Tim Needham, Restoration House STL's Executive Director
Andrew Kishna, Restoration House STL's Founder
Mr. Andrew Kishna, Restoration House STL's Founder, obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master's Degree in Construction Management from Washington University. Beginning his career as an engineer, he grew to a Federal Program Manager with a primary focus on projects for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Mr. Kishna also served as a civilian employee for the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group and AF Medical Service.
In 2010, Mr. Kishna spearheaded the formation of Etegra, Inc., and Architecture-Engineering firm, as the Chief Executive Officer. He successfully organized its growth within the public agencies while branching out into other unique avenues to create a truly diversified small business. Etegra recently ranked #199 on Inc. 5000's list of Fastest Growing Companies in the nation and #1 in Engineering which is the company's primary focus.
His philanthropic aspirations started with special projects in his native country, but has continued on through his firm's core values. Even though Mr. Kishna is the CEO of a multi-million-dollar firm, the most rewarding aspect of his life is supporting and investing in the children of the community. In 2016, he assisted in forming The Restoration House, a foundation to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing the necessary resources to overcome their circumstances, find their identity, and have hope for tomorrow. In 2013, he founded the Adopt-a-Classroom project to provide school supplies to various elementary schools in the St. Louis area.
Additionally, Mr. Kishna is a proud supporter of our men, women, and their families in the military or civil service through foundations like Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House Foundation, the United Service Organizations, St. Louis County Police Welfare Association and BackStoppers.
Paul Ramsaroop, Restoration House STL's Chairman of the Board
Mr. Paul Ramsaroop, Restoration House STL's Chairman of the Board, has been a leading part of start-ups and large corporations for over 25 years. Paul was a founding member of Evolvent Technologies, Inc., serving as President of Evolvent from 2005 to its acquisition by Mantech International in 2012. Prior to Evolvent, he worked for more than fifteen years in the IT field with several well-known companies, including McDonnell-Douglas, Boeing, Intellidyne, and Maryville Technologies. Paul has also successfully served as an investor/entrepreneur launching several successful business ventures and contributing significantly to several others including St. Louis based Etegra, Inc. where he currently serves as President and COO.
Paul demonstrates a belief in the value of family and community through his efforts supporting a variety of causes and local programs. In the early 2000x, Paul led a non-profit organization in Panama partnering with the US Miliatary to serve the military community stationed there and to then turn to serve the local communities. Paul believes that philanthropy is part of good citizenship.
Personally, Paul has a history of giving back tot he community with donations of money, talent, and time. Organizations helped in the past include:
- Fisher Foundation in the National Capital Region and San Antonio
- Operation Homefront
- NIH Children's INN
- John L. Young Center, Homeless Shelter, Washington DC
- Whitman-Walker Clinic, non-profit, community based HIV/AIDS Clinic, Washington DC
- Service International, a St. Louis based non-profit disaster relief organization
- Youth With A Mission