Renu Tewarie is Saheli’s Co-Executive Director. She has been a domestic violence prevention advocate at Saheli for many years. She has degrees in psychology and Hindi. She served as an educator for 15 years as the Principal at Shishu Bharati, Walpole, a school for Indian languages and culture.
At various times Renu has been a professor of Hindi at Brandeis University, and a class dean and teacher at an international school in Geneva, Switzerland. Having taught children and adults of all ages has enabled Renu to develop strong communication and counseling skills in her role as a domestic violence prevention advocate.
Renu has provided domestic violence response services to women and connected them to resources, conducted outreach to women in six towns and cities, helped run support groups for mothers at Faxon Commons, organized games and activities for children at support group meetings, distributed brochures and materials about Saheli to raise awareness about domestic violence.
In addition, Renu has assisted with managing the Saheli helpline, translated literature for Saheli from English to Hindi. She currently coordinates Saheli’s activities on South Shore and provides support, referrals to survivors, and connects them with other agencies.
Renu is a certified Hindi Medical Interpreter and freelances for Catholic Charities.
Director of Development
Along with a Master’s Degree in Communications from Northeastern University, Priya Murali brings over five years of non-profit experience in development, communications, and fundraising. Having been the Director of Donor Relations at Rian Immigrant Center in her previous role, Priya helped raise $1m in fundraising revenue for the organization. She managed fundraising events, annual campaigns, and donor relations.
Priya managed the development and communications at Saheli for two years before she left in 2020. She helped Saheli receive many foundation grants that enabled Saheli to grow its mental health and youth program. She was instrumental in helping Saheli receive a 3-year federal grant which supported the growth of Saheli’s Legal Advocacy Program. She was also involved in the planning and implementation of Saheli’s 2019 Nirbhaya gala. Priya also has experience in advertising and public relations. In India, she worked and interned at many Advertising and PR agencies and handled clients like 3M India, Nanjappa Hospitals, and more.
While at Saheli, Priya also worked as a domestic violence advocate and managed Saheli’s youth program.
Priya has always been a dedicated advocate in standing up against gender-based violence. She feels like her life’s mission is to work within the immigrant community to support survivors and children to live stable and healthy lives.
Mental Health Counselor
Nidhi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Westfield State University.
Nidhi has over 10+ years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults through individual and group therapy. Her clinical approach is around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Solution-Focus Approach to help people understand their thoughts and patterns and then make healthy, practical decisions to move forward in a productive and fulfilling way. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, parent guidance, behavioral issues, social difficulties and everyday life crisis.
Domestic/Sexual Violence Advocate & Outreach coordinator
Deepali is a domestic violence, sexual assault advocate and also the community outreach coordinator at Saheli. She joined Saheli in 2020.
As part of the Saheli’s team, she is committed to empowering women as she feels no woman should be in a situation where she feels hopeless or vulnerable.
Deepali aims to connect and grow Saheli’s mission and services for underserved immigrant women in addition to growing collaboration with community partners.
Deepali is currently working on her Non-Profit Management Certification from Harvard University. Deepali has a master’s in communications from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an undergraduate in History from Delhi University. Prior to joining Saheli she was production assistant at ABC TV affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
Deepali is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi and conversational Urdu.
Domestic/Sexual Violence Advocate
Lopa is a domestic violence prevention advocate at Saheli. She is a graduate of Calcutta University and has a degree in hospitality management.
She has spent many years working with underprivileged women helping them complete state mandated courses in nursing, and then getting them placed at nursing facilities and doctors’ offices.
She works with state agencies on behalf of new immigrants and is driven to help all women become self-reliant and independent.
She speaks Bangla, Hindi and English.
Imane is the Housing coordinator at Saheli. She graduated from Temple university with a double major in Marketing and International Business. Imane speaks English, Arabic, and French.
Prior to joining Saheli Boston, Imane was actively involved in community service through different nonprofit organizations.
Nivedita has a postgraduate degree in human resource management and finance. She has 5 years of corporate experience in human resource management.
She has worked as a volunteer in teaching underprivileged children in India and has been engaged in other social service work for many years in India. She is passionate about women empowerment. Nivedita is fluent in Bengali, Hindi, and English.
Children & Family Resource Coordinator
Romila is a family resource coordinator at Saheli. She is compassionate, committed and self-driven with good organizational skills. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune.
She has worked as a licensed social worker with 15 years of experience in the social work field, across UK and India, with years of working with Children and Families in the UK. She has worked as a school social worker at Dr Kalmadi Shamarao High school, Pune.
She has also served as Executive – Resource Mobilization for Concern India Foundation at Bengaluru and consulted for the Centre for Child and Law (CCL), National Law School of India in Bengaluru.