Committee

2017-2019 BMM Executive Committee (EC)


President:
Avinash Padhye, Boston, MA

avinash.padhye@nemm.org

Avinash has been associated with New England Maharashtra Mandal for last 20 years. He also served as BMM EC 2015-2017 and was also in the BMM Convention Committee 2015-2017.

He actively participated in 1997 and 2013 BMM Conventions in Boston.

Avinash also served as the Providence convention Co-convener for 2013 BMM Convention.

Avinash likes Marathi literature and drama and have written and directed few plays.


Secretary:
Vidya Joshi, Chicago, IL
vmeehika@gmail.com

Doctor by profession in India, practiced as a Family Physician for 10 years, pursued MBA in health care administration from USA , Currently working as Health Service Administrator in Chicago, Published book, 'Homeopathic Ek Veradan', sharing the perspective on the advancements in Homeopathy.

Acting, Dancing (Kathak training), Poetry, Writing, Public Speaking are her hobbies and Passions. She brings wide range of experience to BMM from her effective and motivating leadership at Mahrashtra Mandal Chicago.

Was Part of Chicago BMM Convention organizing Committee focused on North America Programs. Have served Maharshtra Mandal Chicago in the capacity of Vice President , President and Trustee, BMM Representative.

Founded Chicago Marathi Shala in 2014 ,Established 2 branches with 96 Students on Board. Helped Chicago Marathi Shala to get Illinois State of Board Approval, which recognizes Chicago Marathi Shala as a foreign language school in the state of Illinois. This paves the path for our students to earn high school credit under the seal of Bi literacy. This was recognized in BMM 2017 with BMM award for the category of Marathi Shala teacher.

In addition to her involvement in MMC and BMM, she has expanded horizons with other diverse projects like, Ekjut organization for woman empowerment.

Her overall goal is to make the Marathi heritage a bigger part of our lives here in the US.


Treasurer:
Megha Ozarker, Houston, Texas

megha.ozarker@gmail.com

Megha served as the 2015-2017 BMM EC/India Programming Division/Website Admin and 2016 President of Houston Maharashra Mandal (HMM). She was also the President on HMM in 2014. In the past 10 years in US and Canada, Megha has supported Marathi arts, music, and literature by participating in various organizations.

In 2014, with the help of an outstanding committee of 13 people, Megha successfully executed 13 quality events in less than 10 months which were well received by HMM Community. Megha actively participated in 150 miles bike ride for multiple sclerosis awareness and also helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity. During the 2014 HMM Ganeshothsav event under Megha’s Leadership, U.S. Congress Woman Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee honored HMM with a Congressional Recognition Certificate.

Megha was also a part of 2014 HMM Vastu/Temple Fundraising Team and helped the team raise funds, create 3D-animations, and walkthroughs.


Voting EC Members

Ajay Houde, Atlanta, GA
ajayhoude@yahoo.com

Atlanta convention convener 2005

Settled in US for past 25 years and is associated with several organizations in lead role.

Ajay lives with his wife Anita and kids Amruta and Ameya in Atlanta.

He wishes to work on the active involvement of younger generation in BMM activities.


Hema Rachmale, Detroit, MI
hemarachmale@gmail.com

Associated with Detroit Maharashtra Mandal for the past 20 Years.


Sunil Dhavalikar, New Jersey, NJ
sunil.kumon@gmail.com

अमेरिकेत तीस वर्षांहून जास्त वास्तव्य. न्यू जर्सीमध्ये सुमा फूड्स हा मराठी खाद्यपदार्थांचा उद्योग गेली सतरा वर्षे चालवीत असून, २०१३ च्या BMM कन्व्हेंशन मध्ये औद्योगिक पुरस्काराचा मान मिळवला आहे.

याशिवाय ते दोन Kumon ची केंद्रे पण चालवतात. न्यू जर्सीच्या मराठी विश्वाशी वीस वर्षाहून अधिक काळ निगडित व गेली तीन वर्षे संचालक मंडळावर नेमणूक. Kumon National Advisory Committee, Gopio Central Jersey, Akshay Patra, Jallosh Dhol Tasha, Origami USA अशा विविध संस्थांमध्ये संस्थापक, संचालक, सल्लागार, विश्वस्थ व कार्यकारिणी सभासद म्हणून कामे करण्याचा प्रदीर्घ अनुभव त्यांच्या पाठीशी आहे.


Sandeep Belkhode, Austin, TX
sanbelkhode@gmail.com

Sandeep has lived in the United states for the past 17 years. He had the chance to live and work across many big cities in US from east to west coast and also in Canada. Professionally an entrepreneur and working as independent consultant in Business Intelligence area for fortune 100 companies. Sandeep has served as a Treasurer for the Austin Marathi Mandal . He was a cultural lead for year 2016 and has been a committee member for 3 years. In the past two year he had worked with across executive officers from various Mandals and BMM. In these past 2 year he had been the lead coordinator to bring in professional artists and successfully delivered almost 5 big programs in Austin area. He has experience in organizing social events for social cause. Also he has been a part of BOD as Treasurer and Secretary for 3-4 years in a sports(cricket) non profit organization.

 


Komal Chaukkar, Los Angeles, CA
k.chaukkar@gmail.com

कोमल चौक्कर, महाराष्ट मंडळ लॉस एंजेलीस, विलेपार्ले, मुंबई. - अर्वाइन, कॅलिफोर्निया: बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळ (बीएमएम) आणि महाराष्ट मंडळ लॉस एंजेलीस (एमएमएलए) यात माझा अतिशय उत्कट आणि समर्पित सहभाग आहे. माझे आपल्या समाजातील तीन पिढ्यांशी दीर्घकाळ संबंध आहेत. बीएमएमच्या मराठी शाळेतील विद्यार्थ्यांचे भाषा कौशल्य आणि आपले साहित्य यांचे प्रदर्शन घडवण्याकरीता मोठे व्यासपीठ मिळावे यासाठी मला मराठी शाळेचे काम करणे आवडेल. मला विश्वास वाटतो की बीएमएमचे लॉस एंजेलीस येथील २०१५ चे अधिवेशन, २००९ पासून बीएमएमची मराठी शाळा आणि एमएमएलए कार्यकारिणी येथील माझा सहभाग आणि माझ्या अनुभवांनी मला आपल्या तरुण पिढीला मंडळाच्या पंखाखाली आणण्यासाठी तयार केले आहे. मला बीएमएम तसेच स्थानिक मंडळांची सदस्यता वाढवणाऱ्या सेवा आणि आपल्या समाजातील सर्व घटकांपर्यंत पोहोचण्याचे उपक्रम सुधारण्यासाठी काम करणे आवडेल. मी बीएमएम कार्यकारिणी मध्ये "वेस्ट कोस्ट" नेतृत्व भूमिकांचा दृष्टीकोन आणेन आणि आपल्या समाजाला बळकट करण्यासाठी बीएमएमला एक पाऊल पुढे नेईन.


Non- Voting EC Members

Outgoing President:
Niteen Joshi, Chicago, IL
nnj621@gmail.com


 

Past BMM President 2015-17 and EC member 2013-15.

Niteen has been an all-rounder throughout his high school and college life. He has received best student awards at both these levels. He has been a leader since his college life.

He was the chairman of Students’ Council of Ruparel’s New Law College in 1983. Acting, public speaking, writing, Marathi & Urdu poetry, classical music & Gazals, harmonium and table tennis are his hobbies and passions.

A lawyer by profession in India, he now works as a Chief Financial Officer in Chicago.

Niteen brings along unique and varied experience to BMM. He was the convener of BMM 2011 convention held in Chicago. He has worked on executive committee of Maharashtra Mandal Chicago for many years in several capacities as vice president, president, and trustee. He was a member of BMM EC for 2013-2015 and he also served on BMM Convention Committee for 2015 convention held at Los Angeles


Editor BMM Newsletter:
Dr. Vinata Kulkarni , Chicago
vinata@gmail.com

Vinata  has been involved in various social, cultural and charitable organizations' volunteer work such as:  
 - Maharashtra Mandal Chicago, IL,   -(2010-2013) Editor, Rachana, a Quarterly Publication.
-  American Red Cross - Illinois Chapter Activities.
-  Maharashtra Foundation, NJ,   -(2009-2014) Newsletter Editor, and Web Site Assistance. 
-  Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal, North America  - Aug 2007 until Aug. 2010 and from Jan. 2012 onwards. - Editor, BMM Vrutta, a monthly Publication.
-  Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto, Canada  - President (2008) , Web Administration(2008),  Editor (2007) - 'Snehabandh,  a Quarterly Publication
-  Child Find Canada (2006)

Vinata has an avid interest in Marathi and English literature, and writes in some publications in India and North America. 
By profession, she is a university professor in Statistics and Computer Science for Masters and doctoral program. She has authored four books (3 Academic/University degree level for Quantitative techniques, and 1 in Marathi 'क्षितिज पश्चिमेचे' (2013, Granthali Publisher, Mumbai).   


BMM-MAIYTRA, Liason:
Sanket Oak, Connecticut sanket.oak@gmail.com

Sanket has been active in CTMM (Connecticut Maharashtra Mandal) for many years as the Music Director, putting together concerts and musical events. More recently, he also participated on a larger scale with BMM as one of the co-chairs for the Young Adults committee in Providence, RI. He hopes that as the new liaison he will able to help guide current and future Young Adult committees in their hosting duties. Professionally, Sanket has been a Financial Planner for Axa Advisors, LLC since May of 2004.
 
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In addition to the executive committee, BMM has following board of advisors


Chair:
Ashish Chaughule, Delaware
achaughule@gmail.com

Past BMM President 2011-13, BMM Treasurer 2007-09

Ashish is a founder member of DVMMM and served many positions on DVMMM EC including the president.

He enjoys Marathi literature, art, theatre, music and writes for various publications. Promoting Maharashtra is his passion and chairs global advisory board for maharashtrians around the world.

Founder director of North American Maharashtrian Entrepreneurs (N.A.M.E)

Recipient of United States President’s Voluntary Service Award for the last 6 years. This award is given to individuals in recognition of their voluntary services for Non Profit Organizations around the world.

Ashish works at Citigroup and lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Dr. Ashlesha and daughter Anushka.



Member:
Mohit Chitnis, Seattle, WA
srmchitnis@gmail.com

Associated with Seattle Maharashtra Mandal as Treasurer (1993, 1994, 2012), Vice President 1995, President 2011

Chairperson of “Budget and Finance Committee” for 2007 BMM Convention in Seattle

BMM Treasurer 2013-17

EC Member & Event Coordinator, India Association of Western Washington (Seattle Area) 1985 to 1989.

Organized renowned musical programs of Indian artists.

Treasurer: Association of Accounting Administrators Washington Chapter.

Participated in charitable organization events.

 


Member:
Rahul Karnik, Dallas, TX
rahulkarnik@yahoo.com

Rahul is a member of the Dallas Fort-Worth Maharashtra Mandal (DFWMM) and resides in the Dallas area with wife, Priya and daughter, Trisha.

He has been actively involved in several community activities over the past 18 years. His involvement in social organizations include: BMM

(Executive Committee member), DFWMM (Committee member, BMM Rep), Marathi Mitra Mandal (Founding member, President). Most recently

Rahul was on the selection panel for the BMM Awards that were presented at the BMM 2015 LA convention.