Meet The Team

I'm originally from Thane and moved to Richmond, VA in 2008 working in IT. I'm hardcore Actor and have performed in 1000+ stage shows. Have written, produced and financed a webseries that will be launched on OTT platform. I look forward to serve the Community and have a fun filled eventful 2022 year together

Prajakta Vaze

president
I was born and brought up in the Orange city, Nagpur. My family and I have been living in Richmond for 16 years and we are one of the founding members of GRMM. I have a career in public health care and a passion for traveling and cooking. I’m involved in various community volunteering organizations. As a proud mother of two kids, Richmond has given us several great memories and I am looking forward to serve GRMM with a wonderful team.

Vaishali Thakare

VICE PRESIDENT
I have been living in Richmond since 2017. I am originally from Mumbai. Being a computer engineering graduate my early career marks 7 years in IT before I decided to be a full-time homemaker when my elder son was born. I have always believed in giving back to community. In Mumbai, I have worked for various social causes such as teaching students at municipal corporation schools and under privileged kids at railway stations and streets of Mumbai. This year I will be working on the EC committee as a membership director, giving me an opportunity to serve the community.

Deepali Patil

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
I am in Richmond for 6 years now and I love this city. I like to volenteer and contribute to the society, so I hope to do a justice as one of the membership directors. I work as a software engineer and am a proud mom of 2 lovely daughters. I like reading, visiting places and spending happy times with friends and family.

Madhuvanti Joshi Chawak

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
I am originally from Pune been in Richmond for long long time and love it here. I work in accounting field and love to travel read and listen to music. My kids are growing up now and I have flexibility of working from home so I taken up the opportunity to join the GRMM EC. Look forward to working with an awesome team and serving the community.

Manjiri Parkhi

treasurer
Mumbaikar at heart but Richmond is now home, after years of globetrotting for work. Love travel and music, crochet is my favorite pass time. I work in Healthcare Tech industry, manage commercial and government business division’s care management. Happy to be on GRMM 2022 committee. We hope to make this year a fantastic memory for all. Truly appreciate this opportunity and privileged to serve our community.

Sarita Barve Rane

TREASURER
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I am in Richmond for 11 years now and I love this city. I’m a Technology Consultant, an Investor, and an Experimental Spiritual Scientist. I’m passionate about bridging the known and unknown worlds by uncovering nature’s secrets. Excited to bring memorable events for our GRMM community.

Prashant Upadhye

technical DIRECTOR
A Mumbaikar who loves Technology, Music, Outdoors and Foodie by nature, who choose Richmond, VA to be Home. I work in the Healthcare Tech industry and innovation with cutting edge technology keeps me alive. Over the weekend, I devote some time in my Music Studio and stay fit biking on trails with my friends Glad to be part of the wonderful committee this year and looking forward to bring memorable events for our beloved GRMM community!

Parag Khadye

technical DIRECTOR
I am a home maker and a mom of 10 year twin boys .Being an actor , dancer, painter and a Choreographer by hobby, I have performed in many stand ups and recently acted in a webseries " Settled " which will soon be on Amazon prime. I think my background will surely help me in leading this non profit organization GRMM as one of the Cultural Directors for the year 2022

Archana Bote Sankhe

cultural director
I'm living in Richmond since last 6 years. I am from Pune and enjoy being a beautician. I have 2 lovely daughters. I like to dance, listen to music, read and hike. This year I will be working on the EC committee as a Cultural Director. I truly appreciate this opportunity and look forward to bring memorable events.

Jaishree Kolhe

CULTURAL DIRECTOR
I have lived in Richmond for the last 16 years , originally from Mumbai. I am a software engineer and I love running and playing Pickleball. Our family loves to travel especially on cruises! I am so happy to serve our own GRMM committee as a communication director. This will give me opportunity to come closer and bring the marathi community closer in Richmond

Archana Jagtap

Communication DIRECTOR
नमस्कार , मि पुरु ठाकरे या वर्षिचा BMM ( ब्रुहन महाराष्ट्र मंडळ) चा प्रतिनिधी . मुळचा तालुका पुसद जि. यवतमाळ या गावचा. कंप्यूटर ईंजीनियर करुन पुसद ते मुंबई ते अमेरिका . रिचमंडला २००६ पासन स्थायिक. नाटक, समाजकार्य याची आवड. BMM वर तसा स्वयंसेवक म्हणून मागील काही वर्षापासुन कार्यरत. अमेरिकेतिल मराठी समाजाला सांस्क्रुतिक धाग्यानी जोडायचे हा छोटासा प्रयत्न

Puru Thakare

BMM Representative
I grew up in the heart of Mumbai (Girgaum) and have been living in Richmond for the last 24 years! I am very excited to be a Marathi Shala Coordinator for this year after being one of GRMM’s founding members and having served as President and Treasurer in past years. We have a great team of Marathi Shala teachers who are volunteering and spending their valuable time to teach the Marathi language to the kids in the GRMM community. We will do our best to foster a terrific learning environment for the kids and help them develop a genuine interest in Marathi.

Sanjay Mulay

Marathi Shala Coordinator
I have been living in Richmond since last 16 years and am associated with GRMM since its inception. I have worked as GRMM President, Cultural Director as well as Marathi Shala Coordinator and Teacher. I am proud of my Marathi heritage and always looking for opportunity to promote our unique culture.

Bakul Apte

Marathi Shala Coordinator