OUR MISSION

Children Across Borders is a charitable organization that provides financial and non-financial support to children-focused, non-profit, grassroots organizations primarily in the areas of education, health, shelter, and wellness across the United States and India today and the world tomorrow.

FOUNDED IN 2009

Founders Vivek & Sharmila Seth grew up in India. In seeking worthy organizations to contribute to, they realized that funds and resources were not utilized to their maximum potential at most non-profits. Before long, they decided to build a GIVING PLATFORM to positively impact disadvantaged children specifically through PROGRAM FUNDING in the areas of education, health, shelter & wellness. In 2009, they founded Children Across Borders, a 501 (c)3 public charitable organization, built a partner of network organizations and aligned missions in adopting sustainable programs. 100% of donor contributions impacts the children directly.

TODAY
  • 15+

    PROGRAMS

    We partner with 15+ beneficiary organizations both in India & the USA to fund programs for disadvantaged children in education, health, shelter & wellness.

  • $2M+

    RAISED

    Raised over $2M through fundraisers, individual donations, corporate partners, foundations & sponsorships.

  • 2

    COUNTRIES

    Benefit Tampa & New York in the USA, and Bangalore, Goa, Nagercoil and Calcutta in India.

Our Team

The team behind Children Across Borders is committed to the unique values and founding principles that inspired the creation of CAB. Learn more about the Children Across Borders family here.

  • SHARMILA SETH
  • VIVEK SETH
  • SUNG LEE HOCHHAUSLER
  • SU LEE PLACE
  • HELENE DE LUCA
  • SHEELA INUGANTI
  • ABHI CAPOOR
  • TAMMY WILEY

MEET
SHARMILA

Sharmila Seth co-founded Children Across Borders in June 2009 to benefit disadvantaged children around the world, by partnering with grassroots organizations in providing children a quality education, shelter, and necessary healthcare, while increasing their awareness of personal health and wellness. Sharmila strongly believes that all children be given an equal opportunity to succeed in a nurturing environment, enabling them to become global citizens of the world.

Sharmila currently lives in Tampa with her husband Vivek and their two children. Prior to moving to Tampa, Sharmila spent twelve years in New York studying and working. Her professional experience lies in human resources & talent management, performance management design, leadership training & development, and change communications working for companies like Korn/Ferry International, Sibson & Company, and Razorfish, Inc., a global internet technology consulting firm.

Sharmila completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. She also earned her Master’s degree in Social and Organizational Psychology, from the London School of Economics, U.K.

Sharmila is also passionate about Art. She was a Board of Trustees member for six years at the Tampa Museum of Art, and currently sits on the Collections Committee for the Museum. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the USF Contemporary Art Museum & Graphic Studios. Most recently, Sharmila joined the Moffitt Medical Board (MMG) as a Board Member. She is also a spouse member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Florida chapter.

Sharmila has been recognized as an ‘Extraordinary Woman’ by the Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, and honored by the Positive Impact Magazine as an ‘Infinity Star’ among other magazine features and accolades recently for her work for children around the world.

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VIVEK

Vivek’s passion in co-founding Children Across Borders emerges from the strong belief that only by giving back to your community and country can future generations live fulfilling lives. He also believes in equal education for all children and the essential need for a stable environment for children to grow in happy, healthful ways.

Professionally, Vivek Seth is a co-founder and Principal of Sunsar Capital Management, and has more than 25 years of corporate finance and real estate experience including transactions worth more than $110 billion.

Vivek is Chairman of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, board member of E-Line Media, an entertainment and educational publisher, and board member of July Systems, a widely acknowledged mobile platform. Additionally, Vivek is an associate board member of NAREIT, board member of the YPO Florida and member of Urban Land Institute.

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SUNG

Sung Lee Hochhaulser settled into Tampa with her husband and twin teenagers about three years ago from Los Angeles, CA. She also lived in Seoul, Korea with her family for three years until 2009. While in Korea, she served as a Board Member for the American Women’s Club and chaired their annual fundraiser that financially supported 20-30 orphans and youth homes.

Professionally, she has spent over 20 years of her career in the Health Care Industry, specializing in the turnaround of troubled operations of hospitals, large IPAs, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers. In 2005, she retired as Chief Financial Officer of Alta Healthcare LLC; the company owned and operated eight hospitals in greater Los Angeles area.

Her other community service projects include serving as a PTA President for three years, Founder and Board Member of the Oaks Performing Arts Society in Westlake, CA, Girl Scout Troop Leader for 5 years, and Chair of the Gulf Ridge Council – Boy Scouts of America annual fundraiser.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida.

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SU LEE

Su Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. She and her husband own a golf course and a family entertainment golf range business. Prior to owning her own business, she worked for GTE (now Verizon), for 14 years in the Engineering, Sales & Marketing, and Operations Management for three different business units.

Su has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Tampa. She has two children and currently resides in Tampa, Florida.

Su has volunteered extensively mostly in children related and neighborhood enhancement causes, and currently she is active in the University of Tampa Board of Fellow organization and serves as a Steering Committee Board Member.

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HELENE

Helene De Luca was born and raised in the United States in a family that embraces cultural diversity. Her international schooling and travel support her passion for helping children of all backgrounds.

Helene was most recently a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in the Global Financial Institutions Debt Products Group. Prior to that position, Helene worked at Standard & Poor’s and A.M. Best rating agencies, Sun Trust Bank, Chubb Insurance Company and a Michael Milken-backed boutique consulting company. Her professional background includes over 17 years of experience in the financial services and insurance industries in credit, international strategy consulting, banking, and underwriting.

As well as her involvement in a number of financial services professional organizations, Helene makes time to mentor colleagues and students at her alma mater. Helene has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers College, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Wake Forest University.

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SHEELA

Sheela Inuganti is a mother of two teenagers and is very active in the California school district. She has been on the PTSA board in Palos Verdes, CA, for a number of years and is currently also involved as a Trustee on the Peninsula Education Foundation. Due to the current educational budget cuts, she has been very active in fundraising and is an advocate for providing the extras that allow school students to go above and beyond! Enriching each student towards excellence is one of her main goals.

Professionally, Sheela is an independent financial consultant in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She has been serving clients for over 19 years with financial planning both in retirement and asset management.

A native of Mumbai, India, Sheela received her Bachelors in Psychology from St. Xavier College. Moving to New York in 1985, she attended the New York Institute of Technology, where she received her Masters in Communications.

Sheela is thrilled to be a member of Children Across Borders where she serves as Secretary.

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ABHI

Abhi joined the team in 2015. He is responsible for underwriting and evaluating investments for the Seth Family Office. Abhi has experience as a senior associate consultant at Wipro Consulting in New York, where his responsibilities included the development of financial products and risk management strategies for global financial institutions. Abhi received a B.B.A. from Symbiosis International University and M.S. from Brown University. He proves to be an invaluable asset in the Children Across Borders office; continuously offering support and assistance for events and fundraising efforts.

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TAMMY

Tammy has worked side by side with co-founders Vivek and Sharmila Seth for 15 years on both personal and professional endeavors proving to be a an indispensable resource.  Tammy has been working with Children Across Borders since its inception handling much of the back office coordination and serving as the team lead on all major events.  Professionally Tammy has 20 years of administrative, event, and office manger experience.  Tammy currently works for Sunsar Capital Management providing a wide range of services and dedicated support to Vivek as his executive assistant.

Corporate Partners

Children Across Borders would like to thank the following partners for helping us reach children from the United States to India through their generous funding and support.

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