Jesse George-Nichol (Secretary) has been involved with Udayan Care India since 2008 as a college intern where she spent the summer living and working in the UdayanGhar in Greater Noida (in the state of Uttar Pradesh). The experience had such a profound impact on her that she returned the following summer. Soon after, Jesse founded, incorporated, and successfully applied for non-profit status for Udayan Care USA. Jesse is based in California and holds degrees from Princeton University and University of Virginia. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia.
Anitha is an IT professional and is experienced in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. She currently resides in Toledo, Ohio and works for First Solar. She completed her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at Osmania University, Hyderabad, and Masters at the University of Toledo. She is a mother of two wonderful children and a puppy. She enjoys children, meditation, yoga and helping others. She started multiple chess clubs for young children and volunteered as a Sanathana dharma teacher.
Shraddha Gupta (President) and her family have strong ties with Udayan Care India as they have been long-time volunteers at an Udayan Ghar during their visits to India. Shraddha is passionate about the growth of women and children, thus joined the Udayan Care USA board to lend her experience to develop an overall strategy. Shraddha currently works at Owens Corning but prior to that was a consultant with PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Deloitte and Touche. Shraddha is based in Ohio and holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Finance from Michigan State University.
Ruchi Saran has been part of Udayan Care since 2010 when she moved to India. She volunteered in the Udayan Ghar in Mehrauli working with the girls on their communication skills in English. She’s also a member of multiple NGOs in India and in the Bay Area of California and is very passionate about making a difference in the community. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and an Associate’s degree in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Child Education. She is a college and career coach to high school kids and in her spare time loves to paint. She currently lives in California with her husband and 2 sons.
Rakhi Agarwal (Treasury) is excited about the opportunity to support the efforts of Udayan Care. Women empowerment and enablement are key motivators for her joining the organization. Rakhi lives in Ohio and works at Schindler elevator as a finance professional.
Netoo Sethi has spent the last 25 years in the United States after growing up in India and graduating from the University of Pune. Netoo is a wireless communications engineer and a technology evangelist. Child, women and animal rights have always been dear to his heart and he cares deeply about the Earth being sustainable and pure. Neetoo calls himself a nomadic traveler and he is drawn to the universal truth through the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Aneesha Wadhwa is the Executive Director of Udayan Care and has previously served on the Board of Udayan Care for 15 years. Her passion lies in applied research, policy advocacy and development of models of care for young adults leaving child care institutions. Towards this, Aneesha personally mentors 30+ care leavers as well as manages a groupcare home for 12 young girls out of family care.
Prior to her shift to the development sector, Aneesha was a media marketing professional, and worked previously with the India Today Group and the Discovery Channel. She is a Chevening Fellow from the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and has an MBA in Communications Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and read English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Dr. Modi (Founder & Managing Trustee of Udayan Care India; Trustee to the UCUSA board) started Udayan Care in 1994, and established its first Udayan Ghar (Sunshine Home) for orphaned and abandoned children in New Delhi in 1996. She has also been a founding member of several other organizations in India working for the disadvantaged. Dr. Modi holds a doctorate in American Fiction from IIT, Delhi and a strong belief that every individual is a catalyst of change.