CISC Committee Team 2022


Tjolina Pandey-Proost

CISC President

Parents & Friends Group Leader

At the end of January 2022 I moved with my husband and then 1 year old daughter from the Netherlands to Pasadena. My husband works at Caltech-JPL. CISC gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world. I missed some activities for parents so I (re)started the Parents and Friends group. Because I am not working for the Dutch government anymore, I have more time now to spend with my daughter, to hike and cook. All things that I love to do. Since November 2022 I also have the honor to be the President. Feel free to contact me for anything related to the CISC.


Aude Callens

Originally from Belgium, I arrived in Pasadena in 2016 and I have been taking part in the CISC's activities ever since. The Happy Hour group is one of my favorite events, as it allows me to relax after a long day of work, having conversations with people from all over the world. I also enjoy hiking in the San Gabriel mountains as well as traveling in California and beyond.


Karla Banjac

CISC Membership Manager

I am originally from Croatia and am a Nanotechnology scientist by profession. I moved to Pasadena in September 2021. I enjoy the outdoor activities, movies, theater, museums, and volunteering at the CISC.

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Chihiro Nakamoto

CISC Media Manager

I am from Japan, and I came to Pasadena in January 2020 to accompany my husband who works on an astronomical project with Caltech. I like going to museums, playing the french horn and knitting. As CISC has been helping me a lot since I arrived, I'm very glad to be a role of media editor.

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Nidhi Bansal

Cooking Group Leader

Yoga and Meditation Group

I am 2 years old in Pasadena. I am originally from India and lawyer by profession. I love hiking and exploring new cuisines. I am a dedicated recycler and enjoy making recycling art. Reading, cycling and  yoga are my favourite past times.


Anushree Sengupta

 Gardening Group Leader

I am Anushree (Anu), currently the coordinator for the gardening group. I am a molecular biologist by training. I love a lot of activities including hiking, bicycling, reading, cooking and trying out new (pescetarian) dishes, science outreach, traveling, and gardening (obviously!). I have always enjoyed meeting (pre-Covid) many wonderful people at CISC, and I have had some of the nicest cultural exchanges and conversations with several members who became my friends. 


    Kiyomi Otsu

Recreation Group Co-Leader

I'm from Japan. We have been living in Pasadena for 4 years now. I used to be a software test engineer in the Game Industry in Japan. I love to watch Japanese animes and play games when I have free time. I also love to walk around Pasadena and look for nice cafes. As a family, we enjoy camping very much. 


Mary Jasinska

Hiking Group Leader

I moved to Pasadena at the end of 2017 when my husband got a job at JPL. I was a high school Physics teacher back in London, England and now I also do the same out here. Moving to California allowed me to discover a love of the outdoors, especially hiking.