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PRASAD Leadership

Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan​​ PRASAD

Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan​​


Vivek is a plastic surgeon in Toronto, Canada, specializing in facial reconstructive surgery.  He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada), and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He is currently the Division Head of Plastic Surgery at William Osler Health System in Toronto, Canada, and Director on the Board of Directors for Operation Smile Canada. Additionally, he has held various leadership roles, including President of the Professional (Medical) Staff Association, and Director on the Board of Directors for William Osler Health System.

Vivek has been dedicated to philanthropic work his whole life. Since the outset of his career as a surgeon, he has volunteered as a surgeon and teacher treating children with facial deformities around the world

Leadership at PRASAD Thomas Korula, Trustee & Co-Chairman​

Thomas Korula


Tom spent his early years in Mumbai, India. His family pioneered the rubber industry in India. After completing a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Bombay, he came to the US and earned a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Upon graduation, he was recruited by B.F. Goodrich for Research and Development. After developing chemical processes for BF Goodrich he attended Columbia University to gain a Master’s in Business Administration.

Following graduation he went to work for Raychem Corp., a high-technology Materials Sciences company in Menlo Park, California, holding various positions over the course of 17 years. Most recently, he’s been back in India introducing high technology products to India’s developing industries.

Jyotika Patel​​​, Trustee & Treasurer​

Jyotika Patel​​

Trustee & Treasurer​

Jyotika Patel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, and after graduating worked in a clinical laboratory.

Jyotika moved to San Jose, California where she continued in the same field. She later worked with Micro Media Systems, a company that developed panels used in the identification of gram-negative bacteria.

After raising her children, Jyotika joined LifeScan Inc., a company that manufactures glucose monitoring systems. While working for LifeScan, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health Education.

Jyotika joined the cardiac division of Guidant’s quality compliance team in 2001, and currently works for Zoll Circulation, a company that develops and markets medical devices to advance emergency care, increase clinical and operational efficiency, and help save lives.

Jyotika joined the Board of The PRASAD Project in 2005, and has been serving as treasurer since 2013.

Deborah Goodrich Royce​, Trustee & Secretary​

Deborah Goodrich Royce​


Deborah Goodrich Royce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in modern foreign languages with a minor in dance. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lake Erie College.

Deborah worked for ten years as an actress in film and television. After the birth of her daughters, she moved behind the scenes to work at Miramax Films as their story editor.

She has served on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich and the YWCA of Greenwich. She currently serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Garden, Greenwich Historical Society and the Garden Conservancy, as well as the advisory boards of the Preservation Society of Newport County, the Greenwich International Film Festival and, in her native Detroit, the College for Creative Studies. Deborah and her husband, Chuck, are also actively involved in the restoration of numerous buildings and “Main Street” revitalization projects.

In 2003, Deborah and her husband, Chuck (CEO of the Royce Funds) co-founded and restored the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, CT, dedicated to classic and independent films, which they operate as a not-for-profit cinema.

Deborah has two daughters, Alexandra and Tess Porter and four stepchildren, Jennifer King, Chad, Amanda and Wesley Royce.

Deborah joined the Board of The PRASAD Project in November of 2014.

Harriette Cole​, Trustee

Harriette Cole​

Trustee & Secretary

Harriette Cole, born in Baltimore, MD, lives in Harlem, NY. She graduated from Howard University, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in English. She is President and Creative Director of HARRIETTE COLE MEDIA, Inc. Harriette is a life stylist, a writer and editor, author of seven books, a media coach, a nationally syndicated advice columnist and an etiquette expert.

Harriette has dedicated her life to inspiring people to discover how to be their best. She has extensive experience in publishing as creative director and editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine, lifestyle and fashion director at Essence magazine, editor of American Legacy Woman and founding editorial director for Uptown. For three years she was executive producer and host of a digital talk show on For many years she was a contributor to the Today Show, and she has made appearances on numerous TV shows. In 2016 she launched DREAMLEAPERS, a multi-pronged educational initiative designed to help people access and activate their dreams.

Harriette has served on the Multicultural Audience Development Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more than 10 years.

Harriette joined the Board of The PRASAD Project in November of 2014, was named Vice-Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2016.

Harriette is married to George Chinsee, a fashion and beauty photographer, and they have one daughter.

Dr. M Cecilia Escarra​​

Executive Director​

Dr. Cecilia Escarra is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. She worked as an orthodontist and also has expertise in medical auditing and health administration.

Dr. Escarra arrived at The PRASAD Project in 2002 to work as administrator of the PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program in New York State. In 2012, she was appointed Executive Director of The PRASAD Project.

Under her leadership the PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program has received numerous awards from local, state and national entities, and PRASAD’s work has been recognized in numerous national and international publications.

Statton Hammock

Volunteer Legal Cousel

Statton Hammock has been a board member, strategic business advisor, and legal counsel to mission-driven companies and non-profit organizations for over 25 years.

Statton is currently the Associate General Counsel for Catona Climate, a leading carbon credit asset management company and enterprise sustainability services provider. Prior to joining Catona Climate, Statton served as Vice-President for IP Strategy and Gov’t Relations at Clarivate, PLC, the world’s largest provider of scientific research and intellectual property data and analytics. From 2012-2017, Statton led the legal and compliance functions at Rightside Group, Ltd., the company responsible for the launch of 40 new generic top-level domain names, making the Internet more secure and accessible for users around the world. In addition, Statton has also held other senior legal and general counsel roles with public and private companies throughout his career.

Statton provides pro bono legal services and strategic business advice to PRASAD, PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, and the SYDA Foundation.

Statton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Politics from the University of Virginia, holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maine School of Law and has a graduate certificate in Sustainability Studies from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.

Brandon Siew

Volunteer Public Health Advisor

Brandon Siew, a first-generation Indo-Trinidadian American, is dedicated to addressing health and socioeconomic disparities with a unique interdisciplinary approach. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida.

Brandon, a native of Miami, FL, holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona and dual Master’s degrees in International Business and Accounting from Hult International Business School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively.

He plays a vital role in his family’s businesses, spanning various sectors. His professional experience includes auditing at Grant Thornton and consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he provides business insights and drives growth using Oracle’s modern enterprise applications. As part of PwC’s initiative to leverage GenAI, Brandon delivers innovative, tech-powered solutions to build trust and achieve sustained outcomes.

With a deep understanding of diverse cultural perspectives, Brandon has volunteered with Shake-A-Leg Miami, an organization that uses the marine environment to improve the health, education, and independence of children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges, and the Iskashitaa Refugee Network, which empowers refugees through community integration and food sustainability programs.
Brandon joined PRASAD in 2018 as a Volunteer Public Health Advisor.