Dr. Shashikant Gupta
Co-founder & President
A strong sense of social justice inspired Dr. Shashikant Gupta to establish the Gupta Family Foundation (formerly Apex Foundation), a private foundation that supports organizations helping disadvantaged people become self-reliant. Dr. Gupta is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apex CoVantage, responsible for guiding the company’s business strategy and technology direction. Dr. Gupta also serves as chief technologist, directing the development of Apex’s numerous trailblazing technologies over the years in such diverse markets as publishing; media and entertainment; and electric, gas, and water utilities. His philosophy of balancing the cognitive power of the human mind with the processing power of computers has guided all of Apex’s technological innovations, while his passion for identifying and designing next-generation technologies led Dr. Gupta to develop software products like ADEPT, ProACT, IZAAC, DataWorks, FieldWorks, and ProField. Prior to founding Apex, Dr. Gupta was a consultant to the U.S. government, developing computer models to address nuclear waste-disposal issues. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Co-founder & Member of the Board of Directors
Margaret Gupta holds an enduring belief that Apex should act not just as a company, but an agent of positive social change. This belief led Mrs. Gupta to serve on the boards of the Gupta Family Foundation and several non-profit organizations, including Wolf Trap (the only national park devoted to the performing arts), Cornerstones, and the Reston Historic Trust, in addition to her role as a trustee of Cleary University. As Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Apex CoVantage, Mrs. Gupta has primary responsibility for operational excellence effected by process optimization and workflow efficiency, oversees the company’s global operations, and drives the adoption of cutting-edge technologies throughout the organization. She holds two degrees in Political Science—a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA from the University of Michigan.
John Kuranz has volunteered with charitable organizations at home and abroad throughout his life, most recently with Habitat for Humanity. As Executive Director of the Gupta Family Foundation, he has participated in work projects in the U.S. and India. Mr. Kuranz brings over 30 years of experience in electronic publishing and internet applications in research and content creation to his role as CEO of Access Integrity, a division of Access Innovations, Inc. Prior to leading the Access Integrity team, he was Vice President and Managing Director of Chemical Information Services Vendome. Previous to that position, he was Executive Vice President, Global Business Strategy at Apex CoVantage. Mr. Kuranz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M/St. Mary’s University and completed his MBA studies at Northern Illinois University.
Director of Programs
Karen Kuranz has served as the Director of Programs for the Gupta Family Foundation since 2007. Mrs. Kuranz was born into a service-oriented family. When she was young, her father ran The Weekend Work Camp, a program that brought young people from middle-class backgrounds and underprivileged city dwellers together to rebuild slum dwellings in inner-city Philadelphia. During her teenage years, Mrs. Kuranz participated in this program and as an adult, she became involved in her area’s literacy program, teaching English to a young Mexican mother and helping her obtain her U.S. citizenship. She also volunteered for many years at The Kennet Friend’s Home, helping seniors maintain interesting and dignified lives. In 1995, Mrs. Kuranz and her husband, John, began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity which took them on three international blitz builds in the Philippines, South Korea, and Mexico. Today, much of Mrs. Kuranz’s volunteer work is focused on her Santa Fe, New Mexico community. Mrs. Kuranz has also participated in various Gupta Family Foundation-sponsored work projects in the U.S. and abroad and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Widener University.
Member of the Board of Directors
Matthew Boryczka serves as a member of the Gupta Family Foundation’s Board of Directors. Originally from Washington, D.C., Mr. Boryczka completed his undergraduate work as a botany major at Colorado State University. He then relocated to Winter Park, CO for the 2013 ski season, hiked across Spain, sailed on the southwestern coast of Turkey, practiced yoga in Rishikesh, farmed in Goa, dove in Thailand, and ultimately began a position in solutions design in Fairfax, Virginia. While in India, Mr. Boryczka helped to maintain relationships with organizations sponsored by Gupta Family Foundation, including the Child Aid Foundation and the Association of People with Disability (APD). In the spring of 2016, Mr. Boryczka returned to CSU to continue work with Dr. June Medford as a PhD student of synthetic biology.
Member of the Board of Directors
Arjun Gupta is a member of the Gupta Family Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Gupta graduated from the University of Colorado School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is a software engineer by trade whose career has spanned both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Gupta has always been interested in contributing to the betterment of the world. He has spent time in many cities around the world helping build and maintain schools and shelters in impoverished areas. Mr. Gupta has worked with Miriam’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization that helps feed, shelter, and uplift the homeless population of Washington, D.C., as well as volunteered at D.C. Central Kitchen and other local organizations focused on helping those in need. Arjun continues to advance his career by developing enterprise level software applications in the Northern Virginia area.
Melissa Sharan has acted as the corporate secretary of the Gupta Family Foundation for nearly a decade. In this role, she is responsible for interaction with grantees on all levels, including initial review of grants, distribution, and tracking funding to grantees. Secretary duties also include maintenance of all foundation records, finances, and board of director meetings. Ms. Sharan joined Apex CoVantage in 2007 as Office Manager and leverages 35 years of administrative experience managing the Herndon, Virginia, headquarters, along with Apex’s Madison, Wisconsin and Dayton, Ohio offices. Prior to joining Apex, Ms. Sharan spent 16 years as Legal Assistant and Office Manager at the law firm of Snead & Mims in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Sharan attended Draughon Business College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and volunteers as a blood drive coordinator for the American Red Cross.