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MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF TAMANA

THE WINDS BENEATH OUR WINGS:

Tamana is fortunate to have people of high calibre, repute and exceptional capabilities to grace its Governing Body. These are multi-faceted personalities who are at the peak in their individual professions but who have a deep-rooted love and concern for children with disabilities. They have all been instrumental in the growth of the association and have made significant contribution to the society in more than one way. The achievements of Tamana would not have been possible without the active involvement and support from the concerned and motivated members of the body.

Patrons
Dr. Randhir Sud
Padma Shri Awardee
Doctor (Gastroenterologist)
Dr. Geraldine Dawson
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavior Science
Duke University, USA
Sir David Goodall
Former British High Commissioner

Chairman
Dr. Harsh Mahajan
Padma Shri Awardee
Doctor ( Radiologist)
Founder and President
Dr. (Mrs.) Shayama Chona
Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awardee
Educationist and Social Activist

Vice President
  1. Mr. Vikram Chona
    Corporate Executive
  2. Mrs. Urmila Aggarwal
    Entrepreneur

General Secretary
  • Annie Howard
    Social Activist
Treasurer
  • Mr. Harish Mahajan
    Business
Jt. Secretary
  • Mrs. Sangeeta Gupta
    Special educator
Members
  • Mrs Anuradha Kumar
  • Mr. Amit Sundra
  • Ms. Abha Chona
  • Ms. Vinita Krishna
  • Ms. Sarita Goswami
  • Ms. Pushpa Aggarwal
  • Ms. Nandini Singh
  • Mr. Swapnil Jain

  • Dr Randhir Sud:
    The Chairman of the Institute of Digestive & Hepatobiliary Sciences, at Medanta The Medcity, Gurgaon, Dr. Randhir Sud is a novice of Gastroenterology. He has been working to establish the therapeutic GI Endoscopy in India. He started the GI Oncology program in India. In 2008, he bagged the Padmashri Award for his contribution in Gastroenterology. His expertise lies in Gastro Intestinal Endoscopy, Gastro Intestinal Cancers and Hepatic diseases. He started his career at the position of Junior Residency in January 1979 at AIIMS, New Delhi. He also held the position of Senior Residency between 1982 and 1984 at AIIMS. He moved on as a consultant in GE at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi in 1985. He has a six-year experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at AIIMS. He is an approved teaching faculty and examiner for the Diplomate National Board Examination in Gastroenterology conducted by the National Board of Examinations. Dr. Randhir Sud has also taught at the Harvard Medical Scho in Boston as a visiting professor in 1999. In 2005, he was also called as a visiting professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama (U.S.A). As a medical student, Dr. Sud pursued the M.B.B.S degree from the Government Medical College in Amritsar in 1977. He further studied and became M.D. (Medicine) in 1981 at AIIMS, New Delhi, where he also attained the D.M. (Gastroenterology) degree in 1983. During his academic years, he won several gold and other medals for his performance in medical examinations.


    SIR DAVID GOODALL:
    Sir Goodall was British High Commissioner to India from 1987 to 1991. A former Chairman of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, Britain’s largest disability charity, and of the British-Irish Association, he is a Visiting Professor at Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies and a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. A regular contributor to the Tablet, he has published two books: Remembering India (1997) and Ryedale Pilgrimage (2000).


    Geraldine Dawson:
    Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. is an American child clinical psychologist, specializing in autism. She has conducted extensive research on early detection, brain development, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and collaborated on studies of genetic risk factors in autism. Dr. Dawson is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University Medical Center. Dawson is President-Elect of the International Society for Autism Research, a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. From 2008-2013, Dawson was Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Dawson also holds the positions of Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University o of Washington. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
    Dawson received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders. She has been licensed as a clinical psychologist since 1980. From 1996-2007, Dawson was Founding Director of the University of Washington Autism Center, designated an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, where she lead a multi-disciplinary autism research program focusing on genetics, neuroimaging, diagnosis, and treatment, and oversaw a treatment center for children and adolescents with autism. Dawson has published extensively on autism spectrum disorders, focusing on early detection and intervention, brain dysfunction (electrophysiology), and genetic studies. In collaboration with Sally Rogers, Dawson developed and empirically-validated the Early Start Denver Model, a comprehensive early intervention program for young children with autism. Dawson has testified before the U.S. Senate on behalf of individuals with autism and played a key role on the Washington State Autism Task Force.


    Dr. Harsh Mahajan:
    Dr. Harsh Mahajan is the chief radiologist at Mahajan Imaging. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1982, after which he went on to do his Post-Graduation in Radiodiagnosis from the prestigious PGIMER, Chandigarh. After completing his Post-Graduation in 1986, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital & Research Institute in Houston, Texas where he developed a keen interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In 1992, Dr. Mahajan set-up one of India’s first privately run MRIs. Subsequently in the year 1998 he was appointed as the Honorary Radiologist to the President of India and he continues to hold that post till date. He was awarded one of the highest civilian national honours of “Padma Shri” in the 2002 for his contribution to the field of radiology and imaging. He is the President of the Indian Radiology & Imaging Association (IRIA) and is also consultant to the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Vienna, Austria. He is currently the Chief Radiologist at Mahajan Imaging Pvt. Ltd., the company he founded, which has sevenradiology and nuclear medicine centres in and around New Delhi.


    Dr. (Mrs.) Shayama Chona:

    We are honoured to have one of the most accomplished educationists in the country as our Founder and President. The only school educator who has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, by the President of India, is the driving force behind Tamana NGO.

    Dr. Chona, is the Former Principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, New Delhi - a world class institution. She has launched major initiatives to promote the teaching of Science, Computers and Information Technology in schools.

    An alumnus of the prestigious Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School, Dr Chona has broken barriers to change the lives of the poor and the disabled. She has given concrete shape to her transcendent principles by setting up three institutions under the Tamana society-‘Tamana Special Education Centre’, ‘Skill Development Centre for Young Adults-Nai Disha’ and ‘Autism Centre-School of Hope’. As their Founder, she has been working for the upliftment of the disabled children since 1984, and celebrates humanity with the dictum, “Numberless are the world’s wonders, but none more wonderful than man”.

    She has been serving as a member of 97 Advisory Boards and Managing Committees of 68 institutions-

    • UNESCO (INCCU) India.
    • Advisory Board , Coca-Cola India Foundation
    • Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon
    • Former member, Apex Committee for Disabled, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India.
    • CBSE Advisory Board, Ministry of HRD Govt of India
    • National Institute of Open Schooling, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
    • Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi
    • Children Film Society of India
    • Ganga Ram Hospital- Stem Cell Committee
    • CII National Committee on School Education
    • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi
    • Mangalayatan University, Aligarh U.P
    • Task force Department of Education, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi
    • Palriwala India Foundation, Rajasthan
    • Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls Public School, Jaipur
    • Ashoka Universal School, Nasik
    • VLCC Institute of Beauty and Nutrition.

    Chairperson
  • Mussorie International School, Mussorie.

  • Principal Advisor
    • Ambience Public School, New Delhi
    • Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon
    • SCJ World Academy, Gurgaon,
    • Greater Valley School, Greater Noida
    • Royal Global School, Guwahati, Assam.
    • Vedant Education Trust
    • Sparsh Group

    A proud recipient of 54 awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, two National Awards and one State Award, Dr. Chona has served society and humanity with distinction and timeless dedication. Her name finds place in the Limca Book of World Records 2007 for getting the maximum number of awards. It is her mission to educate and empower the abled and differently abled that helps her to stand apart. She believes that a child is God’s gift to man and needs to be nurtured in an atmosphere of discovery, enquiry, learning, expression and communication.

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