President: Laxmi Hiremath

Laxmi Hiremath pioneered the Northern California VSNA Chapter twenty five years ago with five families in her home. Today, Northern CA is the largest VSNA Chapters with over 250 members. Laxmi is a two-term, Years 2013 to 2016, Chairman of the Board of Regents. She has brought about innovative approaches, from the historic matrimonial service, VSNA directory, youth scholarship, and the Youth Executive Board. She is the former Board of Regents Member. As a Youth Coordinator during the 2008 VSNA Convention held in San Ramon, CA, Laxmi revived and encouraged youth participation across the board. Laxmi has motivated more women and youths at all levels including the top, to change the dynamics and reshape the VSNA Organization with fresh ideas.

Laxmi is San Francisco Bay Area’s leading culinary authority. She is the founder and creator of Laxmi’s Delights handcrafted gourmet specialty foods. Her signature line is widely available nationwide including Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods and Wegmans. Laxmi's Delights was selected for the Official Database of Super Bowl 50 Businesses! Laxmi's highly acclaimed cookbook is "The Dance of Spices," published by Wiley. She remains one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s most popular food writers.

Laxmi is the Green Schools Committee Chair at Sustainable San Ramon. She has helped pioneer organic gardens at local schools. Additionally she volunteers her time at numerous other organizations.

Laxmi lives in the Bay Area with her husband Mahantesh, Engineer at Space Systems Loral, two sons Kailash and Kedar, daughter-in-law and grandson baby Deven. 

Vice-President: Secretary: Dr. Leena Paul
Leena Paul

Leena Kotrappa Paul has been part of the VSNA community residing in Maryland for over 25 years.  She has participated in VSNA conventions as a youth and adult, and won prizes in vachana competitions in the youth category!  Leena has served as the MD chapter secretary (1990-92) and the MD chapter president (during VSNA convention in 2005).  

After completing Ph.D in biochemistry from University of MD and MBA from Johns Hopkins, Leena has been working in sales and business development in the pharmaceutical industry.  She currently holds a management position at Lonza.  She is married to Rajiv, an IT management professional, and is blessed with two sons- Prateek (Emory University) and Viraj (10th grade).  

Leena loves to participate in Indian cultural events, such as dances and dramas.  She volunteers at local soup kitchens and at JSS spiritual mission serving the community.

Secretary: Savitha Mandi

Savitha Mandi

Savitha Mandi is a Computer Engineer and Sr. Manager for CyberSecurity, living in Los Angeles since 1995. She has been a long-standing, active member of VSNA and has served as Treasurer and as President of the Southern California Chapter.

She is married to Mr. Rajeev Mandi, who was introduced by the VSNA marriage bureau in 1995, and are very grateful to VSNA. They have one son, Varun who is pursuing Medicine at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.

Treasurer: Karuna Hiremath

Karuna Hiremath has been living in the U.S. for over 30 years and in Michigan for the past 22 years. She has been very active in local chapter events and has been involved as the Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Detroit Chapter. She has also served as a BOD member of Central VSNA.

She is married to Dr. Anand Hiremath and has two sons: Amit, who lives in Spain, and Vinay, a senior at the University of Michigan.


For Past Officers: Click here -> Central VSNA Members 1978-2016