AANA Office Bearers

MEET OUR AANA GOVERNING BODY [2015-2017]

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The AANA Executive Committee takes in charge of their office in the presence of the AANA Board of Governors at the AANA GBM in Las Vegas, July 2015

President - Ranu Dutta
Vice President - Arup Goswami
General Secretary - Anjana Bordoloi
Treasurer - Suranjoy Hazarika

Here's a brief background about our AANA Executive Team 

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RanuDutta

Ranu Dutta [President  - AANA]
I came to the USA in 1966 when I was a teenager married to Satyajit Dutta, currently living in
Austin, Texas. We have one son, Sabrin (Riku) who lives in Atlanta and our daughter Irina (Rinti) lives in Austin, Texas. We have six grandchildren to keep us busy. I have a finance degree from Worcester University, Massachusetts.

During the span of my career, I had the opportunity to work for former First Lady Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson’s Finance company. That was an exciting time in my life getting to know the Johnson family and attended a lot of their family events. Then I joined a public Pension Fund and worked as an Investment Analyst, my focus being private equity and real estate investments from which I retired 3 years ago.

I joined AANA in 1986 and have been an active member by serving AANA in various capacities throughout these years. AANA has been an integral part of my life as I believe in preserving and fostering our rich heritage, culture, traditions, roots and thereby passing on to the future generations to come. I feel the AANA's annual Convention, known as ASSAM CONVENTION provides the platform for all of us  living in North America to come together, participate and enjoy cultural and community activities and just having fun from the very young to the very old.

 

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Arup Goswami [Vice President  - AANA]

I have been serving as AANA’s Vice-President for 2013 – 2015 term and continued for 2015 – 2017 term as well.

 I was born and brought up in Shillong. We moved down to Guwahati after the shifting of Capital. A Civil Engineer from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati. Worked for Assam State Electricity Board and Guwahati Development Authority. Spent 3 years in London, England for higher computer education.

 My wife Manashi Goswami and I live in Calgary with our 2 sons ( eldest son Rishi, youngest son Roni). We migrated to Calgary in 1996. Worked in private companies in the fields of Civil engineering and Project Management. 

I was one of the founders and the first President of Assam Association of Alberta, an active Rotarian, teach Guitar in an East Indian performing Arts School for last 10 years. I was the Cultural Secretary for 2005 and President for 2012 Assam Convention held in Calgary.

I joined ANNA in 2006 and became a life Member.  We always like to attend and participate in the Assam Conventions. Though we celebrate all the events like, Rongali bihu, Magh Bihu, Diwali locally here in Calgary, attending annual Convention in different location gives us a huge opportunity to maintain the tie to our cultural roots and heritage in a bigger way. And now happy and proud to be the part of the AANA Executive for the second time. Hoping to contribute some of my time and knowledge to build a stronger organization.  Long live AANA! 

 

SuranjoyHazarika

Suranjoy Hazarika [Treasurer  - AANA]

I live in Skillman, New Jersey with my wife Kamalakshi and our children, Sandeep and Shivani. I was born in Shillong and lived there till I completed my schooling.  My career as a software professional has taken me to several places. However, for the past twenty years, New Jersey has been our home.

We have been AANA members for a long time. We have been lucky to be able to attend several of the Assam Conventions over the years. The annual gathering is an occasion we look forward to.

I am glad to be a part of the executive committee of AANA.  I sincerely hope we can keep the organization running smoothly, and, make it better in any way we can.

 

 

 AnjanaBordoloi

Anjana Bordoloi
[General Secretary
 - AANA]

I am currently residing in Columbia, Maryland with my husband Krishna Hazarika and son Ashwin Hazarika. I was born in Jorhat, Assam.

By profession, I am an IT project manager. Over the years, I worked with a number of community based organizations across Maryland, Virginia and North America. My professional and cultural background helped me to connect with the minority groups sharing cultural heritage through numerus community events. My strength lies in collaboration and partnership among all the stakeholders.

It’s my privileged to serve the Assamese community as General Secretary of Assam Association of North America (AANA). Recently, I was appointed as a Commissioner of South Asian Maryland Governors commission.

As part of American Diversity Group (ADG), I have been also instrumental in implementing various health literacy events including a number of health fairs for ethic minority groups. At ADG, we strive to be the leading organization to provide the best care to everyone through integrated medical practice, education and awareness. We are dedicated to the sole purpose of empowering communities to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.  

 

Outgoing AANA Executive Team [2013 - 2015]
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Geeti Das (Gen Secy) Arup Goswami (VP), Anis Ahmed (Treasurer), Deva Borah (President)

 

 

Dr. Deva Borah
President  - AANA 
[2013-2015]
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My wife Anu and I became members of AANA in 1982. To me, AANA is my away-from-home family and its members are my cousins, nephews, and nieces. Anu and I make our best efforts to visit these extended family members during our annual reunions, the Assam Conventions, and also by participating in local activities and gatherings, including Bihus, Tithis, birthdays, weddings, memorials, etc. It has been my great privilege to serve this family and its sisters (AFNA and ASSNA) at various levels, locally and nationally, and work with its founders and members towards building it stronger for our future generations. Especially the last four years were rewarding while serving this great organization as the General Secretary and Treasurer and the current two-years (2013-2015) have been the most honourable and pride to serve as the President.

 

I was born and went through high school at the village of Kujidah in Nagaon and had the privilege of going to Cotton and Assam Engineering Colleges to earn a degree in Civil Engineering. After briefly working for the CPWD in the Himalayas (NEFA) and for the Assam Flood Control & Irrigation in Haflong and Guwahati, I went to Glasgow, Scotland to earn a Masters degree from the University of Strathclyde; and came to the US to earn a PhD degree from the University of Mississippi. Anu joined me in Mississippi. It has been nearly four decades in the US we have been living in Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and finally Virginia through my work treasuring the variety and expanding friendships. At present, we live in Chesapeake, VA with our two sons Arun and Barun and two grandchildren Caleb and Elana. 

 

 

   

Arup Goswami
Vice President- AANA 
[2013-2015]
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I have been serving as AANA"s Vice President from July 2013. Here's a little about myself:

Born and raised in Shillong, and then settled down in Guwahati after shifting of Capital. A Civil Engineer from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati. Worked for Assam State Electricity Board and Guwahati Development Authority. Spent 3 years in London, England for higher software education.

My wife Manashi Goswami, eldest son Rishi  and I live in Calgary and our youngest sons Roni  is in Queen’s  University, Kingston, Ontario. We moved to Calgary in 1996.

 Worked in privet companies in the fields of Civil engineering and Project Management. I was one of the founder and the first President of Assam Association of Alberta, an active  Rotarian, and enjoy teaching Guitar in an East Indian performing Arts School for last 10 years. I was the Cultural Secretary for 2005 and President for 2012 Assam Convention held in Calgary. Joined ANNA in 2006 and became life Member.  We always love to be part of our Assam Conventions. Though we celebrate all the events like, Rongali bihu, Magh Bihu, Diwali locally here in Calgary, attending the annual Conventions  in different location gives us a huge opportunity to maintain the tie to our cultural heritage in a bigger way. And now happy and proud to be the part of the AANA Executive. Hope I will be able to contribute some of my time and knowledge to build a stronger organization.  Long live AANA!

 

   

Anis Ahmed
Treasurer - AANA 

[2013-2015]
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Coming to the US from Sivasagar, Assam in 1967, I was amazed at a different world full of new people of all colors, and ethnicities. While doing my undergraduate work at Morgan State University, where my Uncle Mohammad Amanaullah was a professor, I was enamored by the wealth of diverse people in such a small area of a college campus. The Indian population was just starting to plant roots with cultural shows and dinners there was a decided lack of engagement with the North East. In order to have my fill of my homelands culture the only option was to fly back, and as a student the opportunities to do so were few.

After obtaining my MSW degree from Howard University in Washington D.C., I joined the Department of Human Resources of the State of Maryland and working with the State Govt. since then.
It wasn't until after many flights back to Assam, and my wedding back home, that I would attend my first AANA event, it was truly amazing. Like after so many years my home had found me. The discovery of AANA filled a void in my heart, longing for Assamese culture and tradition, not just for me but something I could share with my wife and son.
With that said, I have now been in the states many years, and have made an extended family from the many Assamese families I have met through AANA. It is a great joy of mine to see the successes of this extended family and their children, and what better way to share these moments than an organization like AANA.
In the year 2012, I performed the Hajj with my wife Dina, and am planning a trip this year back to Assam.
I spend much of my time chatting with friends, volunteering at the mosque as the Principal of Sunday School, and hoping my son Aftab goes back to Assam and marries a beautiful girl. 
I am very proud to sit on the Board as Treasurer to do my part to help ensure that I can provide to the younger Assamese families the same great experience.


 


Geeti Das

General Secretary -AANA
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It’s been my pleasure serving as AANA’s General Secretary for the 2013-2015 office-term. There are so many things I have already learned in this new chapter of my journey.

I live in in Apple Valley (a suburb of the Minneapolis/ St Paul Twin Cities) with my husband, Prantor Bora. We have two children, 8 year old daughter, Nimisha, and 4 year old son, Taj. I am a Business Analyst by profession, primarily in the IT and Finance industry. Currently, I work as a Sr. Business Analyst at AON Benfield.
I grew up in Guwahati, completed my schooling from Holy Child, and my Master’s degree in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prantor and I, both started our career in New Delhi, and shortly after that moved to the United States in 1999. We have been a resident of Minnesota since then, and love experiencing everything the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” has to offer.  Our family, together with our extended family of the Assamese Minnesotans living here, Live, Love and Celebrate the festive spirit throughout the year. I am very actively and passionately involved in embracing and spreading the growth of our tradition and culture roots among the new generation Assamese communities locally and beyond.

 I enjoy graphics and web designing as a passion, and this interest bonded me and my family to AANA. Me and my husband formed AANA’s IT team in 2011, and developed AANA’s website. It fosters a true sense of satisfaction when people from around the globe get connected through this web portal.  The Assam Conventions held annually has been the most effective platform to keep all Assamese families (in North America and beyond) tied together close to our hearts and home. We feel blessed to be part of the AANA family which has truly evoked a feeling of completeness. My best wishes for AANA’s journey ahead to remain beautiful and meaningful to all. 

 

AANA Executive Body - 2011-2013
 
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Deva Borah (Treas.), Gautam Lal Baruah (President), Roopa Sharma (VP), and Ranu Dutta (Gen Secy)

 

 

Dr. Gautam Lal Baruah
President - AANA
[2011-2013]
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My wife Enakshi and I live in Vernon Hills, a suburb of Chicago. Our son Vikram (Vic) is a Bioengineering sophomore at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Both my wife and I are from Guwahati. I am a Biochemical Engineer by profession and Enakshi is a lawyer. After working in Bombay for several years, we decided to take the plunge. We moved to New York, USA in 1999 and after completing my PhD, I took up a job in Abbott Laboratories, Chicago. We have been in Chicago since 2004.

Having been outside for long years due to work and studies, we were taken aback by level of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm among Prabaxi Axomiya families to maintain and promote our rich and diverse culture so far away. 

 

We did not want to miss out in this fantastic journey. My wife and I joined AANA in 2000 and have been regular convention participants and organizers in various capacities ever since. Apart from our resolve to preserve our roots, we have the greatest fun in our Annual ABHIBARTANS. The festive atmosphere, the bonhomie, love and energy is all pervasive and rejuvenates our inner beings every year. It is my paramount endeavor to enlist as many people to our organization and cultural family to preserve this wonderful and precious piece of our heritage.

 

 

Roopa Sharma 
Vice President - AANA
[2011-2013]

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I am the wife of late Dr. Bijon Sharma who was AANA's second President from 1981 to 1982. I am the mother of four children - Gautam, Priyam, Panthobi (Gautam's wife) and Sonjoy (Priyam's husband). My hometown is Jorhat, Assam. I studied in Cotton College, Guwahati earning a Master’s degree in Sanskrit from Guwahati University.

We came to this country in 1980 and made Houston our home. Later, we moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where I was working as a Senior Project Leader at a food consulting firm. Currently, I live in Naperville - suburb of Chicago. 

I have been a member of AANA since the birth of AANA in 1980. Very simply for me AANA has been a large, extended Assamese family.For over 32 years, AANA has blessed my family with a commitment to sharing our rich Assamese culture and heritage, nurturing lifelong friendships along the way.

 

Ranu Dutta
General Secretary - AANA
[2011-2013]

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I came to the USA in 1966, and currently live in Austin, Texas with my husband Satyajit Dutta. We have one son Sabrin and a daughter Irina and six grandchildren. I work as an investment analyst at a Public Pension Fund and my focus is on private equity and real estate Investments.

I joined AANA in 1986 and have been an active member by serving AANA in various capacities throughout these years.AANA has been an integral part of my life as I believe in preserving, fostering our rich heritage, culture, traditions, roots and thereby passing on to the future generations to come.

I feel the AANA Annual Convention, known as Assam Convention, provides the platform for all living in North America to come together, participate and enjoy the cultural and community activities and just having fun from the very young to the very old.

 

 

Dr. Deva Borah
Treasurer - AANA
[2011-2013]

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My wife Anu and I currently live in Chesapeake, VA. We have two sons Arun and Barun, and two grandchildren Caleb and Elana. I was born near Nagaon, Assam; came to the US in 1975; and lived in Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and finally Virginia through my education and work. am a civil engineer working for over 30 years in universities, government agencies, and private companies.

We joined AANA in 1982. To me, AANA is my away-from-home family and its members are my cousins, nephews, and nieces. Anu and I make our best efforts to visit these extended family members during our annual reunions, the Assam Conventions, and also by participating in its local activities and gatherings, including Bihus, Tithis, birthdays, memorials, etc. It has been my privilege to serve this family at various levels, locally and nationally, and work with its founders and members towards building it stronger for our future generations.

 

 

Aabir Das
Board of Governors - AANA
[2011-2013]

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I was born in Uppsala, Sweden. I work in the field of human development and social service for a community-based social non-profit on the west-side of Manhattan, NY. I came to the United States in September of 1983 and have been living in the New York City, NY since then.

I became AANA member by virtue of my parents, the late Dr. Kamna Das and Dr. Shonit R. Das becoming family members in 1984. AANA has several meanings to my life and has shaped my identity in several facets. First off, AANA represents love and family, two things which everyone needs in their life. AANA members have shared good times and not so good times with me and even if I don't talk or see AANA members for a while, I know that they are just a phone call away. Furthermore, AANA, along with my parents, have connected me to my roots and made me feel now as an adult, that I am Assamese.

Sitting in Guwahati today (December 19, 2011), I realize that without AANA, I would not have the comfort level with the social and cultural norms and traditions of Assam as I do now. Through my experiences with AANA, I have become knowledgeable and comfortable with my dual identity that is being Assamese and being part of the American mosaic.

 

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