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Sharel Figueredo

Sharel lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County. She was born in Kuwait and got her doctoral degree from UC Irvine in Biological Sciences. She works as a Scientist at a biotech in the Bay area. She loves to spend her time bicycling, hiking, kayaking, traveling and playing board games with her family. She serves her community as a Director of the Lectors ministry and loves sharing her faith with the children at her Church. She enjoys being part of the goan community and enjoys having loads of fun. She is looking forward to an exciting year of events.

Jude Vieira
Vice President/Controller

Jude Vieira serves as our Vice President since January 2013. Jude lives in Torrance, California with his wife Audrey and three daughters. He grew up in Bombay and moved to the USA in 1998. Jude and Audrey have been very active with the Goan community since moving to Los Angeles in 2008. Jude is a finance professional, and works with Toyota Financial Services. He loves the outdoors and spends his spare time at the beach, hiking and camping.

Selma Rodrigues

Selma (Vaz) Rodrigues lives in Orange County. She is from Saligao, and was brought up in Mumbai, attended St. Joseph's Convent and Sophia College. She holds a BA in Psychology. Selma migrated to the U.S. in 1987. She has been involved with the GOA committee since 2011 as the Secretary/Chief of Staff, and
served as President from 2014 to 2017. She looks forward to another fun filled year!

Audrey Vieira
Children's Co-ordinator

Audrey Vieira was raised in Mumbai. She immigrated to the United States in 2001 where she graduated in Accounting from the University of Michigan. She moved to Southern California in 2007. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom raising her three daughters. She has been with the GOA committee for a number of years.

Felix Fernandes

Cultural Ambassador
Felix lives in Long Beach, California. Born in Balli (Cuncolim), Goa, he grew up in Mumbai, finished his educaton and later worked in the Hotel Industry in Goa for a brief period. He migrated to the US in 1996 and currently manages a Marine & Industrial Wholesale Company in Los Angeles, CA. He has supported the GOA in the past and is happy to be part of the committee this year. He looks forward to preserving Goan culture and traditions.

Andrea D'Sylva
Photography, Social media

Andrea grew up in Kuwait and later in Mumbai, where she studied at St. Joseph's Convent, Bandra, later graduating in Accounting from the University of Mumbai. However computer systems seemed more interesting, and she soon pursued this. She came to California in 1991, and has been working as an IT professional in the entertainment industry since then. Andrea loves traveling, outdoor activities, baking and photography. She is happy to be part of the GOA Committee and will take no offense if anyone tells her "to take a hike".

Bina Weller
Hospitality Co-ordinator

Bina, originally from Mumbai, lives with her family in Bakersfield, California. She has been on the GOA team for 4 years and is looking forward to yet another fun-filled year. She loves cooking and watching games.

Sharmila Menezes
Webmaster, Graphic design

Sharmila was born and raised in Goa. With roots mainly in Salcete, she lived her early years in different parts of Goa before moving to the US in 1991. She currently lives in Ventura County with her husband and 2 children. She has a background in electronic engineering and graphic design, and runs her own graphic design company, Candid Creations. Her interests include art, music, photography, metaphysics and nature-related activities. She designed the first GOA webpage in the mid-90s, when the internet was in its infancy. Since 2012, she has designed and managed this site and created promotional material for the GOA.

Deirdre Dias
Music & Decor
Deirdre (a.k.a. Coco) was born in Mumbai, but grew up in Doha, Qatar. She graduated from Sophia College, Mumbai with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in English Literature.  She worked with a number of multi-national companies in U.A.E, Oman and Mumbai, her last stint being with Bank of America in India. Her love for adventure prompted her to join a cruise company in the UK and her dream to travel the world came to pass. She currently resides in South Bay, LA and is pursuing a career in Healthcare. She is always enthusiastic about creating a festive atmosphere with her music and themed décor at our G.O.A. events.

Photo credits: Anthec Photography. Poster credits: Deirdre Dias
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