India Community Center of Rochester Board of Trustees

Jyothsna Ponnuri


Jyothsna has been living in Rochester with her husband Rao and daughter Nidhi since 1997. She has been practicing geriatrics for the last 10 years and finds great pleasure and gratification in taking care of the elderly and chronically ill. During her spare time she likes dancing,  listening to music, helping the community in whatever capacity she can and having fun with friends and family.

Arti Talwar

Rajeev Ramchandran

Rajeev Ramchandran grew up in Henrietta and Pittsford and has seen the growth of ICC from its earliest days. Having been raised in a family that has supported and benefited from ICC since its inception, Rajeev knows the value ICC provides Rochester in preserving and promoting Indian culture and heritage. As a ICC BOT trustee, he seeks to ensure that the second generation Indian perspective is represented in ICC's activities and BOT discussions. Rajeev is a vitreoretinal surgeon at the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he champions Indo-US relations a part of medical center's India Initiative.

Baal Bhagat

Director of Operations
After completing Masters Degree from SUNY at Buffalo in Industrial Engineering with software development in Human Factors Engineering, he became a Xerox employee for many years. Currently he is employed by H & R Block as Master Tax Advisor and involved with tax software development. He is also certified IRS Enrolled Agent, authorized to practice tax law before tax court and IRS audit.  Baal is actively involved with KALIDAS, an Indo-American Community Theater group of Rochester. Since its inception, Baal has directed many plays for Kalidas.
Rao Dontula

Assistant DO and Banquet Services
Narasimharao (Rao) Dontula has been living in Rochester with Jyothsna and Nidhi since 1997. He has come back for his second stint as an ICC trustee. In mid-2000 he was the membership chair of ICC. He is also currently involved with the local Society of Plastics Engineers chapter. He is a chemical engineer and currently works at Multisorb Technologies in Buffalo doing materials and business development. He likes to play table tennis and travel.
Jayanti Venkataraman

ICC Rental and Newsletter Editor
Jayanti Venkataraman joined the Board of Trustees in 2003 and has served as the ICC Newsletter Editor since that time. In 2007 she established the Education Committee and served as BOT chair in 2008. She is a professor in electrical engineering at RIT. She is dedicated to education related community service. She lives in Brighton with her husband, Venkat and children, Archana and Vinayak.
Somnath Maity

Somnath moved to Rochester during 2014 and has been on the ICC Board of Trustees for last 2 years. Somnath is a Project Manager from IBM and is working out of Victor CooperVision office. Somnath is living at Pittsford area with his wife Chandana and 2 children Swauchha and Srutahm. Somnath will take care of ICC membership this year and will be helping for organizing different ICC events.
Ramprasad Sunkara

Communications and Webmaster
Ram Prasad Sunkara has been living with his wife Pushpa, children Akhila and Anoop in Rochester since 1993. Ram has served in ICC board between 2011 and 2014 and re-joined the BOT in 2018. Ram is an IT professional working at Xerox. Ram believes ICC adds significant value to livelihood of Indians in Rochester area. Ram had helped with the ICC membership in the past and will be serving as co-treasurer.
Anar Desai-Stephens

Classical Music and Dance
Sanjiv Virdee

Education and Community Outreach
Sanjiv Virdee grew up in the Rochester area. He spent much of his youth taking part in cultural Indian activities including vocal semi-classical and Bollywood music and dance. He now works at the University of Rochester Medical Center as an Interventional Radiologist.
Shanthi Chandrasekar

Shanthi Chandrasekar and her husband Subramanian with daughter Sanjana came to Rochester in 2010 from Melbourne, Australia Shanthi holds a M.A. degree and worked for several years in Banking and Finance with Andhra Bank in India and National Australia Bank and GE Finance, Melbourne., before completing a teaching degree from Monash University, Australia, and switching to a career in Secondary Education. She currently works for the Rush Henrietta school district. She has served previously on the ICC Board of Trustees between 2013 to 2016, and was on the Hindu Temple Executive Committee in 2017-2018. Shanthi’s hobbies include reading and writing, Carnatic and light music, Badminton, travelling to new places, scrapbooking and cooking. Shanthi ‘s interest and experience in the field of Education, makes her a good fit to for Education related aspects of the ICC.