Saheli is run by a dedicated staff, Board and Advisory Committee members and many community volunteers.

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Savitha Rajiv
Co-Executive Director, Domestic Violence Portfolio, Community Relationships and Media Strategies


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Nadia Madden
Co-Executive Director, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Development

Nadia Madden is the Co-Executive Director of Saheli Boston, with a focus on finance, strategic planning, and development.  Before joining Saheli, she co-founded and has served for over a decade as the financial director of WatSan Action, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and their families access safe water and a healthy environment in Indonesian slum communities.  She also worked for several years as a researcher and administrator for the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental nonprofit in Cambridge . Ms. Madden obtained her B.S. in ocean and atmospheric physics from MIT, as well as an M.S. in energy and resources from UC–Berkeley.



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Rita Shah, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Senior Domestic Violence Advocate

Rita Shah works  with clients, provides referrals and support, and connects clients to services. Rita has a Master’s degree in Social Work in Leadership and Management from Simmons College and 20 years of community organizing  experience.  She was the past president of India Association of Greater Boston, and a Vice President of Indian American Forum on Political Education. Rita has taught at Shishu Bharati Language School, organized ESOL and Citizenship classes in Burlington and Lowell for senior citizens, assisted in the cultural awareness training for police departments. She is an active member of the Satsang Center in Woburn and works at the Arlington Housing Authority. She participates actively in programs for South Asian elders at the Burlington Council on Aging.

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Salita Mehta
Senior Domestic Violence Advocate

Salita Mehta is a senior domestic violence prevention advocate and coordinates Saheli’s activities in the cities and towns to the north and west of Boston. She supervises the Saheli 24 x 7 helpline, provides culturally responsive domestic violence prevention training to new staff and volunteers. and supports clients with referrals to attorneys, victim’s witness advocates, and state and federal benefit agencies.

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Renu Tewarie
Domestic Violence Advocate - South Shore Region

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Usha Verma
Domestic Violence Advocate - Worcester Region

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Advisory Committee

Anu Chitrapu

Co-Chair of Saheli’s Annual Fundraiser



David Ludwig, Ph. D, MD

David is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, and the Director at the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program. David is also the John Fielding Crigler, Jr. & Mary Adele Sippel Crigler Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology.

Jayashree Voruganti

Jayashree  is an Independent Consultant at Late Stage CMC Program Management at Biogen Idec. She is the current President of the India Association of Greater Boston in Burlington, Mass.

Manju Sheth, MD

Co-Chair of Saheli’s Annual Fundraiser. Manju is a physician associated with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. She is also the director and producer at INE Media.

Neelam Wali

Neelam is the President & CEO Printing and Graphic Services. She is a business owner in printing and graphics services. She is also the President of the Billerica Adventure Series, a member of the Board of Directors at Billerica CARES, Billerica Partners for Education, Billerica Community Alliance and Billerica Lions Cub. She is also a member of the India Association of Greater Boston, IAFPE, ISW, United India, and the India Leadership Network.

Rajendra Trivedi, MD

Rajendra is a Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director and CEO at CCA and The Pain Center. He is also a member of the Blind Peoples Association of India.

Ramesh Advani

Chair of Saheli’s Men’s Programs. He is an independent consultant.

Ranjani Saigal

Ranjani is a consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the owner of She is a member of VisionAid, TIEBoston, Udavam Karangal, Boston Pledge and the Co-Chair of MITHAS. She is currently the President of Ekal Vidyalaya.

Sweta Mepani

Sweta is the Senior Director of North America Delivery at NTT DATA, Inc. She is a member of the Indian Circle of Caring,  LearnToLove Inc., JSNE, JCGB, and a Life Member of Gurjar.

Trupti Patel, Esq

Trupti is an Attorny at Trupti N. Patel & Associates in Burlington and Boston. Trupti specializes in immigration law, transnational cases, and H1 visa issues.

Board of Directors

Supriya Saurabh
President, Governing Board Member

Supriya has been associated with Saheli for many years and actively participated in community Outreach events, Support Groups, Computer Literacy Classes and Media Communications. She previously served as a Board member for Saheli. She is an engineer by qualification and worked as Assistant Professor with Kurukshetra University in India. She previously collaborated with Professor at John Hopkins University as Research Scientist in the field of Neuroimaging and Neurospectroscopy. An advocate of of gender equality and women empowerment, she is passionate about Saheli’s mission. She lives with her husband in Andover, MA and works as Quality and Compliance leader in a Health Technology company.


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Tanvi Devimane
Vice President, Governing Board Member

Tanvi is Saheli’s Vice President. She is deeply committed to creating a safe environment for South Asian families and to empowering women. She has been an active volunteer with Saheli since 2012 and a board member since 2015. She manages the Volunteer Program and also co-teaches the Computer Literacy Class at Waltham Public Library. As the Vice President of Saheli, Tanvi assists the President in all administrative and management duties. Tanvi holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and BS in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tanvi is also on the Executive Council of the Boston Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

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Pooja Bakhai
Director, Board Member

Pooja Bakhai is a Saheli Board Member, with experience in the non-profit and intergovernmental sectors. She supports Saheli’s work in the areas of community outreach, educational programming and grant management. After working in the fields of education and gender inequality for over five years, she is currently is pursuing a PhD at Harvard University in Education Policy. She holds a BA from Stanford University, and a MA from Relay Graduate School of Education.

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Divya Chandra
Treasurer, Governing Board Member

Divya Chandra is a firm believer in women’s empowerment.  She is a Board Member and has been actively involved in Fund raising, Outreach events and Internal process reviews.  

She comes with 15 years of diverse experience in Financial Risk Management, Consulting and Auditing with organisations such as  KPMG, Standard & Poor’s and Barclays Bank.  She has lived and worked in India, Singapore, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Divya is qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Masters of Commerce from Mumbai University, India.

She has keenly balanced her professional and working life with community work so far.  Her previous experience includes working with “Hope for Exceptional Needs”, a school for children with special needs in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia; “Dream School Foundation”, an organization that follows an Integrated Education and Development Model for students in Bangalore India; “Social Service League”, an association mobilizing college students in community development work in Mumbai India.

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Amrith Fernandes-Prabhu
Director, Board Member

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Kiran Uppuluri
Director, Board Member

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Usha Vakil
Director, Board Member

Usha Vakil co-founded Saheli in 1996. Usha has been a board member of Saheli since its inception in August 1996 and served as the Chair of the Board of Saheli for 18 years. In 2015 she transitioned to the role of a board member and leader of the community fundraising efforts.   She has taken the Domestic Violence Training program and supports the Domestic Violence team, as needed. She is a Senior Project Manager at Iron Mountain. wirte to


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Gouri Banerjee, Ph. D.
Director, Board Member

Gouri co-founded Saheli in 1996, and has served on the Saheli Board for many years. She  supervised the domestic violence portfolio and has successfully raised fund from many foundations to support Saheli’s work. Gouri took leadership in starting the computer literacy classes in Cambridge, Waltham, and Quincy and Saheli’s Support Group, Parenting Classes in Burlington and  Saheli’s Legal Clinics in Cambridge and Quincy. Over the years, she has done consistent work in outreach to universities, colleges and community organizations on behalf of Saheli and connected Saheli to student groups such as those at Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern University,  Brandeis University and Emmanuel College. Gouri is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Emmanuel College in Boston and holds a Ph.D. from Boston University.

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Maheen Shermohammed
Director, Board Member

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Shweta Aggrawal
Director, Board Member

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