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Our People

We have an amazing team with a variety of experience and most importantly a passion for helping others.  We also are able to speak  with you in Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil & Bengali!

Raj Chaudhary | Executive Director

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.

Dasharath Yata | Program Coordinator (Health Initiatives)

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.

Srivani Ganji | Program Coordinator (Women’s Programs); Crime Victims Advocate

I was born and raised in India and did my Master’s in Computer Applications. My favorite place in Minnesota is Duluth, especially in the fall as I love seeing the changing colors. I enjoy working at SEWA as it was the only Asian organization that could help me during a tough time. In my free time I like watching movies, spending time with my kids, and making (and eating) my favorite homemade Desi foods.

Geetanjali Mittal | Program Developer, Women’s Programs

Geetanjali is an educator, storyteller, and internationally-published researcher and a certified community health worker. Having lived in 6 different Indian cities, she is deeply appreciative of culture and diversity. With two Master’s degrees, she has taught learners of all levels across rural and urban settings for over ten years. Wellness, equity, and inclusion have always been dear to her heart and paved the way to transition into community health and social justice. Geetanjali has a genuine interest in people, and an  ability of connecting, especially with women in transition. While her spiritual practice keeps her centered, she is an artist at heart and enjoys reading, writing poetry, painting. She develops programs for SEWA-AIFW to empower the underserved.

Enna Mathema | Legal Service Specialist, Domestic Abuse Service Center

Enna is an advocate, feminist and changemaker who has worked for SEWA-AIFW since 2018. She is passionate about serving the community, empowering individuals, and always had the desire to make a difference. Originally from Nepal, Enna holds a BS in Management with a minor in Finance from Southwest Minnesota State University and a MS in Gender and Women’s Studies and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During her master’s studies, she completed Alternate Plan Paper, “Domestic Violence: Curriculum to Educate High School Students in Nepal”. Starting as a Program Coordinator, Enna is excited to continuing her journey at SEWA-AIFW, and support and empower survivors of Domestic Violence and their families.

Mubina Qureshi | CSSP Program Manager

Mubina is a passionate intersectional feminist, research scholar, translator and interpreter with more than a decade of academic life. She holds PHD in Islamic Feminism in South Asian Female Muslim Novelists intersectional in the areas of SA Literature and Gender Studies & two Masters 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 travelling, camping in State and National Parks of US, exploring different cultures and learning new life-skills.

Rohini Ramanuj Meals Program Coordinator

My name is Rohini Ramanuj. I was born in Chennai, India and came to the USA 35 years ago with my husband. When we came to MN in 2009, I went back to school at HTC and got a degree in Floral Arrangement and Business Operations. I was introduced to SEWA-AIFW when I was taking care of my 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, I was only too happy to return the favor and be a part of SEWA-AIFW, to payback what was so generously offered to me by a great organization, represented by individuals dedicated to the service of people in need. The time I have spent in service of the people within SEWA has been the most fulfilling part of my life so far. Outside of work my hobbies are cooking, taking walks with my husband, watching sports, spending time with my kids, going on cruises and relaxing, traveling on the motorcycle around the country, and watching Indian movies.

Srividhya Srinivasan | SNAP & Meals Program

I was born and raised in a village in Tamil Nadu, India. I graduated from Madurai Kamaraj University with a B.A. in History. In 1999, I moved to MN where I live with my husband and 2 kids. I have volunteered at the Hindu Mandir of MN and the Maple Grove Hospital. I started working at SEWA-AIFW as a volunteer and later joined the team! My dad was a village president & counselor and very involved in our community. By his influence, I also love to help my community in any way I can. Working with the SEWA-AIFW family has been a rewarding experience. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my puppy and 2 cats, shopping, watching Tamil & Telugu films, going on walks, and yoga. I also enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and appliances.

Juveria Tasneem | Program Coordinator, Senior Programs

I was born in India, completed my Bachelors in Computer Science and immigrated to the US 16 yrs ago. I started working as a Java Developer and also worked as a Quality Assurance Analyst – in the IT industry for 8 years. I started working here at SEWA-AIFW just 3 months ago, but the experience is just overwhelmingly amazing. For me, helping another soul is the basic responsibility that each individual should take. We can create a better world by helping each other and being there for each other especially in tough times like this current pandemic. I feel privileged working for the seniors – learning from them and sharing a laugh with them makes my day – I am happy to be a part of this team. My hobbies include working out, going on long walks, being in the nature, writing, reading, and my most favorite hobby is travelling and exploring new places.

Reena Maheshwari | Media & Communications

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, and hold a Bachelor’s in Merchandising and Management as well as a Master’s in Education. It is extremely rewarding to spend a portion of my time working at SEWA where I am making a difference and helping the community, AND working with a team of truly dedicated and wonderful people.  I also own & operate a wedding rentals/decor business, Kahani Events & Design. In my free time I enjoy remodeling, gardening, biking, creating art, and travelling. My favorite places in Minnesota are the different gardens and natural areas around town – Como Park, MN Landscape Arboretum, & Minnehaha Falls.

R. Gail Bartolo | Marketing & Communications Specialist

Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Gail came to Minneapolis to attend Augsburg University. She graduated in 2020 with degrees in International Relations and Communications with a focus on marketing. Gail loves traveling, the outdoors, and working with her communities! She has been to over 20 countries and lived in Norway and Namibia for part of her life. During university she spent 100 days paddling down the Mississippi River while taking courses related to water politics and history. Gail always makes it back to her home in Minnesota because she values giving back and getting involved with her communities in Minnesota and is excited to be part of the SEWA-AIFW team!

Shruthi Srinivasan | Community Advocate

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Economics, Math & Data Science. I first started doing activism & community work in 2018, where I worked with March for Our Lives to organize protests against gun violence in the Twin Cities and around the west metro area. Since then, I’ve been involved in the Minneapolis/Madison areas, focusing on women’s advocacy, houseless populations, and voting initiatives. The work SEWA does to better the Minneapolis community is inspiring, as is everyone I work with, and I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing organization. I spend my free time hanging out with my two cats & reading; I also love history, astronomy, coffee, Taylor Swift, true crime podcasts, and dying my hair!

Rupa Ryan Kryzer | Advocate Developer

Service and social justice issues have always been an important part of Rupa’s life growing up in in the Twin Cities, and she is proud to be part of a team that serves the South Asian community locally. She was born in India and joined her family in Minnesota through adoption. After recently completing her Master of Arts in Holistic Health from St. Catherine University, she is eager to use her education and personal life experiences to contribute to the work of SEWA. In her role, she is looking forward to supporting programing for South Asian adoptees, SAPNA, and the Men’s Circle initiative, and wherever else she can pitch in! Outside of work, she enjoys an active lifestyle. Aside from working out, she and her wife love to travel wherever they can to backpack and hike. Their favorite place to explore is Colorado. Rupa is also learning Hindi, and practices wherever she can.

Bharati Mehta | Program Coordinator

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Bharati had been an Occupational Therapist who practiced in ND 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. Bharati lived in a community were she missed people from her background – when she  found out about SEWA, she wanted to be involved in our aim of total wellness for the South Asian community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, exercises and traveling.

Joe Campbell | Project Planner AmeriCorps VISTA

Joe is originally from Columbus, Ohio and came to Minnesota in 2014 to attend college at Hamline University. He graduated in 2018 with degrees in Marketing and Environmental Studies. After graduating, he spent a year teaching English in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he decided he wanted to keep working within international communities. Now back in Minneapolis, Joe has joined Sewa through AmeriCorps VISTA to assist in communications, helping to spread word of Sewa’s awesome work. He’s excited to be part of Sewa’s diverse team, learning more about the global communities of the Twin Cities. When not at work, Joe can be found roaming Minnesota with his camera and rock climbing gear. Otherwise, he’s probably at the climbing gym or behind his laptop with a mug of tea, planning his next international (mis)adventure.

Karuna Godavari | Volunteer, Senior Programs

I moved to the USA with my family in 2007. I have a Masters Degree in Pharmacy, 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, & 2 years of pharmacy technician experience. From 2007 on I have been a housewife and been taking care of my two lovely kids. Most important to me is to volunteer, be in an outreach role where I can directly help people. In my free time I enjoy cooking new recipes and chatting with my friends. My hobbies are oil painting, knitting, & gardening. I also really enjoy being in nature. One of my favorite places is Yellowstone National Park because it has such a diversity of natural formations, rivers, and animal life all in one place.

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