Board of Directors
GREGORY T. BUIE, M.A.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Greg has worked as an international development consultant, serving organizations that operate in countries all over the world. He holds a BA in Political Science: International Relations from the University o California, San Diego, and an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Greg first volunteered with Visions in 2004 and has consulted with many nonprofit organizations committed to working with communities in need globally since then, having worked in Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia.
MEERA PATHMARAJAH, Ed.d., ed.m.
In 2003, Meera Pathmarajah organized and led a team of volunteers to implement a youth leadership and English training program in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, sowing the seeds for the establishment of Visions Global Empowerment. While working with Room to Read from 2005 to 2009 as Asia Regional Program Manager, she helped design educational programs with teams based across 7 countries in South and Southeast Asia. Meera holds a B.A. in Psychology and South Asia Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; an Ed.M. in International Education from Harvard University; and an Ed.D. in International Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.
Shyamala nagendran, Ph.d., M.sc.
Having immigrated to Canada more than three decades ago, Shyamala now resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her family. University of Alberta is her Alma mater where she obtained a BSc, MSc, and a PhD in Computing Science and Informatics focusing on medical education. Being a lifelong leaner she passionately believes in education and volunteers in activities related to education supporting underprivileged and disadvantaged children. She is the founder of Natya-Size Fitness/Wellness Club. Established in 2001 and funded by the Alberta government, the club promotes fitness and Wellness within the Asian community in Edmonton. One of her responsibilities is to strategize funding models targeting governments.
venita sivamani, m.b.a.
Venita has focused her efforts on educational equity and leadership for nearly a decade. She has a keen passion for international education and closing the achievement gap locally and abroad. Venita is a Teach for America alumnus and recently received her MBA from UC Davis. She has led our Northern California/UC Davis Chapter for many years and has volunteered with Visions in India & Ethiopia. Venita’s leadership and tireless efforts have contributed greatly to the growth of our organization. She recently helped launch a new business venture called Dermveda, which is dedicated to the promotion of high quality, holistic information about skin health and wellness, integrating Eastern and Western medical perspectives through education, research, and product review.
Catherine Clark, Au.D., M.A.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Catherine Clark has worked as an Associate Professor, Audiologist and Coordinator of the Cochlear Implant Program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s (NTID) Department of Communication Studies and Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Clark provides speech-reading and auditory training, performs hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings and services related to cochlear implants and teaches an interpersonal relationships course. Dr. Clark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Services from Bradley University, a Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Louisville, a Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) from Salus University, and completed her clinical fellowship at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles where she worked in the children’s cochlear implant program.
Ramoshan Canagasaby, M.S.
An engineer by day and Social Entreprenuer the rest of the time, Ramoshan is driven by his dream of making Jaffna (Sri Lanka) the next Silicon Valley. Ramoshan grew up amidst the war in Jaffna in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He developed a passion for educational development and entrepreneurship ever sine he moved to Silicon Valley in the late 90’s. He has been CTO of the iTEE Foundation and an integral part of Yarl IT Hub – an IT incubator in Jaffna for the past 5 years. He is the Director of Engineering, Systems and Applications at Rambus, based in Sunnyvale, CA. He is also the CEO & Co-Founder of Vetri Holdings LLC, which “intends to become the de-facto integrator for the development of IT-based infrastructure in Sri Lanka.”
Sally Neiser, M.A.
Sally Neiser is a lifelong educator from Huntington Beach, CA. She recently retired from a 25+ year career in public education to help bring education and leadership opportunities to youth that may not have readily-available resources. With a B.S. in education from Bucknell University and a M.A. in educational administration from Azusa Pacific University, she taught music, language arts, and leadership to all grade levels before transitioning to administration. Most recently she served as the principal of a high-achieving middle school in southern California. Reading to stay current in best educational practices, and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to foster youth are important activities for Sally.
Chapter Directors & Volunteers
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