Mr. Vasa came to the USA from Mumbai, India in 1967, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After getting his Masters degree in Computer Sciences and Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University, Mr. Vasa worked at Union Carbide and Dialog Computing. In 1980, Mr. Vasa set up a business unit named Pacific Decision Sciences Corp (PDSC) in Los Angeles, which he purchased three years later. He served as President and CEO of PDSC until 2000 when he sold the company to Applied Digital.
Since 2003, Mr. Vasa has worked on many non-profit ventures serving Indo-American communities. Mr. Vasa is a Founding Director and current President of Friends of Sardar Patel Award Association at UCLA which provides annual awards of $10,000 to post-doctoral fellows working on India. Mr. Vasa has also been active in the founding, leadership and patronage of several organizations including the Indo-American Cultural Center (renamed Artwallah), Indo-American Senior Heritage Group, Jain Center of Southern California, Anekant Community Center, and Asian Indian Senior Association.
Mr. Vasa is the owner of H & K Vasa Mgmt. Inc. He resides in North Tustin with his wife Kusum and is the proud father of two daughters.
Dinesh Mehta was born and raised in Dar-e-salaam, Tanzania. Upon completing high school he traveled to Mumbai, India where he received his Bachelor's degree from Wilson College, Mumbai University. After receiving his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma University in 1972, he worked for many years as an accountant and financial manager in the fast food industry. In 1987 he moved to Los Angeles, California where he joined The Elmore Group Limited, a company known for managing major world sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup in addition to managing tour companies around the world and sporting teams across the United States. Mr. Mehta retired from The Elmore Group in 2015 as Vice President of Finance.
Since arriving in California, Mr. Mehta has been actively involved in several community and nonprofit ventures including the San Fernando Valley Gujurati Association, the Anavil Samaj, the Chhandam School of Kathak, and most recently, The Leela Institute. Mr. Mehta currently serves on The Leela Institute Board of Directors in the position of Treasurer. Mr. Mehta is an avid listener of Indian classical music and continues to support artists and arts endeavors in California and around the world. He currently resides in West Hills with his wife Shaila Mehta and is a proud father of two daughters.
Ronda Berkeley has been helping writers, directors and producers create, buy and sell movies, television and live stage programming since 1986 and is currently the VP of Legal Clearance at CBS Television Studios.
Working with Love Letters Ltd., Ronda was integral in the branding and creation of the WORLD BOOK KIDS website (20 million subscribers) and WORLD BOOK TEACH WITH THEATRE (11 million subscribers). For Walden Media, Ronda supervised the branding and development of WALDEN FAMILY PLAYHOUSE a series of live productions produced at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Walden Family Playhouse in Denver and the Adrienne Arscht Center in Miami.
As Associate Artistic Director of AMAN WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE, Ronda was integral in development of new works, traveling gallery installations, administration, grant-writing, marketing materials and fund-raising and participated in a wide-reaching educational program of teaching residencies across the country as well as membership on the LA Music Center on Tour roster of performers and teachers. At that time, AMAN WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE was one of the top ten dance recipients in the nation of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and was granted the Lester Horton Award for Production of Multi-Cultural Dance and Music.
Dinker Shah has been the president of Dato Property Management for 25 years now providing real estate development, brokerage, management and financing services to a wide range of clients across Southern California. He has built his business on the core values of hard work, responsibility, and strong character. Dinker received his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, his Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.B.A from CSLA. Dinker is 73 years young, has been married to Aruna Shah for more than 45 years and is a proud father of two children.
Nitin Shah is the past president of the Anekant Community Center and Jain Center of Southern California. He is involved with many non-profit organizations and has been organizing free community health fairs in Southern California. He also arranges International Medical/Surgical Missions. He has been helping The Leela Institute from the beginning.
Dr. Swamy Venuturupalli is a board-certified rheumatologist practicing in Los Angeles. He is Clinical Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Venuturupalli grew up in Bombay, India, and moved to the United States in 1995 after completing medical education at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed a residency and Chief Residency in Internal medicine, at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse after which he completed his fellowship in Rheumatology at UCLA.
He has received numerous awards for patient care and is involved in several research trials. He has served as the president of the Southern California Rheumatology Society and Editor-in-Chief of Current Rheumatology Reviews. His current research is studying the use of mobile technologies in monitoring and managing chronic rheumatic condition like RA, Lupus etc. Dr. Venuturupalli actively teaches rheumatology fellows and residents and lectures to the public and peers. He is married with 2 children and enjoys listening to music and exercising.
Trina Chaudhuri is currently a partner and investment analyst with Chakra Capital in Boston, MA. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Chaudhuri followed the digital media and internet space in various capacities ranging from underwriting, equities research, investor relations and business development. Chaudhuri has also completed coursework towards a PhD in South Asian Studies, which was prompted by her keen interest in Indian Classical Music and its relation to Indian literature. Her interest in dance began at a young age, when she was yanked out of a parking lot whilst playing a ball game, to watch Chitresh Das perform at the Bengali Association Durga Puja in Pasadena, California. She also enjoys reading dictionaries, cooking, and beer.
Anna Cross grew up in a musical family and has always been inspired by the arts, studying a number of instruments from an early age. Anna has a BA in Ethnomusicology from UC Santa Barbara where she studied North Indian classical music and took sitar lessons, which led to a life-long appreciation for Indian arts and culture.
Anna began her career in arts education and after moving to Los Angeles she joined UCLA Performing Arts, where she worked initially with Design for Sharing, the community outreach and education initiative, and later as the Theater Rental Manager and a Public Event Manager. From 2006-2018 Anna served as the Director of the city-owned San Gabriel Mission Playhouse where she led organizational change and created a curated program. In addition to 12 years of public administration experience, Anna has over 20 years of arts administration experience in arts advocacy, strategic planning, fund development and grants management, organizational development and capacity building, budget management, local government arts policy development, community engagement, marketing, event production, historic preservation, theater management, as well as staff, intern, and volunteer management.
Committed to creating community and understanding through arts education and shared experience, Anna believes in the arts as an economic driver and is passionate about arts advocacy that will enable artists and society to thrive. Anna feels strongly that diversity, inclusion, and accessibility are necessary to ensure a sustainable future for artists as leaders of progress.
In addition to her career in arts administration, Anna enjoys the creativity of making music as a singer with Nevenka, an Eastern European women’s folk choir. Her love of world arts and cultures has taken her around the globe several times, and she delights in experiencing art and attending performances wherever she travels.