Six US NRIs receive Ellis Island Medals of Honour

NRINGENmedalsSix NRIs and one UK NRI are among some 100 individuals who received 2015 Ellis Island Medals of Honour in the US for their contributions to America.

They are Meera Gandhi, founder of the Giving Back Foundation, Rajdeep K Dhami, Chad P Gehani, Rahul M Jindal, S Mona Sinha chairperson of the Asian Women’s Leadership University Project, and K V Kumar. Baroness Sandip Verma a member of the House of Lords and a former junior minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK also received the award presented recently in New York.

Chad Gehani former president of the New York state Dental Associations was also honoured in 2006 by the New York State Dental Foundation with its Community Service Award.

Jindal who is a Staff Transplant Surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and professor of Surgery and Global Health at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, also received the Leadership Award by the International Leadership Foundation in Washington and the Outstanding American award by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2013.

Sinha is a founding member of the Asian Women’s Leadership project and a trustee of Smith College. She also serves on the Advisory Boards at Columbia Business School, as a trustee of All Souls School in New York.

Kumar managing partner of Kumar & Talvadkar Associates has been involved in many projects including a privately held health care company in Southern California.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honour pays homage to the immigrant experience and contributions made to America by immigrants and their children. The medals are awarded to native born and naturalised US citizens.