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Sunday, June 5, 2011   (1 Comments)
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JAINA has a highly talented pool of candidates for Executive Committee 2011-2013 election.  Each JAINA member center has 1, 2 or 3 Directors (approximately 110 total in North America) who will cast their vote for the positions of:

- President

- Vice President

- First Vice President

- Secretary

- Treasurer

- Vice President, West USA

- Vice President, Southeast USA

- Vice President, Northeast, USA

- Vice President, Midwest USA

- Vice President, Mideast USA

- Vice President, Canada

The ballots will be opened and counted during the Board of Directors meeting to be held on July 1, 2011 at 1 PM during JAINA Convention in Houston, TX. 

See the biographical sketches of the candidates below.

Position:     President

Name:    Sushil Jain, CAPT, US Navy-Ret


Education: B. Sc., OD, MS, FAAO (All in USA) 


Occupation: Optometric Physician, former Consultant to the White House & the U.S. Capitol. Assistant Professor & Private Practice.

Member Association: Jain Society of Metro Washington, DC  

Statement: During my tenure I like to focus on LIVE & HELP LIVE. With help of EC & Board of Directors we will accomplish this by:

·       Making effective use of knowledge & Experience to enhance & support the quality of our current operations by making JAINA financially strong & transparent.

·       Sharing knowledge with our member and partner organizations to accomplish common goals & objectives by making JAINA a Global organization.  

·       Helping member organizations enhance their capacity to generate, access and use knowledge & experience from all sources thereby, Make JAINA the #1 service organization to the Jain community.                 


·       JAINA First VP & Convener, JAINA convener 2011– inspiring hundreds of volunteers to insure success resulting in over all ahead of schedule progress, one Grand Sangh Pati, three Sangh Pati & many grand sponsors. Many new initiatives in progress including promoting vegan education & food.

·       JAINA Key person - Passing of Law – HR 5202 Plant based Healthy School lunch program partner with PCRM.

·       Instrumental in inclusion of Tirthankar Mahavir  Nirvan Divas in President Obama’s speech.

·       Arranged Legislative conference on Non-violence in Partnership with AJC & NAACP.

·       Organized & Led Medical Mission in partnership with Sean Penn’s Organization to assist in Haiti.

·       JAINA Secretary 2003-05, 2007-09

·       Regional VP 2001-2003

·       Chairman Public Affairs Council 1999-2008.

·       Lobbied 17 UN ambassadors to gain NGO status

·       Member - 2007 JAINA Convention Board.

·       Board Member - Interfaith Conference of DC Represented JAINA at The White House conference on "Faith-Based & Community Initiatives” as well as "Caring for ill and Dying.

·       As local President 2005-2008 – Leading teams of volunteers to manage activities of Jain Temple. Previously served as Joint-Secretary, and Youth Coordinator in the JSMW for 15 years.

·       Jain & Hindu representative to Dept. of Defense to develop Faith based meals for use in operational environment. 

·       Participated in 18 eye camp missions (10 days each) around the globe for over 65000 patients.


Position:     President

Name:   Pravin K Shah


Education: MS Elect. Eng.

Occupation: Engineer; retired from IBM after 34 Years of service  (2002)


Member Association: Jain Study Center of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC



Awards: Awards: JAINA Ratna Award - 1999 (JAINA's highest award); Award of Excellence (Promotion of Ahimsa), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York; YJA Leadership Award for Distinguished Services; Promotion of Jainism Awards from Jain Center of Greater Boston, Chicago, and the International Jain Sangh.


Organizational: (1) JAINA Board of Directors since 1986; Regional Vice-President of JAINA 2003-2005; Advisor - YJA and YJP Committees.  (2) Chairperson of JAINA Education Committee since 2001 and member since its beginning;  (3) Founding member (1979) of Jain Study Center of North Carolina  and president for eight years;  (4) Member of Advisory Council of the Pluralism Project, Harvard University since 1995; (5) Board Member of Interfaith Alliance of Wake County, North Carolina 2002;

Educational:  (1) Have prepared, published, and distributed Jain Päthashälä education material, including 12 books from elementary to college level. These books are used by 3500 Päthashälä students of North America as well as by Päthashäläs in the United Kingdom, Africa, Dubai, Singapore, and India.  (2) Have presented and published more than 50 papers on various aspects of Jainism, comparative religion, non-violence, ecology, and the environment at various conventions and seminars.

Leadership Skills:  (1)  Management experience with IBM - nine years;  (2)  President of Jain Study Center of North Carolina - eight Years;  (3)  JAINA Education Committee – involves managing approximately 20 volunteers to prepare, edit, print, and distribute Päthashälä educational materials;   (4)  Fund raising for JAINA Education Committee ($25,000 raised every year to support educational activities);  (5)  Päthashälä Teachers Yahoo group (more than 400 teachers are members);


I am a self-motivated and result-oriented person with a strong desire to continue my work for the Jain community. Over the years, I have developed a broad network of with Jain organizations, ascetics, scholars, youth, and community leaders from all over the world and from all sects of Jainism. As a result of my 34 years at IBM and my past work with JAINA, I have the necessary administrative, management and leadership skills. I am retired, and can and will commit to devote all my energy to serving JAINA and leading the organization to its next phase of growth and responsibility. 


Position:     First Vice President


Name:  Prem Jain

Education: B.E. (Hons) BITS Pilani, MS (EE/CS) UCD 1976

Occupation: Engineering (executive management)

Senior VP at Cisco Systems Inc (currently senior advisor to John Chambers (CEO Cisco),  prior to current position was SVP Server Access & virtualization group ( founder, CDO and CFO of Nuova Systems, acquired by Cisco 2008 ), SVP of Routing Technology Group until 2005 (managed  6B  dollar Service Provider business for Cisco, managed 5000+ people), Joined Cisco in 1993 when Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications (founder of Crescendo)

Member Association: Jain Center of Northern California      



§  Make JAINA a global organization

§  Make JAINA financially strong

§  Make JAINA the #1 service organization to the Jain community in North America


Accomplishments: JAINA

Founding member of JAINA 1981

Convener, Sixth biennial JAINA Convention 1991 and Chairperson of Program Committee
JAINA Regional VP from West 1989-1991

Patron member of JAINA

JAINA Director & Director at Large multiple terms

Over the years served on Various Committees to name a few:

JAINA convention 2005 (Program committee)

JAINA convention 2007 (Program committee advisor)

JAINA convention 2011 (Program committee advisor)

Member of LRP committee multiple terms (2005-current)

Member of JAINA Election Committee (multiple terms)

JAINA Constitution Committee member (multiple terms)

Chairperson. Advisor Council to JAINA president 1995

Created JAINA 25thth anniversary video

Created a video of blessing from Acharyas of all traditions for JAINA convention 2005

Co-chaired with Dr. Dipak Jain multiple conferences for JAINA leadership at Kellogg School of Management

JAIN Digest executive advisory board (1989-1991)

Speaking engagements at many YJA/YJI/YJP/JAINA conventions


Accomplishments: Jain Centre of Northern California (JCNC)

Founding member of Jain Centre

Started  pathsala at JCNC,

JAINA Recognition Award (1993 and 1997) 

JCNC Outstanding Service Award (1998)

YJA Distinguished Service Award  (2002)

Chairperson of JCNC 10th anniversary celebration 2010

JCNC Board of Directors & Chairman of the JCNC board (multiple terms)

Accomplishments: Other Social Activities

Founding advisory board member of The Ahimsa Center, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Board member,  Bhagawan Mahavir Professorship of Jain Studies at Florida International University

Founding Director for YJI (Young JAINS of India)

Position:     First Vice President

Position:     First Vice President
Name: Dilip Punatar



Education: MS, BS (ALL in USA)

Occupation: Program Manager ($25M portfolio)

Member Association: Jain Center of Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio



My Objectives are :

Ø  To strengthen JAINA by providing services and key products to Jain Centers in North America.

Ø  To create a model for JAINA convention, increase participation and strengthen JAINA’s Finances

Ø  To revive JIAIN DIGEST for timely communication with the community.

JAINA and Jain Centers:

·       2009-Present, Secretary-JAINA, Board of director, Jain center of Cincinnati Dayton.

·       2007-2009 – Convention Board Member  15th Biennial JAINA Convention Anaheim. Editor-Jain Digest, winter 2009, Vice President JAINA Midwest Region, Board of Director Jain Center of Cincinnati Dayton.

·       2005-2007 - Co-Convener, 14th Biennial JAINA Convention 2007, Edison, NJ. , JAINA Director, Jain Center of Cincinnati-Dayton.

·       2003 - 2005 - Convention Board Member, 13th Biennial JAINA Convention, Santa Clara, San Fransisco.

·       2001-2003 - Co-Convener, Chairman - Program Committee, 12th Biennial JAINA Convention, Cincinnati, OH.

·       1999 - President, Jain Center of Cincinnati-Dayton, OH.

·       Temple Committee member to build temples in Chicago and Cincinnati Drayton.

·       1998- Distinguished Service Award in recognition of Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service to The Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago


·       2004-2006 -  Donated $10,000 worth of surgical supplies to JAINA, Bidada Medical Camp in Kutch, India.

·       Supported  Ahimsa Day celebration in North America.

·       Fund raising/services: March of Dimes, Day of Caring Breakfast for Homeless, Cancer Research and Treatment, Served vegetarian Food in soup kitchen.

·       Life Membership : Jain Center of Cincinnati Dayton, Jain Society of Metropolitan. Chicago, India Club of Dayton, Umang Gujarati Samaj Dayton.

·       Mentored Youth for JAINA convention, Jain Centers, JNF, YJA/YJP and the Air Force



Position:  Secretary

Name:   Ashok Domadia

Education: M.S USA

Occupation: Manufacturing Manager, Cisco Systems

Member Association:  Jain Center of Northern California, CA


JAINA and Jain Center Achievements:

Developed guidelines for charitable donations in collaboration with Jaina EC

Personally implemented an imprompt fundraising at last convention to raise $22.000.

Initiated the novel concept of a Gobal Jain Milan to connect Jains from around the world. Outreach is an important part of JAINA’s future. I have the knowledge and experience to interconnect Jain community in places such as Europe and Africa with US/Canada.

Active in JAINA Convention planning/execution for past 8 years by serving as a Registration and Programming Chairman at four conventions. Enhanced communication and collaboration among volunteers from various Jain centers.

Developed and implemented Jain Center of Northern California (JCNC) Religious policies in 2001, which are being used to date. Elected to JCNC BOD in 2003 and 2010.

Youth Participation:

As a founder and chairman of JAINA Campus Outreach Committee, I initiated a program to link Jain students in college with local Jain community, Program is implemented in over 10 college campuses.

Instrumental in arranging 2011 Jain Milan in San Francisco so that Jain youths can interact to find life partner.

Business Achievements:

Patented novel semi-conductor technology. Routinely lead effective global meeting to increase contact between all team members, boosting overall productivity.

Sucesfully managing Real Estate portfolio of over $10 million.


The world is adopting  many aspects of Jain dharma, which we as Jains have been practicing for over 2600 years. As the global community discovers the value of Jainism, JAINA has the unique opportunity to lead in this revolution for ecological awareness, animal rights, non-violence, and vegetarianism/veganism. As  JAINA Secretary, I will facilitate and lead this emerging Jain movement.

My goal as JAINA Secretary is also to bring JAINA closer to local Jain Centres by improving communication, arranging joint projects, and driving initiatives of local centres at a national level. My role as JAINA Secretary will leverage my vast knowledge and experience at both local and national levels to further shape JAINA’s vision, strategy and execution.

Position:   Treasurer
Name:  Gunvant Shah
Education:   M.S. (Chicago), M.Sc. (India), LUTCF.
Occupation:  Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers Univ. Motel
Business owner. Real Estate Developer and Investor.    
Member Association: Jain Center of New Jersey, Essex Fells, NJ.
§  2005-07, 2009-11: JAINA Regional VP, EC member. Helped JAINA 2007 Convention Board find facilities in NJ. JAINA Director from Jain Center of NJ (JCNJ) since 2003.
§  2006-11 Chairman, Jain Milan: Initiated and organized five annual Matrimonial 3-day Conventions in CA, NJ, TX and NY for more than 600 Jain youth. Paired at least 50 couples. Managed approx. $100K. 
§  1980-2008: EC member of JCNJ; Served as Treasurer, Secretary, VP and under various subcommittees. Managed accounting of $3 million of funds for a number of years. Organized $5 million fund raising for Temple.
§  1982-2011: Served as EC member, Treasurer, Secretary and PR for a largest Indian Cultural Organization in Central NJ. Managed accounting of net assets of over $300K and income–expense of over $500K per/year.
§  JAINA, Chairman, Senior Housing Committee: Lead project to find site for Senior Housing Project in FL and other states.
§  Member: Public Affairs Council and Campus Outreach Program.
§  1990-2011: Founding President: Jain Batrishi Sangh of USA.
§  Organized Chaitra Paripathis for JCNJ for over 20 years.
§  As a R.E. Agent, helped JCNJ find a large Temple Site and served as a member of fund raising and Construction committees.
§  Organized 4 Fund Raising events for NJ Assemblyman Mr Chivukula.
§  1980-87: Initiated and organized Jain Bhavana Group, Pathashala and Gujarati Language classes at my house.
§  1995-05: Member of MATRI: Help Indian youth find life partner.
§  Make JAINA financially strong without cutting programs. Help JAINA Fund Raising activities. Have Quarterly Reports available.
§  Organize Jain Milan every year to help Jain youth find Jain life partner. 
§  Establish College Scholarship program for Jain students.
§  Introduce Senior Activities in all Jain Centers.

NameDipak Doshi
                           Education: M.S., IIT (Chicago) and Gujarat Univ. (India)
Business Accounting, College of Lake County, IL
Business Management, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison   Member Association: Jain Center of Metro Chicago

JAINA TREASURERSHIP                                                     I can contribute to the goals of JAINA by:
Providing strategic and financial planning.

·       Creating a financial plan and ensuring periodic monitoring.

·       Implementing structured reporting with an accounting oversight

·       Establishing accounting processes based on good accounting principles.

·       Securing financially viability to strengthen the JAINA platform.


·       2011 to 2012 JAINA Director.

·       2011 JAINA Convention Board Member – Marketing             &public Relations

·       2009 to 2011 Member of JAINA LRP

·       2008 and 2010 Speaker and Moderator at YJA and JAINA Conventions

·       2008 and 2009 Chairman of Board and Trustee of Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago (JSMC)

·       1996 to 2003 Chief Election Judge for JSMC Elections

·       1991 to 1998 Secretary, Treasurer, and VP of JSG


1996 to 2011 Founder and CEO of Protocol Link, Inc.
1991 to 1998 VP of PDA
1987 to 2011 CFO and Trustee of IMD Trust


·       JAINA Convention Board Member – Early drive of 2,400 registrations, $240K in registration revenue and $255K in sponsorship revenues.

·       JAINA LRP – Presented at LRP Conferences – Kellogg, Siddhachalam, WashingtonDC.

·       JSMC Chairman of Board and Trustee – Chicago’s Jain Center became substantially debt-free from a liability of $6.5 MM.  Managed budget of $850K/year and $5.8MM in new donations.

·       CFO and Trustee of IMD Trust – Collected and disbursed $1.5MM in donations.  Raised $30,000 for earthquake relief drive; executed on ground ZERO in India.

·       Founder, CEO, CFO of Protocol Link – Manages annual budget of $6-8MM for 630+ projects in 23 countries.


Position:  Vice President, West USA

Name:   Rajendra K Dhami,



Education: Bachelors Degree in Mech. Engg & Masters degree in Industrial Engg & Management

Occupation: Retired

Member Association:  Jain Center of Southern California, CA



·     30+ years with Toyota Motor Sales USA as National Operations Manager.

·     JCSC Building committee for the Phase I&II expansion.

·     JCSC BoD member from 2002 thru 2006

·     JCSC BoD member currently from 2010 thru 2014.

·     Jaina BoD member since 2009

·     BoD member for Annekant Community Center since 2011.

·     Past BoD member for Indo American Senior Heritage Organisation in LA.

·     BoD member for Pratham - LA



Position:     Vice President, Southeast USA

Name:     Deepika K Dalal


Education:  Physician M.D., Board Certified  Anesthesiology

Occupation:  Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Obstetrics-Gynecology

Member Association: Jain Center of S. Florida, FL                                



·   Practical use of ANEKANTVAD:Bridging the gap between different faith.

·   Communication with different centers to learn various approaches to the common problems at regional jain centers and improving the outlook and visiting some centers. -2010.

·   Participate in Jain Digest and E-Flash Editing team -2009-11.

·   Health: participate in community health related program as first generation reaches to retirement age.

·   Use Education model to inspire and motivate young ones to keep our heritage.

Participation in JAINA:

·   Participated in Palitana Medical camp-2009.

·   Collaborating and participating in health track program as a part of the convention team JAlNA convention 2011.

·   Visited some Florida Jain Centers, gave a talk at Jain Center of Tempa "Preserving Jain heritage in S. India" 2010.

·   Active participation in Jain Digest and E-Flash Editing Team 2009-2011.

·   JAlNA Meeting: Attended most of the direct and Teleconferences. L.A., Siddhachalam, Houstonx2 2009-2011 Good Team Player.


·   As a President of JCSF 2007-2009: Actively involved in building Jain center, Shilanyas etc ... Planning for Pratistha. 2009 April Pratistha was performed.

·   2010,2011 -Tampa and Orlando sangh visited our place for a Chaitya Paripati.

·   Land was bought during my past presidency of 1997 and Bhumi pujan was performed. Good fund raising was obtained. Due to the change in the law, the land was sold.

·   New trend in pratikraman: from 2007, while respecting others faith and learning from that we perform pratikraman for 2 days  for all faiths.

·   Education: Organizing Shibir for Children and adults, I have given power point presentation on Namo Ayariyanam, Jambuswamy, Penance, and Scientific and meditation way of Namokar Mantra, Rishabhdev and Simandhar Swamy, Preserving Jain Heritage in South India. Help children to participate in Interfaith program .-2009-2011.

Community Services:

·   J.C. S.F.: Vice Chair Board of Director and trustee JCSF -2011Secretary and Trustee-2010

·   Executive Committee Vice president JCSF 2009 .President JCSF - 2007-2008,1997-1999

·   JAINA Director : 1996-to present

·   Teaching Special Children : as a volunteer in elementary and middle school- 1994-2004

·   Indian Religious Cultural Center -Vice Presidentl985, President -1986,Chairman 1987

·   Active Participation South Florida Hindu Temple 1986-1992

·   Participating in Medical Camp-Mt. Kailash -2004

Business achievement:

·   Associate Professor in anesthesiology/Ob.Gyn-1988 to Present

·   Medical director of Post anesthesia Care Unit : 1989-2006

·   Assistant Professor anesthesiology ,1981-1988

·   Critical care and trauma attending at Uni. Of Maryland Hospital, 1979-1981

Clinical research: Published on Neuromuscular blocks, pulmonary edema and many Recovery rooms related subjects


Position:     Vice President, Southwest

Name:         Udai C. Jain


Education:  Engineering

Occupation:  Business wholesale and Importer of Diamonds

Member Association: Jain Society of Houston, TX




·       Currently JAINA VP of Southwest

·       Currently Co-Convenor of 2011 convention.

·       Currently Maha-Sampathi of 2011

·       Chairperson of Patron Committee of JAINA

·       Vice Chairperson for 2005 JAINA convention fund raising committee

·       Chief Trustee  Jain Society of Houston 1990 to 2001..

·       Served as Chairman of the Fund Raising, Pritistha, and Constitution of Jain Society of Houston, TX Committee.

·       Served Indian Cultural Center of Houston as Director.




Position:   Vice President, Northeast 

Name:   Yogendra Jain


Education: BS Engg.; M.S., MBA

Occupation:  Engineering and Management

Member Association: Jain Center of Greater Boston, MA



Yogendra Jain is a technologist, serial entrepreneur, and a passionate practitioner and promoter of Jain Way of Life.He started his career at MIT Lincoln Labs and Texas Instruments before founding and operating several successful companies. He holds a B.S. from Boston University, an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rice University, and an M.B.A. from Babson College. Yogendra grew up in the Boston area for most of his life while observing and participating in the inception and growth of one of the leading Jain Centers in North America. 


His accomplishments include:
Local Level:

-  Co-founders of JCGB Pathshala and developed the earliest English course material
-  Coordinated the first Jain Teacher’s Conference in Boston (80 attendees)
-  Member of JCGB Executive Committee
-  Elected as JAINA Director for second term
-  Pathshala teacher for over 25 years; currently teaching Level 5B
National Level:
-  JAINA Vice President/North East – Led multiple projects including 2011 JAINA Convention "Innovative Poster Project”,  newsletter, Director’s selection guidelines and Leadership Conference in Siddhachalam.
-  Chairman - JAINA Long Range Planning - One of the most active JAINA committees and delivered JAINA Vision/Mission and proposal for strengthening JAINA’s foundation.
- Co-developer of (1000 signed members and 4000 others)
- Coordinated and presented at Jain Leadership Conferences in multiple cities
- Coordinated and presented at three Jain Kellogg’s Leadership and Strategy Sessions
- Author of Jain Way of Life book ( – over 2000 in circulation
- Presented and led multiple teams to JAINA/YJA with "out of the box” groundbreaking projects, including Tattvarth Sutra: Ancient Scriptures Come Alive, Comparative Religion, Essence of Jainism, Rebranding and Repackaging Jainism, Discovery of the Soul, Strengthening of Faith, and Measuring JWOL Progress.
- Branding of the "Elevator Speech” (simple way to explain Jainism)
- Presented Tattvarth Sutra: Ancient Scriptures Come Alive at Harvard University
- Presented in India at YJA and other multiple forums


Position:   Vice President, Midwest USA

Name:   Manish Mehta


Education: BS, MS & Ph.D (Ind. Eng.); Univ of Michigan Business School Executive Program

Occupation: Executive Director of a Manufacturing Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

Member Association: Jain Society of Greater Detroit


I am settled in Ann Arbor, MI with my wife and two sons. I have lived/schooled in East Africa, India, Singapore and USA. I have volunteered with Jain Society of Greater Detroit (JAINA Director since 2005), Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (President 1998-99) and American Red Cross Board (2001-07).  In the next term, I am committed to (A) Promoting Jain Way of Life to mainstream Americans, (B) Addressing challenges facing aging Jains, (C) Strengthening local Centers, JAINA Director engagement thru’ strategic planning training; and (D) Preparing next generation Jains to address societal, moral and ethical dilemmas. 

My JAINA VP experience comprises educational, social and humanitarian activities:                         

1.     Organized 3 teleconferences of Midwest Directors; Attended Pratishtha of Cleveland Jain Temple (2010);

2.     Organized visits by JAINA President (2010) and First VP (2011) to Detroit Jain Society;

3.     Organizing Chairman of 2009 and 2011 Jain Diaspora Conferences at JAINA Conventions – perform outreach to  Jain leaders in 36 countries;

4.     Attended 100% JAINA EC Meetings, and 2 Kellogg Long Range Planning Workshops;

5.      JAINA Congressional Visit (October 2009) to Washington DC.

6.     Represented JAINA in 2007-2011at Annual Jaina Studies Workshops at University of London – published event highlights;

7.     Member, Governing Council of International School for Jain Studies;

8.     Initiated discussion with Girl Scouts of America to introduce a Jain Badge.

9.     Pathshala Teacher for high school students at Detroit Jain Study Class 1999-2010, and  Jain Center of Cincinnati-Dayton in 1985-88.


­­Position:   Vice President, Midwest USA

Name:   Hemal Sanghvi


Education:     Masters in Information Management

Occupation:  Business Leader / Director, MasterCard Worldwide

Member Association:Jain Center of Greater St.Louis MO




JAINA Director from St. Louis and mentor.

Jain Center of Greater St. Louis

·       Served as President from 2006-2008

·       Serving in the EC committee (Secretary and others) for the past 4-5 years

·       Hosted numerous events for the Jain Center, as well as have been honored to host several Jain dignitaries who visit St. Louis.

BalVihar of St. Louis, Center of Indian Cultural Education

Core team member of the fund raising event in 2009-1010. The team raised $250,000 to fund a new facility for the local BalVihar organization.

Professional Experience

Over 25 years of professional experience in the IT industry with the last 14 years in the financial sector.

Washington University of St. Louis

Mentor for the Engineering School, providing them guidance on real world work place situations to help them prepare for the job market.

Junior Achievement of St. Louis

JA-in-a-Day program that teaches finance to children of middle and high school, have participated in this program for the last 4 years.



The basic principles of the Jain religion have provided me the strength, tolerance and guidance towards positively impacting lives of people around me. I firmly believe that the local Jain Centers, Jain Temples and JAINA play a very critical role in sustaining the values and principles of the Jain religion. Fund raising is an important activity for all non-profit organizations. My Financial Services & BalVihar experience I can support JAINA’s fund raising events. With my IT experience I can help JAINA with technology directions including reaching out to our youth with the various online channels.




Position: Vice President, Mideast USA


Name:   Hansa R. Shah



Education: Master of Arts (Gujarati and Hindi), India

                   Master of Education, India

                   Master of Science in Learning Disability, USA

Occupation: Retired from NJ Schools and education in 2006 (after 40 years)

                    President - Hansa Inc.

                    VP - Shah Group Investments, LLC


Member Association: Samarpan Jain Sangh, Inc.



  • Vice President of JAINA convention 1999 Philadelphia, PA, One of the largely attended and very successful convention.


  • Vice President of Samarpan Jain Sangh, Inc. PA


  • Jaina’s director since 1999  from Samarpan Jain Sangh, Inc. PA.


  • Cheery hill Jain Sangh,  Inc. NJ - in past took active part as committee member and  represented Delaware


  • 1971 to 1981 took active part in Jain society of Chicago in growing years.


  • Trustee and Founding member of Gujarati Samaj of Delaware. 


  • Past President of Delaware Business and Professional Woman’s Association 1988-1989


  • Vice President of principal advisory committee-Brandywine High School 1989-1992


·       Hold different positions at Glassboro Education Association.


·       Year Book Advisor - more than 10 years in USA and also in India.


·       Use different media and methods to promote  Indian Culture in USA  among different groups and youth.                                                                                                  


·       Editor of "Form” Published by Akhil Hind Mahila Parishad.





Position: Vice President, Mideast USA


Name:   Haresh Shah



Occupation: Self Employed


Member Association: The Jain Sangh Of Cherry Hill. NJ



JAIN SANGH: Vice President at The Jain Sangh, of Cherry Hill. Successfully worked with kitchen committee to serve over 50,000 meals in last Five years. Successfully Organised and managed Five Chaitya Paripati Trips.


JAINA Director Since 2005. Attended 1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, Jaina Conventions and 2010 YJA Convention. During 2007 Jaina Convention Successfully Manged Volunteers, and as a special assistant to the convener, coordinated the workds of Food Committee, Facility Team , Programming Committee, Registration and Transportation Committee. On behalf of Cherry Hill Sangh, Actively involved with Souvenier Committee. Supported, Participated and Donated in Various Jaina Activities.


YOUTH: Supported Jaina Campus Outreach Committee, In touch with Campus students since 2007. Involve Campus students in temple activities. Bringing students from campus to temple every weekend. Help campus based Jain activities like lectures, seminars or discourses by our visiting scholars or enabling Mahavir Jayanti celebration on campus.


YJA Convention: Strong supporter and Volunteer of 2010 YJA Convention Hosted by The Jain Sangh of Cherry Hill.


Self Employed: Owned Retail Businesses and Successfully managed them for over 26 years with turnover of over $ 8 Million annually.


Vision: I see ever-increasing need for Jain Centers in any given region to interact with each other – increased communication and sharing programs, best practices and resources. JAINA can be a catalyst for this kind of initiatives.


Goal : I would like to make JAINA a service organization and help JAINA become true representative of member Jain centers.





































Prakash Mody says...
Posted Sunday, June 5, 2011
I do not see anyone being VP of Canada Region - Is the position vacant?

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