Committee

President - V James Dante

James lives in Fairfax, VA. He is from Udupi, Mangalore and completed B.Tech in Chemical Engineering at NITK Surathkal followed by Management Studies from Bombay University. He works for Federal Government (FAA) and manage programs for the Enterprise Architecture, Strategy and Solutioning teams. He is married to Julia Dante who is a Montessori teacher. He has two daughters, Sneha and Varsha. Sneha did her Undergrad from Queen’s University, Canada and Graduation in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University. She works for Federal Government and is married. Varsha did her Undergrad in Health Sciences from Virginia Tech University and Graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University. She works as an Occupational Therapist for INOVA health.



Vice President - Clint Almeida

Clint lives in Woodstock, MD. Born in Mumbai, India, happily married to Sonal Jacinto. They are blessed with a boy, Ethan Almeida who is in 2nd Grade Elementary School. He currently works for Geico, MD.

Treasurer - NICOLE RACADAG (FERNANDES)

Nicole lives in Fairfax, Va. While she was born in Bangalore and grew up in Dubai, UAE, and then Charleston, W.Va., her parents hail from Kadri, Mangalore. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. She relocated to the Washington, D.C, area in 2010 and works in the publications department at the American College of Radiology in Reston, Va., as an editor/content specialist. In 2012, she married Ivan Racadag, a hospice nurse practitioner with Vitas Healthcare, and they have a 3-year-old son, Nathan.

Secretary - Reynel Castelino

Reynel lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife Elvina Moras and two kids Eben and Evonne. His family belongs to Bendur Parish in Mangalore. He is a Solutions Architect at T. Rowe Price and a Principal at Silonos an IT management services company. Reynel has been involved with the association for several years and continues to assist the committee in many ways.

Member - Merlyn Mathias

Merlyn lives in Chantilly, VA. She is from Mudarangadi, near Mangalore. She is married to Wilson and they are blessed with 2 boys, Justin (18) and Shaun (12). Justin is a Senior in Chantilly High School and is all set to attend college this Fall. Shawn is a 7th grader attending Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly. Merlyn is a software engineer working for ByLight Professional IT Services. She loves to cook, dance, read, play chess and solve Sudoku puzzles.

- "I am very excited to be part of the committee and look forward to serving the community in every way I can."

MEMBER - Wilma Tauro

Wilma lives in Gaithersburg MD. She was born in Pakshikere, Mangalore and completed her middle school in Kuwait. She moved to India, and completed her high school and college in Mumbai. She came to the United states in 2016 to complete her Master’s program in Biochemistry from Georgetown University DC. She is currently working as a research associate at a biopharma company at Rockville MD. Wilma has one younger sister studying in India and lives along with her parents.

member - NIRMALA PINTO

Nirmala and her husband Joe and have been residing in Harford County, MD for over 30 years. They have two sons and a daughter who are young adults, pursuing their careers and spreading their wings. Their family has enjoyed being part of the association since its early years.