CRY America

CRY America Advisory Board

Advisory Board members are ambassadors and advisors that assist with strategic growth plans of CRY America, specially in the areas of fundraising from high net worth individuals, media outreach & technical guidance on finance & statutory compliances. CRY America looks for Advisors in the areas of financial & statutory compliance, fundraising & brand building, corporate/ business leaders, media spokespersons and child development experts. Advisory Board members are not responsible for policies & statutory compliance. They serve in volunteer positions in salient geographic locations for a 2 year term. The Advisory Board selection, induction & quarterly planning & review meetings with individual members are led by Apoorv Agarwal.
The CRY America Advisory Board currently comprises of the following members:

Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Jacksonville, Florida
Apoorv is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Principal at Ingineering Innovation LLC, a consulting practice focused on alternative energy, new technology development, sustainability and scaling up small businesses. Apoorv has had a long association with CRY America, starting as a volunteer with CRY Detroit in 2004, leading the Detroit Action Center and then serving at the national level, including on the CRY America Board from 2009 till 2020. He currently leads the CRY America Advisory Board with a focus on recruiting new members and ensuring existing members get the support to grow the organization. Apoorv resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Sunita and two children.

Dharam Bali, Houston, Texas
Dharam owns Vantive, an IT consulting and staffing company in Houston, Texas. He has worked as a Consultant with several companies including Capgemini, Deloitte, PwC, IBM and Accenture. Dharam has led the CRY Houston Action Center for many years and has been instrumental in building brand salience & increasing the donor base for CRY through his persistent efforts & physical events such as the CRY Houston Gala & CRY Walk events. Dharam resides in Houston with his wife Priya.

Juuhi is the President, & CEO of Wise Men Consultants which has grown from a Staffing company into a full-blown Technology Solutions provider. Juuhi began her career in New York City in the insurance industry. She has a Bachelor’s in Business & an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Juuhi is an active member of various organizations, including the Houston Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Indo American Chamber of Commerce and Women's Business Enterprise Alliance.

Juuhi’s believes that “If I am not networking, I am not working” and if something is worth doing, one must do it quickly and with high quality. She is a certified yoga teacher & practices meditation daily. She enjoys music, traveling & reading. Juuhi is married to Omprakash, a successful businessman who owns hotel franchises like the Sheraton, Hilton and Marriott. They have a daughter who is their pride and joy.

Dr. Vikas Anand, Raleigh, NC
Vikas Anand received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and an MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He is currently Chair of the Department of Management at the University of Arkansas, Walton College. His major areas of research include corruption and ethics in organizations, crisis management, organizational identity and information management. He has published his work on business ethics and knowledge management in several research and practitioner outlets. He has received several teaching awards including the University of Arkansas Alumni Association Award. Vikas joined the CRY America Advisory Board in 2016. He resides in Raleigh with his family.

Arti Kulkarni & Ketan Duwedi, Bay Area, California
Arti currently leads health and social impact products at Facebook. She has 15 years of technical and UX experience and has led teams of product managers and engineers to build platforms and consumer products like Expedia platform and packages, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Referral program, Amazon CPM Ads, Facebook Audience Insights and Facebook Ad Library.
Ketan is an engineering manager with 20 years of experience planning, designing, developing, shipping and maintaining multiple scalable and performant software products. He has a proven track record of building large scale enterprise systems, high scale distributed online services, building teams from scratch and growing them, setting team vision and delivering results.
Arti & Ketan have been long term donors and supporters of CRY America and the cause of children's rights. They reside in the Bay Area with their two sons.

Edward Remias, San Diego, California
Edward joined CRY America in 2008 & has cultivated San Diego to be one of the most successful Action Centers in the country under his leadership. He served on the CRY America Board from 2015 till October 2020 and thereafter joined the Advisory Board in January 2021. He is looking to leverage his experience to help with CRY America's event management, IT and social media functions.
Edward is a Software Professional at Qualcomm, enjoys playing volleyball on the beach and snowboarding. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Jyothi & daughter Nitya. He says, “I consider myself privileged to serve in this role to make a difference in the lives of children who deserve it the most. Because I can! And what I can, I will!”

Murali Narayanan, Seattle
Murali Narayanan has been an active supporter of CRY since 2006 and continues to provide guidance to the Seattle CRY team to execute its mission. Starting his career at Bell Laboratories, Murali has held senior management positions across several major companies such as Microsoft as well as leading many startups throughout his career. Murali has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business, MS in Computer and Information Engg from University of Michigan, BSEE from Indian Institute of Science and BSc in Physics from University of Madras (now Chennai). He is currently an advisor to the Dallas Venture Capital. He is an avid nature photographer and lives with his wife Mythili and daughter Priya in Redmond, WA.

Sonal Soni, San Diego, California
Sonali is the Creative Director of her own design studio called StudioS. She's an alumni of NIFT and is a multi talented artist, muralist and graphic artist. Sonali lives with her husband Nakul and son in San Diego. Sonali and Nakul have been long term donors & supporters of CRY America and the cause of children's rights.

Susmita Thukral, San Diego, California
Susmita holds double Masters degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and Delhi University, India. She is a licensed psychotherapist and a psychology professor at Grossmont Community College, California with experience teaching diverse college students. Passionate about spreading awareness around mental health issues and personal growth at the individual, community and institutional levels. Over the years, she has been a core member of the CRY San Diego Action Center and the San Diego Gala Committee. Susmita resides in San Diego with her husband Guru and son.

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