Board of Directors

MEET THE WISDOM BEHIND HUMOR FOR HOPE


DR. NATASHA ANUSHRI ANANDARAJA

Natasha Anushri Anandaraja, MD, MPH was born in the wilds of New Zealand and earned her medical degree at the University of Auckland.  She worked for international non-governmental organizations on child health and disaster relief in Sri Lanka and India before coming to Mount Sinai where she trained in Pediatrics.  On finishing her residency, Dr. Anandaraja entered a Global Health Fellowship at Mount Sinai where she completed a Master's degree in Public Health and training in Tropical and Travel Medicine at Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Peru.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.  She is the Director of the Mount Sinai Global Health Training program and the Pediatric Travel Medicine clinic. She is also faculty of the Mount Sinai Masters in Public Health program, and oversees training projects for Mount Sinai trainees and local healthcare workers in Mozambique and India.  Dr. Anandaraja co-chairs the Global Heath Committee for the Associated Medical Schools of New York. 

JANET TRAPHAGEN

A 24-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Traphagen is currently Creative Group’s executive vice president, sales and marketing, and serves on the company’s executive committee and senior leadership team. She joined the company in 1996 as account manager and transitioned into sales in 1999. She held positions of increasing responsibility leading up to her promotion to executive vice president in 2008. Prior to Creative Group, she worked for Motivation Excellence and Cardinal Health.

Traphagen is a member of the Sales Management Summit, a board for senior sales executives; is on the board of the Incentive Research Foundation; and frequently participates in industry panel discussions. She studied marketing and communications at Ohio’s Cedarville University and Illinois’ North Central College.

NORM HOLLY

Norm Holly has directed Second City shows including Baby Richards Got Back and 40 Oz. And a Mule. He was the Assistant Chairman of the Columbia College Theater Department for eight years and directed many productions there, including Caucasian Chalk Circle with Jeff Perry and Barbara Robertson and Once in a Lifetime with Michael Maggio. Norm appeared in the New Broadway Theater production of Streamers with Dennis Farina, directed by Terry Kinney. He was director of the live comedy series Anti-Comedy I/II/III with Dino Stamotopolous and Andy Dick, on-camera director for Cinifolio (now Short), and director and producer of Second City’s NBC pilot as well as dozens of revue productions.

KARI MCGRATH

Kari is a "dream big" person. When she sets her sights on a goal she pursues it with all of her might and experience. Her realistic approach, direct personality and good humor make her a natural collaborator. Kari has been in the marketing industry for the past 18 years. She is Vice President of Customer Experience at the Creative Group in Chicago, Illinois. Kari has been with the company for 9 years and has served in various leadership roles.

Kari is known as a big-picture strategist and logistics guru. Kari's dedication to service extends into her personal philosophies. As an author of children's books, education and positive messages are imperative to her. Kari's love and passion for children along with her wicked sense of humor lead her to Humor for Hope. She keeps us laughing so we can keep you laughing.

ROSS GIBSON

Ross Gibson graduated from Missouri Southern State University in December of 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and a Minor in Philosophy.  In 2011, Ross was accepted to he Charlotte School of Law where he studied law for three years before graduating in 2014 with his Juris Doctorate degree.  Ross currently works at Napoli Bern Ripka and Shkolnik, LLP as a law clerk.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, Ross has committed a significant amount of his time and effort to volunteering and fundraising for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.