Rekha Gupta, MS     President

Rekha works as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management company and has been part of Financial Services Industry since 1986.  She has earned her professional designations of CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) from the American College.  Prior to this, she worked as a Registered Dietician at the Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY.  Before migrating to the US, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Udaipur, India for six years.  She did her Masters in Foods and Nutrition from the M.S. University of Baroda, India.



Devi Ramchandran, MBA     Vice President

Devi Ramchandran has several years of Brand Management and Consulting experience in the Consumer Products industry.  She has served on the Board of the Hunter College High School PTA.  She enjoys serving her community and has taken an active role in school based organizations over the past ten years.





Mysore Gandhi, MS     Secretary

Mysore Gandhi has an M.S. Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has published numerous abstracts, papers, and chapters in books and has done much scientific research. Gandhi has been active in community work holding various positions including as president of Heart and Hand for the Handicapped (HHH) and the Treasurer Kannada Koota and Five Towns Indian Association.





Swarna Shah, MD     Treasurer

Swarna Shah is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and in Cardiovascular Diseases. She is a graduate from SUNY, Buffalo and has several years of practice experience. She is a committed professional who believes in serving her community.




Aasha Gopal, MD     Director

Dr. Gopal specializes in Cardiology and is a Board Certified doctor of Internal Medicine. She is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also a recipient of Healthgrades Honor Roll Award. She practices at the Saint Francis Hospital at Roslyn, NY and has recently joined the SACSS Board.




Runi Mukherji- Ratnam, Phd     Director

Runi Mukherji-Ratnam has a master’s degree in nuclear physics and PhD in Psychology. She is the Chair of Faculty Senate, State University of New York College at Old Westbury and has been the author of several professional publications. Ms. Mukherji has served as President of the SACSS Board for 8 years.




Thomas Abraham, PhD     Director

Thomas Abraham has a PhD in Engineering and serves as the Editor of High Tech Ceramics News, Connecticut. He was the Founder President of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Federation of Indian Associations of NY, NJ, & CT (FIA), and National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). He is also a founding member of SACSS.



Ranu Boppana, MD     Director

Dr. Boppana has an M.D. in Psychiatry and has also completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has worked extensively as a Psychiatrist in this field. She has volunteered with several South Asian organizations involved in promoting mental health awareness. She has written regular Health & Wellness and Parenting columns.




Francesca Gany, MD     Director

Dr. Gany has an M.D. in Internal Medicine. She is the Chief of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Director of South Asian Health Initiative. She works to bridge immigrants, and the medically underserved with the healthcare system, and to eliminate health disparities. In recognition of her work, Dr. Gany has received numerous awards.


Sudha Acharya, MBA     Executive Director

Sudha Acharya serves as the Executive Director of SACSS after serving as the Founder-President for the first two years. She has been active in the community for the past thirty-five years. She has held various responsibilities and leadership positions in organizations such as President of Federation of Indian Associations of NY, NJ, & CT (FIA) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA).  Sudha represents the All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) at the United Nations.  Sudha has served on city and state level health care coalitions. Sudha has been awarded the Gandhi Community Award, Indo-Caribbean Network Award and the Federation of Indian Associations Award.  She has Masters Degrees in English Literature and Financial Management.


Advisory Committee


Shamir Khan, PhD; Sribala Subramanian, MS



South Asian Council for Social Services

143-06 45th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11355

(718) 321-7929   |


SACSS was created in 2000 with a mission to empower  and integrate underserved South Asians and other immigrants into the economic and civic life of New York. We assist individuals and families in the areas of healthcare access, senior services, other benefits and civic engagement. We provide basic and advanced English and computer classes. SACSS runs the first South Asian food pantry in New York.  All of our programs are free and are provided by culturally competent staff members who speak Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Tamil, Telugu, and Spanish.


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