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Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center
This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.2, 2008

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The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center ( will honor six Indian American Malayalees for their outstanding achievements in their field of specialization or for their service to the society. The center is also recognizing a publication with its Media Achievement award. The awardees will be honored at Kerala Center's 16th annual banquet on Saturday, November 8th at 6.00 p.m. at the Kerala Center, 1824 Fairfax St., Elmont, NY 11003.
The chief guest for the evening is Indian Consul General Prabhu Dayal.
Two other guests of honor are Asianet Television Vice President Sreekandan Nair and Kairali TV Managing Director John Brittas.
The evening’s entertainment includes dances of India and a mega show by the Brazilian Entertainment Group who will perform Salsa, Samba and Flamengo with live orchestra.
Tickets for banquet can be reserved by contacting Kerala Center at 516-358-2000 or e-mail at

Dr.Thomas George

Mr. Reji George

Dr. Jame Abraham, MD, FACP

Dr.Shalini Vallabhan

Dr. Susan Mathew

Mr. C.S. Menon

Kairali TV


Dr. Thomas George Engineering –

  Dr. Thomas George is Director for Emerging Technologies and Project Manager at ViaLogy LLC in Altadena, CA. Graduating from the IIT Madras, George completed his MS and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. George holds 10 patents and 15 NASA Certificates of Recognition of Innovation, has co-authored over 100 publications, and has chaired a prestigious NASA MEMS Review Board for the James Webb Space Telescope project as well as several technical conferences. Having worked in both engineering and management capacities for several years in the field of Micro and Nano Technologies (MNT), he co-founded CANEUS a global organization aimed at the rapid and cost-effective transition of MNT to Aerospace applications. He also led a pioneering DARPA-AFRL funded joint NASA-JPL/Aerospace Corporation project demonstrating the viability of small, 1 kg-class, "Picosatellites." Dr. George is married and has two daughters.

  Reji George Journalism

  Mr. Reji George has been in the media field for last eight years as the Chief Editor of Malayalee Sangamam Weekly Newspaper and the Marthoma Diocesean Yuvajana Sakhyam Publication. He is the current Advisory Board Vice Chairman and the President-Elect of India Press Club of North America. He was also served as the Chief Editor of The American Malayalee Newspaper, President of Kerala Association of New Jersey, General Secretary of Indian American Malayalee Chamber of Commerce and the Founder General Secretary of India Press Club of North America. He has a Bachelors Degree from Kerala University and a Masters Degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is working as an IT analyst at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

  Dr. Jame Abraham, MD, FACP Medicine

  Dr. Jame Abraham, MD is Medical Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center of West Virginia University (WVU), Associate Professor and Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology at WVU, and the Director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program. His special interest is prevention and treatment of breast cancer, as well as development of novel treatment strategies for breast cancer. Dr. Abraham is the editor of the Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology, one of the best selling books in oncology. He has more than 100 publications and given more than 100 lectures on breast cancer treatment in the U.S and abroad. He did his medical school in Calicut Medical College, Kerala and completed his residency from University of Connecticut and Fellowship from National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

  Dr. Shalini C. Vallabhan Public Service

  Dr. Vallabhan is a Strategic Director for the American Cancer Society (ACS), International Affairs Department. In this position, she is responsible for developing and executing the ACS overall program strategy in India to reduce tobacco use and improve access to cancer early detection and treatment across the country. Over the past 4 years, Dr. Vallabhan has led ACS program development in India, China, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Vallabhan joined the American Cancer Society as the Director of Policy Research for the National Government Relations Department in May 2000. Dr. Vallabhan came to ACS from the office of U.S. Congressman David Bonior (D-Michigan), where she was responsible for all health care policy and political analysis for the congressman, then the second highest ranking Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Vallabhan holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University.

  Dr. Susan Mathew Nursing

  Dr. Susan Mathew is an Asst. Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing, Galveston, Texas. Born in Kerala, Susan did her nursing education in New Delhi and later worked in New Delhi and Saudi Arabia. Moving to the United States in 1990, Susan worked in Washington DC and later to Houston. In 1995, Susan took up higher education in nursing and completed a Ph.D. in nursing science from Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX in early 2008. Dr. Mathew is one of very few Indian women in America who have achieved a doctorate in nursing.

  Mr. C. S. Menon Special Recognition

  Chembakassery Sivarama Menon, known easily among his vast number of friends as C.S. Menon has been socially very active ever since he came to New York as an Air India employee. He served with Air India for over 25 years. This was in addition to another ten years he worked for Air India in India. He came to USA in l966. He was very actively associated with Kerala Center right from the inception of the Center and served as the first Executive Director. He was a well respected activist who contributed tirelessly for the benefit of the Malayalee community.

  Kairali TV USA MEDIA

  Kairali TV USA has grown into a popular channel with a global audience. It is a Malayalam television channel which originated in Kerala, and which began operations in the United States five and a half years ago. It is viewed regularly by Keralites in the US and the world. Since the TV enterprise began in the US, Kairali TV USA has added news and original programming developed and broadcast from the US. It represents a coordinated journalistic and media effort with contributors from around the United States. The award will be presented to Suku Nair, Managing Director of Kairali TV USA.