sudha

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.

Rehan

Rehan Mehmood

DIRECTOR: HEALTH SERVICES

Rehan supervises the healthcare access, enrollment programs at SACSS which includes Navigators, CHA, MCCAP, ICAN, COVID-19 outreach and other initiatives at SACSS. Rehan also oversees SACSS’ civic engagement and census activities. Rehan is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. Rehan can be reached at rehan@sacssny.org.

Mary Archana Fernandez

DIRECTOR: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Mary is a licensed social worker and oversees SACSS’ social services which includes case management, senior support services, individual and group counseling, and ESOL and computer classes. Mary is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Marathi. Mary can be reached at marya@sacssny.org.

Masuma

Masuma Akhter

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER: HEALTH SERVICES

Masuma is a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) and assists individuals and families in enrolling into health insurance through the NYSOH. She is also responsible for the post enrollment activities at SACSS. Masuma is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

Adiba

Adiba Chowdhury

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Adiba is in charge of senior center activities and coordinates recreational trips for seniors. Adiba also connects community members to benefits such as SNAP, SCRIE, DRIE, WIC, ERAP and other programs. Adiba is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

Sushmita

Sushmita Diyali

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER: HEALTH SERVICES

Sushmita is a Navigator for the NYSOH. As a navigator she assists clients with insurance enrollment. She also coordinates activities around connecting clients to NYC Care and other healthcare benefits. Sushmita is fluent in Nepali, Hindi and Urdu.

Mahbuba

Mahbuba Akhter

PROGRAM MANAGER: FOOD PANTRY

Mahbuba is responsible for the everyday operations and activities of the South Asian Food Pantry. She oversees home-delivery of groceries and provides recipe demonstrations at SACSS’ senior events. Mahbuba also supervises food pantry volunteers and is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

Geraldine

Geraldine Phillip

PROGRAM MANAGER: HEALTH SERVICES

As a post enrollment specialist Geraldine helps clients navigate the complex healthcare system and also helps them  connect with other benefits. Geraldine is also responsible for the civic engagement work at SACSS. Geraldine is fluent in French and Creole.

Eva

Anjuman Ara (Eva)

PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Eva provides case management services such as screening and connecting clients to benefits. A trained mental health counselor Eva also conducts mental health screenings and provides individual and group supportive counseling. Eva also co-facilitates SACSS’ weekly grief support group. Eva is fluent in Bengali. 

Nushmia

Nushmia Shafique

PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Nushmia is a licensed social worker. At SACSS Nushmia provides individual and group supportive counseling and assists clients in accessing benefits such as SNAP, SCRIE, DRIE, ERAP and other government benefits. Nushmia also conducts psychoeducational workshops for seniors, coordinates our Summer Youth Leadership program and supervises interns and volunteers. Nushmia is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Divya

Divya Karki

PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Divya has a Masters in Social Work and provides individual and group supportive counseling services and conducts psychoeducational workshops for seniors at SACSS.Divya is the coordinator for SACSS’ legal information clinic. Divya also helps clients with benefits such as SNAP, SCRIE, DRIE, ERAP and other government benefits. Divya is fluent in Nepali, Hindi and Urdu.

Maria

Maria Ariza

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: HEALTH SERVICES

Maria is an outreach specialist, she organizes and coordinates SACSS’ healthcare access events. As a community health advocate, she also assists individuals and families enroll into programs like NYC Care and connects them to affordable medical services. Maria is fluent in  Spanish.

Peh

Peh Yong Teng

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Peh conducts health and social services outreach at SACSS and ensures that community members are connected to COVID-19 resources. Peh also assists clients with a range of public benefits. Peh is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Hakka.

Hasmukhbin

Hasmukhben Parekh

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Hasmukhben manages office supplies, maintains records of office utilities and provides administrative assistance to all programs. Hasuben also supervises the office maintenance workers. Hasuben is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu.

Nazrul

Nazrul

FOOD PANTRY ASSISTANT

Nazrul manages the food deliveries received from various suppliers. He also assists with the grocery deliveries to various parts of Queens. Nazrul is fluent in Bengali.

Tenzin

Tenzin Sonam

FOOD PANTRY ASSISTANT

Tenzin assists the food pantry manager with stock maintenance. He also works with the food pantry team in shelving and storing food boxes and bags. Tenzin is fluent in Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi and Urdu.

Jinbao Wan

FOOD PANTRY ASSISTANT

Jinbao assists with stocking of pallets with boxes of dry food, vegetables and fruits. As a team member he also makes sure that the food pantry is equipped with all the necessary tools. Jinbao is fluent in Mandarin and Fuzhounese.