Ruby Walia
FOUNDER, PRESIDENT

Ruby Walia born & brought up in Kapurthala, (punjab), India. She earned a degree in Law from India in 1994 and migrated to US same year. She volunteered in American law firms for few months butdid not enjoy it. She believes if you love your work, you have better opportunities to excel in life. She joined Cosmetology school and founded “Ruby’s Beauty Studio” in 2003. She is very passionate about her work. She is a single and proud mom of 2 adult children Shivani, and Manav. Ruby believes in serving humanity and giving back to the community. She started feeding homeless on the road with her family. Later her friends joined in, and she formed a group called, “Feed the Hungry”. She is very caring and giving by nature. This passion of hers led her to found “Touch A Soul.” She dedicated this organization to school children as she believes children are our future and they deserved to be nurtured well. She believes in empowering the children. She is also certified in Yoga and offers onlinegroup and private Yoga sessions. She enjoys reading, and writing. She founded her blog site in 2017, Let’s share, learn, & evolve. Her interviews got published in Australia and India.

India: https://laabhfoundation.in/laabh-interview-with-ms-ruby

Shanthi Asokan started as a volunteer in 2008 at India Community Center and she moved up to an accomplished HR professional with over 5 years of experience. She is currently working as a Human Resources Manager at India Community Center a Non-profit Organization located In Milpitas, CA. Shanthi Asokan holds a B.S in Accounting from PSG College for Women India, and a Master’s in Hospital Management from the Kothari institute of Management India. She is currently doing her HR Certification through UCSC. She is passionate about serving the local community and she started as a volunteer. During her free time she works with few of her friends in designing handmade jewelry.

Shanthi Asokan
BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Clifton Der Bing
BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Clifton Der Bing is a studied practitioner of the art of holistic wellness. He pursued a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology because of the hardships that he overcame as a youth and the lessons he learned while volunteering with children and young adults. Now as a Licensed Psychologist and Yoga Instructor, Clifton enjoys empowering others to successfully find ways to overcome life obstacles. Clifton currently serves as a Board of Trustee for “Touch A Soul” and owns a counseling private practice in San Jose called “Wellness Ways Center.” He is also an avid swimmer, runner, yogi, and enjoys community involvement with disadvantaged youths.

Kasturi is a dedicated, student-focused Principal at Lyndale Elementary School in the Alum Rock Union School District. She started as an elementary teacher in the district in 2007 and became an instructional coach in 2016. During this time, Kasturi focused on coaching teachers on instructional practices, using data to inform instruction and integrating English language and literacy into all aspects of teaching. Kasturi is closely affiliated with ILC (Instructional Leadership Corp), through Stanford and CTA, Statewide Community of Practices, AAPIEN (Asian American Pacific Islander’s Educational Network). Kasturi has many awards in the bag including the Paul Harris Fellow Award for Social Services, KBAY & SVEF Teacher of the Month, and Teacher of the Year at Russo McEntee, ARUSD. As Principal, Kasturi has led her Title I school through the Covid -19 crisis by providing leadership, guidance, support, professional development, family support and social-emotional learning. When not in a classroom or school site, you will find Kasturi engaged in classical dance and actively participating in many non-profit organization activities in the Bay Area and India.

Kasturi Basu
BOARD MEMBER

Jasleen
BOARD MEMBER

Jasleen is a recent graduate from San Jose State University, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. She is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys trying out new coffee shops as much as possible. She also like to go to the gym and walk her dog in her free time. Jasleen’s favorite television series genre is crime drama, and her favorite shows include Criminal Minds, LA’s Finest, and SWAT. Jasleen is a responsible and reliable team player. Jasleen aspires to be a CPA and will soon be starting her career in the audit field at a Big Four Accounting firm.

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