Meet our Team

  ARUN PAUL, CEO + Founder   Whether exploring underground caves in Belize or roaming the streets of Tokyo, Arun's passion for world travel has inspired his work. His vision brings multiple generations together to live, play, and spend time in vibrant, warm spaces.   Growing up in a hard-working, immigrant family has shaped Arun's commitment to community and communal living.  One of Arun’s favorite aspects of Priya Living are the all-you-can eat dosa parties. If there's a way to combine chilaquiles and dosas into one tasty meal, Arun would be the first to sample it! On the weekends, he can be found spending time with his wife and daughters. And no Sunday morning is complete without reading the newspaper (in print) alongside Houston, their chubby family cat.

ARUN PAUL, CEO + Founder

Whether exploring underground caves in Belize or roaming the streets of Tokyo, Arun's passion for world travel has inspired his work. His vision brings multiple generations together to live, play, and spend time in vibrant, warm spaces.   Growing up in a hard-working, immigrant family has shaped Arun's commitment to community and communal living.  One of Arun’s favorite aspects of Priya Living are the all-you-can eat dosa parties. If there's a way to combine chilaquiles and dosas into one tasty meal, Arun would be the first to sample it! On the weekends, he can be found spending time with his wife and daughters. And no Sunday morning is complete without reading the newspaper (in print) alongside Houston, their chubby family cat.

  RACHNA PAUL, Administration   When Rachna was a girl, her grandfather came to live with her family every summer. She grew up knowing in her bones the important role seniors have in the family unit.  The transformative effect of community living and the happiness seen in the residents is what Rachna loves most about her job. She’s the first person you’ll encounter when you reach out to Priya Living. And rest assured you’re in good hands. A true extrovert and experienced sales executive, Rachna loves working with both seniors and immigrant populations. When she’s not working busy doing a little of everything at Priya Living, you might find her running around the park with her daughters, reading, cooking or cuddling with her white, noisy family cat, Houston.  One of Rachna’s lifelong goals is travel to all the earth’s continents.

RACHNA PAUL, Administration

When Rachna was a girl, her grandfather came to live with her family every summer. She grew up knowing in her bones the important role seniors have in the family unit.  The transformative effect of community living and the happiness seen in the residents is what Rachna loves most about her job. She’s the first person you’ll encounter when you reach out to Priya Living. And rest assured you’re in good hands. A true extrovert and experienced sales executive, Rachna loves working with both seniors and immigrant populations. When she’s not working busy doing a little of everything at Priya Living, you might find her running around the park with her daughters, reading, cooking or cuddling with her white, noisy family cat, Houston.  One of Rachna’s lifelong goals is travel to all the earth’s continents.

  GUNDI VIGUSSON, Project Manager   When Gundi was a kid growing up in Iceland, the brakes failed on his BMX bike. His grandfather, without batting an eye, built new brakes from scratch. Gundi carries that ingenuity and self-reliance throughout his life. When he’s not diligently transforming Priya Living spaces into something fabulous, you’ll likely find him making something. It could be gorgeous, colorful photographs. It could be a whimsical light sculptures and lamps. One day, it could be a BMX bike from scratch. Gundi is a maker, plain and simple. And even though he calls Spiderman his hero, Gundi’s hidden talent is that he can fall asleep…anywhere.

GUNDI VIGUSSON, Project Manager

When Gundi was a kid growing up in Iceland, the brakes failed on his BMX bike. His grandfather, without batting an eye, built new brakes from scratch. Gundi carries that ingenuity and self-reliance throughout his life. When he’s not diligently transforming Priya Living spaces into something fabulous, you’ll likely find him making something. It could be gorgeous, colorful photographs. It could be a whimsical light sculptures and lamps. One day, it could be a BMX bike from scratch. Gundi is a maker, plain and simple. And even though he calls Spiderman his hero, Gundi’s hidden talent is that he can fall asleep…anywhere.

 
  MAHESH NIHALANI, Community Director   Once Mahesh swallowed a shilling coin while doing a magic trick for kids. He had to be operated on to remove the coin. But that was a small price to pay for Mahesh whose lifelong goal is be an ambassador of happiness and make as many people, both young and old, as happy as he can. It’s no surprise that Mahesh was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Cupertino. His gregarious personality and genuine love for community makes him an asset at Priya Living. The most unusual place Mahesh has ever visited is Village Malana in Himachal Pradesh. People consider themselves descendants of Alexander the Great, have their own private government, and grow the best marijuana in the world.

MAHESH NIHALANI, Community Director

Once Mahesh swallowed a shilling coin while doing a magic trick for kids. He had to be operated on to remove the coin. But that was a small price to pay for Mahesh whose lifelong goal is be an ambassador of happiness and make as many people, both young and old, as happy as he can. It’s no surprise that Mahesh was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Cupertino. His gregarious personality and genuine love for community makes him an asset at Priya Living. The most unusual place Mahesh has ever visited is Village Malana in Himachal Pradesh. People consider themselves descendants of Alexander the Great, have their own private government, and grow the best marijuana in the world.

  NAMITA KAPOOR, Creative Director   On any given day, you’ll find Namita in the creative zone, working towards something greater than herself. She designs and paints large installations and murals, makes jewelry, and is a dancer and choreographer who has participated in festivals and shows all over the world. You can also see her vision as Associate Choreographer in Mira Nair's recent stage production of "Monsoon Wedding." She’s always known she’s wanted to be an artist and dancer. Namita harnesses her fierce skills as visual artist and designer to make Priya Living look and feel the way it does—bold, stylish, full of color and fun—an inviting place for the whole family. One of Namita’s best-kept secrets? She was a finalist on the “So You Think You Can Dance India” reality TV show with Hritik Roshan. 

NAMITA KAPOOR, Creative Director

On any given day, you’ll find Namita in the creative zone, working towards something greater than herself. She designs and paints large installations and murals, makes jewelry, and is a dancer and choreographer who has participated in festivals and shows all over the world. You can also see her vision as Associate Choreographer in Mira Nair's recent stage production of "Monsoon Wedding." She’s always known she’s wanted to be an artist and dancer. Namita harnesses her fierce skills as visual artist and designer to make Priya Living look and feel the way it does—bold, stylish, full of color and fun—an inviting place for the whole family. One of Namita’s best-kept secrets? She was a finalist on the “So You Think You Can Dance India” reality TV show with Hritik Roshan. 

  ELIAS LOPEZ, Operations Manager   Elias loves his job because nothing feels more rewarding for him than helping and bonding with seniors. He's happiest spending time with his family and on the weekend you’ll find him snuggling with his two, young daughters. His dream is to travel to Paris someday.

ELIAS LOPEZ, Operations Manager

Elias loves his job because nothing feels more rewarding for him than helping and bonding with seniors. He's happiest spending time with his family and on the weekend you’ll find him snuggling with his two, young daughters. His dream is to travel to Paris someday.