Neela Atluri (Board President/Treasurer)    
Neela is a trained volunteer advocate and has been involved in this capacity with both Manavi and 180 Turning Lives Around of Monmouth County for several years. Before this, she volunteered and served on the Board of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society in Bridgewater, New Jersey for many years. Neela is a Systems Engineer currently working at AT&T and received both her Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. She is an avid Crossfitter and in her spare time, likes to travel and spend time with friends and family.


Prema Roddam (Board Vice President/Secretary)
Prema is an attorney with the New Jersey office of Chugh, LLP practicing in the areas of Corporate Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law, Family Law and Commercial Litigation. Prema has clerked for Judge Diane Clarke Streett in the Delaware Superior Court and for Judge Arnold New in the Philadelphia Commerce Court. She received her JD with pro-bono distinction from Delaware Law School (formerly Widener Law). She is a board member of SABA-NJ (South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey). She has been a Manavi volunteer since 2012 and also volunteers her time towards several causes associated with Pratham and AIF (American India Foundation).


Madhu Sonti (Board Secretary)
Madhu Sonti is a Senior Vice President working for the Asset Management Group in Wealth Management as a Senior Client Advisor at PNC Bank.  Prior to joining the board of Manavi, she was the board president for Middlesex County Child Assault Prevention since the early 1990’s.  Madhu has been an active member of various service projects for the USA Sathya Sai Baba Organization as well as Sarva Dharma Service Center.  She served as a Bal Vikas (children’s value-based lessons) Teacher and as an ESL (English as a second language) Teacher.  Madhu received her BA Economics degree from Rutgers University and her Masters in Retail Bank Management at Furman University through Consumer Banking Association. Madhu joined the Manavi Board in February 2019. 


Shruti Devi   
Shruti is a Paul Nadler Award for Excellence in Service winner of the Rutgers University’s MBA program. She also earned her MSW from Rutgers University. Shruti has worked with Merck and led both its college recruiting program and program to recruit the physically challenged. Currently, she is an entrepreneur and provides consulting services for Training and Development. She joined Manavi’s Board of Directors in 2013.


 Krishna G. Hegde    

Krishna has been involved with Manavi for a long time. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from Ohio State University and is currently a Product Manager of Global Mobile Management with AT&T. Krishna is an avid music aficionado and actively promotes classical Indian music in North America. He joined Manavi’s Board of Directors for the second time in 2012 and manages fundraising activities, financial administration, and grants coordination.

Shashi Jain    
Shashi is a co-founder of Manavi and a licensed psychologist. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has worked extensively with adults and children with developmental disabilities. Shashi has her own mental health practice in New Jersey. She joined Manavi as a Board of Director in 2012.


Shaila Vidwans
Shaila has been very actively involved in cultural and charitable organizations at state and National level. Shaila has a Masters in Statistics from MS University of Baroda and a Masters in Computer Science from NJIT.  She has taught at a University in India. She has worked in Direct Marketing Services in AT&T, Business Intelligence groups in Morgan Stanley, Citi Bank and American Express. She joined Manavi as a Board of Director in 2017.


Jayashree Sanji

Jayashree has been an active member of the Manavi Volunteer Program for over five years. She worked as a Project Manager within the software sector for 15 years before starting her own catering business. Currently, she serves as a Recruitment Consultant at an Information Technology company. She is passionate about women’s rights and advocacy and hopes to make a difference for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jayashree joined the Board of Directors in 2019.



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