Honoring Chetan Phadnis
Chetan always said hello. He always remembered a name. He always smiled. He was just a kind soul. These are just a few ways Lumity’s board, staff, volunteers and students will remember our wonderful board member Chetan Phadnis, who passed away this summer.
The Vice President of Product Development at Arity, an Allstate Company, Chetan was involved in Lumity for more than eight years. He was generous with his time, in one instance clearing his entire day’s schedule at our last-minute request to serve as an adjudicator during a One Day Challenge. He was a natural teacher and his commitment to sharing his passion for STEM was evident. His natural ease helped students feel comfortable presenting their work and his questions pushed their thinking.
Whether during board meetings or as a mentor to our high school students, Chetan offered those around him sage advice and good guidance—and always with a smile. We will miss him.