Meet Our Awesome CEO and Illustrious Advisory Board
Sanjeev ShuklaFounder & CEO
A head for business, with a heart for social entrepreneurship, Sanjeev is passionate about pursuing knowledge and sharing it with others. Had he not pursued a career in business, he would have liked to have been a teacher. In fact, one of his bucket list ambitions is to open schools which will enable people in remote villages in India to access quality education.
Sanjeev founded Sanmita after honing his skills building business ventures, which included a company that grew to become the largest distributor of Zenith computers in Northern India. His dual MBA from Cornell University and Queen’s School of Business underscores his enthusiasm for doing business, a process which he describes as giving people “the flexibility to do many things and the freedom to experiment with their ideas.”
A deep knowledge of IT, finance and business provides the framework for Sanmita’s success; Sanjeev’s passion and commitment are what powers the team above and beyond in providing the best service for our clients.
Jason OteroDesign Director
Kelsey HebertContent Manager
Dr. Elmira MangumAdvisor, Higher Education & Corporate
David KoehlerAdvisor, Higher Education
Academics will tell you higher education operates in a universe of its own, where rationales that serve other businesses too often don’t function as expected. When you’re serving the demanding world of academia, it’s crucial to have an insider’s guidance.
David has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology in higher education. He served as the Director for Information Technologies at Cornell University, where he managed a team of 107 full time employees and a budget of $18 million. Previously, David worked with Princeton University as Director of Information Systems and Director of Distributed Management Systems. There, he directed the development of strategic plan to roll out $50 million of new administrative systems. David served at Stanford University, CBOARD, and Burroughs Corporation in various management capacities.
David has been a faculty member at CAUSE Leadership Institute and Chair of CAUSE National Conference. He has also been an active member of Educause Administrative Computing Advisory Committee. Mr. Koehler holds an MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Operations Research from Cornell University.
Paula E.F. YoungerAdvisor, Government & Non-profits
Our advisor in the complex arena of government agencies, Paula is an executive level administrator with 20 years of experience in program development, management systems design, performance planning, and policy formation and implementation. Paula has worked extensively with federal, state, and local government entities, community based organizations, and private consulting firms in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Pacific Island territories.
Paula is presently both the Deputy County Administrator and Corporate Compliance Officer for Tompkins County, New York. She previously served as Project Director for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance, where she received a DOJ Certificate of Special Recognition in appreciation of her “dedication, conscientiousness, and professionalism” in strengthening the mission to support crime victims’ rights and services. Prior appointments include Director of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center, and Division Manager for Training and Technical Assistance for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Leadership Institute.
Paula often presents on the subjects of organization development, leadership, and performance planning and monitoring. An active participant in local community, Paula is a member of the Ithaca City School District’s Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council; Multicultural Resource Center “Talking Circles on Race and Racism” facilitator; and founding member of the Friends of Ithaca Youth Bureau. Ms. Younger holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration.
Thomas RichardsonAdvisor, Products & Projects
Award-winning web guru Thomas Richardson’s work has revolutionized interactive communications within higher education. As founding Director of Web Communications at Cornell University, Thomas led the comprehensive, university-wide endeavor to overhaul and redesign the entire interactive experience of Cornell across each of the university’s centers, institutes, schools, colleges, and campuses. In addition to serving as senior digital advisor to the committee charged with rebranding the entirety of Cornell University, Richardson led all web and multimedia production efforts, digital strategy, developer support, and online communications and adoption.
Richardson’s work has been featured in Science Magazine, The New York Times, Apple’s QuickTime Showcase, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
In addition to his groundbreaking work at Cornell, Richardson has managed award-winning UX design, development and online communications teams in Silicon Valley for successful startups as well as international Fortune 500 corporations—spanning higher education to the financial services, advertising and travel industries.
His creative genius extends into the world of filmmaking, where Thomas has written six feature scripts, taught screenwriting at both Ohio University and Cornell University, and is an award-winning experimental filmmaker with over 15 short films to his credit.
Mr. Richardson holds his BA in Philosophy from Indiana University-Bloomington and an MFA in Film Production and Screenwriting from Ohio University School of Film. Richardson is based in San Francisco.
Ravi LaljaniSenior Consultant
When you’ve got a job that needs to get done, you want the talents of someone who has the practical know-how to make it happen.
An experienced project manager with a proven track record of developing successful solutions in engineering and web and database applications, Ravi has consulted extensively throughout the public and private sectors. He has developed database solutions for Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and software products such as PaperChase, Incognito, Morph, and Slice; as well as web applications for medical practices and the National Rural Water Association.
Ravi has an extensive background with environmental engineering and compliance, and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Anya NagarkarSenior Consultant
With over twenty years of web development wizardry in his pocket, Anya’s resume is so extensive and technically detailed we’re not even sure we know exactly what his credentials are.
Let’s just say he’s fluent in pretty much every computer language, operating system, hardware platform, web tool, database package, e-commerce… and that’s just the beginning. Anya has provided custom programming and consultative services for Avon, Microsoft, Johns Hopkins Hospitals, the USDA, General Physics, and many more.
He is currently an adjunct professor at Capitol College’s Master of Science in Information Architecture program.
Whether you need an analysis to determine the effect of thermal cycling of graphite, a comparative study of operating systems and web servers, or software that will extract data from the LMS, transform it and periodically load the data warehouse for reporting, Anya has you covered.