Teresa Patel


Teresa Patel is a New York City based actress who starred in ABC’s One Life to Live and has since appeared in a short film and MTV2’s Guy Code. Growing up, Teresa knew she had two passions: examining the real world through the study of science and exploring the make-believe world. To accomplish both, she studied and graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and trained in the arts at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. She is grateful to the universe for giving her the chance to be a pharmaceutical expert and performer. It is Teresa’s dream to give others a chance to pursue their passions the way she has been able to pursue hers. Teresa is a proud sponsor of two young girls from the Save the Children organization. She is also currently working to build a non-profit whose goal is to support children’s education in India and provide communities with basic healthcare. She hopes to one day look back at her life and know that she has inspired and touched the lives of as many children  as possible.



Riya Bhattacharjee

Baal Dan Charities

Riya Bhattacharjee has served as the Director of Fundraising & Development for Baal Dan Charities since 2011. In this role she has helped develop the strategic fundraising vision for the organization and has organized and assisted with events in various cities. Riya has been an integral part of Baal Dan’s team and is dedicated to Baal Dan’s mission of  supporting the basic needs and social welfare of the world’s most vulnerable children ( mostly street children and orphans).

Riya recently relocated from NYC to Washington, D.C. and serves as a Director for a healthcare tech startup. Having spent her career in the healthcare space with both Fortune 50 and startup companies, Riya is passionate about improving healthcare processes to increase patient access and improve outcomes.



Niru Sahadevan

Visions Global Empowerment

Niru Sahadevan joined the Visions Global Empowerment Board of Directors in 2012.  He is passionate about providing education and leadership training to children affected by poverty, conflict & disabilities.  He hopes you will contribute to this effort by donating or volunteering with us.



Gurdeep Sareen

Visions Global Empowerment

Since 2013, Gurdeep has served as the Director for Visions Global Empowerment’s New York City Chapter. In this role he has helped organize fundraisers, recruit volunteers and increase awareness of Vision’s and its mission to help children escape the grasp of poverty by providing them leadership skills and education. Outside of Visions, Gurdeep is a pharmacist specializing in healthcare quality improvement and a mentor to pharmacy students. Gurdeep is passionate about helping those less fortunate, improving the delivery of healthcare and enhancing the patient experience.



Ragini Jain

Ragini Jain born and raised in NY is an actress, dancer, model, TV Host and marketing specialist for AWESOME TV and producer for the upcoming horror feature film, “DEPRIVATION” based in New York.  She has acted in American and Indian commercials, TV show, films, theatre productions, music videos and a web series.  Her TV show, “TAKE A BITE with Ragini” will be airing soon this year!  After graduating from Rockland College in Acting – Performing Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences where she created, produced and directed a show winning the Deans Award, she then went to Baruch College in NYC to continue her education in Entertainment Business and received her BA in Arts Administration with a double scholarship recipient to work in her entertainment career while attending college.  Ragini is a leader and supporter of organizations such as NetIP NY, Lend-A-Hand India, IAAC, NYIFF, SAIFF and SAMMA.  She was on the NetIP NY Board 2014 as the Chair for Cultural Events bringing in the NetIP Annual Conference to NYC in October 2015.  While supporting these organizations, she works at the Baruch Performing Arts Center as a Client Services Associate in stage productions.  Ragini is passionate helping raise money for children with disabilities and wants to inspire others to donate their time to those people who are in less fortunate.


Sharon-Priya Banta

Born right in NYC, Sharon-Priya Banta has been involved in volunteer activities since youth. “Everyone reading this is blessed to have a computer, internet, the gift of vision amongst many other great things. It’s our duty as a global citizen to give back to our communities.” After attending business school she returned back to obtain a graduate degree as a Clinical Dietitian & Certified Health Coach from Columbia Univerity. Sharon currently has her own private practice titled SPB Nutrition: Simple Practical Balanced Nutrition which provides nutrition counseling for New Yorkers on the go. She also works as a Lead Dietitian at an Intensive Outpatient Clinic where she works with patients diagnosed with Eating Disorders; Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders. “Its challenging working with a population whom is both physically and emotionally ill but I love what I do.”



Raj Jhaveri

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Founder of The Annual Aquarius Charity Affair

Raj Jhaveri is an innovator, entrepreneur, social media persona, philanthropist, hip-hop dancer, and a former TV Host for Sony Entertainment Television and He is known for his unique ways of charitable fundraising through entertainment, and has been featured in multiple media outlets such as Entrepreneur Magazine, MTV, Vice Magazine – Motherboard, Wall Street Journal, Motley Fool, MedCity News and MedCrunch.

By day, Raj is a visionary entrepreneur and strategist in the Medical and Biotechnology Industry, who has worked with Bio-Reference LaboratoriesSage ScienceBio-GenexPfizerAbpro Labs, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Genentech and the Department of Defense in the past. He obtained his Bachelor’s at The Ohio State University, and continued his graduate studies at Harvard Medical School. Later, he co-founded Manethryn Technology, Inc. and assisted in launching Fermentöme, Inc. Currently, Raj is the Managing Partner at The Catalan Group, a strategy consulting firm based in Manhattan, New York, which has successfully helped launched a popular medical translator app called Canopy, and is currently the founding Chief Technology Officer of Face2Face Health, a pediatric telemedicine and EMR platform. 

In his spare time, he partakes in the fashion, film, music, and dance industry, and enjoys being a true “Curious George” exploring anything that is new and intriguing, hence his former social media persona as “The Urban Nerd.” This allowed him to become the brand ambassador for a rising fashion brand, Convey.

Raj is also known for hosting The Annual Aquarius Charity Affair, an annual free event held in January/February, which has attracted thousands of people and raised over $15,000 worth of funds for multiple charities since 2008.