Austin Team

Austin Foundation Board

HC4A Foundation Board members are individuals who very much care for the cause, do not have much time to run the charity, yearly donate at least $2,500 and open up their network to promote the cause. Foundation Board members would get at on table for 10 at each of the fundraisers: Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt and HC4A Gala. They also have the privilege to host prominent guests. Foundation Board members may host a meeting and also host wine & cheese events to invite new individuals to join the Board or otherwise help with the charity. Click here to Join the Foundation Board.

Vijay Mohan Anantula
Chairman
Arun Andhavarapu
Jay Gaglani
Dr. Deepika Ganne

Dr. Ganne joined Austin Endodontics, LLP in 2005. She received both her dental degree and certificate in endodontics from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York City. After graduating, she worked in a group endodontic practice in Connecticut, before coming back to Texas where she and her husband have family.

Ashish Gupta
Executive, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Philanthropist

Ashish Gupta, CFA is the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer and on the Board of Managers of 4ToldFintech. From 2008 to 2018, he was the Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager for Arete Investment Group and Partner at Vollero Beach Capital, both long/short equity funds investing in the energy and industrial sectors with assets under management approaching $800mm at their peak. Gupta began his career at Trilogy software where he incubated a new online business focused on financial advisory services, and subsequently worked in Capital Markets and Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He graduated summa cum laude from the Business Honors Program from the University of Texas with a concentration in Finance.

Gupta serves on the boards of iTexico, a near shore IT Services Company; M3 Ventures, a VC firm focused on consumer retail; HC4A and Pratham USA, non-profit organizations dedicated toward Children’s literacy and vocational training; and Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas; among others. Gupta is married with two kids and resides in Austin, Texas.

Gopal Guthikonda
Lakshmi Kondubhatla
North Austin Mathnasium
Harish Kotecha
HC4A Founder

Born in Uganda, educated in UK with degree in Electrical Engineering, Harish & Shobhna Kotecha moved to the US where Harish established his career with IBM and Shobhna worked in various industries. They are proud parents of Sonia Kotecha, a social worker and Savan Kotecha, a very popular song writer.

During his career at IBM, Harish has to his credit over two dozen US patents. After his early retirement, Harish served at Austin Hindu Temple in various positions, helped establish Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Austin and served in various civic, cultural, refugee services and arts and music organizations.

In 2010, Harish founded HC4A (Hindu Charities for America), a registered non-religious non-profit organization with the mission to Bridge Income Disparity in US in the spirit of “Serve Where You Live!”. In Austin, HC4A is established since 2010 and serves homeless children with the Jewish community to annually provide schools supplies. Additionally, HC4A awards scholarships in Austin area to the economically disadvantaged students. In 2019, 105 $1k scholarships were awarded.

Harish hopes to elevate HC4A as a Nationally recognized charity in many cities and States. HC4A has the been launched in Houston and Los Angeles, CA.

For his volunteer efforts, Harish has received various citations from Indian and Jewish community and in 2018 have been honored with “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Office of the President of USA, Donald Trump for National and Community service.

Dr. Narendra Majithia
Brahmaji Mutyala

Brahmaji Mutyala came to the Unites States as a student when he was 18 years old. He self-supported all his education in Engineering – worked in grocery store, scholarships, and teaching/research assistantships. Brahmaji started his engineering career at Pullman Standard in Indiana and moved to Pittsburgh with his wife Meena, who is a Physicist, in 1976 to join Westinghouse Electric Company. He has had a 35 + year career – technical and project management in global nuclear energy; and a small business startup and operations.

Brahmaji retired from a management role in energy industry and decided to relocate to Austin in 2014. He lives in Austin with his wife, Meena, and extended family living in Austin and Houston area. His daughter and son-in-law are practicing physicians in Austin. He also has a son who is currently with a media startup in New York and he lives with his wife in Vermont

Brahmaji enjoys traveling and supporting humanitarian/educational projects. He also actively supports the school in a village in Andhra Pradesh that was started by his family 30 years ago. He is an active Trustee, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh, PA.

Brahmaji has a Doctorate and Master’s in Engineering from Purdue University and Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University.

Shubhada Suxena
Social Impact Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, Aspire to Age, PBC

Shubhada Saxena is the President & Founder of social venture Aspire to Age, PBC which focuses on building cultural competency in services (www.aspiretoage.com). She founded the non-profit South Asians’ International Volunteer Association (www.saiva.org) – which enables intergenerational volunteering since 2008.

Shubhada holds an honors degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani in India. She holds a patent through IBM on “IT Help Architecture”. Her Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin capstone focused on intergenerational solutions with research papers in Advanced Care Planning.

She leads local innovation at a global scale as Deputy Ambassador of Aging2.0 Austin chapter, as a member of Aging Services Council, and spearheading Wellness Exchanges for the Austin Pune Sister City Initiative. She serves as Vice Chair of the Austin Asian American Quality of Life Commission and mentors candidates to increase diversity in Boards and Commissions.

She enjoys hosting friends and a large extended family, provides caregiving training, and shares empowerment stories with 20+year old daughters Maya and Shilpa.

Dr. Ishwar Thakkar
Retired Endocrinologist
Dinesh Vakaharia
Retired IBM Executive, HC4A & Chinmaya Mission Austin
Jayshree Vakil

Jayshree is a marketing/advertising executive, serial entrepreneur, and an artist. She had a successful career with global advertising companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, DDB Needham Worldwide, and Wieden & Kennedy. Subsequently she’s had her own full service marketing companies in Portland, OR and Austin. She’s also been a principal in several startups in technology and real estate. She is now a full-time artist with a studio of her own. Her award-winning semi-abstract paintings have been exhibited at numerous shows around the country. Jayshree has bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Economics, and an M.S. in Advertising from Northwestern University. She has been active in non-profits focusing on children, education, anti sex-trafficking, and women’s entrepreneurship. She and her husband have one son, Parth, and have lived in Austin since 1993.

We thank our past foundation members who have contributed to increase the support for HC4A with their monetary contributions and outreach. The Endowment Fund will have their names listed forever. Click here to view our past foundation members.

Austin Executive Board

HC4A Executive Board is responsible for all aspects of the charity. The Board members work with various organizations to set fundraising goals. They create a strategy for fundraising and give overall directions to the Operations Board who will execute the fundraising events. Executive Board sets the Budget and manages the finances including all statutory requirement for the charity.

Shruti Anand
Director of Entertainment
Harish Kotecha
Chairperson/ Founder

Born in Uganda, educated in UK with degree in Electrical Engineering, Harish & Shobhna Kotecha moved to the US where Harish established his career with IBM and Shobhna worked in various industries. They are proud parents of Sonia Kotecha, a social worker and Savan Kotecha, a very popular song writer.

During his career at IBM, Harish has to his credit over two dozen US patents. After his early retirement, Harish served at Austin Hindu Temple in various positions, helped establish Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Austin and served in various civic, cultural, refugee services and arts and music organizations.

In 2010, Harish founded HC4A (Hindu Charities for America), a registered non-religious non-profit organization with the mission to Bridge Income Disparity in US in the spirit of “Serve Where You Live!”. In Austin, HC4A is established since 2010 and serves homeless children with the Jewish community to annually provide schools supplies. Additionally, HC4A awards scholarships in Austin area to the economically disadvantaged students. In 2019, 105 $1k scholarships were awarded.

Harish hopes to elevate HC4A as a Nationally recognized charity in many cities and States. HC4A has the been launched in Houston and Los Angeles, CA.

For his volunteer efforts, Harish has received various citations from Indian and Jewish community and in 2018 have been honored with “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Office of the President of USA, Donald Trump for National and Community service.

Pankil Matalia
Director of Operations
Vaishali Tendolkar
Secretary
Dinesh Vakharia
Vice President

2019 Operations Board

Events team will manage the operation of the Charity including fundraising events, marketing, outreach, soliciting volunteers for the fundraising events, entertainment for fundraising events.

Prita Gajera
Ashok Kumar
VP, AT&T Cybersecurity
Aashi Morales
Sr Attorney, Texas OAG
Ashvin Patel
Consultant
Sheetal Patel
Neha Patil
Palak Sadarangani
Pragya Sen
Manager, Charles Schwab
Mehula Shah
Sujata Vadi
Realtor