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.
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.
Dasharath Yata | Assistant 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.
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.
Mubina Qureshi | Gender & Health Equity Programs Manager
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.
Bharati Mehta | Program Coordinator (Neurodiversity & Senior Services)
Shruthi Srinivasan | Program Coordinator (Youth Services)
Enna Mathema | Legal Service Specialist, Domestic Abuse Service Center