Meet our Team

  ARUN PAUL, CEO + Founder   Growing up in an immigrant family has shaped Arun's commitment to community and communal living. His vision brings together multiple generations to live, play, and spend time together in vibrant, warm spaces.  His vision also includes 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 in line to sample it!  Whether exploring underground caves in Belize or roaming the streets of Tokyo, Arun's passion for world travel inspires his work. 

ARUN PAUL, CEO + Founder

Growing up in an immigrant family has shaped Arun's commitment to community and communal living. His vision brings together multiple generations to live, play, and spend time together in vibrant, warm spaces.  His vision also includes 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 in line to sample it!  Whether exploring underground caves in Belize or roaming the streets of Tokyo, Arun's passion for world travel inspires his work. 

  RACHNA PAUL, Administration   As a young girl, Rachna's 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 inspires Rachna everyday. When she’s not busy doing a little of everything at Priya Living, you might find her running around the park with her daughters or cuddling her white, noisy family cat, Houston.  One of Rachna’s lifelong goals is travel to all the earth’s continents. She's made it to four so far. 

RACHNA PAUL, Administration

As a young girl, Rachna's 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 inspires Rachna everyday. When she’s not busy doing a little of everything at Priya Living, you might find her running around the park with her daughters or cuddling her white, noisy family cat, Houston.  One of Rachna’s lifelong goals is travel to all the earth’s continents. She's made it to four so far. 

  GUNDI VIGUSSON, Project Manager   Gundi is a maker, plain and simple. When he was a kid growing up in Iceland, the brakes failed on his BMX bike. His grandfather, without batting an eyelid, built new brakes from scratch. Gundi carries that ingenuity and self-reliance with him to this day. And when he’s not diligently transforming Priya Living spaces into something fabulous, you’ll find him making something. It could be gorgeous, colorful photographs. It could be whimsical light sculptures. Some day, it could be a BMX bike from scratch.

GUNDI VIGUSSON, Project Manager

Gundi is a maker, plain and simple. When he was a kid growing up in Iceland, the brakes failed on his BMX bike. His grandfather, without batting an eyelid, built new brakes from scratch. Gundi carries that ingenuity and self-reliance with him to this day. And when he’s not diligently transforming Priya Living spaces into something fabulous, you’ll find him making something. It could be gorgeous, colorful photographs. It could be whimsical light sculptures. Some day, it could be a BMX bike from scratch.

 
  MAHESH NIHALANI, Community Director   Make 'em laugh. That's Mahesh's motto. Once he swallowed a shilling coin while doing a magic trick for kids. He had to endure a small surgical procedure to remove the coin. But it's a small price to pay for someone whose lifelong goal is to serve as an ambassador of happiness for all people--young, old, and all those in the between. It’s no surprise that Mahesh was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Cupertino. His exuberant love of community adds joy to Priya Living activities. 

MAHESH NIHALANI, Community Director

Make 'em laugh. That's Mahesh's motto. Once he swallowed a shilling coin while doing a magic trick for kids. He had to endure a small surgical procedure to remove the coin. But it's a small price to pay for someone whose lifelong goal is to serve as an ambassador of happiness for all people--young, old, and all those in the between. It’s no surprise that Mahesh was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Cupertino. His exuberant love of community adds joy to Priya Living activities. 

  NAMITA KAPOOR, Creative Director   On any given day, you’ll find Namita creating  something . Whether she's designing living spaces; painting installations and murals; or dancing and choreographing shows, she's always in the flow. Namita comes from a gregarious, Punjabi family who have inspired her to make Priya Living an inviting place for the whole family with its bold, vibrant colors and stylish decor. One of her best-kept secrets? She inherited a love of puns from her Mom. You could say it puns in the family.  

NAMITA KAPOOR, Creative Director

On any given day, you’ll find Namita creating something. Whether she's designing living spaces; painting installations and murals; or dancing and choreographing shows, she's always in the flow. Namita comes from a gregarious, Punjabi family who have inspired her to make Priya Living an inviting place for the whole family with its bold, vibrant colors and stylish decor. One of her best-kept secrets? She inherited a love of puns from her Mom. You could say it puns in the family.  

  SALIM SHAIKH, Director of Sales   Salim's father taught him to live life to the fullest. Hence, he’s visited the bottom of a grave, ridden a live bull in Barcelona, and worshipped Evel Knievel since childhood. When he’s not working, you’ll find Salim trying to fix something, anything, that is broken. But don’t let these macho pursuits fool you. He also knows how to tie a sari. Why? He's preparing for his daughter's wedding. And he’s got time. She's only seven. For now, they enjoy making pancakes together on Sunday mornings. 

SALIM SHAIKH, Director of Sales

Salim's father taught him to live life to the fullest. Hence, he’s visited the bottom of a grave, ridden a live bull in Barcelona, and worshipped Evel Knievel since childhood. When he’s not working, you’ll find Salim trying to fix something, anything, that is broken. But don’t let these macho pursuits fool you. He also knows how to tie a sari. Why? He's preparing for his daughter's wedding. And he’s got time. She's only seven. For now, they enjoy making pancakes together on Sunday mornings. 

 
  EDI MAHARGONO, Accounting Manager   Based on his role at Priya Living, it's no surprise that Edi has a real love affair with numbers. He says he identifies with numbers because they are loyal, honest, and stubborn. Just like him. After numbers, his next great love is travel. It can be big cities, mountains, jungles—you name the place—Edi will see you there. His next destination is Hong Kong. He likes the food and the public transit rocks. Edi’s mantra: stay positive and look on the bright side.

EDI MAHARGONO, Accounting Manager

Based on his role at Priya Living, it's no surprise that Edi has a real love affair with numbers. He says he identifies with numbers because they are loyal, honest, and stubborn. Just like him. After numbers, his next great love is travel. It can be big cities, mountains, jungles—you name the place—Edi will see you there. His next destination is Hong Kong. He likes the food and the public transit rocks. Edi’s mantra: stay positive and look on the bright side.

  ELIAS LOPEZ, Operations Manager   Elias loves his job at Priya Living because nothing feels more rewarding for him than helping seniors and developing strong bonds with them. While his dream is to travel to Paris someday, he's definitely his happiest spending time with his family. One the weekend you’ll find him snuggling with his two, young daughters.

ELIAS LOPEZ, Operations Manager

Elias loves his job at Priya Living because nothing feels more rewarding for him than helping seniors and developing strong bonds with them. While his dream is to travel to Paris someday, he's definitely his happiest spending time with his family. One the weekend you’ll find him snuggling with his two, young daughters.

  PATRICIA TORRES,    Community Manager   If Patricia could travel anywhere in the world, right this moment, she would be strolling through Usmajac, Mexico, basking in the sunshine, a Michelada in her hand, waiting for the first batch of  pitayas  to be picked so she can enjoy that sweet fruit. Patricia’s greatest hero is her father who left Mexico at 17 to come to the United States. He left his country not knowing any English and uncertain if he would make it here.  But he was determined to find a better future for himself and his entire family. His determination to get ahead in life and help others has always inspired Patricia to be kind and to show you care.    

PATRICIA TORRES,  Community Manager

If Patricia could travel anywhere in the world, right this moment, she would be strolling through Usmajac, Mexico, basking in the sunshine, a Michelada in her hand, waiting for the first batch of pitayas to be picked so she can enjoy that sweet fruit. Patricia’s greatest hero is her father who left Mexico at 17 to come to the United States. He left his country not knowing any English and uncertain if he would make it here.  But he was determined to find a better future for himself and his entire family. His determination to get ahead in life and help others has always inspired Patricia to be kind and to show you care.