Nancy Heykes was born in Milwaukee, WI and moved to the Fox Valley after law school to begin a 20 year career at AAL, now Thrivent. That corporate culture encouraged volunteering, and Nancy served many organizations as a board member or through pro bono legal work. Her family moved to Pulaski in 1989, so she became familiar with Brown County as well as the Fox Cities. Nancy first worked with IndUS leaders through the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center and was delighted to join the IndUS board after her work move to Goodwill. She is very proud of Sridevi Buddi's contributions as a class member of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, and of the hard work IndUS leaders past and present have done to adapt and refresh the governance structure to meet the opportunities for service ahead of us.

Origins of IndUS


​​Oliver Zornow

Meherrnaz Balaporia 



​​Sandhya Sridhar

Ritu Tannan grew up in New Delhi, India. She has called Oshkosh, WI her home for almost 34 years with her husband and two daughters. She worked as an assistant professor in School of Business, Marian University of Fond du Lac. She served other management and administration roles in multiple industries such as logistics, finance and education. Service is very important to Ritu. She has previously served on boards of United Way of Oshkosh, Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin (currently known as Covey) and has volunteered at IndUS of Fox Valley. An active participant and volunteer of IndUS, Ritu is excited to continue the mission of the organization as it enters another decade.

She lives in Green Bay with my spouse and 3 kids. She practices Psychiatry at Bellin, specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Having trained and practised Psychiatry in the United KIngdom, was a great exposure to Europe. She enjoys playing sports, reading, listening to music, gardening and spending time in the outdoors. Playing Field Hockey for the State at the National Championships in India is her cherished achievement. Rekha volunteers her time with IndUS, YWCA, ZikSA and in a few activities with kids in the community.

Sridevi Buddi is an American with roots in Indian heritage. She has been living with her family in Wisconsin for 18 years. Even though Appleton is home, you will find her in Green Bay as much as in Appleton. She is an MBA, pre PhD with 7 years of grad school teaching experience in India and 7 years of accounting experience in the US. Sridevi is an alumni of the Non profit leadership initiative by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Her passion for service makes her an active volunteer in a number of non-profits. She was the President of IndUS of Fox valley from 2016-2019, and has 12 years of volunteering experience with IndUS in various leadership positions. She serves on the board of Rotary district 6220 as the Interact chair. She also serves on the board of SHAMA, Inc. and ZikSA, a virtual art platform. A mother of 3, she enjoys music and tennis when she can find time for herself.

Shivani was born and raised in Shimla, India, a mountain town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Shivani moved to Los Angeles from India at the dawn of the millennium and lived in south eastern Michigan before moving to Appleton a decade ago. Shivani is an active community advocate and currently serves on the board of directors of the Apple Creek YMCA in Appleton. She has been an IndUS volunteer for the last decade & has served on various committees. Shivani is a firm believer in the role of nonprofits as foundational pillars of communities they serve . Shivani has an undergraduate degree in behavioral psychology and a Masters degree in International business from HP University in India .She has previously held roles in brand Management with Pepsico across the Asia's Pacific.  

Shivani is excited to be a part of the dynamic and committed group of individuals ,to further the mission of IndUS .

Susan Kulkarni grew up in the Chicago area and moved to the Fox Valley in the early 1990’s. She and her husband Vivek have been part of IndUS off and on since the formation. Susan worked as a Mechanical Engineer for 10 years before quitting to raise a family and follow Vivek around the globe. She spent the last several years working part-time as a Tax Preparer. She is active in her church leadership and has kept the financial records for IndUS since 2017.

​​Dr. Rekha Vijayan

Oliver Zornow is a Fox Cities native that currently lives in Appleton along with his wife and two young children.  Oliver has spent 15 years working in leadership positions in the non-profit sector with postings both locally and internationally focusing on education, youth development, arts and culture, and economic development.  Oliver is currently the Executive Director of the Building for Kids Children’s Museum and serves on the boards of the Caneille Regional Development Fund and First 5 Fox Valley along with IndUS of the Fox Valley.  After years of partnering with IndUS for many years, he is excited to be able to contribute his experience with organizational governance and community engagement to advance the mission of IndUS.

Assistant Treasurer


VC Attota grew up in South India and has been living in Appleton, WI with his wife and three daughters for the last four years. As a Business Technologist/Executive, he has had the opportunity to work with diversified groups of people across the globe for the last 24 years. With that experience, he has developed his personal mission of making a positive difference in lives of people, businesses and communities. He is actively serving on the boards of both the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and the IndUS of Fox Valley. Also, he volunteers at Habitat for Humanity International and few other leadership cohorts to promote Inclusion and Diversity.

​​Susan Kulkarni

Sachin Shivaram

Strategic Mentor (past President)

IndUS of Fox Valley supports diversity and harmony in our workplace and communities. We denounce discrimination in all spheres of life.  This includes prejudice based on race, nationality, color, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age or military status.

IndUS of Fox Valley has its origin in the Fox Valley India Association (FVIA). The first annual celebration, entitled IndUS-99 was organized under the auspices of FVIA, with Dr. Ramakant Shet, President of that organization, providing the leadership. Following the success of the premier event, a number of key leaders in the Indian community felt a need to establish an organization that would focus on strengthening the ties with the larger, local American community.

A charter meeting was held on March 2, 2001 and IndUS of Fox Valley came in to a being, as a distinct, separate entity. The organization was formally registered and incorporated in the State of Wisconsin, and soon after received its nonprofit status under Section (c)(3) Internal Revenue Code.

The IndUS Board has formally declared the year 2010 as the tenth anniversary year of the organization.

​​VC Attota

Board Member

Meherrnaz Balaporia grew up in Mumbai, India. She has called Green Bay, WI her home for almost 23 years with her husband and two teenage children. She has worked customer service, management and administration roles in multiple industries such as hospitality, travel, construction and education. Service is very important to Meherrnaz. She is an active volunteer at Green Bay Literacy, New Community Shelter Green Bay, Green Bay SEVA and IndUS of Fox Valley. An active participant and volunteer of IndUS, Meherrnaz is excited to continue the mission of the organization as it enters another decade.


Board Member

​​Ritu Tannan

VP-Education & Outreach

​​Dr. Anupama Verma

Sridevi Buddi


Sachin Shivaram lives in De Pere, WI with his wife Lipi and two young sons.  Sachin was born and brought up in Milwaukee, where his parents still live. His parents immigrated from India in the early 1970s and lived in several cities throughout the US, before moving to Milwaukee in search of a quiet place to raise their three children. Sachin grew up loving the Packers, the winter, cheese, and all things Wisconsin. His wife Lipi grew up in Nepal, and the two met at college here in the US. He is Chief Executive Officer of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, a 110-year-old family-owned manufacturing company in Manitowoc.

Board Member

Sandhya Maheshwari

Sandhya Sridhar grew up in Shimla, Delhi, and Mumbai. After specializing in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Bombay she worked as a selection psychologist in Mumbai and as a research associate at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. She migrated to USA in 1980 and earned her Ph. D. In Business Management from Ohio State University. She taught graduate and undergraduate students at UW Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, and Silver Lake College, all in Wisconsin. An ardent volunteer and one of the founding members of IndUS, she enjoys serving the community in her retirement. Her other hobbies include reading, traveling, knitting, gardening, and swimming.

​​Nancy Heykes

Dr. Anupama Verma is a nephrologist practicing in the Green Bay area for close to two decades. She is also a best-selling author, speaker, and an advocate for patients and physicians alike.

Being born in India and raised in Nigeria, and ultimately immigrating to the United States, Dr. Anupama Verma brings with her a diverse background and an empathetic understanding of many cultures.

She is a strong believer in IndUS, it’s mission, and philanthropy. Dr. Verma and her husband have been lifelong members and supporters of Indus since they moved to Northeast Wisconsin. She is excited to be on the board, and to help IndUS expand and further its goals of service to the greater community.

IndUS of Fox Valley

VP- Board Development

​​Shivani Devgun

Sandhya Maheshwari lives in Appleton with her husband and three kids. She was born and raised in India. She has an undergraduate degree in Textile Engineering and currently works as an Account Specialist, Timberland brand, for VF Corporation.  Engaging in community services is very important to her. She has been an active member of IndUS for almost a decade. She believes that volunteering gives people a sense of purpose and is a great way to give back and get to know your community as a citizen. Summer is her favorite season since she loves to garden, hike and run, to keep herself in shape.​

The IndUS Board

Updated July 12, 2020