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
Jessikah Holmes | Program Coordinator (CSSP), Program Facilitator
Mubina Qureshi | CSSP Program Manager
Mohamed Egal | Case Manager, Senior Programs
Mohamed is a health and human services specialist and deals with various senior programs such as 245D, live-well at home, SNAP, and transportation. He holds a Bachelor’s of Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and a Master’s in Health and Human Services from St. Mary’s University. In his spare time, Mohamed enjoys playing and watching international FIDE Chess games. He also loves listening to blues & guitar music and reading moral and political philosophy books. Mohamed is originally from Somalia, has lived in Minnesota since 1999, and has two sons.
Reena Maheshwari | Media & Communications
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.
Kalpana Jagannathan | VISTA Program Planner
I immigrated to the US over 20 yrs ago, did my schooling back in India and hold a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. I love being a mom for my kids and enjoy my time with them above all. My younger child was diagnosed with Autism and not only have I been made more aware of the needs and resources in the community, but I want to spread that awareness. I have volunteered for Autism.org and given speeches in schools to increase autism awareness. I also love to cook and help the community in any way I can to improve and better lives of people.