Raj Chaudhary | CEO
Mrs. Raj Chaudhary was born and raised in India, and moved to the US in 1967. She and her husband have been been married for 50+ years, and have three children and five grandchildren. She is the founder of SEWA and has been working to help the community since 2004. She has won numerous awards including the Scholarship to Advance MN’s Priority Populations (LAAMPP) and the Asian Pacific Partnership of Empowerment & Leadership. In 2007 she was named one of MN’s Most Innovative Women by the MN Women’s Consortium and in 2012 received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the Governor’s Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Her broad expertise in advocacy includes domestic violence, human trafficking, health disparities, equal employment, elder populations, race, ethnicity, board development, legal custody, substance abuse, and public housing.
Mubina Qureshi | Co-Executive Director
Mubina is a passionate intersectional feminist, research scholar, translator and interpreter with more than a decade of academic experience. She holds a PHD in Islamic Feminism focused on the areas of SA Literature and Gender Studies. She also has two Master’s degrees in English Literature and African American Literature. She has more than 7 years of college teaching experience in India. She has trained multilingual students in languages, literature, theatre, soft-skills and self-care. She has directly worked with underserved ‘Dalit’ women as interpreter and translator to a Canadian Research Scholar for 2+ years. This experience set the tone for her future endeavors to fulfill her passion to work for and work with women on gender issues. She is a collaborator and core-member of theatre & reading group called Parakh-MN in Twin Cities since 2017. She is fond of solo traveling, camping in State and National Parks of US, exploring different cultures and learning new life-skills.
Dasharath Yata | Co-Executive Director
Dasharath Yata was born in a village in Nalgonda district, Telangana State, India and studied at Osmania University, Hyderabad. He moved to the US in 2011. His wife Padma Yata is an Enterprise Data Architect – IT at Medica and they have two kids in college. He is extremely dedicated and highly involved in all the various health based projects for SEWA dealing with mental health, community outreach and civic engagement. He organizes three free health clinics a month in the Twin Cities area and educates people about the high rates of diabetes and cholesterol problems. He also works with over 35 partner organizations on providing culturally specific services to the community through education and training.
Atul Mishra | Medical Director
Dr. Mishra graduated from MLN Medical College Allahabad UP India in 1982. He moved to Minnesota shortly after, and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota. He questioned his decision when he first moved, and wondered whether or not he had actually relocated to the North Pole. His wife, Usha, likes the warmer climate, but Dr. Mishra prefers Minnesota and its colder climate. Growing up, Dr. Mishra looked up to his grandfather. His grandfather would ask his 26 grandchildren, “Why do the branches of an apple tree come down when it is laden with fruit?” His grandchildren would respond that it is because of the weight. His grandfather would then respond with, “The branches come down so people in need can quench their thirst, satisfy their hunger, and be happy. When you all grow up, I want you each to try an be an apple tree for others.” That advice has led Dr. Mishra to SEWA-AIFW, where he has volunteered with his wife for years. He loves the work he has done as a physician and at SEWA because it allows him to help the community and fulfill his dream of being “an apple tree” for those in need.
Srivani Ganji | Program Coordinator (Women & Victim Services)
Vani was born and raised in India where she got her Master’s degree in Computer Applications. She moved to Minnesota in 2005 after graduating. Her favorite place in Minnesota is Duluth, especially in the fall as she loves seeing the changing colors. Vani has been working at SEWA since 2018. She enjoys working at SEWA because it was the only Asian organization that could help her during a tough time in her life. In her free time she likes watching movies, spending time with her kids, and making (and eating) her favorite homemade Desi foods.
Srividhya Srinivasan | Program Specialist (SNAP & Senior Services)
Srividhya was born and raised in a village in Tamil Nadu, India. She graduated from Madurai Kamaraj University. In 2000, she moved to MN where she lives with her husband and 2 kids. She began volunteering at the Hindu Mandir of MN and the Maple Grove Hospital before she discovered SEWA. In 2020, she began volunteering at SEWA-AIFW, and she officially joined the team soon after. Working with the SEWA-AIFW family has been a rewarding experience for her. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her puppy, shopping, watching Tamil & Telugu films, going on walks, and doing yoga. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and appliances.
Rohini Ramanuj | Program Coordinator (Senior Services)
Rohini was born in Chennai, India and came to the USA 35 years ago with her husband. When she came to MN in 2009, she went back to school at HTC and got a degree in Floral Arrangement and Business Operations. She was introduced to SEWA-AIFW when she was taking care of her sister-in-law, who was diagnosed with a serious illness. SEWA helped with her care and she became one of SEWA’s first senior clients in Minnesota. Later when the opportunity presented itself, she was very happy to return the favor and join SEWA-AIFW’s team. The time she has spent serving the people within SEWA has been the most fulfilling part of her life so far. Outside of work her hobbies are cooking, taking walks with her husband, watching sports, spending time with her kids, going on cruises, relaxing, traveling by motorcycle around the country, and watching Indian movies.
Juveria Tasneem | Program Coordinator (Senior Services)
Juveria was born in India where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She then immigrated to the US 16 years ago. She started working as a Java Developer and also worked as a Quality Assurance Analyst – in the IT industry for 8 years. She began working here at SEWA-AIFW in 2020, and the experience has been overwhelmingly amazing for her. She believes that helping another soul is the basic responsibility that each individual should take, and that we can create a better world by helping each other and being there for each other especially in tough times like this current pandemic. She feels privileged to work for the seniors – learning from them and sharing a laugh with them makes her day. Her hobbies include working out, going on long walks, being in nature, writing, reading, and her favorite hobby is traveling and exploring new places.
Anil Gurung | Program Coordinator (Meals & Transportation Services)
Anil has been working with SEWA-AIFW since February of 2021. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. In the past, he has worked at Best Buy, Target, Burlington, and the DRC. Anil enjoys working at a nonprofit because it has been a new experience that allows him to be around different mindsets and do selfless work. In his spare time, Anil enjoys hiking and visiting new places.
Bharati Mehta | Program Coordinator (Neurodiversity & Senior Services)
Bharati is an Occupational Therapist who practiced in North Dakota for nearly 36 years working with various patients from premature babies in the NICU to seniors in their homes. She helped those who needed assistance to be independent in their life. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2019 and began looking for volunteer opportunities within the South Asian community. She started to volunteer at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota after moving. She heard about SEWA while volunteering there, and she wanted to be involved in our aim of total wellness for the South Asian community in Minnesota. She began as a volunteer, then eventually joined our team! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, exercises and traveling.