Kavi Misrilall, Founder & Executive Director
Kavi has worked in healthcare investments in New York City for nearly a decade, focusing on mergers and acquisitions as a healthcare investment banker and corporate strategy professional. From an early age, he has been passionate about helping others and has devoted much of his free time to supporting philanthropic initiatives. Kavi served as the president of the Rotary Club of Manhasset—upon nomination, he became one of the youngest presidents of a Rotary Club in the organization’s 117 year history.
As club president, he focused on increasing awareness of substance abuse, especially America’s growing heroin epidemic. Kavi has also worked to break the stigma of substance abuse, particularly around prescription pills, by creating monthly public-education programs. He has focused his club’s international efforts to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to orphan girls in India.
Kavi holds a BS in finance from Fordham University and will graduate in 2019 with an MBA in healthcare management from Johns Hopkins University.
Sarika Misreelal, Vice President
Sarika is currently a student at the University of the West Indies, perusing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Previously, she attended Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College. During her education at the college, she formed a keen interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the sport of tennis and personal philanthropy.
She was also assigned to several leadership roles in the latter years of attending the college, such as, floor member of both the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and KEY (Kiwanis Empowering Youth) Club of the College, where initiatives were put in place to promote education as well as to raise awareness to the issue of pollution in Trinidad.
Sarika is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity projects. Alongside this, she is a Student Affiliate member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHe) and is expected to graduate in 2020.
Kelli Ortega, Board Advisor
Kelli Ortega is an associate in Kelley Drye & Warren’s New York office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and right of publicity issues. She has counseled clients in a variety of industries spanning fashion and retail, consumer products, luxury goods, healthcare, and entertainment and media, among others.
Kelli practices in all areas of domestic and foreign trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement. Her experience includes oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), Uniform Domain-Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, preparing cease and desist letters, and negotiating and preparing coexistence agreements, settlement agreements, and other related intellectual property agreements.
Kelli graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Business Communications. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she was a member of the Cardozo Law Review and interned for the Hon. Stanley R. Chesler in the District of New Jersey as an Alexander Fellow. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Chinwe Ezeokoli-Ashraph, Chief of Staff
Chinwe attended medical school at the University of the West Indies. She is currently completing specialty training in psychiatry at the same university, and she has interests in pursuing further studies in child and adolescent psychiatry and substance-use disorders. Nigerian by birth, Chinwe has resided in Trinidad for over two decades and enjoys exploring different cultures and their impact on society.
Salman Ahmed, Digital Marketing Intern & Content Writer, “You’re Not Alone”
Salman is currently a student at Boston University, pursuing a bachelor’s in Business and Administration with a concentration in marketing. He also has a strong personal passion for mental health, and a desire to have a positive impact on the world.
Salman uses this passion, as well as his experience as a writer, in order to create stories for the Do No Harm Foundation’s ‘You’re Not Alone’ blog. Salman will be graduating from Boston University in 2019, and is eager to have the chance to change how people see mental health.
Anthony Jairam, Creative Design
Anthony is a student at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, where he is pursuing a degree in electrical and computer engineering. He is also a freelance graphic designer, having created logos and flyers for a number of companies, and he designs the Mental Monday infographics for the Do No Harm Foundation.
Anthony became interested in spreading awareness on mental-health issues after losing a friend to suicide and seeing several other friends battle depression.
David Seunarine, Content Researcher & Content Writer, “Mental-Health in a Changing World”
David is an aspiring doctor en route to starting medical school at the University of the West Indies. He has a strong passion for mental-health issues and for making a difference in the field. He has taken part in campaigns at the University of the West Indies aimed at reducing the negative stigma relating to mental health; in high school, he was part of a club dedicated to helping students cope with the stresses and problems that they face. David aims to help reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness in his community, and he hopes to eventually specialize in psychiatry to help those who suffer from mental illness.
Pratik Pradhan, New Program Development
Pratik Pradhan graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India and received a bachelor degree of technology in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. During his time at VIT, Pratik was proactive in extracurricular activities – President of Life Science club, Treasurer of IEEE-EMBS chapter in college, Vice President of SPIC MACAY VIT Chapter and also a very influential member in the entrepreneurship club, music club and NGOs of his college. He organized various national and international level conferences in his college and also went ahead to become the organizer of their annual cultural fest – 5th largest in the country.
Pratik is currently pursuing Masters in Healthcare Management at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. In Carey, Pratik has been the Founder and President of Carey Volunteer Corp that promotes skilled volunteering for Carey students in the city of Baltimore. He has also been an active member of various student organizations – Carey Consulting Club (acting as Pro-bono consultant), Health Business Association, and the Net Impact Society. He is the recipient of Carey Mission in Action Award 2018.
Sophia Hill, Content Writer, “Thursday Teen Talk”
Sophia Hill is a rising senior at Manhasset High School. She is president of the International Club, co-president of the Red Cross Club, vice president of the Cultural Club. Sophia is also a member of various honor societies, frequently volunteers at North Shore University Hospital, and is working to establish an Active Minds Club at her school.
In her junior year, Sophia worked with the Coalition Against Substance Abuse to introduce mental-health awareness initiatives at her school and in her community. One such initiative, Stress Less Week, involved providing students with the essential supplies and information to reduce stress during final exams. For the summer of 2018, Sophia earned an SCA Summer Scholars Award to attend a clinical psychology course at Brown University.
Chyna Lim, Community Engagement
Chyna is a recent graduate from North Carolina State University, where she majored in civil engineering. She struggled with depression and anxiety while in college and noticed that there were many students who also struggled but could not find an appropriate outlet. Her passion for making a positive change in the mental-health community and beyond came after her brother committed suicide at the age of 17.
Now she is working to create a platform for people to gain support and knowledge about the issues surrounding mental health. Through DNHF, she hopes to help others build confidence and understanding within themselves and inspire people to lend a helping hand, regardless of race, gender, or social standing.
Janice Becca Da Silva, Editorial Advisor
Janice serves as the Director of Development for SCO Family of Services, one of New York’s largest human-services agencies serving 60,000 vulnerable New Yorkers each year. While president of the Manhasset Rotary Club, she worked to raise awareness of Long Island’s growing opioid epidemic.
Janice is a native New Yorker with roots in Austin, Texas, where she grew up. She completed her studies at the University of Houston Law Center and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas, where she maintained her private practice. Janice transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 2013 and served as a trust officer and fundraising liaison for a faith-based organization accountable to 30,000 members across the Greater New York region.
Samantha Alley, Content Writer, “Recognizing Substance Abuse”
Samantha is a junior majoring in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in health communication. She is also a peer educator on substance abuse at her university. Originally from Massachusetts, she has lived in Rhode Island and currently lives in Baltimore. In the future, she would love to work on promoting harm-reduction education and policies to create healthier communities.
Sharon Mazaka , Content Writer, “Stop the Stigma”
Sharan lives in Boston with her husband and son. She studied early childhood education in college and previously taught pre-school children with special needs.
She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is the team leader for the NAMI Walk, which helps raise funds for the organization. With numerous friends and family who have suffered from anxiety and depression, Sharon has a strong passion for promoting mental health, as well as a desire to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness.