Arpit Mehta is a Bioimformatics Research Scientist at Miami Cancer Institute, who worked with machine learning and artificial intelligence to build models to detect cancer and discover bio-markers for drug design. His passions include desert dirt biking, gardening, and mentorship.
Avani Shah is a project management professional (PMP) with a LEAN Six Sigma in process improvement (PI). Currently with Montefiore Health System, Avani holds a dual role as PI Program Manager as well as Division Manager for the organization's clinical and health-related internship program. Her passions include inspiring career development and growth in individuals, embarking on travel around the world, supporting stand-up comedy and insuring to never miss a Bollywood beat!
Sneha received her MBA and works in a consulting role with an emphasis in risk advisory, data analytics and strategic initiatives. In her free time, Sneha enjoys watching movies, cooking, weekend getaways, and working out. This is her first time being on the YJP board and she is excited to meet people and contribute to the community.
Purav is currently working at Lenovo as a Software engineer in Chicago, IL. His passion for technology lured him to the USA several years back to do Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. He likes to travel, binge watch Netflix and has traveled 70+ days in 2019 for work and leisure. He is excited to be a part of YJP and contribute to the community.
Public Relations Director
Anchal Udani is a GIA Certified Diamond grader and wholesaler and a freelance graphic designer. Outside of her professional role, she loves to sing and dance. She has been dancing since she was a toddler. She is very excited to be a part of YJP as the Public Relations Director.
Vivek Sanghvi works as a Machine Learning Engineer at Callbox, DTX. He graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from Mumbai University and then pursued a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. Prior to YJP, he has worked with Terapanth Professional Forum, Mumbai, along with several other organizations. Outside of work, his passion lies in food, dancing, education and technology.
Riddhi Choksy is from Dayton, Ohio and she is super excited to join the team as the co-communications director. She graduated from college two years ago in Biomedical Engineering and is currently pursuing a career change into becoming a yoga teacher. She loves dancing, bollywood, bharatnatyam, playing tennis and watching horror/mystery/thriller movies. Growing up in the middle-of-nowhere Ohio with a rare Jain in sight, she never thought she would be a part of such an amazing community of motivated individuals committed to the advancement of our Jain values. She is looking forward to serving on the YJP board and seeing what amazing experiences the year has to bring.
Shachi is a medical professional with a passion in preventive medicine, especially in underserved areas. This is her first time on the board and she is excited to contribute to the group! In her free time, you can catch Shachi baking, painting, or planning her next getaway trip.
Fund Raising Director
Bhavik Shah is located in Richmond Virginia. He is currently a Principal for Ari-Investment, his family business located across several states in the US where they own and operate commercial real estate in the hospitality industry run under Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt, Choice, Wyndham, Red Roof, G6, and others. He also oversees the operations of Ari- Investment petroleum investments / facilities in Virginia, the commercial retail business, and triple net lease operations. Bhavik graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Finance and completed his Honors Thesis on Retail REITs. He currently serves as the Ambassador for the Washington DC Region for the Asian American Hotel Owners Community, Emerging Leaders Network for Intercontinetal Hotel Group. Bhavik is an active youth member for the Jain Society of Central Virginia, various Chambers of Commerce where his organization is present, and participates in several mentorship programs to foster the growth of his associates and members of the community. During his free time Bhavik enjoys trying new vegetarian/vegan restaurants, meeting up with friends, and playing basketball.
West Regional Coordinator
Midwest Regional Coordinator
Priya Nagda currently works as a Digital Marketing Professional at The Men's Wearhouse corporate HQ. She loves fashion, dance, weekend getaways, frequenting California's beautiful beaches and is an avid traveller. #wanderlust #fashionista #digitalmarketer
Palak is a Technology executive at PEAK6 Group, an investments firm based in Chicago. She has a huge passion for technology. Over the years, she has developed complex tech platforms for various financial instruments.
Being one of the few female technology leaders in finance, she has broken stereotypes of gender, race, and age. She is a big advocate for women in Tech. Her work for inclusion and diversity in the world of finance has been an inspiration for other leaders. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Finance- Leaders Award at the FiNext 2019 conference.
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Rachit Jain is an Analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York City. With certified experience in financial modeling, strategic initatives, and business analysis, Rachit hopes to bring his knowledge and experience to the 2019 YJP Board and help build the Jain community.
Southeast Regional Coordinator
Nikita was raised in India. Currently, she is a part of a hospitality business, Pineapple Capital Group, sphere-heading its marketing, management, Hotel FF&E Procurement, and Hotel Development platforms. She is a woman Entrepreneur and a lifetime member of AAHOA and Cornell Hotel Society. She did her bachelors from MIT-SOM, Pune India and Fashion: Design and Marketing from the University of the Arts London. She is also a Certified Hotel Owner in The United States Of America. She worked at an e-commerce firm trading luxury goods with Amazon and Flipkart. Her passion for fashion lead her to be a Client Advisor for Louis Vuitton in Atlanta, GA. She loves pani puri, traveling, adventures, pets and fashion. She believes in living life to the fullest.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
Nilima Runwal is a general dentist working in a private practice in Richmond, VA since the last two years. She has specialized in Advanced Educatin in General Dentistry from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Dentistry is her biggest passion, but she also carries special interests in sketching, painting, dancing, and cooking. She is very good at making portraits. She loves to travel to different countries and places that have different cultures and way of living.
Southwest Regional Coordinator
Riddhi is a Managing Clinical Director and General Dentist in Texas. She finished her Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law, focusing heavily on Compliance.
Riddhi’s been vegan for about 10 years. She loves to spend time with her adopted vegan furbaby, Jiya. She enjoys listening to podcasts, going out to hike, traveling, beaches, and playing outdoors. She connected with the love of her life through YJP (it works).
Fun fact: she doesn’t know how to ride a bike.
Canada Regional Coordinator
Parth Shah, born in Ahmedabad and settled in Toronto, is an entrepreneur and the Co-founder of Photokrafft and Photoselector. Primarily he is focused on the family business, but also works as a Software Support Specialist with Telus Health. He has traveled and worked with photography companies in 7 countries in 7 years. He is passionate about travel, food and photography. He is onboard YJP as the 2020 RC for Canada and wants to create a chain with every Jain helping fellow Jains selflessly.