Board of Directors

Bashir Mamdani, Board President
Bashir Mamdani, a retired internist, nephrologist, and editorial board member of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, was born in Tanazania and got his medical education in India and U.S. He has been an active supporter of various organizations in India dedicated to development, human rights, and medical ethics. He splits his time between India and U.S. along with Meenal, his wife.

Meenal Mamdani, Treasurer
Meenal Mamdani, a retired neurologist, was born in Bombay, got her medical degree in India, and trained in neurology in the U.S. She has an ongoing interest in development and human rights and has been involved with organizations in the U.S. supportive of development and human rights in India. Since her retirement she splits her time between India and the U.S.

Mary Krisco, Secretary
Mary Krisco is the coordinator of the Rock County Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program in Wisconsin. She is employed by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Gregory Krisco, Director
Greg Krisco teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult students at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI. He studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago and holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has also served on the board of the Stateline Literacy Council in Beloit, WI.

Arif Mamdani, Director
Arif Mamdani got his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Drew University. After graduation he has worked as an adult education teacher for The Fortune Society,, which helps people coming out of prison and as a “Circuit Rider” at the Low Income Networking and Communications ( LINC) Project at the Welfare Law Center, helping organizations use technology more effectively in their community organizing work. Currently he works for Progressive Technology Project,, which seeks to raise the scope and scale of technology resources available to grassroots organizations working for progressive social change.

Jamie Friye, Director
Jamie Friye is a 2006 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is currently an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Adams County State’s Attorneys Office, handling juvenile abuse/neglect, delinquency, and mental health cases. She also also studied Psychology, Spanish, and Theology at Quincy University and is interested in fair trade. Jamie enjoys seeing how the Dhamote village women grow and learn with the help of Prayas, Inc.

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