VRA encourages a diverse board to represent the countries, cultures, religion, and ethnicity of Village residents. This enables the VRA to be inclusive and avoid discrimination on any basis. Currently we have 8 Board Members and a Secretary.
*Additional member personal statements coming soon!
Caitrin Connolly-Olszewski MSW - Board Member
I have been living in UC Village since July of 2012 while my husband pursues a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology. I am a trained Social Worker, specializing in both Medical Social Work and the Aging Population. The majority of my experience has been in urban medical settings in the Chicago area working with clients facing a wide range of complex psycho social issues such as; chronic illness, disability, homelessness, poverty, addiction and mental health problems. Through the VRA, I am using my social work background to help address social issues here in the village, mainly student poverty, food security and affordable housing. I am a passionate advocate and am very interested in community organizing as well as increasing awareness of social service programs among village residents and making sure that families receive the services they need. In addition to serving on the VRA board, I also serve as Co-Chair to the affordability committee.
Srilakshmi Anand- Board Member
I am an Electronics & Communications Engineer by education and have worked at some of the multinational firms before calling Berkeley home. I am originally from the southern part of India called Tamil Nadu. Knowing the transcending powers of education and loving children a lot, I have been helping the tiny species with 3 R’s, since the time I am here. I love organizing free of cost play group and programs for tots and moms in our village. I am the founder and currently the leader of “Totally Tots” initiative in VRA.
As much as I like volunteering for teaching and organizing play groups, I am also very much into cooking. At the very heart, I’m an incurable and, at times, an insane foodie. In the past, I have conducted cooking workshops for our village residents, and plan on doing more of it in the future.
I have certifications in technology, nutrition and German language. In addition to serving on the VRA board, I also volunteer for Nature Village, INSPIRE, INSPIRE Garden, La Leche League and Tuesday Dinners. I love to work on community building, residents safety and tots playgroups. Helping people in general gives me immense happiness.