G.Krishna Kumar, M.D, F.R.C.P.c, F.A.C.G, F.A.C.P. Temple Founder, President & spiritual director
Dr. Krishna Kumar, the temple founder, has been a staff member of William Beaumont Hospital since 1970. He is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at Wayne State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kumar has published many articles in leading medical journals.
During a deep meditative Kundalini experience Dr. G. Krishna Kumar had a vision of the Divine Mother, Devi Parashakthi Karumariamman, who directed him to build a temple for “Her,” so that Her children can visit Her “house” and feel “Her” energy and receive divine blessings and grace. Dr. G. Krishna Kumar then devoted all his activities and life around this vision from the Mother (Devi Sri Parashakthi). With Her Divine guidance and his own meditative abilities, he has been guiding this project as the founding member and President of the Parashakthi Temple. He has contributed major portion of the funds and has donated millions of dollars, much of it is from personal borrowing from the bank.
He has devoted a great deal of his time and indeed some of us who have been closely working with him have seen his ability as a leader and visionary, with absolute dedication to the monumental task he has undertaken. Before this divine experience, Dr Krishna Kumar was carrying on his philanthropic activities in India and in United States quietly. A number of families who are present even at the temple know of his generosity and help in that direction. Indeed, Dr Krishna Kumar is our leader in the community.
Recognizing his new role after the deep meditative experience, he wanted to strengthen our organization at the national level even further. To strengthen our organization and community he has met with numerous leaders in the community. He was invited to Washington in Oct 2001 for further discussion and to meet with other senators and Governors He has developed relationship with the Michigan Governor and Mayor of the Pontiac City and this has helped our congregation’s goals. This certainly has given strength to our organization. Our organization’s goals are indeed dear to our community at the spiritual and economic level.
The devotees of the Parashakthi Temple are all grateful to such a divine messenger who has indeed made it possible, for us to gather and celebrate many holy festivities in the presence of the Divine Mother. In spite of his duties as a physician, as a leader at the temple, and devoting numerous hours to the temple activities, he continues to have his deep Kundalini meditation practice everyday, which has enhanced his mystical abilities. Many devotees of our congregation have experienced numerous miraculous events at our Temple and receive divine grace and blessings from our Divine Mother Parashakthi who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent and the embodiment of divine love and compassion. Dr. Krishna Kumar is a seer, a mystic, a theosophist, a philosopher, a philanthropist and a highly evolved soul to whom all the devotees of the Temple are very thankful.
Dr. Krishna Kumar is Temple Founder, Patron, President and spiritual director. *
Rakesh Katragadda, Temple Board Member
Mr. Rakesh Katragadda serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Scientist of amf nano corporation. He is a prolific inventor, Scientist and recognized expert in the micro and Nano sciences and quickly exhibited expertise in Polymer micro cantilevers; Microneedle drug delivery systems; Microelectrode implantable systems for Retinal Prosthesis; Tactile sensors for use in Minimally invasive Surgery; Microfabrication techniques for Nano- (NEMS), micro- (MEMS) and meso-scale disciplines. He is also skilled in advanced characterization techniques including Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) optical techniques. Among his early contributions to the science were patent-pending inventions in Single chip CMOS/MEMS Integration and the Micro/Nano fabrication of Implants and Transducers. At the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, in Berkley, California, he was involved with the development of RFID taggants for military hardware, the miniaturization of gas sensors and development of underwater sensors.
As a Staff Scientist at one of the renowned Retinal Implant Institutions in the world, he was responsible for the development of implantable eye stimulation devices for the visually impaired and for the design and fabrication of PDMS Micro needles with channels and electrodes for Retinal Prosthesis. As a Consultant to a Fortune 500 Medical device company, he was responsible for Implantable Neuro-modulation system design and fabrication; Multilevel Electrode array implementation; and chip level integration system design and fabrication. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of AMF-Nano Corporation. He has 5 patents pending and has published and presented numerous papers on advanced micro and nanotechnology systems at various international conferences and industry groups.
Mr. Katragadda is a graduate at Wayne State University and was involved in the hybridization of DNA, and the design and fabrication of “smart skin”.
Mr. Katragadda is ardent worshipper of the Divine Mother Parashakthi and has been involved in her Service since 2006. He is graced by her divine visions and guidance. He has been instrumental in Rajagopuram Construction completion and numerous other projects at the temple. He has donated substantial amounts of money to the temple. He teaches Hinduism and Vedic Quantum physics to Oakland University Students and is regarded as one of the best Professors. He has travelled to India under Divine Mother’s guidance and has been graced with many miraculous and wonderful experiences.
Mr. Katragadda was inducted as a Board Member in 2017.
Venkat Hari, PhD, Vice President
Professor Venkat Hari, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology in the Dept of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University, Detroit. He is an Editor of “GM Crops” an International journal focused on genetically modified ( recombinant DNA) crops and is a consultant in Biotechnology. He is very active in community affairs and has served as president of Tamil Sangam, Michigan (1988-89), Chairperson - Michigan Asian Indian Family Services (1997-2000) and a former member of the Board of Friends of Asian Art, and Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan. He also writes articles on Hinduism.
Mrs. Margaret Kumar, Manager
Mrs. Margaret Kumar is the wife of the Temple founder, Dr. Krishna Kumar. She has been a Divine Mother devotee since childhood. Mrs. Kumar is a former Deputy Mayor of the city of Sylvan Lake, Michigan. She is a licensed judge for the “Miss America” pageant organization and has coached many young women in this program to win thousands of dollars in college scholarships.
Mrs. Kumar graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She was recently awarded State of Michigan Citizen Volunteer of the Year award and was also given the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by the National Republican Party. She is a trained search and rescue member of the Civil Air Patrol and holds the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Mrs. Margaret has been instrumental in the successful completion of the temple remodeling project despite several problems and obstacles that were encountered during the planning and construction phases of the project.
Kristen Keskey, M.D., F.A.C.P. Temple Treasurer
Dr. Keskey is a distinguished Physician of internal Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital. She has been on the board of the Parashakthi Temple since it’s inception. She has supported the temple with monetary contributions and dedicated service. She has been in spiritual path from her childhood. She is a “seeker” who will become a “seer” with Divine Mother’s grace. She has donated substantial sums so far.
Dr. Keskey is a Temple Benefactor and Sustaining Life Member.*
Vernon Johnson, J.D.
Mr. Johnson graduated from Kalamazoo College where he was an All-American tennis player. He received his Juris (Doctorate) Degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1986. He was recently named a partner at Feiger, Feiger, Kenney and Johnson, P.C., a nationally recognized law firm. He is an ardent devotee of Parashakthi and has donated substantial sums for Temple construction.
Mr. Johnson is a Temple Benefactor and Sustaining Life Member. *
Robert Shaw, Ph. D.
Dr. Shaw is a practicing psychologist in the metro Detroit area. He is married to Dr. Kristin Keskey, and was also involved in the temple since it’s inception. Dr. Shaw and Dr. Keskey have made several spiritual trips to India and are ardent worshippers of The Divine Mother. Dr. Shaw is a spiritual seeker and has great reverence for the Divine Mother. He is a devotee who has felt Divine Mother’s and Karthikeya’s grace.
Dr. Shaw is a Temple Benefactor and Sustaining Life Member. *
Leigh Brewster Ph.D.
Dr. Brewster is a clinical psychologist, practicing in West Bloomfield, MI.
She works with children, teens, adults, couples, and families, specializing in post traumatic stress disorders and addictions. She is a devotee of Divine Mother.
BSc – University of Kerala. Diploma in Occupational Therapy
Medical College – Nagpur. Diploma in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bombay.
MS (OT) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Chief Occupational Therapist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala
Teaching Assistant – University of Alberta, Edmontona, Canada
Senior O.T. – Windsor Western Hospital, Windsor, Canada
Chairperson – Allied Health Services, TISD, Caro, Michigan
Board Member – Community Health Center, Caro, Michigan
Regional Manager (Midwest Region) – Rehabilitation Management, Inc.
President, OT - PT Association, Kerala.
Member, MOTA, AOTA
Treasurer, Kerala Club
President, Kerala Club
President, Kerala Hindu Association of Michigan
Vice-President, Federation of Kerala Associations in North America
Very active in Temple activities
DR. K. Thavaraja M.D.
Dr. Thavaraja, was born in a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. His family was very involved in Temple activities in Sri Lanka and his father was a Trustee of the local village Temple. After his medical education in Sri Lanka, Dr. Thavaraja trained as a nephrologist and is an attending physician specializing in kidney diseases at the Oakwood Hospital system in Dearborn. He is married with four children, of whom two are physicians and two are lawyers. He is well known in the Sri Lankan Tamil community and is a strong supporter and devotee of the Parashakthi Temple.
Dr. Thavaraja has donated substantial sums and is Temple Benefactor and Sustaining Life Member.*
Hare Krishna Patnaik
Mr. Patnaik has been in Detroit since 1976 and been involved with Bharatiya Temple since 1986 in various capacities starting from Janitorial/cleaning committee to chairperson of bharatiya Temple in 1998. He was chairman of education committee, audiovisual committee, Inventory committee, Nomination committee, religious committee, Board of trustees. He has been instrumental in bringing Lord Jagannath to Bharatiya Temple and Parashakhti Temple and started the RathaYatra in Detroit area since 1995.He has been also involved in raising funds for the Orissa Cyclone, Gujrat Earthquake and various other humanitarian activities as eye camp and health camps in Adivasi villages in Orissa. He also volunteers in cooking for the needy at the Pontiac Soup kitchen. He has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity in building house for the poor.
On the professional side he is a professional engineer and runs a consulting company HP Microsystems in designing electronics for the big three automotive companies for future cars. He is married to Chinmayee and has two lovely sons Gautam and Siddhartha. He is also involved in professional organizations as ASEI, MMBDC.
Entrepreneur, supporter of education, healthcare, business, community and church leader are all terms that could easily describe Frank D. Stella. He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The F.D. Stella Products Company, Detroit, designers and distributors of food service and dining equipment. The company was founded in 1946, and today leads a network of affiliates serving markets in Michigan and throughout the US. Frank is also Chairman and CEO of Stella International, New York, a consulting, joint venture and importing firm, and a member of the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Realty Corp. An alumnus of the University of Detroit College of Commerce and Finance, Frank has devoted his life to the betterment of others. His biography reads like an encyclopedia of achievements, awards and honors earned in serving the greater good.
Mr. Stella has served as a Board Member for many medical and educational institutions including the University of Detroit / Mercy, Wayne Community College Foundation, Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, Detroit Round Table, Detroit Urban League, Rehabilitation Institute Center for Independent Living, Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan and Vice Chairman of Grace Hospital, Detroit.
Frank has held seats on the boards of numerous civic, business and educational organizations and received numerous awards and honors for his commitment and dedication. His political achievements include numerous awards within the National Republican Committee, Michigan Finance Republican Committee, national Republican Heritage Groups Council and national, state and local Republican Committees as well as being an appointee of four Presidents, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush as well as Governors William Milliken, James J. Blanchard, and John M. Engler, and Mayor Coleman A. Young.
Business organizations benefiting from Frank's involvement include the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, Chairman of Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, New Detroit, Inc., Economic Alliance for Michigan, The Economic Growth Corporation, Economic Club of Detroit, Chairman of the City of Detroit Income Tax Board of Review, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Chairman of The National Italian American Foundation of Washington, DC, Chairman of Save orchestra Hall and Board Member and Vice Chairman of Detroit Symphony Orchestra hall, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
He was decorated by the Government of Italy three times and received its highest decoration "Grande Ufficiale", and was awarded a doctorate in business by the Gentium Pacem University in Rome and Clearly College, was awarded the seal of the University of Bologna by its Rector, member of the Board of Advisors of John Hopkins University Bologna Center, and Board Gregorian University of Rome Foundation. Selected by Detroit, Michigan as Michiganian of the Year 1997. The 1995 recipient of the George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism - because of his exceptional philanthropic leadership. Knights of Charity Award by PIME Missionaries U.S.A for person to person charities, October 1997, Awarded Executive of the Year by the Detroit Executive Association, November 1998. Received the State of Israel Bonds -State of Israel Independence Issue Award Temple Beth El, West Bloomfield, MI, and October 1998. He was drafted as a private in World War II, and was honorably discharged as a Major in the Army Air Force. He is listed in Who's Who in America the World and in the Midwest, Men of Achievements, Community Leaders of America and the Michigan Social Register.
*Temple Founder/Patron – Those individuals who have donated over $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to the Parashakthi Temple.
*Temple Benefactor and Sustaining Life Member – Those individuals who have donated over $100,000 (one lakh dollars) to the Temple.
*Temple Benefactor – Those individuals who have donated over $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) to the Temple.