My name is Rajesh Narsian and I moved to the Greater Des Moines area in 1999. I have always been interested in volunteering and over the years have been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Meals from the Heartland, blood drives and other such avenues. Being with IAAI provides me a great opportunity to promote Indian culture and give back to the community. I’m confident to continue the good work done by our past board members and provide guidance for the upcoming youth of the next generation Iowans.
My name is Pallavi Dukle. I like to volunteer and give back to the community that I’ve been a part of for 20 years. IAAI gives me the opportunity to get involved at various levels through events that showcase our cultural heritage and activities that help create an awareness of the contributions that our community makes towards the greater good.
I am Sumit Chawla. I have been living in Iowa for seven years. I believe our society will be able to express our religion and culture even when far from our motherland and this believe is empowering me to support cultural events for Indian community in Iowa. I look forward to expressing our religion and culture in our families and IAAI has provided me the platform to accomplish my thoughts.
I moved to Iowa in 2007 with my wife, Shriti and two daughters. Being an IAAI board member not only provides an opportunity to influence, give back and make a difference to our community through organization of cultural events, it also allows my family to maintain a deep connection to a unique heritage that continues to evolve without losing its identity.
Promoting civic engagement and contribution to American society has been a key driver to continually serve the community past 25 years. Recognizing the importance of citizen diplomacy as a key contributor to US-India relations, as a Board member, it is my responsibility to facilitate the much needed goodwill in US-India socio-economic relations. Through promotion of rich Indian culture & heritage in Iowa, both Iowans and our young generation has a first hand opportunity to experience the Indian way of life.
I have been a resident of Iowa since 2007. Before that we lived in Minnesota. I was fortunate enough to organize the annual events for the Bengali Association and that experience gave me the confidence to take on the responsibilities of being a board member. Being on the board gives me an opportunity to give back to the community I am so proud of and help others get a glimpse of the different cultures which are a part of India thru the events organized by IAAI.