President : Poonam Rajesh
Poonam Rajesh is one of those who strives to leave a mark wherever they go and in whatever they do. Her being a Leo club president in school days, a student chairman in college and an event organiser proves her calibre as a leader and also showcases her urge to give back to the community she is part off. Poonam and Rajesh moved to Memphis 6 years back and since then have been actively involved in regional as well as IAM events. Poonam has been a popular MC at IAM functions and her friends know her as a dancer and a creative choreographer. Despite being a busy mother of two beautiful daughters Sanjana (6) and Tamanna (3), Poonam is currently consulting with FedEx as a Sr.Business Analyst.
Vice President : Aparna Bhatla
If you or your kids have ever shown an interest in dancing or singing, chances are that you already know our vice president Aparna. Many are amazed at the energy and focus that she exhibits in juggling multiple roles while being a mother to Abhinay (4) and Spandana (3). This is in addition to her role as an Analyst at FedEx Services. She has lived with her husband Jay in Memphis for the last 7 years and has been a very active member of the Telugu Association of Memphis during this time. With Aparna and Poonam at the helm of IAM, we can expect an explosion of creativity in all that IAM does this year.
Secretary : Showry Kocherla
Often times you hear of that one person who can get something done. Well, within this group, it has to be Showry Prasad. If there is a way to do it, he is aware of it. That should serve us well at IAM. Proud parents of two, Teja(6) and Keya(2), Showry and Padmaja have made Memphis their home since 2002. The fact that he is a SAP Consultant at International Paper, pursuing Phd studies and is a Secretary at IAM speaks volumes about his abilities. Fear not, we seem to be in good hands!
Treasurer : Philji Johns
Some people say, others do. We are ecstatic over here since Philji hasn’t said a word since the IAM executive committee election in December! It serves us well that we have such an action oriented person in our group. His novel ideas are already putting smiles on faces around here. Your AT&T cell phones work so well because of his role as an RF Engineer at AT&T. His enterprising wife Priya (who is putting together the first IAM workshop for 2010) and he have lived here for the past 16 years. In nature, things even out. Daughters Georgina(13) and Hannah(11) compensate for all the words that Philji doesn’t speak!
In addition to the Executive Committee above, we have the following adhoc committee members:
Sports Secretary: Vikram Narayana
The youngest ,fittest and most energetic within the group, it is only natural that Vikram has shouldered the responsibility of getting IAM members into shape! An Oracle applications consultant, Vikram contracts for the City of Memphis and has lived in Memphis for the past five years. It worries his wife Priya that his regular work and IAM responsibilities may hinder her plans of starting a family. Vikram’s dedication and vision towards sports is evident by reading his article in Jan 2010′s issue of Samachar on his plans for the year. And his six-pack of course!
Editor : Bryan D’Souza
Bryan is a Sr. Operations Research Advisor at FedEx Express and has lived in Memphis for the past seven years. His wife Thresi and he are usually seen scampering after their kids Keith (4) and Isabel (0.5). Bryan’s current interests include reading, writing, soccer, college football, hiding department store flyers from his wife and changing diapers. I could write more about Bryan, but then, I would be writing about myself! Around here we are prohibited from blowing our own horns. Perhaps the others could do it for me. If you wish to get your articles published on Samachar, please contact him at email@example.com