Lihini was born and raised in Redlands, CA. She attended the University of Redlands and received a B.S. in biology while playing for the school’s Women’s Soccer and Track & Field teams. Both of which she competed at the NCAA National Championships in. During her undergraduate schooling she also served as the secretary for the former SLYO Inland Empire chapter from 2013-2014.
After graduating from St. George’s University, School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies in 2020 she came back to SLYO to try and help the community in her free time before applying to residency. She later helped to initiate the SLYO Leadership Mentoring Program in an effort to give students from underserved communities an opportunity to pursue careers in medicine with the guidance of medical professionals.
She is incredibly passionate about giving underserved communities the best opportunities to reach their goals and realize their full potentials.
Leadership Council Director of (Sri Lanka)
Irosha Chamindi Liyanarachchi was born in Gampola, Kandy Sri Lanka. She has successfully completed A/L examination and is working as a presenter in Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. She is also a national diploma holder from the University of Jayewardenepura in Mass Media.
Currently, she is working at a local radio station attached to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in Kandy named “Maha Nuwara, Kadurata” as an announcer. She has also completed courses related to professional Editing, Recording and Producing in performing her job.
In addition, she has been part of SLYO Sri Lanka Chapter since 2011. Irosha is devoted to making a difference in Sri Lanka by helping SLYO find educational projects that need support and contribution. During her free time Irosha likes to travel the island with her family.
Social Media Director / Medical Pathway Leadership Council
Ravindi Gunasekara “Resilient”
Growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada after migrating from Colombo, Sri Lanka with her family at 3 months of age, Ravindi grew up with an awareness of the lack of representation of Sri Lankan culture in her community. As a result, while growing up, Ravindi’s family made it a point to become active members within the Sri Lankan community in Manitoba; setting a good example for Ravindi to follow. Participating in cultural events and shows deepened her love of her Sri Lankan culture and motivated Ravindi to follow in her dad’s footsteps and become an elected board member of the Sri Lankan Association of Manitoba. Ravindi also went on to become one of the two founding members of the University of Manitoba Sri Lankan Students’ Association.
Despite having to move away from her extended family in Sri Lanka—Ravindi never felt their absence in Winnipeg due to the strong sense of family that the tight-knit Sri Lankan community had surrounded her since her youth.
After graduating from high school, Ravindi began executing the steps needed to become a leader in her community by securing her Bachelors of Science from the University of Manitoba. Ravindi is currently an MD candidate at the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies, and resides in the US where she is completing her 4th-year elective rotations while pursuing research in various medical specialties. Ravindi is a proud Sri Lankan-Canadian and aspires to uplift and support global Sri Lankan communities by empowering the youth.