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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

Vijay Mohan has over 25 years experience in corporate management with expertise in business development, marketing, operations & human resources. He is currently the Vice President at Altran and manages the Capacity Planning, Talent Acquisition & Resource Management for North America. Vijay is a successful entrepreneur and was the Co-founder and Vice President at SmartPlay Technologies – a global leader in semiconductor design services company that was acquired by Aricent Technologies in 2015. He is also involved with several technology startups as an advisor and an investor.

Vijay was an active member of the Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA). He is also associated with various industry forums, trade associations and socio-cultural organizations. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Austin, Sri Venkateshwara Temple of Austin and Sri Rudreshwara Temple – a 800 year old heritage temple located in Kondapak, Telangana.

Vijay is married to Sai Archana and has a 16 year old son Arya Mohan.

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.

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.

Ashna Modh

Ashna Modh is the Founder & Owner of Property of Your Dreams, LLC (http://ashna.realtor), a real estate company that specializes in residential, commercial, and investment transactions in the Greater Austin Metropolitan and State of Texas area. As a licensed real estate agent, Ashna is currently with All City Real Estate and previously associated with Keller Williams of Cedar Park. She has lived in the Greater Austin area for over 22 years and has witnessed the incredible growth firsthand. She specializes with new home buyers and savvy investors looking for the ideal property taking into consideration location, schools, neighborhood, commute, lease rates, and appreciation potential.

Ashna holds a Master’s Degree in Physics from the internationally renowned Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat. She has enjoyed careers in the mechanical engineering and IT fields prior to her dream career in real estate. She has always been passionate about education and understands its importance for success. So, when she heard more about HC4A, she immediately joined as a volunteer to pack backpacks with school supplies and quickly grew to become a Foundation Board member to help contribute to the overall growth and success of the organization that provides vocational scholarships and school supplies to the underprivileged.

When she is not passionately dedicated to real estate and HC4A, she enjoys time with her husband, Manish Modh, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, her son Anshul Modh, a Computer Science student at the University of Texas, Austin, and her pride Havanese, Archie. You will find them typically on Lake Travis enjoying the water and weather on their cabin cruiser along with their friends and family.

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 Committee

HC4A Executive Committee is responsible for all aspects of the charity. The Committee 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 Committee sets the Budget and manages the finances including all statutory requirement for the charity.

Pankil Matalia
President

Pankil Matalia is an IT Program/Project Manager working at a fortune 100 multinational company in Austin, TX. He graduated from University of Mumbai, India, and has received his MIS in Computer Science from NIIT, Mumbai India. Pankil is very passionate about community services, which he started at a young age of 15 accompanying his mother in several charitable events in Mumbai, India.

He has served in several community boards and committees. Some of the notable services are: While in Cedar Falls, IA, he was on the board and president for IANEIA (India Association of NE Iowa), for 4 years. After moving to Austin, TX in year 2011, he joined Jain Sangh of Greater Austin (JSGA) as a board member, and then serving as a President for 5 years, he along with other community leader, also helped establish Austin’s first Jain community center. Pankil has also received “United States Presidents – Volunteer Service Award”, for his dedicated volunteering services to HC4A.

Pratap Borgaonkar
Treasurer

Pratap Borgaonkar retired in 2019 after serving state of Texas for 23 years holding various management positions in finance and accounting areas at various state agencies. He graduated from University of Gujarat, India and has received his MBA in finance from Bombay University, Mumbai India. Pratap loved community service from an very early age and was involved in many local social volunteering projects in India.

Pratap has actively volunteered for last 25 years with various cultural and religious organization in Austin area notably as Treasurer and Board Member of Chinmaya Mission Austin for14 years. He also served as board member in local cultural organizations such as Austin Marathi Mandal, Gujarati Samaj of Austin and India Culture Center. For last 5 years, Pratap actively volunteered in HC4A events such as the BMBB and annual Gala mainly assisting the registration and finance committee. Pratap believes “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was that somebody.”

Vaishali Tendolkar
Secretary

Vaishali Tendolkar is a Technical Project Manager with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality specialized in projects dealing with licensing and regulatory aspects of Health Physics/Nuclear Engineering. Her 22+ years of association with the State of Texas at various levels of the corporate and management chain has enriched her with vast experience working on various environmental programs and projects with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

She is actively involved in cultural, religious, community, and volunteer projects. She is a committed volunteer and is on the Board of Trustees at the Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Cedar Park.

She has been working with Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) for the past six years leading projects in operations, secretarial duties, coordinating various teams/tasks, and fundraising. With her wealth of experience working for HC4A she assures an ongoing commitment to the HC4A mission and cause – Serve Where You Live!!

Tim Stahlke
Program Committee

Tim recently retired from the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Tim’s work was to ensure that Texas students experiencing homelessness are identified by public school districts and have access to full and equitable participation in school. This includes enrolling in and attending school, having all the resources needed to succeed academically, and pursuing post-secondary opportunities through vocational training and college enrollment. HC4A’s mission, values, and programs seek to improve the lives of children and young adults through education, a perfect match for Tim’s personal mission “to make everyone feel like they are someone.”

Tim and his wife, Mary, are actively involved in local and national programs that focus on education and community involvement. Free time is spent fishing, kayaking, and riding bikes. And feeding our dogs and cats.

Mehula Shah
Volunteer Lead

Mehula currently works in Education and thoroughly enjoys working with teenagers. She worked as a Domestic Violence counselor and case worker serving the South Asian community while living in NY. After 9/11, she won a grant to support and job train South Asian cab drivers who were displaced as a result of the terrorist attack in NYC. Mehula is a social worker at heart and has always been affiliated with South Asian non-profits in some capacity or the other. She brings over 20 years of volunteering and non-profit experience with her to HC4A.

Mehula grew up both in India and the US. She went to University of Illinois-at Chicago majoring in Clinical Psychology and has lived in NY, Chicago and now Austin. She loves to connect with people and hear different perspectives and views. She has volunteered with HC4A in various committees and seeing the positive impact it has on the community reinvigorates her commitment to the organization.

Pallavi Malvya
Volunteer Committee
Lakshmi Kondubhatla
Donor Relations
Ashvin Patel
Event

Ashvin Patel is a member of the 3M Business Relationship Management (BRM)-IT, Responsible for managing the business processes and supporting division and business group needs through the deployment/support of IT solutions.  He works closely with business clients on a broad spectrum of projects to implement/support corporate solutions and aligning Office-365 tools to 3M initiatives and corporate governance. On a personal level, he has been actively involved in volunteering various non-profit organizations including HC4A, Ekal Vidyalaya, GSGA, 3M Global Impact. He is passionate about community service work as well as skill-based volunteer service that supports/shares his vision to make positive impact to those who are less fortunate.

Ashvin earned a master’s in computer science from the University of Minnesota and has APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) certification. Ashvin believes giving back to our community is valuable, but helping others also offers many benefits including compassion, empathy, and working with teams.

Akshay Mhetre
Marketing Committee

Akshay is a software developer working in Austin, TX. He completed his Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and finished his Masters in Software Engineering from San Jose State. When not coding, he likes to pursue his passion in photography.

He is new to working with non-profits, but enjoys the experience and describes it as rewarding and satisfying. Akshay has volunteered his time in marketing and photographing HC4A’s events. He also actively participates in charitable walks and runs to raise funds for various causes.

Yusuf Ujjainwala

After 25 years of working in the corporate IT world, Yusuf started his own business to serve the technology needs of the local community and to create employment opportunities. At CMIT Solutions, Yusuf brings his passion for technology and experience in IT to the small and medium businesses in the Austin area.

Yusuf believes in the principle of giving back to the community where we live which strongly aligns with the HC4A motto. His goal is to help young children with education and HC4A provides a platform to achieve it.