August 7, 2015

Our Trustees

Mr. J. Gerald Pinto

Mr.  Gerald Pinto graduated in the Science stream from Mysore University and later did his post graduation studies in Human Resources Development  at NIHRD, Chennai and Computer Science at ICL Mumbai and SAP AG, Germany. A staunch supporter of individual freedom and opponent of exploitation of any living being, he joined the labour movement in his younger days and was instrumental in bringing about non-violent struggle by negotiated settlements and productivity based incentives at his work places.

He has donned many hats as research technician, labour leader, social worker, teacher and IT and Project Manager in India and the U.S.A. His love for nature made him give up a very lucrative career in the U.S.A. and settle in a rural forest type environment which is now his home.

Dr. Lavina M. Noronha

Dr. Lavina Noronha received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Roshni Nilaya, School of Social Work; M.Phil. from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and her Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

Dr. Noronha served as Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. In addition, she has had several years of clinical practice experience in the fields of mental health, Suicide Hotline, Crisis Respite, Employee Assistance and Hospices in the U.S.A. She also has several professional publications and presentations on a variety of topics to her credit and is the Founder President of CREST International Inc, U.S.A. and a member of the Indian Association of Palliative Care.

She returned to India in 2006 and helped start Ave Maria Palliative Care, Mangalore, where she currently serves as the Director and is also involved in teaching and training.

Rev. Fr. John Fernandes

Rev. Dr. John Fernandes obtained his Masters Degree in Philosophy from Jnana Deep Vidyapeeth, Pune; masters in Theology from University of Innsbruck, Austria and Doctor of Theology from University of Trier, Germany.  Following his ordination to priesthood in 1963, Rev. Dr. Fernandes has served in Bejai, Rosario Cathedral, Mangalore, Urwa, Hosabettu, Katapadi and Belman parishes. He was the Founder Director of Mangala Jyothi, Diocesan Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre in Mangalore.  He has served as the Professor and Head of Chair in Christianity, Mangalore University and Professor of Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore. 

Rev. Dr. Fernandes was the founder of Manavika, School for Mentally Challenged Children, Founder Director of Manava Vikasa, Centre for socio-economic development and the Director of Rural Development Society, Hosabettu.  Rev. Dr. Fernandes also has served in different capacities in Social justice Forum, grassroots development of underprivileged families, Young Christian Workers’ Movement and the like. Fr. John is looking forward to actively support Susheg Trust as he finds it a laudable effort and a boon to Mangalore/Udupi districts.