The JJ Metta Memorial Foundation

Executive Board

Ananth Charya, M.S.P.H.
George Washington University

Usha Charya, B.A. (Hons)

Ellen MacDonald, Ph.D., Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University; Ed.M. in Educational Foundations, Harvard University
Dr. MacDonald has taught on the high school and university levels and currently works on organizing community events.

Praveen Sewpaul, M.B.A.
George Washington University

Venkat Sharma, B.E., Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences; M.B.A., Clemson University
Founder and CEO of iMedX, Inc., a leading healthcare software and services company.

Shekhar Sharma, M.D.
Internist in private practice, Medical Director

Advisory Board

George Beschner, MSW, Columbia University
In his early career, Mr. Beschner worked with disadvantaged youth - gang members, drug abusers, delinquents and the handicapped. Later in his career, he also worked as:

He authored many publications based on findings from the research projects listed above.

Judith Lynne Hanna, Ph.D., Columbia University
Dr. Hanna has taught and conducted research in schools. She is the author of several books - "Disruptive School Behavior: Class, Race and Culture" and "Partnering Dance and Education" - and articles in publications such as the Washington Post and Educational Researcher.

Kathleen Finn Jordan, Ph.D., Michigan State University; Jordan Associates
Dr. Jordan is a recipient of the Dr. Ruth Hill Useem Research Award, conferred by the Washington Global Nomads Association. She has taught in private and public schools in the United States, and in international private schools in Italy, Israel and Iran. She has also offered workshops and sessions on expertise in cross cultural experiences at George Washington University, American University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland. Her latest articles on the Third Culture include: “Third Culture Persons” in a new edition of Culture, Communication and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Communications published by Simon and Schuster in 1998 and edited by Dr. Gary Weaver of American University; and the publication of “Identity Formation and the Adult Third Culture Kid” in M.G. Ender (Ed.) Military Brats and Other Global Nomads: Growing Up in Organization Families, Westport Ct: Praeger (2002).

Pamela Squires, M.A., Columbia University
Former Director of Communication and Publications, PHRMA

Editorial Committee

Lora MacDonald, B.A., University of Michigan
Lora holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature. She has been working on promoting the objectives of the JJ Metta Foundation through publicity materials such as newsletters and the foundation's website.

Rebekah Glaser, B.A.
Rebekah is a writer and educator - most recently returned from a Fulbright Research Scholarship in India. In Hyderabad, she developed and implemented an arts-based curriculum with underserved primary school students.

Fundraising and Accounting

Philips Thomas, B.A., UMCP

India Chapter Board Members

Yashoda Jayadev, LLM (Masters in Law)

K. Jayadev, M.A.

Srivyal Vuyyuri, M.A.

Anuradha Prasad, B.Ed.