PRERNA’s team leaders are dedicated volunteers who donate their professional skills and personal time pro bono to provide the highest qualitative services possible to refugees who are resettling in the Bay Area. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about one of the teams below.
Housing Team Leader
Reena Arya leads the housing program services at PRERNA. She works on finding transitional housing for newly arrived refugees as well as affordable permanent homes as they settle into the U.S. After helping the families move in, her team works with the supplies team to provide basic items such as food, cookware and furniture so they can start rebuilding their lives. Reena earned a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis and worked in the high-tech industry for many years. She believes in giving back to the community on a local and global level and has been volunteering at various non-profit organizations and schools for nearly 15 years. Education and empowerment of youth (girls especially) is important to her. Reena lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two lovely daughters. Contact Reena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LORRENE RANDAZZO, RN, BSN
Healthcare Team Leader
Lorrene Randazzo leads the health team at PRERNA. She looks forward to establishing health advocate relationships with refugee families by identifying their unique health related needs and concerns. Lorrene and her team are responsible for providing families with the support and creative solutions they need to access existing health resources. Their ultimate goal is to help them become self-sufficient in finding and receiving medical, dental, and other health-related services. Lorrene earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of California at Davis and a B.S. in Nursing from San Jose State University. She has ten years of experience as an emergency nurse and served two years as a school nurse working in Santa Clara County. Her career and family life have provided her with many interesting stories and life lessons. Lorrene lives with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs in San Jose, CA. Contact Lorrene at email@example.com.
Employment Team Leader
Dharini Hiremegalur is responsible for helping refugees find job opportunities and secure employment. Her team works closely with each client to understand their language and skill sets in order to best match them to appropriate positions available. Dharini collaborates closely with PRERNA’s education team to develop career plans for each refugee, connecting them with education courses as a means to build their resumes. Her team assists refugees with preparing for employment through mock interviews, resume writing and filling out job applications. To advocate and create opportunities for refugee employment, Dharini develops and maintains relationships with local businesses and community partners. She also actively works with professional services such as tax and legal agencies that offer their services pro bono to refugee families. Dharini earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in India and an M.S. at San Jose State University. Contact Dharini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Community Partnerships
Shreyani Shah leads partnership strategy and development at PRERNA. She collaborates closely with other team leaders in the organization to identify, develop and manage relationships with organizations and businesses in the areas of housing, healthcare, education, employment, supplies, logistics, cultural assimilation, e-commerce and fund development. Partnerships are critical to PRERNA’s ability to provide services to refugees and their families in the Bay Area, starting with the national refugee resettlement agencies and other service providers that refer refugees to PRERNA for support. Shreyani earned a BEc degree in Economics from University of Sydney in Australia and a Business Management certificate from University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a finance and operations manager in the high-tech industry for over 15 years. Contact Shreyani at email@example.com.
Director of Marketing
Grace Fong is head of marketing at PRERNA and is responsible for building and leading a volunteer team to implement PRERNA’s marketing plans and strategies. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the high-tech industry at a top consumer technology brand and has been involved with non-profit marketing and strategic planning for the past decade. Grace cares deeply about human and animal rights and sees the world as a global citizen where any one person can make a difference to help others around the world. She received a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on international marketing from Monterey Institute of International Studies and her B.A. from University of California, Davis. Grace lives in San Jose with her husband and two dogs they adopted from rescue shelters. Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Administrative Assistant
Preethi Neelakandhan recently immigrated to the U.S. from India and is now supporting PRERNA with volunteer recruitment, on boarding and administration. As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, PRERNA has nearly 100 volunteers who provide a wealth of services to refugees as well as manage other key areas including finance, fund development, marketing and partnerships. Preethi has more than eight years of experience as a Human Resources professional. Her expertise includes employee engagement, policy development and implementation, payroll and benefits administration and performance management. Preethi earned her M.B.A. in Human Resources and a Business Management degree in India. She also completed an extension course at University of California, Berkeley and received a certificate in Employment Law. Contact Preethi at email@example.com.