Board Of Directors


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Robert Carrillo
Special Education Teacher, NYC Department of Education

As an educator, activist, and resident in the South Bronx, Robert Carrillo has witnessed firsthand many of the issues impeding its youth from reaching their full potential. As such, Robert has co-founded successful youth development initiatives that provide our young people with tools to succeed, but more importantly, empower them to believe in, and strive for, their dreams. Robert’s latest initiative, Lucha Vida, Inc., engages boys and girls in the sport of wrestling and uses that vehicle so youth serve as agents for social change in their community and beyond. Robert was introduced to, and eventually fell in love with, the sport of wrestling as a freshman in high school and continued through four years of varsity in college.

Robert has earned a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University, an AS in Occupational Studies from the Swedish Institute, and an MA in Special Education from the City College of NY.

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Tommy Thekkekandam
Tommy Thekkekandam

Tommy is the son of Indian immigrants who came to the US with only $63. Their example of hard work and perseverance motivates and inspires Tommy’s work with Lucha Vida. Tommy was a Morehead Scholar and Varsity wrestler at the University of North Carolina. As an undergraduate he co-founded Nourish International, a non-profit that fights poverty through student action. Tommy received his JD/MBA from Duke University.

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Josh Lee
Josh Lee
Special Education Teacher, NYC Department of Education

Originally from North Carolina where he grew up working on a tobacco farm, Josh first fell in love with the sport of wrestling as a freshman in high school. Josh attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and 4 year Varsity Wrestler. After college, Josh was an independent insurance agent and was a founding board member of Nourish International, a non-profit that fights poverty through student action. Josh moved to NYC in 2010 to become a Special Education Teacher in the South Bronx. Josh became a wrestling coach in 2011, when he became the head coach at George Washington High School. In 2012, he launched a developmental team at Taft Educational Campus. Inspired by the kids of the South Bronx, Josh co-founded Lucha Vida in order to expand the reach of wrestling to other kids in the community.

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