KOA Executive Committee

Dr. Shakun Munshi Malik

President, CEO, and Chairperson of Board

Dr. Shakun Munshi MalikThe experience of serving as Zone 4 director and as a Board Member over the last two years has been very enriching to Dr. Shakun Malik.

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.

“An important characteristic of our community should be our consciousness of belonging to it. Our loyalty can be called our community spirit”.
“Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future in one unity”.
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
– Winston S. Churchill

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.


Piyush Mattoo

Vice President & Director, Zone 10

Piyush MattooPiyush 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.


Amrita Kar

Secretary

Amrita KarAmrita Kar was born in Kashmir and lived in Rainawari before moving to Bangalore during 1990. She grew up among a strongly knit Kashmiri community in Bangalore with her parents and older sister. Electrical engineer by profession, she has worked for DRDO, Ministry of Defense, India and Airbus Defense and Space. In 2012, she moved to Pennsylvania for her post graduation degree and currently leads projects as a Senior Development Engineer for a medical device startup CurveBeam. Previously an active member of various KP Youth groups in Bangalore and Hyderabad, her vision here at KOA is to continue to have a tight knit and integrated community with focus on involving the youth. She is passionate to grow Koshur language program nationally for the youngsters and has been an active member of KOA Youth by starting programs like Kath-e-Baath(Showcase a KOA Youth achiever), Kaar-Baar (professional mentor-ship program), and Sharadapeeth (Lectures on religion & culture). She loves to sing koshur songs, travel, read, and EAT!


Preeti Kachroo

Treasurer

Harpreet KachrooPreeti Kachroo is an Electronics Engineer and an MBA in Finance. She hails from Ludhiana, Punjab. After working for 15 years in the corporate world, she now heads a digital technologies start up in North Virginia. She is married to Rajesh Kachroo, who is originally from Rainawari in Srinagar. Preeti is mother to two lovely sons, Aveesh (17) and Arnav (13). The family has been active KOA member ever since they moved from India in 2007. In her spare time, Preeti loves to paint in oil and water colors.


Raman Kaul

Webmaster

Raman KaulRaman Kaul hails from Bandipur, Kashmir and has been living in the US since 2001. Raman is a mechanical engineer by profession, works in the railway engineering field, and has a master’s in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Raman has been involved in web development and linguistic development related to Kashmir and Kashmiri language for nearly two decades. Besides having worked with KOA websites in the US and Canada in various capacities over the years, he has contributed towards standardization of Kashmiri Devanagari script and its adoption by the Unicode Standard. He has created online editing tools and fonts for Kashmiri language in Devanagari and Sharda script. Raman has worked on Kashmiri language projects with National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) of University of Maryland, and with American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Raman lives in Philadelphia area. He has previously been an administrator on Kashmiri language Wikipedia, and currently expresses himself on his multi-lingual blog at http://kaulonline.com.

Board of Directors (2018)

KOA Zonal Map

KOA Zones

Director Name e-Mail Address States
Zone 1 Meenakshi Khashu zone1dir@koausa.org New York, Delaware
Zone 2 Vikram Salman zone2dir@koausa.org Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Connecticut
Zone 3 Anil Ganju zone3dir@koausa.org New Jersey,
Pennsylvania
Zone 4 Dr. Sujata Ambardar zone4dir@koausa.org Washington DC,
Maryland, Virginia,
West Virginia
Zone 5 Anita Kaul zone5dir@koausa.org Arkansas, Colorado,
Kansas, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Zone 6 Suresh Sus zone6dir@koausa.org Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, Missouri,
Mississippi, North
Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee
Zone 7 Abishek Ganjoo zone7dir@koausa.org Alaska, Iowa, Illinois,
Minnesota, North
Dakota, Nebraska
South Dakota,
Wisconsin, Wyoming
Zone 8 Rajesh Mattoo zone8dir@koausa.org Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan, Ohio
Zone 9 Maneesha Munshi zone9dir@koausa.org Northern California,
Idaho, Montana,
Oregon, Washington
Zone 10 Piyush Mattoo zone10dir@koausa.org Arizona, Southern
California, Hawaii, New
Mexico, Nevada

 

KOA Zone 1 Director

Meenakshi Khashu

Meenakshi KhashuMeenakshi Khashu was born in Kashmir and lived there until 1990. After leaving from Kashmir, she pursued her schooling in Jammu and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune University and then completed Masters in Computer Science from Jaipur University. Her experience includes working as an Analyst in major companies in the financial and retail space which includes Coca cola, Deutsche Bank and 1-800-Flowers. Currently she is working as a Senior Analyst at Canon USA.Meenakshi Khashu

Meenakshi is married to Kapil Khashu and they are blessed with two beautiful children Simoni (11 yrs) and Syon (6 yrs). They have been living in Long Island, New York from past 16 years, so this place feels like their second home after Kashmir.

Meenakshi hermy journey of getting the Kashmiri families together within Long Island for Father Day Celebration. This started with 5 to 6 families initially and became a part of summer picnic for KOA ZONE 1 since last two years.

KOA Zone 2 Director

Vikram Salman

Vikram SalmanVikram Salman was born and brought up in Srinagar. He is the youngest of 3 children born to Mr. Girdhari Lal Salman and Mrs. Phoola Salman. He is married to Deepa Kaul and is blessed with two children, Neer and Avni.

Vikram is an engineer by profession. He moved to USA in 2005 and started his journey in Zone 2. He currently works at Shire Pharmaceuticals. He enjoys watching sports, especially football and is a hardcore New England Patriots fan. He also enjoys watching movies, playing cricket and loves to grill.

KOA Zone 3 Director

Anil Ganju

Anil GanjuAnil Ganju was born in Purshyar, Habbakadal, Kashmir. His father Late Dr C.L. Ganju was a Homeopathic Doctor and his mother Late Mrs. Parmeshwari Ganju worked as an Occupational Therapist.

He has supported and participated in the cultural, social activities over the years in Singapore and currently in KOA Zone 3. He considers our community members as a part of an extended family. He has recently participated in Demonstration on the Kashmir Terrorism at United Nations in New York City. He has always dedicated his divine volunteer services at Bhartiya Temple in Malaysia and also currently volunteering at Bharitya temple, PA.

Anil was a child prodigy, from the age of 6 started learning and playing Tabla and Keyboard. He starred in several TV Programs on Kashmiri Doordarshan Channel specifically showcasing his musical performance both solo and with different bands in Kashmir.

Anil Ganju is married to Geetha who is a software Engineer. They have two wonderful children Anikate and Aarav. He has worked in many Software multinational companies in India (Bangalore), Malaysia, Singapore and USA.

KOA Zone 4 Director

Dr. Sujata Ambardar

Dr. Sujata AmbardarSujata Ambardar was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. Her parents Dr. Girdhari Lal Hanjura and Ratna Hanjura, and her sister Sunita, emigrated to the US in the late Sixties. Dr. Hanjura served as a Board Member and President of KOA, during the early 1980s. He currently lives in Pennsylvania. Sunita, an internist, lives in Boston with her husband Dr. Niranjan Kanesa-thasan.

Sujata followed Sunita’s path to Johns Hopkins and then attended Temple Medical School. She is in a private practice in Infectious Diseases. She is married to Sidarth Ambardar, son of Professor Shanti Swarup and Rattan Rani Ambardar of Rainawari. They have three children Sumedh, Shiva and Surya. The Ambardar family has lived in the Greater Washington area for over 25 years. They have forged many friendships and have experienced the love, warmth and support of the Kashmiri Pandit community during times of happiness and times of sadness.

Sujata was the local chapter president and has coordinated the KOA’s cultural events for the past 2 years. She has benefited from the guidance of those who have had experience running the KOA. She is now looking forward to help make the KOA strong, vibrant and relevant.

KOA Zone 5 Director

Anita Kaul

Anita KaulAnita Kaul was born in Kanpur, India and was raised in the military environment through her high school years. Since her father, late Sh. Bansilal Kaul, served in the IAF, he along with his wife Smt. Krishna Kaul, daughter Anita, and son Ajay Kaul travelled to and lived in multiple cities in India. Anita has fond childhood memories of spending every summer break in Srinagar. She has her under graduate degree from Srinagar, Kashmir followed by graduate schooling at University of Mysore and University of Delhi. She currently works at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the International Space Station Program.

She moved to Houston, Texas in 1991. She is married to Surendar Kaul and they are blessed with two children, Aadi and Bhaanu. The Kaul family has lived in Houston for over 27 years and are active members of the Houston Kashmiri biradari. Anita was the President of the local Texas Kashmiri Biradari (TKB) and organized multiple events including annual Shivraatri camps, Navreh picnics and other events. Her goal for the next two years is to work with the Kashmiri young adults in coordinating and organizing events both at the local and zonal level with them taking the lead.

Her hobbies include jewelry making, pottery and photography.

KOA Zone 6 Director

Suresh Sus

Suresh SusSuresh 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

Abishek Ganjoo

Abishek GanjooAbishek Ganjoo has lived in Delhi, Kashmir, and Oman before moving to US in 1998. He attended Tyndale Biscoe School and Indian School Muscat. He got his Masters Degree from California State University and living in Chicago suburb for last 12 years. Abishek has actively participated in Kashmiri community programs and events at the local level. He has been a full-time faculty at California State University and Delaware Valley University. He currently works as a Enterprise Architect Manager at World Headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, IL.

KOA Zone 8 Director

Rajesh Mattoo

Rajesh MattooRajesh Mattoo was born and raised in Srinagar, Kashmir (Karan Nagar). She is the daughter of Prof. S.N. Kaul (Physics) and Mrs. Lalita Kaul. Rajesh has a PhD in Ecology from Kashmir University (1980) and MPA with specialization in Healthcare administration from Long Island University (1997).

Rajesh is married to Dr. Tej K. Mattoo, a Pediatric Nephrologist. They have two children Priyanka and Punit and a two year old grandchild Dhillon. Since leaving India in 1980, they have lived in London, England; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and New York before settling down in Michigan about 20 years ago.

After working in Teaching and Healthcare fields for almost two decades, Rajesh is currently working as a private Consultant for HMOs. She volunteers at Bhartiya Temple, Troy, MI, and is Vice Chair, Education Committee for the Academic Program at the temple.

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 MattooPiyush 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.

KOA Advisory Committee
Year 2017-18

Lalit Wanchoo

Lalit WanchooLalit Wanchoo was born in Srinagar, studied in Ludhiana, and moved to the US for graduate studies. He currently lives in Glenn Dale, Maryland and is married to Nina Singh from Lucknow, UP, and has two daughters Timsy and Neeti.

Lalit has been involved with the KOA for a very long time in various capacities and have held various offices – as President for two terms, Zone 4 Director, Vice-President, and Secretary. He has been involved with few other non-profit organizations and has served in various capacities.

Girja Raina

Girja RainaGirja Raina and her husband Dr. Surrender Raina have been residents of the US since 1973, settled in California since 1978. She has a son and 3 grandchildren. Her community involvement has been in American Cancer Society Linkages, Charter school movement and she is currently on the Board of Shiva Vishnu Temple, and also has been past president and Board Member of Indian Association in Stockton. As a philanthropist, she and her husband have financially supported several KOA programs and initiatives. She considers it to be her privilege to help Kashmiri Pandit community in whatever way.

Chaman Vishin

Chaman VishinChaman Vishin was born in Srinagar and migrated to the US for graduate studies after his undergraduate work at BITS, Pilani. He started his corporate career in NY, and retired after a rewarding career in the Information Technology Industry. He is currently involved in a number of cultural NGO activities in Charlotte, including Arts & Science Council, PBS TV etc. He is also the founding member and board Chair of the India Association of Charlotte, that has been running a large weekend Festival of India in downtown Charlotte for the last 20+ years, to nurture and showcase the diversity of Indian culture. He has been a Life member of KOA for a long time, and has supported many worthwhile causes over the years. He lives with his wife Surja (Dhar) in Charlotte, NC and has two daughters who are married and settled in their careers.

Dr. Sunita Kanesa-thasan

Dr. Sunita Kanesa-thasanDr. Sunita Kanesa-thasan has been a longtime KOA member. She lives in Massachusetts (Zone 2) since 2004 but was in Maryland prior to that. Her father, Dr. G.L. Hanjura (past KOA president) lives in Pennsylvania and her sister, Dr. Sujata Ambardar is active in the D.C. Area currently acting as Zonal Director. Sunita is an internist and lives with her family in Lexington. She has volunteered in the past with the Boy Scouts, and the local school and library and hopes to become more active in KOA activities in the future.

Priya Bhat Patel

Priya Bhat PatelPriya Bhat Patel grew up in the Zone 10 community since the age of seven. Her parents, Balkrishen and Neelima Bhat, took her and her brother Prashant to KOA’s annual Herath and other events. Priya enjoys learning about Koshur culture by immersing herself in traditions and the tightly knit community. She remembers as a kid making roth and kehwa with her grandmother during school vacations and basking in the warmth of the kangri during the cold nights. As a kid, she sang bhajans in the children’s program. Now, 22 years later, she is married to her husband, Tej, and brings him to the annual events. Additionally, Priya is a youth group leader for Zone 10 and is a part of the KOA national advisory committee. She looks forward to bringing together the youth around Koshur culture to ensure that the rich traditions are passed on to subsequent generations.

KOA Financial Accounts Management
Year 2017-18

 

KOA Financial Accounts Management - Organizational Structure
Organizational Structure

OBJECTIVES

  • – To submit financial reports to Board of Directors on a periodic basis
  • – To keep track of balance in each fund
  • – To reconcile accounts with bank financial records on a regular basis

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

KOA Financial Accounts Management - Roles & Responsibilities
Roles & Responsibilities
Download KOA PublicationKOA Accounts Management

KOA Finance Committee

Treasurer

Preeti Kachroo

Harpreet KachrooPreeti Kachroo is an Electronics Engineer and an MBA in Finance. She hails from Ludhiana, Punjab. She is married to Rajesh Kachroo, who is originally from Rainawari in Srinagar. Preeti is mother to two lovely sons, Aveesh (17) and Arnav (13). The family has been active KOA member ever since they moved from India in 2007. In her spare time, Preeti loves to paint in oil and water colors.

KOA Zone 7 Director

Abishek Ganjoo

Abishek GanjooAbishek Ganjoo has lived in Delhi, Kashmir, and Oman before moving to US in 1998. He attended Tyndale Biscoe School and Indian School Muscat. He got his Masters Degree from California State University and living in Chicago suburb for last 12 years. Abishek has actively participated in Kashmiri community programs and events at the local level. He has been a full-time faculty at California State University and Delaware Valley University. He currently works as a Enterprise Architect Manager at World Headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, IL.

KOA Zone 8 Director

Rajesh Mattoo

Rajesh MattooRajesh Mattoo was born and raised in Srinagar, Kashmir (Karan Nagar). She is the daughter of Prof. S.N. Kaul (Physics) and Mrs. Lalita Kaul. Rajesh has a PhD in Ecology from Kashmir University (1980) and MPA with specialization in Healthcare administration from Long Island University (1997).

Rajesh is married to Dr. Tej K. Mattoo, a Pediatric Nephrologist. They have two children Priyanka and Punit and a two year old grandchild Dhillon. Since leaving India in 1980, they have lived in London, England; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and New York before settling down in Michigan about 20 years ago.

After working in Teaching and Healthcare fields for almost two decades, Rajesh is currently working as a private Consultant for HMOs. She volunteers at Bhartiya Temple, Troy, MI, and is Vice Chair, Education Committee for the Academic Program at the temple.

CPA

Radhika Pathy

Radhika PathyRadhika Pathy is a chartered accountant in USA since 1989. She worked as Financial controller for several years and started her own tax practice in 1990 doing tax returns for individuals and corporations. As a philanthropist, her heart is near and dear to non-profits and has volunteered at temples and served as Finance and audit committee chairperson for Balaji temple, Aurora for almost two decades. She serves as a Board of Director and Treasurer for a CA based non-profit organization called Self Enquiry Life Fellowship (http://hansavedas.org). She is also involved with local associations and has helped start up of several non-profits organizations. Her services extend to another non-profit organization called SMVA Trust headed by a spiritual leader called Karunamayi AMMA (www.smvatrust.org) – this organization has similar objectives like those of KOA.

During her tenure of association with the Temple (www.svsbalaji.org) , SMVA Trust and Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, Radhika has gained experience in Fundraising, Donor acknowledgements, corporate grants, compliance and due diligence in the activities of non-profit organizations.

KOA Nomination and Election Committee
Year 2017-18

Sanjay Dhar

Sanjay DharDr. Sanjay Dhar has been in US for last 17 years and lives in Irvine, CA. Prior to settling down in California, he lived in Bethesda, MD and Boston, MA. He has been involved in community activities for a long time. He has previously served as the Membership Director of KOAUSA. He and his wife Jyoti successfully organized a Kashmir Awareness Event in Irvine, CA highlighting the genocide and mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits.

Dr. Dhar is a scientist by profession with doctorate in molecular biology. His research is currently focused on the therapeutic applications of stem cell regenerative technology. Besides, he has been an avid sportsperson as well, and has represented the State of Jammu & Kashmir in Cricket at various levels (Ranji Trophy, C.K Naidu under-22 and Cooch Behar under-19) and Badminton (Junior Nationals). He also represented and led the Kashmir University Cricket and Badminton teams on several occasions.

Ajay Garyali

Ajay GaryaliAjay Garyali is an Electronics Engineer with an MBA in Marketing, working as an IT Architect in Energy sector. He was born in Jammu, India and has been living in Greater Los Angeles area for over 18 years. He is married to Shivani Chaku Garyali and is blessed with two beautiful daughters, age 11 and 8.

Ajay has been Zonal director and Chapter President for Zone-10 on a few occasions in the past. Apart from being committed to contributing towards our community, he is a passionate league cricketer. He has also been president for SCCA (Southern California Cricket Association) for 2 years, has successfully hosted and organized ICC Div-4 tournament in LA which was first time in history where ICC event was hosted in USA.

Sanju Salman

Sanju SalmanSanju Salman was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. His parents Sh Girdhari Lal Salman and Mrs. Phoola Salman emigrated to US in 1996 and currently reside in Shrewsbury MA. He has a brother Vikram Salman and sister Bhawna Sadhu who also live in MA. He is married to Monica Aima and blessed with two amazing girls Yuvika and Esha.

After finishing his schooling from Srinagar, Sanju graduated with a Bachelors in Electronics and communication from Karnatak University in 92. After working for few years in Delhi Sanju moved to US in 1997 and has since been living in Orange County California. Sanju at present works for Pacific Life Insurance company as Technology lead in the Corporate IT Department.

Sanju has been actively participating in the local KOA events for the last 20 years and also his wife Monica Aima has worked in the past as KOA treasurer. Sanju is proud to be a Kashmiri Pandit and does not shy from any opportunity in promoting Kashmiri culture and values.

Previous Teams





KOA Executive Team (2017)


ShakunMalik

Dr. Shakun Munshi Malik
President, CEO, and Chairperson of Board

The experience of serving as Zone 4 director and as a Board Member over the last two years has been very enriching to Dr. Shakun Malik.

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.

“An important characteristic of our community should be our consciousness of belonging to it. Our loyalty can be called our community spirit”.
“Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future in one unity”.
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
– Winston S. Churchill

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.


PiyushMattoo

Piyush Mattoo
Vice-President
Director, Zone 10

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.


AmritaKar

Amrita Kar
Secretary

Amrita Kar was born in Kashmir and lived in Rainawari before moving to Bangalore during 1990. She grew up among a strongly knit Kashmiri community in Bangalore with her parents and older sister. Electrical engineer by profession, she has worked for DRDO, Ministry of Defense, India and Airbus Defense and Space. In 2012, she moved to Pennsylvania for her post graduation degree and currently leads projects as a Senior Development Engineer for a medical device startup CurveBeam. Previously an active member of various KP Youth groups in Bangalore and Hyderabad, her vision here at KOA is to continue to have a tight knit and integrated community with focus on involving the youth. She is passionate to grow Koshur language program nationally for the youngsters and has been an active member of KOA Youth by starting programs like Kath-e-Baath(Showcase a KOA Youth achiever), Kaar-Baar (professional mentor-ship program), and Sharadapeeth (Lectures on religion & culture). She loves to sing koshur songs, travel, read, and EAT!


Harpreet Kachroo

Preeti Kachroo
Treasurer

Preeti Kachroo is an Electronics Engineer and an MBA in Finance. She hails from Ludhiana, Punjab. After working for 15 years in the corporate world, she now heads a digital technologies start up in North Virginia. She is married to Rajesh Kachroo, who is originally from Rainawari in Srinagar. Preeti is mother to two lovely sons, Aveesh (17) and Arnav (13). The family has been active KOA member ever since they moved from India in 2007. In her spare time, Preeti loves to paint in oil and water colors.


ramankaul

Raman Kaul
Webmaster

Raman has been involved in web development and linguistic development related to Kashmir and Kashmiri language for nearly two decades. Besides having worked with KOA websites in the US and Canada in various capacities over the years, he has contributed towards standardization of Kashmiri Devanagari script and its adoption by the Unicode Standard. He has created online editing tools and fonts for Kashmiri language in Devanagari and Sharda script. Raman has worked on Kashmiri language projects with National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) of University of Maryland, and with American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Raman lives in Philadelphia area. He has previously been an administrator on Kashmiri language Wikipedia, and currently expresses himself on his multi-lingual blog at http://kaulonline.com.

Previous Teams


President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Directors Newsletter Editor
2017
Dr. Shakun Malik, Maryland Piyush Mattoo, California Amrita Kar, Pennsylvania Preeti Kachroo, Virginia
2016
Sunil Fotedar, TX Sudesh Saraf, IL Ajay Tikoo, NJ Rajeev Kaul, NY Dr. Anil Mattoo, NY Sunil Fotedar, TX
Dr. Sudesh Kaul, MA
Nirja Sadhu, NJ
Dr. Shakun Malik, MD
Randhir Wokhlu, TX
Suresh Sus, NC
Sudesh Saraf, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Maneesha Munshi, CA
Piyush Mattoo, CA
2015
Sunil Fotedar, TX Sudesh Saraf, IL Rajesh Kachru, MD
Ajay Tikoo, NJ
Rajeev Kaul, NY Dr. Anil Mattoo, NY Sunil Fotedar, TX
Raj Kaul, MA
Nirja Sadhu, NJ
Dr. Shakun Malik, MD
Madhu Moza, TX
Suresh Sus, NC
Sudesh Saraf, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Maneesha Munshi, CA
Sanjay Dhar, CA
2014
Dr. Surinder Kaul, TX Rajni Kaul, NJ Ajay Tikoo, NJ Rajeev Kaul, NY Dr. Nirmala Mitra, NY
Raj Kaul, MA
Rajni Kaul, NJ
Rahul Tikoo, MD
Madhu Moza, TX
Suresh Sus, NC
Naveen Dhar, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Maneesha Munshi, CA
Sanjay Dhar, CA
2013
Dr. Surinder Kaul, TX Sanjay Dhar, CA Ajay Tikoo, NJ Rajeev Kaul, NY Dr. Nirmala Mitra, NY
Arti Tiku Kaul, MA
Rajni Kaul, NJ
Rahul Tikoo, MD
Madhu Moza, TX
Suresh Sus, NC
Naveen Dhar, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Sanjay Dhar, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2012
Paviter Handoo, CA Ashish Kak, MD Naveen Zalpuri, CA Kavita Sazawal, NY
Arti Tiku Kaul, MA
Anil Kachroo, NJ
Ashish Kak, MD
Upendra Bhatt, TX
Raj Koul, IL
Prana Bhatt, KY
Sanjay Dhar, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2011
Paviter Handoo, CA Ashish Kak, MD Naveen Zalpuri, CA Monica Aima Salman, CA Kavita Sazawal, NY
Arti Tiku Kaul, MA
Anil Kachroo, NJ
Ashish Kak, MD
Upendra Bhatt, TX
Pawan Raina, GA
Raj Koul, IL
Prana Bhatt, KY
Rajan Kaul, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2010
Pradumon Tickoo, MI Inderjit Kaul, MA Soman Dhar, IL
Ashish Kak, MD
Ajay Tikoo, MI Dr. Nirmala Mitra, NY
Inderjit Kaul, MA
Umesh Kaul, NJ
Asha Bakaya, MD
Manoj Kaul/Upendra Bhatt, TX
Dr. Rakesh Raina, GA
Ajay Koul, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Vinod Moza, CA
Paviter Handoo, CA
2009
Pradumon Tickoo, MI Inderjit Kaul, MA Soman Dhar, IL Ajay Tikoo, MI Dr. Nirmala Mitra, NY
Inderjit Kaul, MA
Umesh Kaul, NJ
Asha Bakaya, MD
Kamlesh Moza, TX
Dr. Rakesh Raina, GA
Ajay Koul, IL
Veena Kaul, MI
Vinod Moza, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2008
Sunil Fotedar, TX Inderjit Kaul, MA Soman Dhar, IL Ajay Tikoo, MI Nimmi Kalla, NY Sunil Fotedar, TX
Inderjit Kaul, MA
Ashtosh Ganjoo, PA
Swapna Raina, MD
Kamlesh Moza, TX
Ashutosh Kaul, NC
Ajay Koul, IL
Pradumon Tickoo, MI
Vinod Moza, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2007
Sunil Fotedar, TX Nimmi Kalla, NY Lalit Koul, MA
Soman Dhar, IL
Zippy Aima Sapru, TX
Ajay Tikoo, MI
Nimmi Kalla, NY Sunil Fotedar, TX
Santosh Raina, MA
Ashtosh Ganjoo, PA
Swapna Raina, MD
Anjali K. Zutshi, TX
Ashutosh Kaul, NC
Ajay Koul, IL
Pradumon Tickoo, MI
Rajeev Sumbly, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2005-2006
Deepak Ganju, FL Vijay Chowdhury, CA Dijjotam Raina, GA Ashok Kitchloo, FL Nirja Khashu, NY
Pradumon Tickoo, MI Sulochna Tickoo, MA
Sandeep Kaul, NJ
Swapna Raina, MD
Rajesh Raina, TX
Sidharth Ganju, GA
Pradumon Tickoo, MI
Vijay Chowdhury, CA
Neeru Sopori, CA
2002-2004
Sanjay Kaul, MA Sidharth Ganju, GA Anupam Wali, MA Prana Kaul, MA Nirja Khashu, NY Deepak Ganju, FL
Salochna Tickoo, MA
Sandeep Kaul, NJ
Sujata Qusba, MD
Rajesh Raina, TX
Sidharth Ganju, GA
Shyam Tickoo, IL
Pradumon Tickoo, MI
Vijay Chowdhury, CA
Neeru Raina Sopori, CA
2001
Sanjay Kaul, MA Vijay Dhar, CA Anupam Wali, MA Prana Kaul, MA Vijay Kaul, NY Deepak Ganju, FL
Lalit Koul, MA
Sarla Warikoo, NJ
Hira Lal Nakhasi MD
Kamlesh Moza, TX
Sidharth Ganju, GA
Upender Nazir, IL
Hira Lal Koul, MI
Vijay Dhar, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
2000
Lalit Wanchoo, MD Vijay Dhar, CA Subodh Atal, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Vijay Kaul, NY Subodh Atal, MD
Lalit Koul, MA
Sarla Warikoo, NJ
Shana Mattoo, MD
Kamlesh Moza, TX
Deepak Ganju, FL
Upender Nazir, IL
Summan Hukku, MI
Vijay Dhar, CA
Dr. Amrit Nehru, CA
1999
Lalit Wanchoo, MD Vijay Dhar, CA Subodh Atal, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Vijay Kaul, NY Subodh Atal, MD
Sanjay Kaul, MA
Rohit Dhar, NJ
Shana Mattoo, MD
Kong Posh Bhat, TX
Deepak Ganju, FL
Rajiv Pandit, IL
Summan Hukku, MI
Vijay Dhar, CA
Renu Bhat Hensen, CA
1998
Lalit Wanchoo, MD Vijay Dhar, CA Yoginder Kak, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Nirmal Mattoo, NY Rajinder Razdan
Sanjay Kaul, MA
Rohit Dhar, NJ
Vijay Sazawal, MD
Kong Posh Bhat, TX
Sidharth Ganju, GA
Rajiv Pandit, IL
Summan Hukku, MI
Vijay Dhar, CA
Renu Bhat Hensen, CA
1997
Lalit Wanchoo, MD Sushma Bhan, TX Yoginder Kak, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Nirmal Mattoo, NY Rajinder Razdan
Sanjay Kaul, MA
Ashoke Kachroo, PA
Vijay Sazawal, MD
Sushma Bhan, TX
Sidharth Ganju, GA
Ameeta Bamzi, IL
Summan Hukku, MI
Autar Karihaloo, CA
Shiban Tiku, CA
1996
Ashok Raina, MD Lalit Wanchoo, MD Lalit Wanchoo, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Nirmal Mattoo, NY Ashok Moza, TX
Sanjay Kaul, MA
Ashoke Kachroo, PA
Lalit Wanchoo, MD
Sushma Bhan, TX
Rajinder Kaul, FL
Ameeta Bamzi, IL
Summan Hukku, MI
Autar Karihaloo, CA
Shiban Tiku, CA
1995-96
Ashok Raina, MD Lalit Wanchoo, MD Lalit Wanchoo, MD Shana Mattoo, MD Nirmal Mattoo, NY Ashok Moza, TX
Sanjay Kaul, MA
Sarita Kaul, NJ
Lalit Wanchoo, MD
Anil Kaul, TX
Rajinder Kaul, FL
Autar Razdan, IL
Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI
Autar Karihaloo, CA
Maharaj Wanchoo, CA
1994-95
Suresh Raina, NJ Santosh Kachroo, NJ Rohit Dhar, NJ Nirmal Mattoo, NY Ashok Moza, TX
Pran Tiku, MA
Sarita Kaul, NJ
Lokesh Bazaz, VA
Surinder Mohan, TX
Rajinder Kaul, FL
Autar Razdan, IL
Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI
Autar Karihaloo, CA
Maharaj Wanchoo, CA
1993-94
Suresh Raina, NJ Rakesh Kaul, CA Santosh Kachroo, NJ Rohit Dhar, NJ Autar Razdan, IL Ashok Moza, TX
Rakesh Kaul, MN
Nirmal Mattoo, NY
Surinder Mohan, TX
Lokesh Bazaz, VA
1992-93
Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI Ramesh Qusba, MD Mohan K. Razdan, IN Ravi K. Dhar, MI Rakesh Kaul, CA Kameshwar Razdan
Autar Razdan, IL
Ramesh Qusba, MD
Suresh Raina, NJ
Opinder Bhan, TX
1991-92
Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI Jeevan Zutshi, CA Mohan K. Razdan, IN Ravi K. Dhar, MI Rakesh Kaul, CA Kameshwar Razdan
Anita Ambardar-Parmar, IL
Ramesh Qusba, MD
Suresh Raina, NJ
Opinder Bhan, TX
1989-91
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI Jeevan Zutshi, CA Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI Ravi K. Dhar, MI Jeevan Zutshi, CA Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI
Ashok Raina, MD
Shiban K Warikoo, PA
1988-89
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI Ashok Ganju, MI Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI Ravi K. Dhar, MI Jeevan Zutshi, CA Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI
Ashok Raina, MD
Shiban K Warikoo, PA
1987-88
Shiban K Warikoo, PA Ashok Ganju, MI Kanhya Lal Kaul, MI Kamini Bhat, VA Jeevan Zutshi, CA Summan Hukku, MI
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI
Chaman Bhan, PA
1986-87
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI Inder K. Bhat, VA Chaman Bhan, PA Kamini Bhat, VA Jeevan Zutshi, CA Summan Hukku, MI
Bansi Pandit, IL
1985-86
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI Omkar Nath Pandit, WV Inder K. Bhat, VA Kamini Bhat, VA Rattan L. Khosa, IL Autar K Mattoo, MD
Rakesh Raina, MD
1984-85
Jag Bhushan Kaul, MI Omkar Nath Pandit, WV Inder K. Bhat, VA Kamini Bhat, VA Girdhari Lal Hanjura, PA Autar K Mattoo, MD
Shiban K Warikoo, PA
1983-84
H.K. Ticku, NJ Shana Mattoo, MD
Anupam Wali, MD
1982-83
Surinder Nath, MD Mohini Kaushik, MD Inder K. Bhat, VA
Mohini Kaushik, MD
Dr. G.L. Hanjura, PA Maharaj K Jalla, MD
Rattan Qasba, MD

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