Executive Team

Marjorie Inparaj
President / Board Member

Marjorie attended SAAA since arriving in the United States in 1967. Blue Ridge Camp was one of her highpoints and she got involved with activities such as cooking, crafts, hiking, swimming, dancing and decorating. Marjorie has served as Secretary, lead children’s Sabbath School, written plays and directed the Christmas programs and much more. As Vice President, she would like to see SAAA moving forward with vigor and unity to accomplish greater things in our community.

Praktan Kokila
Vice President

Praktan Kokila has been a member of SAAA from 1990, the year he migrated to the US. He has served as Secretary of SAAA from 2018-2020 and is currently the Assistant Treasurer. He has studied in many SDA institutions such as Burman University in Canada, Washington Adventist University, and Loma Linda University in California. He currently works in IT for a Healthcare Company. He and his parents, Devaprasad and Pauline Kokila live locally and are members and supporters of the SAAA Association.

Chittibabu Palivela
Treasurer

Maharajan Ponraj
Assistant Treasurer

Maharajan Ponraj was born in Prakasapuram, South India where the first Adventist Church established its roots in India. Since his arrival to the United States in March 1971, he has been an active member of SAAA. He has actively participated and supported in all the affairs of the Association and held various positions, Assistant Treasurer to President of the Association in 2000.

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Mrudula Epuri
Secretary

Brittany Benjamin
Assistant Secretary

Premila Pedapudi
Public Relations

Premila Pedapudi has worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over 36 years, both in India and the United States. God influenced her spiritually, growing her skills in preaching, teaching and ministering to others. Her ministries in the Church consisted of being an Associate pastor, Elder, Associate deaconess, Women’s Ministries Director of local church, Pathfinder director, Potomac conference Area Coordinator and many others. She is supported by her husband, son and two daughters, sons-in-law and an adorable grandson. Her greatest pleasures are being with family, singing, reading, cooking, traveling and fulfilling God’s will.


Board Members

Krupavaram Meesarapu
Chairman / Board

Krupavaram Meesarapu was born in Nuzvid to Mr. & Mrs. Jacob and Kantharathnamma Meesarapu. Mr. Jacob was a first generation Adventist, converted and baptized by the Missionary Dr. T. R. Flaiz. After completing college in India he worked as an Accountant at GMH and at South India Union in Bangalore. Krupavaram married Clara Ninala, who also was born to a first generation Adventists. Krupavaram and Clara were blessed with three children, Praveen, Preethie, and Malini, and six lovely grandchildren.

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Kingston Benjamin
Board Member

Kingston Benjamin, is the eldest son of Late Pastor Victor Benjamin and Mrs. Babsy Benjamin. He is a third-generation Adventist born into the pioneering Vedamuthu family from Mukuperi, Tamilnadu, India. After completing his university education at Spicer Memorial College, he moved to Takoma Park, United States in 1985. Kingston attended and soon joined SAAA as a member in 1988.

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Marjorie Inparaj
Board Member

Marjorie attended SAAA since arriving in the United States in 1967. Blue Ridge Camp was one of her highpoints and she got involved with activities such as cooking, crafts, hiking, swimming, dancing and decorating. Marjorie has served as Secretary, lead children’s Sabbath School, written plays and directed the Christmas programs and much more. As Vice President, she would like to see SAAA moving forward with vigor and unity to accomplish greater things in our community.

Starlet Vedamuthu
Board Member

Starlet Nahomie Isaac Vedamuthu has been part of the SAAA community from 1967, the year of her move from Tamil Nadu, India, to Takoma Park, Maryland. She is the daughter of Mr. William Muller Isaac, past President of SAAA, and Mrs. Annammal P. Isaac. She is an active member of SAAA and has served one term as Assistant Treasurer and has headed the Food Committee and Social Committee. Besides supporting the activities of SAAA, Starlet with her husband Jeyasingh Vedamuthu and their adult children Ivy and Jason are involved in aiding people in need and TV ministries.

Maharajan Ponraj
Board Member

Maharajan Ponraj was born in Prakasapuram, South India where the first Adventist Church established its roots in India. Since his arrival to the United States in March 1971, he has been an active member of SAAA. He has actively participated and supported in all the affairs of the Association and held various positions, Assistant Treasurer to President of the Association in 2000.

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Rathan Raj Yealuri
Board Member

Michael Osuri
Board Member

Michael was born in Narsapur to Pastor Osuri Israel and Krupavarthy David. He is the third of their four children – Dr. Joan Dass (late), Gentry, Michael and Leela. Since the age of 5, he lived in Poona. He studied at the Salisbury Park Elementary School, Spicer Secondary School and College, where he met his future bride Swinitha. They were married in May, 1969. Just a few months later, leaving his young bride, he came to the US on September 1, 1969 on a student visa, with the help of his brother Gentry and sister Joan. Swinitha joined Mike in Takoma Park on December 10, 1969.

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Devanand Jillepalli
Board Member






Ernest Ponraj
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Ronald Ninala 
Board Member





Committee Chairs

Selvin Inparaj
Religious Commitee

Joy Devaraj
Social Commitee

Dr. Devanand Jillipalli
Project Commitee

Rajee Thomas
Hospitality Sabbath Potluck Committee

Rajee Thomas is an active member of SAAA since she migrated to the United states in November of 1975. She completed her nursing degree at Giffard Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Nuzvid, India. After 40 years of service at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryalnd, she now enjoyes her retirment and invovlement with SAAA through its hospitality services. 

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