Katrina Puri has joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) board of directors. She is an administrator for her husband, Dr. Kapil Puri’s urology practice, and is active in raising money, toys and awareness for ECCAC throughout the community.
Puri commented, “I have a passion for fostering and mentoring kids who are in abusive situations with no one to help or listen to them. My vision is to give children a glimmer of hope. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work with the ECCAC Board.” She considers it her personal mission to help change the lives of abused and neglected children.
Puri is a native of New Orleans with a B.A. in Business Management from Southeastern Louisiana University. Soon after, she began her career in medical administration at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans. Her love for volunteering began at Tulane, staying long hours after work helping patients from Central America who were survivors of Hurricane Mitch. She is also bilingual, as her parents are from Cuba and Honduras. She met her husband at Tulane and the couple moved to Niceville in 2004, right at the time of Hurricane Ivan. Soon after, as Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Katrina & Kapil housed many evacuees while she also volunteered her time to help storm victims with recovery and relief efforts.
Interestingly enough, Puri was a weekly volunteer for Children In Crisis (CIC) from 2011 to 2015. She was recognized by the CIC as an exceptional volunteer and awarded the Golden Deeds Award by the Emerald Coast National Exchange Club for her efforts there. She was also nominated by the CIC and recognized by The United Way as Volunteer of the Month. In addition, Katrina and Kapil began fostering children five years ago and still continue to do so. She also served as a Guardian Ad Litem during part of this time, then last year, she brought her foster child to ECCAC for services.