Brand Ambassadors

Pragathi Yadhati
Brand Ambassador

Pragathi Yadhati, a graduate from Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute, New York, worked at Broadway Comedy Club. She has done several off Broadway productions like Bollywood Wedding, Satire off Broadway, Baggage Claim, etc in NYC and played the lead actress in the Bollywood movie called “Ooops a Desi“. She also has performed at Thespis NY theater festival and SAIPAA festival in New York. She is also a Poet and a Playwright. She is very excited about the lead role she is currently playing in a mind bending psychological thriller – a Bollywood movie that is been filmed in Greater New York area. Strongly believes in giving back to the society.

Neela Zareen

Dr. Neela Zareen
Brand Ambassador

Neela Zareen is versatile Indian classical dancer specializing in Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak. Under the guidance of Guru Smt. Sadhana Paranji, she completed her dance debut, known as Kuchipudi Rangapravesam in 2012 and earned the title, Natya Tilakam in Kuchipudi. She has performed in various cultural events and venues, including the City Hall, South Street Seaport, United Nations & local TV stations. She teaches dance in Jackson Heights, Queens and in Manhattan at her dance studio, Neela Dance. She received her PhD in biology/neurobiology from Columbia University in 2012 and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow under Professor John Martin at the City College of New York.

Office-Bearers

Prasad Kunisetty

Prasad Kunisetty
Founder and President

Prasad Kunisetty is a Social Entrepreneur. A native of Bapatla, started his career as a Journalist and eventually became an IT Professional and Businessman. Founder and Chairman of TP Group of Companies including TeluguPeople.com / TP Media India Ltd., Effexoft Inc, and TP Realtors. Founder of American Association of Telugu Investors and Entrepreneurs (AATIE). He strongly believes in providing opportunities for people to move on to the next level in their life.

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Nagesh Karra
Secretary

An IT professional working in a financial industry in NY- NJ Metro area. B. tech Mechanical Engineering from JNTU, Kakinada. Hobbies – reading books.Involved in voluntary activities since childhood. Strongly believes that Education with right values will make valuable citizens.

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Lava Boggavarapu

Lava Boggavarapu
Treasurer

Lava is in the BI and Data Migration space professionally. He is staunch believer of helping people help themselves rather than giving hand-outs. He has been micro-lending thru Kiva & Milaap since 2007 and supporting needy kids for primary education via Uplift a Child since 2004.

He enjoys doing the NYT X-words puzzles, reading, Math, walking, traveling, trying different cuisines and fine food. He was born in Kakinada, but currently lives in Marlboro, NJ with his wife, 3 kids, a dog and few other pets.

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Venkat Thiruveedhula
Joint Treasurer

Professionally works in IT industry. Passion to help and see change in people life which in turn build healthy society. Great believer of education will bring holistic change. Lives with family in Boston, MA.

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Krishna Kotha

Krishna Kotha
Director, Student Engagement

Krishna Kotha works for a Pharmaceutical company in New Jersey & Volunteers for TeluguPeople Foundation. He is passionate about creating opportunities for people having zeal to pull themselves out of poverty by hard work and sincere effort. He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and 9 year old, who support him in all his efforts.

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Kiran Chagarlamudi

Kiran Chagarlamudi
Joint Director, Student Engagement

Kiran works in a pharmaceutical company in Research and Development. He believes that people can do miracles with little support. He is from Guntur district and lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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Kalyan Boggavarapu

Kalyan Boggavarapu
Director, Social Media

Kalyan is in BI and Enterprise Datawarehousing space. Budding Entrepreneur, trader & investor. Believes in empowerment with education. Dessert connoisseur, plays Ping Pong & enjoys running.

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Hari Devulapalli
Joint Director, Social Media

Hari is an architect in Web Technologies related software development. He lives with his wife and two children in Chicago area. He has vast experience in web development and eCommerce. He believes in – ‘Education is the best medicine’.

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Satya Yerraganti

Satya Yerraganti
Director, IT

Satya is an MBA (Systems) and in Java/J2EE Application Development space. In the Banking and Financial Services domain. Strongly believing in helping people especially in the Education space. Helped several students on a personal level and through other organizations before joining TPF. Enjoys music, gardening and always tries new recipes whenever there is time. She lives in Wayne, NJ with Husband and Son.

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Board Members

Suresh Ediga

Suresh Ediga
Executive Member

Suresh Ediga, by profession is a software engineer working as a Vice President at a ny based financial company and by choice is an active volunteer. He works on various issues from child’s education to women’s empowerment to farmers issues to caste based and other similar issues. He believes all these issues are interconnected and that it is our responsibility and obligation towards the society and our fellow human beings.

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Subbarao Seethamsetty
Executive Member

Subbarao Seethamsetty has many years of deep experience in Northeast US delivering successful Financial, Accounting and Business Process transformation engagements with Fortune 500 companies. His skills and expertise are sought after by the Big-5 (Accenture, IBM, KPMG, PWC and E&Y) when multi-national companies require to have uniform and streamlined business processes, financial visibility in real time, actionable insights with detailed view of their costing and profitability analysis across the globe for each of their product lines. He lives with his wife Saraswathi and son Tharun in Hamilton, Ontario.

Pradeep Suwarna

Pradeep Suwarna
Executive Member

Pradeep Suwarna is from Manthani, Karimnagar District in Telangana, India. Since their family is closely related to many politicians, he developed a lot of interest in social issues from a very early age. Worked in Marketing and Business Development domains in India before coming to United States in 1991. Pradeep is very active in several community organizations including American Telugu Association and Kalabharathi. An MBA in Marketing, lives in Edison with his wife and son.

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Vamsikrishna Venigalla
Executive Member

Vamsee is actively engaged with TPF since 2006. He was born in a small village, Donepudi, of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh but currently working in a reputed bank in the US. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and his cute little kid Viyaan.

If one has the will, nothing seems impossible in this world. There might be many people who have come out with flying colors in their professional lives, but he strongly believes that, one could be said to be truly successful, only when he or she gives something back to the society.

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Bhaskar Bupathi
Executive Member

Bhaskar is a restaurant and business owner in New Jersey. Has been actively volunteering for nearly a decade with many associations to bring about a difference in education, cultural arts, empowerment and much more. Currently resides in NJ with wife and two daughters.
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Advisors

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Vid Ponnapalli
Financial Advisor

Vid is the founder of Unique Financial Advisors. Vid provides customized Financial Planning, Investment Management and tax consultation services for Generation X professionals. Vid believes today’s financial planning need is under-served by traditional financial planning methods, mainly due to minimum income or net worth levels requirements. Vid’s goal is to contribute and change this paradigm.

Vid and his beautiful wife, Maha live in Holmdel, NJ. Their three young boys are on their path to settling down in life. When he does not work on Financial Planning, Vid enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with family.