Board Of Directors

Bal Kolekar
Mr Kolekar started his development work in 1976 as he joined the GVS scheme of Mumbai University as a volunteer. He initially worked with an NGO, Rural Communes and then returned to his native place to initiate the development projects. He decided to work for the deprived community in Western Ghat and that’s how Shramjivi Janata Sahayyak Mandal (SJSM) was establisehed in 1980. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of community development.

Mr Kolekar carries extensive knowledge and understanding in the development sector. With his strong commitment and leadership qualities, he has developed various institutions for the upliftment of rural and poor communities. He has developed cooperative movement as an effective medium of social as well as economic development.Mr Kolekar has received several awards for his work in the development sector. Being a democratic leader, he has built a strong team,which has been working along with him for more than 30 years. Currently, Mr Kolekar is the Chairman of SJSM.

Vitthal Kolekar
Mr Kolekar is one of the founder members of SJSM.He brings in experience in natural resource management, inland fishing and community mobilization. He has been active at grass root level for community mobilization. He is a hard-working and committed member of SJSM. Currently, Mr Kolekar is guiding the new team members for inland fishing.

Balasaheb Bhandigare
Mr Bhandigare is anAgriculture graduate. He founded an agriculture manure company,Debonse Agro. Mr Bhandigare has been a huge supporter of SJSM and has played vital role in several agricultural based projects at SJSM.

Ashok Page
Mr Page joined SJSM in the 1980’s as a Social worker. He is expert in management of cooperative society, accounting and credit management. Mr Page looks after the financial management of SJSM.

Ramchandra Akhade
Mr Akhade joined SJSM in 1980s as a Social Worker. He is an expert in credit management and finance. Mr. Akhade also possesses good coordination skills. Mr Akhade has been with SJSM through different phases of the organization; he currently coordinates SJSM’s work in Raigad district.

Aruna Ashtekar
Ms Ashtekar is a Social Development Consultant and Counsellor for the past 35 years. She has deep knowledge of non-profit landscape in India and the capacity building needs of NGOs, specifically rural based organizations involved in women and child development, gender issues and livelihoods. Her expertise includes draft project proposals, concept papers development and report writing in accordance with donor guidelines and organizations’ procedures.She designs curriculum and training modules for capacity building workshops for women and adolescents. She prepares pictorial and illustration evaluation charts, booklets as training aids for the organization. She has experience in administration and management of child centered institutions.Ms Ashtekaris also experienced at counselling and is able to offer psychological support to mentally and physically challenged individuals.

Manisha Varak
Ms Varak is a Post-Graduate in Social Work. She has been associated with SJSM since 2009. She has been working on the tribal development projects and her special focus is on woman empowerment, livelihood and education. Currently Ms Varak is a Part-time Consultant for SJSM’s tribal development projects.