Board of Directors – US
Ernest is the President and Founder of Mall Marketing and Mall Publishing Company. He has worked in the publishing and marketing industry for three decades. He also owned Mall Graphics, Inc, a commercial printing and graphics company, for 33 years, which he sold in 2006.
He, along with his wife, founded Empowered Poor, Inc. in 2011. He is impassioned to alleviate poverty in India and South Asia through micro-lending and helping the poor and disenfranchised thus changing lives and building legacies.
Ernest has a B.Sc. in Horticulture from A. A. University in India and a B.Th. from Christian Life College. He currently serves on the board of Christian Life College, Reaching Indians Ministries International, Empowered Poor, Inc. and is an advisory board member for ALPHA USA/Chicago. Ernest also serves on the Appeals Panel for the Transnational Association of Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), VA.
Donna is the Co-Founder of Empowered Poor, Inc. and is currently the Senior Editor for Mall Publishing Co. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 35 years both as a Registered Nurse specializing in Critical Care and as a Case Manager for Critical Care and Cardiology.
Donna has had the opportunity to serve on the Ethics Committee of an area hospital as both an active member and advisor to staff members. She has authored a Pain Management Curriculum and has taught at various healthcare symposiums on Wellness Care. She has been involved with several organizations whose focus is on women and children at risk and currently is a Board Member of RIMI, Empowered Poor, Inc., and serves on Willow Creek Huntley Compassion and Justice Committee.
She travels periodically to India and South Asia where she and her husband work with at risk individuals and families through micro-lending, education, healthcare and assist ‘Mercy Homes’ that care for over 500 children. She has two adult children and lives with her husband in the Chicago area.
Dr. Saji Lukos
Dr. Lukos is the founder and President of Reaching Indians Ministries International (RIMI) in the USA and Mission India (MI) in India. As the leader of a non-denominational International Christian mission agency, he is involved in leadership development, compassion ministries and church planting in South Asia.
Saji has a Master’s degree in business, a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Bethel University with a focus on Community Transformation. He is passionate about transformational micro-businesses and how this focus impacts those who live in abject poverty. He currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.
Timothy R. Murphy is a Regional Vice President for Stadion Money Management. Originally from Collegeville, PA, Tim attended Loyola University in Maryland, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration. Tim, his wife Stacey, and their beautiful daughter live on the north shore of Chicago. His interests include running, bicycling, golfing, and spending time with his family. He joined the board of Empowered Poor to contribute towards improving the quality of life for those less fortunate.
Stacey is the National Account Executive for Chicago based corrugated display manufacturer, Ideal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a reputable institution which has afforded her a great advantage in sales and marketing. Stacey and her husband, Tim, have two beautiful daughters, Kennedy and Keira. In addition to her passion for serving and “empowering” others, her hobbies include working out, exploring new restaurants and breaking bread with family and friends. She is honored to serve on the Empowered Poor Board of Directors to contribute to the mission of Changing Lives and Building Legacies across South Asia.
Reuben Arulanandam is married to Evangeline, and they have a daughter, Reueline Stuthi. They make their home in Montgomery, IL. He is currently working with Alpha USA as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Information Technology as well as heading up Data Analytics Group within Alpha USA. Reuben is experienced IT professional with eight years of software development and twelve years of Corporate and Government Sales and Marketing background. After bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Reuben received his second undergraduate degree from Moody Bible Institute. After working with Intervarsity Press in their IT department, Reuben has been within the IT consulting marketplace for the last twelve year and served in various roles including as the Director of Business Development for a major Microsoft National Systems Integrator. He has won many accolades from Microsoft and has been one of the leading Microsoft Partner Account Executives within the Microsoft Government ecosystem. Reuben is passionate about not-for-profits, the street children of India, and the poor. Reuben enjoys strategic planning, complex sales & marketing, public speaking, and music.
Timothy Lynn is the Founder and Chairman of NIR Roof Care, Inc. Tim has been self-employed all of his adult life and pioneered the Reoccurring Revenue Business Model in the Commercial Roofing Industry, thus giving entrepreneurially minded employees the opportunity to Start, Build, and Grow their own business within NIR. Tim has authored two books entitled, The NIR Difference and Next Step how to start living intentionally and discover God’s plan for your life. Faith in action is what Tim is all about. Vision is a gift that Tim holds dearly–his passion to help people change their lives and circumstances is the primary motivation to serve on Empower Poor board. Tim lives with his wife Jane and children in the NW Suburbs of Chicago.
Chris currently serves as the Operating Partner at Linden Capital Partners. His extensive background and experiences include serving as President of Kolber & Associates, President of Global Devices at Hospira, Inc., Vice President of Business Development at Hospira, and DVP of Licensing & New Business Development at Abbott Laboratories. Chris earned his MA from Central Michigan University, and a BSME from the Tri-State University.
Chris served as the Chairman of Advisory Board at the Salvation Army of Metropolitan Chicago and continues his affiliation with them. He is passionate about serving the disenfranchised in US as well as internationally. He resides in Chicago area with his wife Barbara and they travel together to poverty stricken areas of the world to volunteer their services.
Chacko is a business consultant and entrepreneur with extensive background and experience. His consulting services include business development, banking, capital funding, project management, export, and marketing. He served as founder and CEO of All American Bank, Prompt Services, Inc., and Metro Warehouse, LLC. Chacko also served on various not-for-profit organizations such as US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Minority Business Council, and University of Illinois, school of Medicine. Chacko has received many awards for his services, including WGN Channel 9– Entrepreneur of the Year award. Chacko and his wife Rachel lives in S. Barrington, IL. He is passionate about alleviating poverty in South Asia and empowering marginalized and underprivileged families through micro-business. Chacko has served on the board of Empowered Poor from its beginning and now he serves on the EP Board of Advisors.
Michael is the General Manager for Standard Market Grill in Lincoln Park, Illinois. His work experience includes a well-rounded perspective in the Food and Beverage industry having worked as a manager in restaurants, hotels, distribution and special events.
Michael received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Iowa State University specializing in Health and Human Performance. He has been a member of numerous Rugby teams both in the U.S and Australia where he served in various board positions including Events and Social Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
He has built his personal and professional platform on the basis of being an engaged leader. He has been a member of the Empowered Poor Golf Committee where he has served as the events MC since its inception. He is passionate about improving the lives of others and embraces Empowered Poor’s commitment to Changing lives and Building Legacies.
Brad grew up working at his family’s printing and packaging business, Lingraph, located in Glendale Heights, IL. He now runs the company as President, and has expanded his ventures to include helping run the startup company DigiWrap, Inc., a manufacturer of custom printed gift bags and tissue paper.
He also runs two companies with his wife Sonia, called PJ Greetings – an online retailer of stationery, holiday cards, and other fine paper goods, and GiftLABS.com – a provider of free web-stores and fulfillment services for small charities in need of fundraising assistance.
Brad attended Loyola University in Chicago to study Economics and Finance, and currently lives in Elmhurst with his wife and two sons.
Brad is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of Empowered Poor, and is eager to help spread the message and advance the mission of the organization.
Social Media Director
Kate M. Glaviano
Kate is passionate about alleviating poverty and excited to join the Empowered Poor team to spread its message through Social Media. She is a sophomore at DePaul University majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. She wants to utilize her leadership and navigational skills to maximize Empowered Poor’s message and increase its followers through Social Media. Kate is currently working at Standard Market Grill and in her free time, she enjoys exploring all that Chicago has to offer.
Finance Manager/Web Master
Duane is a former college professor whose company has been providing financial and web management services to non-for-profit organizations. Duane is a strategic partner of Empowered Poor providing bookkeeping and other financial services for our U.S. and India operations. He also manages and updates EP website to keep it current and informative. Duane’s passion is to help the marginalized rise above poverty and achieve sustainable legacies through micro-lending, fair trade, education and healthcare, which makes him a valuable partner.
Board of Directors – India
Charles is the National Director of Empowered Poor/India. He is responsible to oversee and manage all of EP operation in India. Charles is a graduate of Nagpur University. His work experience extends from working as the Community Organizer with Comprehensive Rural Tribal Development Program in Nagpur and as the Director of Compassion Services of Mission India. Charles lives with his wife and two children in Nagpur. He is passionate about Empowered Poor vision of alleviating poverty in India and South Asia and enjoys helping the marginalized and poor rise above poverty.