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Matt Thekkethala – Founder

Hi, I’m Matt Thekkethala. I’m a freshman at Yale University (www.yale.edu) where I am challenged every day to think globally. My parents, our extended family and my friends inspire me with their passion and commitment to family, work, and the community. Together, they have become the foundation of my life and inspired me to make a difference in the world around us. I created the Learn for Life Foundation to  inspire young people indeveloping communities around the world to make a difference in their worlds. Please join me in making a difference in their lives. matt@learnforlifefoundation.org

 

Rani George: Program Advisor (India)
Sneha Care honored Rani as the “2012 Volunteer of the Year” for her active involvement with the children’s programs and part-time teaching. In her words, “Following the loss of my parents and my brother in 2008, the children of Sneha Care has become an addiction. It has been wonderful to work with the kids and watch them change, grow and give back more than I can possibly give them. My years in Mother Teresa’s City of Joy, Kolkotta, kindled in me a passion to give back in whatever way I could, and Sneha Care became my home away from home in Bangalore”. Rani received her bachelor’s degree in history from Stella Maris College, Chennai where she was Vice President of the student union and was actively involved in volunteering for social causes.

 

Neil Bjorkman: Legal Advisor
Neil currently works for the United States Congress. He graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Saint John’s University and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk to Justice Bhandari of the Supreme Court of India. He also volunteered for one year in Guatemala, where he taught English. He lives in the District of Colombia with his wife and son.

 

Priya Chidrawar: Marketing & Communications Advisor
Priya has over 10 years of experience in Finance and Marketing at both startup and Fortune 500 companies.
She is passionate about social causes and children’s education. She is an active member of her children’s school’s PTA and actively involved in organizing events like 5k walks for causes such as educating children, breast cancer awareness, autism awareness, jump-starting Denville downtown after Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy. Priya has also been on teams preparing lunches for the poor and organizing the neighborhood “fulfill a wish” for local families. She is also a contributor to a non profit organization that runs a school and manages a hospital in Dervan, a remote village in India. Priya has an MBA from Rutgers University.