2022 - 2023 Executive Team
Manickam Annamalai is the President of GPTM 2022-23 committee. Served as Treasurer for year 2021-22. He comes from Nattarasankottai, Sivaganga district, Tamilnadu. Works at AllState. Lived in NJ, WI & LA for 13+ years and moved to Portland 5 years back. Now lives in North Bethany area with his wife Jayalakshmi Sekkappan, lovely kids Lakshman and Ashwin. Manickam enjoys spending time with friends & family. He likes to volunteer and loves to serve the community.
Lalitha Veerappan is the Vice president for the 2022-23 Committee. She lives in Camas, WA with her husband Ravi and kids Neha, Pranay, fur baby Mocha and she works at HP as a Procurement Manager. She enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about music, likes to organize concerts and community events. Her other interests are socializing, long drives and shopping. She believes in giving back to the community and is excited to be an integral part of the 20th year GPTM committee.
Priya Ramanathan is the Treasurer for the 2022-2023 committee. She has lived in the northwest for fifteen years, currently residing at Camas, WA with her husband Venkat Subramanian and two loving boys Nikhil and Varun. Her goal in life is to "Not complicate things and to have gratitude for the little pleasures in life". Priya loves meeting people and learning about the different walks of their life. She enjoys cooking and cannot resist a good meal! She volunteers at schools, loves to organize events, enjoys painting and hopes to travel to a variety of places in the world.
Siddharth Gandhinathan (Sid) is the Secretary for the 2022-23 committee. He has lived in the Portland area since he was five. Sid works at Intel, in the finance organization. He lives in Tigard with his wife Aruna Palaniappan and their young daughter & son - Nila & Ilan. In his free time he enjoys watching/playing basketball and spending time outdoors, cooking new/interesting foods & traveling.
Kumaran A E is from Chennai and lives in Portland with his family (Wife: Lavanya, and two daughters - Adhithi Shree and Gobhika Shree). He and Lavanya started the Tamil teaching class around 4 years before for free of service and now teaching around 120+ kids across USA and Canada. He served as secretary for the 2021-22 committee. He co-founded two organizations, Zhagaram Foundation (To grow Tamil language and culture within Tamil community kids and support transgenders back in India) and Portland Kalai Kuzhu (To teach Tamil arts here for all), with his friends and family support.
Vijayan Nagarajan is from Coimbatore, India. He works at Intel and has been living in Portland since 2017. He enjoys hiking and exploring hiking trails near Portland.
Preethi Subramanian is from ‘Singara Chennai’ in Tamil Nadu. She has been living in the rose city since March 2019 after marrying Hari, who works at Intel. This is her first time working with GPTM and she wants to use this opportunity to give back to the community.
Jagdhish Jothimani is from Chennai and he has been living in Portland since 2009 with his wife Parul, 5 year old son Dhruvah, and Leya his German Shepherd. He is passionate about making music and hopes to return to composing fusion music soon. He enjoys driving and exploring the PNW with his family.
Laxmi Karumbunathan has been living in NW Portland since 2004 with her husband Karumbu Meyyappan and 2 kids Kanthi and Keshav. She likes to organize events and volunteers at many school/social events as time permits . She enjoys reading and various sports. She is a software engineer by profession.
Vinaitheerthal Ramasamy(Maha) is from Karaikudi. She moved to the US after getting married, and lives in Portland since 2019. She enjoys playing board games. She is a Quilling artist (paper craft) and has expertise in quilling jewelleries & home decors.
Sindhu have been a member and active volunteer for GPTM for a while. As a daily job she works in a health care company, at the same time enjoys volunteering work and is a part of several Portland non-profit organisations. She has a passion of dancing ,acting and organising parties and most importantly serving the community. She has coordinated large holiday events with in her company and also with some non-profit organisations.
She lives in Tualation,OR with her husband Sylace, kids Sid ,Shruthi and a furbaby Sammi.
Anupa Kuppuswamy hails from Chennai India. Settled in US for the past 22 years been a Portlander for the last 7 years.
Lives in North Bethany with husband Sathyan Kuppuswamy and 2 handsome boys Neranjan and Neshanth. Works for the Hillsboro school district.
Venkataramanan Sekar (Venkat) is from mango city Salem, Tamilnadu, India, and works at Nike. Since 2016 he has been living in Hillsboro, Oregon with his wife Sasikala, daughter Venmathi, and son Cheliyan. He served as GPTM executive committee member for 2019 - 2020 and 2020 - 2021.
Board of Directors
Meena Mohan served as a President of GPTM 2020-21 committee. Joined hands with GPTM since 2008 as a patron. Business Entrepreneur and Software Engineer (at Nike) by profession. Meena is passionate about Tamil literacy & culture, Community Services and Youth Advancement Services. She served as "Secretary of New Initiatives and Youth Affairs" of GPTM 2019-2020 Committee. Meena was born & brought up in Chennai, India and moved to US 18 years ago. Currently lives with her beautiful family - Husband (Mohan), lovely kids Mohit (Senior High) and Mahathi (Middle Schooler).
Ananthan Ayyasamy served as President of GPTM 2019-20 committee. A Realtor and Project Manager by profession, Ananthan has special interests in Tamil history, culture, agriculture, socio economic development and politics. Ananthan, his wife Regina and kids Adhithya and Asmitha live in the Bethany area. They love to explore everything life presents and connect with friends when time permits!served
Jagan Srinivasaraghavan served as the President of the 2013-14 committee. He is a resident of Portland for the last 15+ years. He has keen interest in culture, history, drama and music. With a strong sense of community, he has been part of the GPTM executive committee and board in the past years and continues to support its cause.
Honorary Board of Directors
Swa Gandhinathan (Gandhi), is a Director, co-founder and life time member of GPTM. Gandhi with his wife Seetha and children Suganya & Siddharth have been an integral part of GPTM since its inception. Gandhi’s family has volunteered, mentored and nurtured the GPTM’s growth to its present status. When vacationing Gandhi and Seetha love going on cruises. Gandhi works for Wells Fargo Bank - Wells Fargo has been the major sponsor of GPTM for several years since 2003.
Gidu Sriram is a director of the GPTM organization and together with Gandhi has been a guiding force for every GPTM committee that has donned office. Sriram is passionate about all forms of fine arts and has been an avid supporter of many cultural forums that exist in Portland today.