Meet Our Team
Achla Marathe is a Professor at the Biocomplexity Institute and at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. Over the last few years she has been exploring ways to give back to the community to fulfill her own longstanding aspirations of serving people.
Her humble beginnings serve as her motivation to alleviate struggles of the underprivileged. She believes that empowering individuals by providing them the right opportunities and just a little support at a critical time can turn their lives around.
Retired Director of Clinical Nutrition at University of Virginia Health System. StepForward resonates with the work of other groups she has joined: tutoring for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville Albemarle (LVCA), leading racial affinity groups with IMCC (Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville), and promoting food justice/health for all Virginians (Virginia Food System Council).
She especially values StepForward’s uniquely personal nature: instead of just trying to fix the problems of society, it focuses on individuals and on connecting them with others who can help guide them to both discern and then take steps toward their larger purpose.