Naresh is a gastroenterologist at Huron Gastro in Ann Arbor and is originally from Sri Lanka. He has been involved with Grace Girls Home since 2003 and currently serves as Board President. He is married to Dr. Aruna Sarma and they have two children, Nikhil & Sejal. The whole family has been volunteering annually at the children’s home since 2010 and has found the experience to be extremely rewarding. Naresh is committed to optimizing educational and vocational training opportunities for the children so they can be happy and self sufficient when they leave the orphanage. His goal is to provide the children at Grace the same opportunities for achievement that are available for his own children.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Raj is a Managing Director of Sales at Integrys Energy Services and earned his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and his MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Vikki graduated from the University of Michigan and is a Register Nurse and Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She founded ‘My Wellness Nurse’ in 2011 and is an advocate for health and wellness. Vikki is actively involved with the girls at Grace and looks forward to her visits with them.
Dr. Para Ahilan is a cardiologist in Staten Island, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mount Sinai Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Bruce is a Branch Manager, Registered Investment Advisory Representative and a Registered Securities Principal with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He began his career in the financial services industry more than 30 years ago and directly manages investment accounts for individual and corporate clients. Bruce specializes in individual retirement income planning, college planning, and retirement plans for small to mid-size companies and also works with non-profit, university and government retirement plans. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bruce is a father to three adult children and a King Charles Cavalier puppy, Scout, and grandfather to 2 grandsons. An active member of Rotary, Bruce has been involved in many other civic, church and school organizations. He enjoys family events, flying, traveling, playing the piano, and golfing.
Scott currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Lifecare Corporation, a not-for-profit provider of senior living services to the elderly. A veteran of the healthcare industry with over 25 years of experience deploying capital in healthcare real estate, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge in corporate finance, cash management and business development to the organization. Scott has an AB in political science, graduating magna cum laude, as well as a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Ann Arbor, MI
Shelly J. Neitzel, MD is a practicing Pulmonary Disease Specialist in Ypsilanti, MI.
After earning a PhD in biochemistry and a medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Abida Taher completed her Internship and Residency before being awarded a Fellowship in Oncologic Imaging at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, one of the most highly-respected cancer centers in the world; she also completed a mini-fellowship with the Department of Nuclear Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Taher was a member of the courtesy teaching faculty at the University of South Florida School of Nursing in Tampa and was in private practice as a nuclear medicine physician before joining Florida Cancer Specialists in 2017.
Safety Harbor, Florida
Dr. Ruvan Wickramasinghe is an internist in Safety Harbor, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and has been in practice between 11-20 years.
Eric Parkinson – Founder/President Emeritus
James Mitchell – Past President