We are privileged at CRHP to have a large, committed, and hard-working community of staff and volunteers. Without the pervasive energy and knowledge that each and every member of our team brings, CRHP would not have been able to make such a lasting impact in India and abroad.


47 Full-Time Staff

45 Part-Time Staff

55 National Volunteers

12 International Volunteers


Dr. Shobha Arole – Director

Dr. Shobha Arole was born on February 2, 1961 in Kolar, India. Growing up between the U.S. and India as her parents (Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole) pursued their studies in medicine and public health, she has witnessed the birth and growth of CRHP. She graduated from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India in 1986. Her medical training has taken her to Antwerp, Belgium for laparoscopic surgery, clinical counseling and pastoral care in Glasgow as well as cardiac echo and doppler studies in Japan. Dr. Arole is an ordained minister and honorary presbyter in the Jamkhed Community Church. She and Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole were recognized as Social Entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum in 2001.


Mr. Ravi Arole – Director

Ravi Arole was born on May 11, 1967 in Cleveland during his parents’, Raj and Mabelle’s, Fulbright Fellowship. After returning to India in 1970 at the age of 4, he was raised in Jamkhed, attending public school until leaving for university in the U.S. Ravi graduated from the University of North Carolina- Greensborough with a B.S. in Computer Science, Religion, and Mathematics in 1993. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. Ravi has worked as a Systems Analyst and then in Supply Chain Management for Fortune 500 companies. After 20 years away, Ravi returned to India in 2005. He has a 17 year-old daughter who resides in the U.S.

Mr. Yoseph Pandit – Mobile Operations Manager

Mr. Yoseph Pandit has been working with CRHP since 1978. Trained as a leprosy technician at Wanless Memorial Hospital, Miraj, he initially worked to eradicate leprosy and tuberculosis in CRHP Project Villages, but has since branched out to a wider range of roles. He is responsible for Mobile Health Team activities such as the selection and training of VHWs, community organization for watershed development activities, maternal and child health programs, as well as directing household surveys and analysis of data. He is married to Mrs. Mangal Pandit, and they have three children.

Ms. Shaila Deshpande – Senior Training Manager

Shaila Deshpande worked at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) and National Defense Academy (NDA) as a lecturer. In the early 90’s, inspired by hearing Dr. Raj Arole address a seminar on rural poverty, she came to CRHP for a visit and decided to stay. Initially she worked as Dr. Mabelle Arole’s assistant, but her keen interest in the training of VHWs soon led the Aroles to redirect her into a training role, starting with training VHWs and small groups. In 1994, she became CRHP’s Training Coordinator. Shaila has been training individuals ranging from grassroots workers to heads of state for over twenty years.

Mr. Jayesh Kambale – Training Manager

Born and raised within the CRHP community, Jayesh has been working as a CRHP social worker since 1996. He holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pune, and is a graduate of the Rural Leadership Program of the Asian Rural Institute, Japan. He is an expert in community organization, in particular women’s organization through the medium of Self-Help Groups and Women’s Groups. As a Trainer for mental health, he has implemented a program to raise awareness of mental illnesses in the CRHP Project Villages. He has also helped develop CRHP’s Adolescent Boys Program.

Mrs. Ratna Kamble – Women’s Programs Manager

Mrs. Ratna Kamble joined CRHP in 1973. She holds an MA from the University of Mumbai and a Masters in Education from Patiala Punjab University. Before joining CRHP, she worked as high school teacher. Her focus is on women’s issues, including the organization of community groups to raise awareness of maternal and child health, and the selection and training of Village Health Workers. She led the implementation of CRHP programs in the Bhandardara tribal region of Maharashtra. She has also administered vaccination and nutrition programs in the Karjat and Jamkhed blocks. For her outstanding contributions, Ratna has received the Ahilya Devi Award for Women’s Empowerment from the state government of Maharashtra.

Mrs. Mangal Pandit – Nursing Superintendent

Mrs. Mangal Pandit first started working with CRHP as a practical nurse in 1976, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) with CRHP. Under the recommendation of Dr. Raj Arole, Mangal trained as an ANM at the Emmanuel Health Association Hospital in Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh. She returned to CRHP in 1980 and has been with the organization ever since. She has worked both in the CRHP Hospital and in the CRHP Project Villages as a member of the Mobile Health Team. She currently holds the position of Nursing Superintendent, with a team of 14 nurses under her charge.

Dr. Prashant Kandagale – Julia Hospital Physician

Dr. Prashant Kandagale has been working at CRHP since 2002. He graduated from Ahmednagar Homeopathic Medical College in 1996. At CRHP, Dr. Prashant is an Inpatient Supervisor. He also helps train grassroots workers and medical students from India and abroad in low cost primary and secondary healthcare.


Ms. Kaat Landuyt – European Representative

Kaat Landuyt is a specialist in Child Education. In 1994 she established a primary school and preschool at CRHP. The primary school ran successfully for over a decade, before being handed over to the Government. For the past 20 years, Kaat has been instrumental in sharing the work of CRHP across the whole of Europe. Currently she visits CRHP twice a year to monitor the preschool program, the rehabilitation center and the farm, as well as playing an active role in patient care at the hospital. In 2005, Kaat redesigned the preschool and came up with the Joyful Learning Program, designed to teach children through an innovative combination of play, formal and informal techniques.

Ms. Connie Gates – American Representative JINA

Ms Gates was introduced to community-based primary health care by Dr Raj Arole and CRHP, Jamkhed, India, in 1972, which inspired her to pursue this field as her career. In 1978, she obtained her MPH from University of North Carolina. She has been visiting CRHP regularly since 1994 to help visitors to learn about the principles and practice of the Jamkhed Model as well as develop and obtain training resources and reference materials. In 2003, Connie established Jamkhed International – North America (JINA), a 501(c)3 orgnization which promotes the Jamkhed model among NGOs, church organizations, and student and professional organizations.

Dr. Alex Kaysin – American Representative JUSA

Dr. Alex Kaysin serves as president and co-founder of Jamkhed USA, a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization in the U.S. Alex became involved with CRHP in 2005 as a Mabelle Arole Fellow and continued to serve in different roles including international student coordinator and teaching assistant at the CRHP’s Jamkhed Institute. In addition, Alex has personally conducted qualitative research with Village Health Workers at Jamkhed and served on the CRHP ethics review board. In his current role, Alex coordinates activities of Jamkhed USA, including fundraising support to further the mission of CRHP. He is a full-time family medicine clinician and serves as assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina where he enjoys providing full spectrum family medicine to underserved communities, involvement with public health research, and teaching medical students and residents.