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Devina Mahapatra

DEvina Mahapatra

Founder

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Devina founded the Dulles South Soup Kitchen to serve hot meals to those in need in Northern Virginia. Devina's passion for feeding the under-privileged came to light in her teens when her family fed the homeless, diseased and under-nourished in their hometown in India. She strongly believed that no one should have to sleep hungry. After moving to the United States in 2001, Devina had been an active volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program and the Frederick Rescue Mission. She also occasionally volunteered at the Capital Food Bank. Devina also worked at the Sunrise Senior Living in the evenings and weekends helping those with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. 

 

Devina currently works as a Global Business Agility Transformation Coach at AstraZeneca where she coaches leadership on more efficient software delivery. She was the co-founder of MyBusinessAssistant and held several technology jobs in Corporate America.

Outside of work, Devina loves hanging out with her two kids - her limitless source of inspiration.

KUMAR IYER

Food Expert

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Kumar Iyer is a professional Chef and owner of award-winning restaurant, ‘Rangoli’ in Manassas, VA. He has a culinary degree from the Institute of Hotel Management, India and has over 28 years experience in the Industry. Formerly a Food Manager aboard luxury cruise liners, Royal Caribbean International LLC, and a General Manager with T.G.I.Fridays, Kumar Iyer has worked in many kitchens and worked with varied cuisine.

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KALI VASANTHAN

Strategy & IT

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Kali has had a passion to help people who are hungry. In a world where there are so many rich people and governments having a good inflow of cash, there are also millions of people who struggle to get food for all meals in a day, especially in a country as rich as ours. But what has moved him deeply is the fact that there are millions of kids who don’t get access to good food on several days in a year and that has been the core reason for him to want to help make sure people that need food shouldn’t have to go hungry or have to pay high to get good food. 

 

The Dulles South Soup Kitchen’s mission and vision are compelling and he hopes to contribute and help in ways so as to help the community where people who need good cooked food should be able to get it when they want it.

 

Kali has been working in the financial industry for over a decade and has strong background in software engineering and infrastructure management. He started his career as a systems engineer for an abrasives manufacturing company followed by experience as a software engineer in the field of telecom software and data center network monitoring. He has been working in Fannie Mae for 15 years and is now a Software Technology Manager.

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JENNIFER BRADY

BOARD MEMBER

Jennifer Brady is passionate about supporting local and sustainable agriculture and promoting the pivotal role a healthy food system plays at the intersection of population and environmental health. She has lived in Loudoun County for 13 years where she has been involved in nutrition education, chronic disease prevention, farm-to-school initiatives, and engaging community partners for coalition building. She is currently the manager of the City of Falls Church Farmers Market and has managed several farmers markets and their Virginia Fresh Match SNAP access programs in the Northern Virginia region for the last 8 years. She believes that everyone deserves to eat delicious and nutritious food and should get to enjoy the bounty from our robust local farming community. She lives in downtown Leesburg with her family, pets, chickens, and ever-evolving garden.  

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NICK GUYTON

BOARD MEMBER

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Nick Guyton graduated from Penn State University in 2002 and was commissioned a 2ndLt in the United States Marine Corps. Following The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, Nick was assigned to Company E, 2d Battalion 3rd Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He deployed three times with 2/3 serving as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer; leading some of the finest Infantry Marines across the globe to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

After his Infantry time, Nick was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion (MARSOC) aboard Camp Lejeune, NC, where he served as a Team Leader and deployed to Africa and Afghanistan. During this time Nick also completed some of military’s most rigorous training courses and schools; Jump School, Marine Combatant Dive School, MMPS Freefall School, Advanced Special Operations Course, SERE School, DIA Intelligence Collections Course, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Level II, Tactical Combat Casualty Care/Advanced Medical Training and multiple Direct Action Shooting Packages.

 

In 2011, Nick left active duty and began work as a Government Contractor in Washington, D.C. He supported multiple United States Government Classified programs and again deployed several times to remote areas of the globe in support of crucial missions over the next ten years. Nick is the President and Founder of Dagger Group, LLC, a SDVOSB focusing on providing niche skillsets and mission support to the Intelligence Community.

 

Nick is also a mortgage loan officer licensed in VA, MD, DC, WV and NC. Helping families navigate the home buying process has been truly meaningful and gratifying.

 

Nick is currently the Director of Federal Accounts at QTS Data Centers.

 

Despite all the training and skills he has acquired over the last 20 years, Nick’s true passion is helping those around him. This is a gift that began as a young boy growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania volunteering in his community by playing the piano and juggling at local nursing homes. This service to others has shown throughout his professional career; whether writing home from overseas deployments to rally family, friends, and colleagues to send much needed supplies to assist local villages to single-handedly raising over $50,000 in 2023 for various local charities and Veteran organizations.  

 

Nick resides in Potomac Falls, VA with his wife, Gretta, and their three children; Nick Jr. 17, Duke 15, and Lila 9. When not working, Nick can be found coaching and attending youth sporting events or on the golf course fine tuning his wedge game.

YASH nanda

YOUTH OUTREACH

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Yash is a sophomore in South Riding, VA. He is passionate about hunger relief and strives to use his skills to fight for food equity. 

Outside of the Dulles South Soup Kitchen, Yash plays competitive soccer and is part of his school's student council.


 

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Ria Vasanthan

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RIA VASANTHAN

YOUTH OUTREACH

Ria Vasanthan is a sophomore in Sterling, Virginia. She has always been passionate about making sure that people are able to get nutritious meals and she is eager to make a lasting impact for this cause. 

 

At school Ria has been a member of the NJHS and is now a club officer for Make a Wish club. She is also part of the school yearbook team. Ria enjoys playing volleyball, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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