Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

The present Kodai Friends International, Inc. (KFI) Board of Directors consists of 10 elected members and 3 ex officio members, the Chair of the Kodaikanal International School (KIS) Council of Directors, the Principal of KIS, and the Executive Director of KFI.

Jyotirmaya “Jeetu” Nanda, Class of 1983

President

Jeetu is physician specializing in Internal Medicine and was elected to the KFI Board in September 2012. He received his medical training (MD) from Manila, Philippines and his residency training in St. Louis, MO. After practicing Internal Medicine for 13 years, he transitioned into a full time administrative position after finishing an MBA from Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He left SSM as their System VP for Population Health, Medical Informatics and Physician Compliance. He then joined Springfield Clinic in Illinois as their first Chief Medical Information Officer. He is currently a Healthcare Executive for Cerner Corporation based in Kansas City. Jeetu has been on the KIS Council of Directors since 2011 and has visited Kodai each April and September since 2012. Jeetu and his wife Upasna have two daughters, Sanika and Anushka. Jeetu, a Rotarian, plays in a tennis league and enjoys spending time with his family. jeetunanda123@gmail.com

William “Bill” Martin, Class of 1970, Former Staff (2009-10), Parent

Vice President

Bill attended Highclerc/Kodai School from 1958-1969. He with his family visited his old homes in Chennai and Kodaikanal in July 2006, then in spring 2008 he visited KIS where his eldest daughter was student teaching English. In 2010 he brought his younger two daughters to KIS for the spring semester of Grades 10 and 11 while he helped cover math classes as a volunteer. Since 1995 Bill is a professor of mathematics at North Dakota State University in Fargo and headed the NDSU School of Education from 2004 to 2017. Bill was elected to the KFI Board in September 2013. His PhD is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in secondary geography teaching from the University of Northern Iowa, BS in mathematics from Iowa State University, and a MA in mathematics from UW-Madison. Bill taught high school geography and mathematics in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia from 1975-1985. Bill and his Aussie wife, Chris, have three daughters, two sons and three granddaughters. william.martin@ndsu.edu

Mary Coleman Lowry, Class of 1964

Treasurer

Mary attended Kodai School from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New Orleans, LA, and has worked in public accounting firms for twelve years. She visited Kodai most recently in January 2013 for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1964. Mary graduated from Oberlin College and has an MA in Political Science from Indiana University. She counts her Kodai years as among the happiest of her life. She has served as treasurer of nonprofit organizations such as the Symphony Volunteers in New Orleans and the Friends of the Library in Manhasset, NY. mlowry36@aol.com

Anju Taneja, Former Staff (1993-2001), Parent

Secretary

Anju arrived at Kodai in January 1993 with her two kids Aradhna and Abhay (then aged 5.5 and 1.5 years respectively) and “thrived in the stimulating work environment” which prepared her for the challenging teaching assignment at a New England prep school where she has been working since 2001. In addition to her regular teaching assignment Anju does freelance work in education. Her recent assignments include: developed online physics lessons for Edgenuity; developed and taught in the Summer of 2013 the inaugural lab science program at Beijing, China. She is now leading a new service project with the International Baccalaureate Organization on using assessment data to inform instruction. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Education–Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability which she hopes will open for her avenues outside classroom instruction. Anju was elected to the KFI Board in September 2013. ataneja@hotchkiss.org

Akshay Birla, Woodstock School Class of 2005

Director

Akshay is a strategy and operations leader at Streamline Health, a health care technology company based in Atlanta.  He studied at KIS’ sister school in North India, Woodstock School, the University of Chicago, and worked at the Advisory Board Company in Washington DC before moving to Atlanta. Akshay was elected to the KFI Board in 2015 and serves on the boards of Woodstock School and the UChicago Alumni Association of Atlanta. abirla@gmail.com

Robert “Bob” D Fletcher, Class of 1965

Director

Bob was elected to the KFI Board of Directors in 2014. Bob is a real estate developer in Larchmont, NY, where he is President of Fletcher Associates, Inc. After graduating from KIS, he received degrees from Princeton & Harvard universities. rbfoffice@yahoo.com

Stan Kuruvilla, Class of 1993

Director

Stan attended Kodai School from 1989 – 1993.  He was elected to the KFI Board in September 2015.  Stan received his B.A. from Knox College and his J.D. from Temple University.  Stan works actively with the South Asian Bar Association of North America as well as through the local chapter in Philadelphia, where he is Treasurer.  He works for PayPal in their Enterprise Risk Management group.  Outside of work, Stan spends time with family, traveling, writing and iPhone photography. stan.kuruvilla@gmail.com

Daryl Miller, Class of 1971

Director

Daryl graduated KIS in 1971. His last visit was a legacy trip with his late father and brother Dave Miller ’72, in 2009. He was pleased to see KIS (and Spencer’s — [those tins of cheese and cadbury’s!] — and the Carlton) which have retained most of their lasting character. Among special memories are Granner’s English class, participation in musicals, handball, hiking, and the dances. Oh, those dances.

Daryl has an MBA / CPA, having spent seven years at KPMG in Chicago and Seattle in both Audit and Consulting. He owns his own business group, and serves on several boards, including that of Seattle Pacific University. He is also part of the current startup effort to set up Immanuel University in Hyderabad to provide faith-based Business and Leadership education for those less fortunate.

Daryl is married to Elsie. They have two sons, Brent and David. Daryl and Elsie live in Seattle, but make frequent trips to Scottsdale, Arizona to track down the missing sun. Daryl loves golf, driving motorcycles or sports cars in the mountains. He looks forward to reconnecting with Kodai as a KFI board member. macdaryl1@aol.com

Vijay Naidu, Class of 1986

Director

Vijay is employed by Nutter Investment Advisors as a portfolio manager responsible for equity research, portfolio management, and trading. Born and raised in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, he received his Masters in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and his Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Vijay travels to India almost every year and looks forward to visiting Kodai to meet alumni, former staff and friends. He last visited Kodai in April 2016. vnaidu86@yahoo.com

David Piet, Class of 1963

Director

David was born and reared in Vellore until starting Kodai School in the 1st grade. While in the Class of ’63, unfortunately he did not graduate from Kodai since his parents left India in 1960. He and his family have been back to Kodai several times, the latest visit was in 2015.

For most of his professional career he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he lived and worked in Indonesia (12 years), Bangladesh (7 years), Nepal (5 years), Cambodia (1 year), Jordan (4 years) as well as short-term work in India, Egypt, Mozambique, Zambia, Haiti, Pakistan and the Ukraine for an overseas total of over 30 years. He has more than four decades of experience in providing technical assistance and managing international assistance in a variety of public health sectors. David has held senior leadership positions in USAID and has done extensive international consulting for private sector and NGO organizations in South and South-east Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Netherlands. He has broad first-hand experience in cross-cultural negotiation, strategic planning, and policy and program development and implementation with senior government officials, donor representatives, and directors/staff of non-governmental organizations.

David holds degrees from Hope College (B.A.), Michigan State University (M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MPH). He has authored, co-authored or contributed to numerous publications.

David and his wife Nancy moved from Arlington, VA in 2012 and currently live in Pittsboro, NC where David helps Habitat for Humanity build homes in his home county as well as engaging in other volunteer opportunities in his community. He also enjoys mentoring USAID population/health officers stationed overseas as well as public health students at local universities as well as occasional overseas consultancies in public health.

David’s email: piet.david45@gmail.com and cell phone: 703-850-4068

Corleigh “Corey” Stixrud, Class of 1986, Parent

KIS Principal

Corey has been at KIS from July 2012 in the capacity of Vice Principal. Corey was a student at KIS from 1977 to 1986. Before returning to Kodai as an administrator, Corey, along with his wife Nandita (also KIS Class of 1986), lived in Portland, Oregon, where Corey was a classroom teacher, curriculum planner, literacy consultant, and youth program coordinator. He holds an MA degree in education from Concordia College in Portland. Corey enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and remains, at best, an average golfer. Corey and Nandita are thrilled that their son Tarun has the opportunity to attend KIS. principal@kis.in

Kai Weise, Class of 1983, Parent

KIS Council Chair

Kai attended Kodai School from 1980 to 1982 (graduating 6 months early). He joined the Kodai School Board in 2014 and became Chair in 2016. Kai, a Nepali of Swiss origin, studied Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and is now living in Kathmandu. He has been working as an architect, urban planner and UNESCO consultant for establishing management systems for World Heritage properties. He is married to Abhaya Subba, band leader of Abhaya and the Steam Injuns, a well known Nepali rock band. Their son Raydn is also a Kodai kid. paharnepal@gmail.com