The Board

Dr. Roopa Ravikumar- Board Chair

Roopa Ravikumar has 23 years of experience and holds three degrees: B.A. Social Sciences, Lady Doak College; M.A. Sociology, Department of Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University; M.Phil. ,Department of Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University. She retired as an Associate Professor from the Department of Social Sciences at Lady Doak College. She served as a Research Guide for nearly 70 undergraduate students and post graduate students in their project work in Sociology. She has been on the Board of Studies and developed curriculum for department of Sociology in colleges in and around Madurai. Apart from her role as the Lady Doak College Foundation board chair, she is the Secretary of St. John’s Methodist Church, Madurai, Member of the Institutional Ethics Review Committee at Arthur Asirvatham Hospital in Madurai, President of the Womens Education Project in India, General Body member of Grace Kennet Hospital, Madurai, and is currently in the Mail team at Willow Creek Community church in South Barrington, Illinois.

Elizabeth Gnanakkan Abel- Board Member

Elizabeth Abel is a Lady Doak College alumnae and served as Student Union President in 1977. She is passionate about giving back to her alma mater. She serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee, Shanti Manuel Legacy Building Project. She also serves the independent federal agency, Federal Housing Finance Agency of United States as a senior examiner for the supervision of the Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mae, with combined assets of over $7.5 trillion, ensuring they operate in a safe and sound manner. She leads exams, assesses risks, and is actively involved in the planning, organizing, and completion of examinations and supervisory activities. Aside from her vocational duties, she leads Women’s Ministry in Sligo Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland which believes all of God’s children are unique and gifted. Elizabeth believes in finding opportunities to empower women, nurture and spiritually uplift them.

Dr. Magdalene Moses- Board Member

After completing her Masters in English Literature at Lady Doak College and M.Phil. in English Literature at Madras Christian College, Chennai, she worked at Lady Doak College from 2012 to 2020 as Assistant Professor in the English Department. While working at LDC, she received the United Board Faculty Scholarship in 2016, through which she was able to do her doctoral study in English Literature at Silliman University, Philippines.  

Kelsey Cameron- Board Clerk

Kelsey Cameron Rose is the Acting Executive for Resource Development at Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Kelsey was appointed to the Lady Doak College Foundation Board of Directors as a representative of the mission body which appointed Katie Wilcox as a mission co-worker and who was instrumental in the founding of Lady Doak College. Kelsey has nearly eight years of experience in philanthropy and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit administration and policy from Indiana University – South Bend. Prior to her position with Global Ministries, Kelsey has fond memories of spending six months in India.

Jamie Coats- Independent Board Member

Jamie Coats is the President & CEO of the SOPHIA Oxford, an Oxford University partner of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. He is dedicated to creating equal opportunities and ending poverty. He is passionate about supporting women’s education. He serves on the Katie Wilcox Education Association that elects the Board of Lady Doak College and he founded the Lady Doak College Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts. For further information see