Sudha Acharya

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.

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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.

Anjali Maniam

Anjali Maniam

DIRECTOR: DEVELOPMENT 

Anjali brings over 20 years of experience in media, brand strategy, business development and strategic sales. She works on strategic revenue growth, fundraising, corporate relationships and donor partnerships at SACSS. She is fluent in Tamil. She can be reached at anjali@sacssny.org.

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Adiba Chowdhury

SENIOR 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.

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Sushmita Diyali

SENIOR 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.

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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.

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Geraldine Phillip

PROGRAM MANAGER: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Ramandeep Kaur

PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Ramandeep provides case management and counseling services at SACSS. She conducts mental health screenings and provides individual and group supportive counseling. Ramandeep also assists clients with benefits such as SNAP, SCRIE, DRIE, and Access-A-Ride. Ramandeep is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

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Maria Ariza

PROGRAM MANAGER: 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.

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Peh Yong Teng

PROGRAM MANAGER: 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.

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Rema Venu

PROGRAM MANAGER: JOB PREPAREDNESS

Rema is a Certified ESOL instructor. She teaches ESOL and Computer classes at SACSS. Rema is also working on “Stitch with SACSS ” A Women’s Economic Independence Program that will provide South Asian, AAPI and other immigrant women with greater independence through work-from-home opportunities. Rema is fluent in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

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Deepak Raman

PROGRAM MANAGER: HEALTH SERVICES

Deepak is a certified application counselor for the New York State of Health. He also a Community Health Advocate (CHA) assists clients with Medicare Savings Program (MSP), NON-MAGI Medicaid applications and other healthcare benefits. Deepak is fluent in Hindi.

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Carlotta Mohamed

COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Carlotta oversees SACSS’ communications, a range of administrative functions, and provides support to the executive director. With a background in journalism, Carlotta brings five years of experience in reporting, writing and editing stories for online platforms.

Agnes Alorro

Agnes Alorro

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Agnes offers administrative/ operations support, maintaining an efficient AR/AP filing system and ensures that the food pantry has a well-stocked inventory. Agnes is fluent in Tagalog.

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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.

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Tenzin Sonam

ASSISTANT MANAGER: FOOD PANTRY

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.

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Prem Ramankutty

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Prem assists with phone calls at the front desk and handles stock details of office supplies. He also assists with office maintenance and manages clients on Food Pantry Day. Prem speaks Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi.