Meet The Team
Hi, I am Dainna. Your Pageant Director for 2019. I have always loved pageants since I was a little girl. I have competed in couple pageants and life has been better after each one.
I run a platform called SPAM (Stress, Panic, Anxiety & Mental) as well as a member of the UIC Leadership group; a community geared to bring all minority communities to one platform.
I am a MOM, Marketing Manager, DJ, Photographer and also run a dance team.
The reason I decided to be the State Director is because this pageant's mission is to celebrate beauty from within. Each one of us can make a difference and this is what the pageant celebrates.
My goal is to make this pageant a fun, educational as well as provide the participants as many opportunities as possible.
Branding & Styling Director
NY Fashion Week designer Premal Badiani, the British-American haute couture and celebrity fashion designer and stylist needs no introduction. Driven by artistic, modern and luxurious design and style, the label Premal Badiani holds an impeccable appeal globally.
The label has been showcased at the prestigious runways globally. Badiani’s 2017 NYFW eco-collection, started a whole new movement within the industry. Fortune Magazine has recognized Premal Badiani as one of the pioneers to promote sustainable fashion in the luxury market with the first-ever virtual interaction with fashion at NYFW.
Awarded “Versatile Designer” 2016, “Woman of the Year” in 2017 and 2018, “Woman Empowerment Award” 2018, to list a few and recently published as the one of the Global Inspirational Women of the year 2018-19, Premal Badiani is a strong influencer in the fashion industry and outside.
Along with being a fulltime designer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and hands-on mom; Premal Badiani also serves on the mentor board for fashion institutes in US, India and UK to educate and guide young and aspiring generation of designers. Nick named “Brand with a Heart”, she is an activist of social causes and has worked to promote environmental awareness, supporting girls’ education, raising for breast cancer awareness, women empowerment and sponsoring livelihood for underprivileged kids. She was felicitated by the Consulate General in New York for being a positive influence in the community through her charity associations and giving back to the society, both in US and internationally.
Natural Skin Consultant
A dreamer and artist started her dreams by educating herself in Garment production technology fashion designing and Esthetics of skin care & theatrical makeup. Love taking care of skin naturally. Freelancer in theatrical makeup, sports photography and bridal wear designing. Love to write her deep thoughts. Has earned more than 11 certification in her interests of field.
On top of all a mother of 2 kids, she enjoys her full time responsibilities of her boys and 2 fur babies. Believes in a marriage and a marriage can be successful only if you are first a friend to your life partner, that’s why her husband is her best friend from last 20 years.
Stay natural and grounded with good karma, Glow of your good deed shows automatically on your face.
Actor - Meet The Patels
Vasant Patel has a diverse background in careers spanning from engineering to the arts. After receiving degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, He spent over 45 years in roles including Design Engineer, Career Consultant, Financial Advisor, screenplay writer, actor, and public speaker. He founded career consulting firm, CPResume, in 1989, and became the largest in the Carolinas. After success of MEET THE PATELS, in which he is co-starred but also executive produced.
He is active in supporting charity and education projects in US as well as in India. His retired life is more busy than ever before. He is acting in TV serial, Bollywood and Hollywood movies, wrote a screenplay, public speaking at Film Festivals, Professional Conferences, and Social Events. He is also working with his Hollywood Actor son Ravi in up coming TV Shows.
Currently, he is planning to make movie, screenplay written by him, he and his wife to co-star, and he will be executive produce.
Meghna B Joshi
Non Profit - Beyond Creation
Meghna B Joshi is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Creation Inc., a 501c3, nonprofit organization created to enhance the lives of special needs children . For more than a decade she has been supporting children with various disabilities and who are subjected to domestic violence and abuse due to their physical/ mental infirmity. She is working with various shelters in India, USA and in Thailand ensuring the safety of them.
Meghna considers that her biggest achievement was to open a loving a home shelter for disabled kids who lost their family because of their disability (pulled away from their families due to domestic violence and abuse/ are orphans or have been given away for adoption by their family’s).
A proud wife and mother of a 8th yr old boy, Priyadarshini Inman is a Marketing Professional working in different multinational companies for decades. He holds two masters degrees in Video Journalism and Healthcare Administration. She is also trained in Indian Classical Music from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow India. She is alumni of Asian Academy of Film & Television. She owns her own production house under which she made documentary films in 2006 for Govt. of Assam. She also worked in Television Industries like UTV, Bag Films as Executive Producer before she moved into Marketing. She is associated with NGO, " New Beginning" as Overseas Director which is also affiliated to UNICEF. She strongly believes in three statements of life "Destiny, Character and Calling". As she says, "WE ARE THE CEO OF LIFE".
Bharti is a Global Alliance Manager with Microsoft and has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. She is a strategic leader in driving opportunity for revenue growth for Microsoft and it’s partners, fostering a climate of Innovation, Collaboration and Inclusion in a digital transformation era. Public speaking is her ultimate passion, she hosts several community events, charity galas with audience in hundreds or thousands. She is invited as a speaker to Chamber of Commerce, Universities and different boards on several topics including technology, talent development and mentorship.
She lives by the mantra, “Be the change you want to see in the world”, instilled by her mentor, her mother. She is very passionate about giving back to the community in every way she can. She cares about mental health issues and women in technology. She never misses an opportunity to raise awareness on these platforms. She participates at Microsoft and in local events to drive this. She believes in never giving up and inspires and motivates by example, whether it is in the US or globally.
Ritu Bhat is the Owner and Chief Creative Director of India inspired clothing brand, Ritu Selects. Ritu Selects was founded in 2012 and currently has two designer showrooms in the USA (Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX) and a sourcing team and workshop located in Mumbai, India.
Ritu & her team specialize in creating and bringing ethnic Indian and fusion wears to USA. Ritu’s brand has participated in various local and national fashion events like NCFA Style Week, Charlotte International Fashion Week and has styled many fashion celebrities including Miss United States 2014 Elizabeth Safrit. She has also designed for the NBA Charlotte Hornets cheer leaders Honeybees and for NY Brooklynnets for their half-time performance in year 2018 & 2019. She has been featured on Local and international television channels like TVAsia, WCCB, WBTV and FOX Charlotte. Her brand often participates in philanthropic runway fundraisers where she can contribute to the society using her fashion skills.
Ritu grew up in the vibrant city of Mumbai, India and her brand represents the energy and elegance of her background. Her quest to uniquely showcase ethnic outfits that uses the right balance of high-quality Indian craftsmanship with modern elegant designs has led her to start this business. She has successfully grown her business and now owns two store-fronts in USA with 2000+ sq. ft. area of Indian couture for Women, Men & Kids. Over time she has managed to create a skillful team of emerging designers, tailors and craftsmen that understand and implement her vision.
Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder/President - Breast Cancer Hub
Lopamudra Das Roy, M.Sc, MBA, Ph.D is the founder and President of Breast Cancer Hub with 18+ years of experience in Research, Teaching and Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
(Ph.D. candidates) in the field of Genetics and Breast & Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Das Roy received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (Genetics) from Assam University, in addition to her research experience in Biochemistry at Delhi University, India. Dr. Das Roy did her Post-Doctoral fellowship from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, USA in Cancer Immunology & therapeutics focusing on Breast and Pancreatic Cancer. She received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, IL, USA in 2018 (class of Executive MBA). Her professional career started as a lecturer of Genetics in Garden City College, Bengaluru, India, followed by her Post-Doctoral fellowship from Mayo Clinic, USA focusing on Breast and Pancreatic Cancer research & mentoring students. She moved to University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and served as Research Assistant Professor, awarded with grants as Principal Investigator from the Department of Defense (DOD) cancer research program (BCRP) investigating targeting therapies and signaling pathways in metastatic Breast and
Pancreatic cancer. Dr. Das Roy worked as a Research Director at OncoTAb, Inc, a UNCC spin off (Cancer diagnostics and therapeutics) and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNCC & was awarded with Contract grant from National Cancer Institute as Principal investigator to decipher the molecular targeted radiation therapy for Triple negative Breast Cancer. Dr. Das Roy’s original research work is attributed with numerous high impact factor publications, citations, press releases with global recognition from American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and public media for breakthrough work on discovering the
signaling pathway between Breast cancer metastasis and Arthritis. She is invited to present her work at worldwide conferences as Guest speaker and serves as a scientist reviewer of grants for Department of Defense Cancer research program and also serves as a scientist reviewer and as member of scientific editorial board for Cancer related journals. She resigned from her job of 10 years at UNCC and founded Breast Cancer Hub (BCH), a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization incorporated in North Carolina, USA in September 2017, with a vision to globally connect, break the taboo & increase the survival frequency of women and men with Breast Cancer across the world through Awareness, Education and Research. BCH was launched on October 20th, 2017 at Northwestern University- Kellogg School of Management, Chicago.
BCH bridges the gap between the developed and developing world to uplift the awareness & research potential and bring into limelight the current situation of Breast cancer in the urban & rural sectors across the globe, and try to decipher the hidden elements that may eventually help in the treatment schema. Dr. Das Roy completed “Step into Impact” Nonprofit Executive Education Program from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management in 2018.
Aubrey Harley II
Aubrey shares his knowledge and what inspiration as a global success coach and image consultant. Boosting self esteem with his paramount skill for enhancing any woman's beauty and brand, Aubrey stands far above the crowd as an inspiration for countless of up coming and existing designers and business leaders.
Aubrey Harley is thriving proof that with passion and education you to can obtain everything you choose out of life. Aubrey's place in the hearts of his peers and guest is well instilled and will remain eternally.
She has a unique fusion style of cooking, blending different cultures together. Her hard work and dedication has brought her to where she is today. In 2009, Roshni was awarded “Chopped Champion” on the hit Food Network show Chopped. That same year she was also the first chef in Boston to introduce healthy restaurant-style quality food into college campuses and was featured in the Boston Globe newspaper. This triggered the healthy food scene throughout colleges in Massachusetts. Roshni’s wide travels, vast knowledge and hunger for the culinary world has awarded her as being one of the top 5 Indian chefs in USAa by India Currentsmagazine in 2011. In 2011, Roshni was also invited to be the featured chef for Masala, Mendhi, Masti in Toronto, Canada, North America’s largest South Asian festival. In 2012, Roshni was a contestant on the very popular FOX TV show Hell’s Kitchen with Michelin Star chef Gordon Ramsay. She was the only chef among 18 that Chef Ramsay addressed as a “passionate, well-rounded chef that blended flavors magically." In 2014 and 2015 Chef Gurnani was award the best taste award for the Austin wine and dine festival as well as first place in the taste of British Virgin Islands. In 2014 Roshni traveled to Haiti to participate in the Food Fete representing her Indian heritage.
She was awarded 2016 Top Chef Las Vegas by Las Vegas food and wine festival. In 2017 Roshni participated in the hit Food Network show Cut Throat Kitchen. In May of 2018 Chef Rosh competed on the popular show “Beat Bobby Flay”. Roshni is also an active member of “I’ll have what she’s having” a non profit Chef driven organization supporting single mothers and healthcare plans. Chef Gurnani has also cooked at the James Beard House in New York with an all female team creating a 6 course vegetarian Indian inspired menu.
Apart from her traveling, Chef Roshni has her own catering and consulting company, as well as, she is published cook book author. Chef Roshni believes "food is a journey, not a destination”
Mrs Asia International - 2013
Karli Bose is a mother of 2 wonderful boys.
She owns 2 titles - Miss Bengal 1996 and Mrs Asia international 2013- beside holding this titles she is also an IT professional and works for an financial organization. She is associated with many NGO’s , charity and runs one of her own “ SparkonLife” which helps women’s in need and underprivileged children’s .
Vamsi Pola is a resident of Charlotte from 2004 and he made charlotte has his hometown. He came to US in 2002 to pursue his dream of Master’s in computer science and he graduated from Gannon University, Erie, PA. After the graduation, he moved to charlotte for his job at TIAA. He is
an immigrant from India and a naturalized citizen of US. He speaks 3 languages (English, Hindi, Telugu) and he lives in Concord with his wife and two young kids (3.5-year old and 1-year old boys).
He is an IT Leader at TIAA, and he was at various roles & capacities throughout his career. He has 15 years of IT experience in leading large complex B2B & B2C transformations leveraging existing and emerging technologies. In his current role as Director of Digital Transactions and Technology, he manages IT programs in the range of $10M and accountable for end-to-end delivery to meet the business goals & growth. He manages team sizes up to 75 resources distributed across multiple countries and vendors. He has great interest in Artificial Intelligence, and he leads Chatbot, Virtual Reality and Supervised Machine Learning platforms at TIAA. He did his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Hyderabad, India).
His passion for community service and his desire to unite & integrate diverse communities made him to start United Indian Community Forum (non-profit registered with state of NC). Its mission is to unite diverse Indian communities by channelizing professional, civic and cultural energies to benefit the greater charlotte community; He has been actively involved in various activities that promote and bring awareness on social responsibilities, civic responsibilities, Women empowerment and Social causes .
United Indian Community Forum was recently recognized by Charlotte City Mayor and City Council with a Proclamation and December 10th is declared as United
Indian Community Forum Day. In his spare time, Vamsi enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. His interests include world affairs, history, TED Talks. His most favorite activity is playing with his two 2 young boys and playing cricket. He visits his parents in
India regularly and he loves his small hometown and his dad’s pharmacy store.
Ashwani Chandnani is a Short Film Director and Screen writer. He loves telling stories and find no other way than making movies to convey them. His love for movies became a activity when he got introduced to other creative people in his field. The spark that was hidden for long was ignited.
Long term plans for him are making big in Bollywood. He has always stayed connected with his roots and would love to tell stories that belong to his culture. His current range of film themes are Mystery, Drama and Slice of Life.