Dr. Daulat Chandani ‒ Chairperson
Dr. Daulat Chandani currently serves as Chairperson of GRO, following her last position as Chief OB/Gyn of another non-profit organization, Mission City Community Clinic, where she also served in various administration functions. Prior to that, Dr. Chandani was in private practice for several years in affiliation with Northridge Medical Center. Dr. Chandani obtained her board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993, following completion of residency at UC Davis Medical Center in California. Dr. Chandani has practiced at Olive View Medical Center and completed a 1 year internship at UCLA. Dr. Chandani graduated with the highest merits from Bombay University in 1981, and received two Gold medals for highest merits in each of the DFP and DGO examinations. Dr. Chandani attended medical school at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Madan Vasishta ‒ Board Director
Dr. Madan Vasishta divides his time between teaching at Gallaudet University and working as the chief advisor of the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre in New Delhi. He was born in India and became Deaf at age 11. He moved to Delhi as an adult where he met Deaf people and learned sign language. Dr. Vasishta taught photography and worked with the All India Federation of the Deaf until 1967 when he moved to Washington D.C. He enrolled at Gallaudet University where he obtained his B.A. in History and Psychology, M.A. in Deaf Education and Ph.D. in Special Education Administration. He worked as a teacher, program evaluator, principal, researcher and administrator at various schools for the Deaf in USA. Dr. Vasishta has authored six books, scores of articles & book chapters, and has made over 50 presentations at national and international conferences. Presently, he is also involved in other various Deaf‒related projects in India and is working on two new books.
Dr. Alim Chandani ‒ Board Member (CEO of GRO Initiative, Inc)
Dr. Alim Chandani was born Deaf in Mumbai, India. Dr. Chandani graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, obtained a Master's degree in Deaf Rehabilitation/Higher Education from New York University in New York, New York, and, ultimately, obtained his Doctorate in Administration and Supervision in Special Education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Dr. Chandani's dissertation focused on the feasibility of managing Deaf programs at higher education institutions in India. Dr. Chandani has been working in the field of international development and social entrepreneurship since 2007 when he founded Global Reach Out Initiative, Inc ("GRO").
Dr. Chandani taught as an Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University for 8 years, the only university exclusively for the Deaf in the United States. Dr. Chandani has lectured on leadership and social entrepreneurship, and has mentored several student initiatives on campus, such as the Boomerang Cafè , the ThinkBiz Scholar student entrepreneurship organization, and an annual student business plan competition. In 2014, Dr. Chandani formed a strategic joint venture with Centum Foundation to establish the Centum-GRO Initiative for Deaf Indians in New Delhi. Currently, he is building a team of Deaf leaders around an Access Mantra initiative, using technology to advocate for equality and opportunity for the Indian Deaf community in compliance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016. Dr. Chandani has delivered several TedX talks and has advised governments & NGOs in emerging markets across the world on Deaf Education and Skills Training for the Deaf. Dr. Chandani presented on GRO's vision for the Deaf in India to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet in 2015.
Ms. Joe Bryant ‒ Chairperson Emeritus
Joe Bryant is an Investment Director with the UCLA Investment Company, the discretionary advisor to the UCLA Foundation's $2.8 billion endowment. Ms. Bryant is responsible for overseeing the UCLA Foundation’s endowed assets across global public and private markets, including directing a venture capital and growth equity portfolio, monitoring public and private investments across Asia and the global long-only and developed markets hedge fund portfolio. Ms. Bryant has 14 years of experience in the international asset management industry, across private equity, venture capital, public equities and emerging markets. Ms. Bryant was a UC Regent and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and earned her doctorate degree in law from Columbia University Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Solomon Sklar Scholar and received the Columbia Law School Public Service Fellowship. Ms. Bryant was also a Visiting Scholar at UCLA School of Law and in UCLA’s Department of Chemistry, and further obtained a Master’s degree in Business Law from the National Law School of India University. Ms. Bryant is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia and serves on several boards and advisory committees.
Mr. Rajdeep Patheja ‒ Board Director
Rajdeep Patheja is the Director of International Business for Golden Precision Products Ltd. based in Mumbai, India. The company manufactures precision engineering parts for industrial application like wet brakes & clutches for the transmissions industry. Mr. Patheja is responsible for marketing in India and overseas. He was born with a profound hearing loss. From a young age of 11 months, he took extensive auditory & speech therapy training and has been using a Cochlear Implant since 2004. He earned his B.Com (Bachelors of Commerce) degree in Mumbai, India. He loves to travel in India and around the world. He enjoys international cuisine, is an avid reader, enjoys music, watches films and TV shows with captions and loves to make friends around the world.
Dr. Alim Chandani ‒ CEO of GRO, Inc.
CFO ‒ (Position Open)
Ms. Amanda Fish ‒ Secretary
Ms. Amanda Fish is an International Development Specialist. She was born Deaf in the United States and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. After years of working as a Certified Deaf Interpreter & as an American Sign Language instructor training Hearing & Deaf people, Ms. Fish moved to India in 2016 to partner with Dr. Chandani on the Centum GRO Initiative. Ms. Fish was a manager at Centum GRO, managing & training Deaf staff on how to teach Deaf Empowerment & soft job training skills to 400 Deaf students over 2 years. Supporting Dr. Chandani on the Access Mantra initiative, Ms. Fish currently volunteers and supports GRO on various projects related to advocacy for the Indian Deaf community & in creating a new Interpreting Ethics policy for India.