Agape's Staff & Boards

Hyderabad, India

Lynne Voggu, Executive Director


Lynne is the founder and Executive Director of Agape International. She visited India frequently, and was deeply impacted by the suffering due to AIDS.  She moved there in 2003 to found Agape to help children orphaned because of AIDS. Lynne continues to oversee all of the operations of Agape AIDS Orphan care. 


Prior to moving to India, Lynne worked in investment management with D. K. Brede Investment Management Co. Inc.. She was also involved with a number of nonprofits including The Massachusetts Easter Seal Society, WGBH Public Radio, and Abby’s Shelter. Lynne and her son James are committed to Agape and life in India.


United States

Agape’s Operations in the United States


Agape has an operating committee in the U.S. that oversees donor relations, fundraising & event management, and legal compliance & financial reporting. All U.S. staff are volunteers - allowing virtually all funds raised to be used to support Agape's children.


The operating committee’s responsibilities are primarily to find ways to increase awareness about Agape, raise funds for the children by widening the donor base and requesting grants from foundations and corporations, and to manage day-to-day administrative operations cost-effectively.


Agape Operating Committee Members


The operating committee team members are Joe & Maria Joseph, Jothi Reddy, Nikki Sawhney, Soni Sayana, and Kim Venkataraman, all based in Boston, and Deanne Bauer, Sue Shupe and Kara Thompson who are based in Chicago.


Donor Relations - Joe Joseph

Communications - Kim Venkataraman

Fundraising & Strategic Planning

   Boston: Joe & Maria Joseph, Jothi Reddy, Nikki Sawhney, Soni Sayana, Kim Venkataraman

   Chicago: Deanne Bauer, Sue Shupe, Kara Thompson

Foundations and Grants - Kara Thompson, Kim Venkataraman

Legal & Financial - Joe Joseph

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U.S. Board of Directors

Doug Macrae, Board Chairman

Debra Brede, Member

Julie Macrae, Member 

Ken Brede, Member

Eleanor Gorsey, Member

Greg Hopwood, Member

Sam Rodriguez, Member

Lynne Voggu, Founder & Executive Director of Agape