MGL Trustee Bios
Barkat Charania received his medical degree in 1964 and FRCS from Royal College of Surgeons in 1971 from UK. He practiced as an Orthopedic Surgeon until 1995. At present, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Ibn Sina Foundation, Director of SIUT-NA Inc., a Certified Mediator with Dispute Resolution Center and involved in many other charitable, social, and educational activities. He is an author and has worked on the faculty of Aga Khan University. He has been a volunteer with Aga Khan Development Network and a consultant to UNICEF and WHO.
Sanjay Jain is a native of New Delhi and a Civil Engineer from IIT Delhi. Brought up in a religious family, he has deep rooted belief in Ahimsa and is a practicing vegetarian. He completed an MS at LSU- Baton Rouge. After working on the Space Station program and Petro Chemical software, he moved into Healthcare IT and retired from Cerner Corporation as Chief Architect of RIS/-PACS integration systems. Sanjay and his wife Dr. Renu Jain began volunteering at Arya Samaj in 1994, when their older son began attending DAV Sanskriti School. Since then they have had many roles in the management committee of Arya Samaj. With the founding of MGL, Sanjay came in touch with Atul Kothari and found the MGL’s mission noble and consistent with his values. He became a volunteer with the speech contest in 2005 and has since coordinated Speech and other contests and chaired Shraddanjali and 1000 Lights for Peace.
Atul Kothari has been a CPA licensed to practice public accounting in Texas since 1979. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India) with B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1974; earned his MS in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York; and received his MBA from University of Houston. Atul currently resides in Houston and has his own public accounting firm since 1984.
Devinder Mahajan is the founding president of Arya Samaj Greater Houston and Vedic Culture Center which manages DAV Montessori School and DAV Sanskriti School. He served as president of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha (Congress of Arya Samajs of North America) for four years and currently serves as a member Emeritus. He is founding president of Jeevan Prabhat, which looks after boarding, lodging, and education of underprivileged children in India. He serves on the board of Patanjli Yogpeeth and is chairman of the Advisory Board of Hindus of Greater Houston. Since retiring after 24 years of service as an Associate Consultant from Dow Chemical Company, Mr. Mahajan has dedicated his life to community service, social causes, and charitable projects.
Ajit Paralkar is a Mechanical Engineer with a MBA in Finance and a Texas CPA. His professional career in finance, accounting, and auditing encompasses oil and gas services, aviation, consulting, distribution, and retail industries. He has been involved in tutoring and mentoring at-risk students in the Houston, Fort Bend, and Alief school districts through the Sathya Sai organization. He served on its board for eight years and currently serves on the Board of iEducateUSA, a nonprofit committed to tutoring and mentoring young children from inner city schools in science and math.
Richard “Dick” Steele retired from the active practice of law in 2002 and now spends time with his grandchildren, doing pro bono legal work, and working with religious and nonprofit organizations. He is especially interested in interfaith relations and is active on a notional Quaker committee on Christian and interfaith relations. He is a member of Live Oak Friends Meeting of Houston and formerly represented South Central Yearly Meeting of Friends to the Texas Conference of Churches. He is a lay chaplain with Community of Hope and works with recovering alcoholics and addicts. He is a former board member of American Friends Service Committee where he served on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. He serves on Friends General Conference Central Committee where he is a board member and former President of Friends Meeting House Fund. He also is on the senior board of directors of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. He has been a board member of the ACLU-Houston Chapter. He also formally served as President of the Houston Peace and Justice Center.
Namita Sutaria is a native Texan and longtime Houston resident. She started volunteering at a young age and went on to become Executive Director of Pratham USA and was integral in launching the US-based chapter. A practicing Interior Designer with Laura Manchee Designs, Namita has actively given back to the design community as an Adjunct Professor of Interior Design at Houston Community College. She is also a self-taught graphic designer and owns My Kreative Style, specializing in custom invitations.
Manish Manish K. Wani received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and continued his training in Otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He is Board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Manish is a partner with Texas, Ear, Nose & Throats Specialists, P.A. and has been in practice in West Houston since 2001. He is an active volunteer with Faith in Practice and has participated in organized surgical mission trips yearly since 2008.