“Love all, serve all, help ever, hurt never.”
Sathya Sai Ba ba

Padmanabh Kamath

Chairperson

Padmanabh is a retired Pathologist and a former chairperson of ICC.& Padmanabh is a retired pathologist. He worked at the Highland Hospital and the Unity Hospital. He joined the ICC BOT in 1992. He was the Chair of ICC in 1993-1995 and in 2007. Padmanabh and his wife, Amrith moved to Rochester in 1979.

Padmanabh is a retired pathologist. He worked at Highland Hospital for 31 years and at Unity Hospital for 3 years. From both places, he retired as Director of Pathology. Padmanabh was active in community service. He was honored with the Community Service Awards by the Urban League of Rochester and by the Masonic Service Bureau of Rochester.  He served as Treasurer of the Faith Community Health Awareness Center and of Nevaeh; as President of the Health Association and as a Board member of Depaul.

Padmanabh is the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award of the India Community Center. He played an active role in the development of the Classical Music and Dance Society of ICC, Hindu Heritage Summer Camp (in Rochester), Rochester Yoga Retreat, Kalidas Community Theater, Vedanta Retreat, the Banquet Services of the ICC and the India Heritage Museum. He is also a founding member and Secretary of Saathi of Rochester.

"Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and
valued - when they can give and receive without judgement."
Dr. Brene Brown

Rajeev S. Ramchandran

Community Service

Rajeev grew up in Rochester (Henrietta and Pittsford) and at the India Community Center of Rochester. His mother grew up in Tumkur and Mysore in Karnataka, and his father grew up in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (formerly Madhya Pradesh) and Nagpur, Maharashtra. His family traditions are rooted in Tamil culture, so he grew up hearing Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Marathi at home.

Rajeev's cultural experiences at ICC inspired him to study South Asian Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His community service experience through ICC motivated him to pursue a career in medicine and become an ophthalmologist. He returned to Rochester and is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Population Health, and vitreoretinal surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center. ICC was created by his parents, family members, and community Uncles and Aunts for his generation and when he returned to Rochester to support his family, he took it as his duty to help support, grow, and promote ICC as part of my community service to his Greater Rochester family. Rajeev has served on the ICC Board of Trustees for 7 years and has served as its Chairperson for the last 2 years. He also served as Treasurer for the preceding 2 years.

Rajeev is very passionate about his Indian culture and heritage and works to maintain connections with India through family visits and work as well while serving on the Indo-American Eye Care Society Board, the founding board of the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, that was established at a kitchen table in Brighton, NY while he was a child growing up in Rochester.

Rajeev enjoy playing tennis, watching American Football, keeping up with Indian cinema and entertainment, and spending time with family and friends. He is a President of the Rochester Flaum Eye Institute Lions Club and participate in activities at the Rochester Sathya Sai Center, the India Heritage Museum, the Hindu Temple of Rochester, and the Srividya Temple of Rochester.

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money.”
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya

Nita Genova

Board Secretary

Nita's connection to the Indian culture is through Indian Cinema. She has lead classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT for the last 11 years and Chautauqua Institute on India Cinema. She and her husband, Dominic, are the parents of two daughters. She loves being part of the ICC and serving such a wonderful organization. Nita is passionate about contributing her expertise and interest in working with other community members to enhance ICC's footprint outside of the organization. Nita envisions ICC to have an increase in membership volume; have formal bylaws in place, and a finalized form for rental tours.

"The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."
Barack Obama
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Goonwattie Surajpal
Treasurer & Financial Secretary

Goonwattie was born in Suriname and emigrated to the United States in 2005. She enjoys reading, hiking, and trying different cuisines. Goonwattie loves learning new things and meeting new people. She is passionate about sharing her values and traditions with the community and helping to keep the organization strong and sustainable for future generations. Her goal is to maintain ICC's stability and keep the community continuously engaged and active.

"Always remember you are braver than you think, stronger than you seem and loved more than you know."
William James

Jayanti Venkataraman
ICC Rental Manager

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. Jayanti 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. Jayanti continues to work towards increasing usage of ICC through rental needs from the community.

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernhard Shaw
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Jesica Basant

Banquet Services & Membership Coordinator 

Jesica was born in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in Schenectady, NY. She moved to Rochester in 2018 and is a Program Manager at the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jesica joined ICC Board of Trustees in 2020 with aspirations of building relations and serving her community for a brighter tomorrow. Growing up, Jesica spent her time volunteering in her community. She served as an activity coordinator at a nursing home and an occupational transporter for residents at a rehabilitation center in her hometown. She later resided in Westchester, NY, where she volunteered in case management and occupational health at Westchester Medical Center. Jesica enjoys reading psychological thrillers, nature walks/hikes and loves to take part in free-style painting and DIY projects.

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."
Rabindranath Tagore

Sraddha Prativadi

Communications and Website Manager

Sraddha was born in Madras, India and grew up in Boston, Madison and Rochester.  After moving to Rochester at age 12, ICC became a very important part of her teen years with regards to her linguistic, cultural and artistic development as a Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam Dancer.  Professionally she is an Integrative ObGyn and currently focuses her time on writing about psychoneuroimmunology and women's health while being a Personal Development and Business Coach.

Dr. Sraddha Prativadi works on ICC communications and online presence.  She aims to continuously improve the connection and information flow between the many facets of the Indian community in Rochester so that the best of our skills and creativity can synergize to serve the higher good. She would love to work with you to help bring the best of your talents, skills and creativity to ICC to help make it vibrant and dynamic!

Sraddha enjoys being a mom to her vivacious and bossy 16 yo daughter, singing opera and pretty much any style of music that allows her to sing her heart out, playing piano, dancing to classical and Bollywood music, and nerding out on the science of immunology and the mind-body connection.  She looks forward to having a conversation with you!

“Start every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: What’s good in my life? and What needs to be done?”
Nathaniel Branden

Satish Unawane

Community Representative

Satish is from Aurangabad Maharashtra and is currently employed at Excellus as a Solutions Architect. He enjoys getting involved in social activities and listen to music. Satish is focused on doing more outreach in the community to spread awareness of the Indian culture and build relations with other organizations.

“We cannot sit in comfort and expect growth we ask for. Embrace obstacles as opportunities."
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Aditi Bhandiwad

Kannada Koota Community Representative

Aditi is a Physical Therapist and a full-time mom. She loves being a member of ICC and meeting new people. Aditi enjoys traveling, hiking, nature walks, and camping. Her hobbies include drawing, sketching, painting on glass, and crafts. She loves cooking and trying new recipes.

Her goal is to be able to advise the board on financial strategy and fundraising opportunities. She hopes to discover more inclusive ways of engaging with the community to participate in events and become members. Aditi is also a community representative of SAATHI.

SAATHI is a nonprofit organization that helps South Asians who are facing domestic violence. SAATHI provides crisis/ safety planning, case management, advocacy, referral services, housing, education/ career and financial counseling, transportation, immigration, and legal help to those who are in need of assistance.

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
Mother Teresa

Seema Dahake

Board of Trustees Seema is a physician in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine working in Geriatrics at the University of Rochester. She is also certified in Lifestyle Medicine. She enjoys dancing, singing and traveling. On-going assistance to saathi in all its endeavors. Seema's vision is to make ICC an organization that the community would want to join.

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Anusri Sarkar
Community Representative

Anusri is a Tech professional who loves Indian culture and languages and is passionate about tech and sustainability. She also enjoys learning about other cultures and meeting interesting people. Anusri sees an intergenerational and diverse Indian-American community coming together under the umbrella of ICC to share our unique backgrounds and strengths to build a more inclusive and engaged community. Anusri's role is to foster this through the newly formed DOSTH initiative for community service (seva) and continue activities such as Red Cross Blood Drives, and monthly seva at The People's Pantry as DOSTHs of the community.