Sudha Acharya   |   Executive Director

Sudha Acharya has been serving as the Executive Director of SACSS since November 2002. She was a Project Manager in what is now Verizon and received the Technical Excellence Award for her work. She also served as a volunteer Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women for two terms leading 200 organizations that were in Consultative Status with the United Nations.  She received the Union Square Award for her work at SACSS in 2003, the Pravasi Bharatiya Community Service Award from GOPIO in 2006, the India Abroad Gopal Raju Award for Community Service in 2010, and the Sri Swami Vivekananda Award for Community Service in 2011. She has Master's Degree in English Literature and Financial Management and speaks Kannada, Hindi, and English.


Rehan Mehmood   |   Director: Health Services

Rehan has been working in the non-profit sector for the last 10 years. He directs all of the Health Services programs at SACSS.  He has extensive experience in direct services and client relationships.  He speaks Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and English.  Rehan has a Master’s Degree in Commerce.


Mary Archana Fernandez   |   Director: Family Support Services

Mary is the Director of Family Support Services. Mary is fluent in Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, and English. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.


Masuma Akter   |   Senior Program Manager


Adiba Chowdhury   |   Senior Program Manager


Sushmita Diyali   |   Program Manager


Mahbuba Akhter  |   Program Coordinator


Geraldine Phillip   |   Program Coordinator


Rida Tahir   |   Program Coordinator


Anjuman Ara (Eva)  |   Patient Navigator


Maria Ariza   |   Program Coordinator


Kumkum Ahmed   |   IT Manager


Tawhid Pranto   |   Outreach Worker


Hasmukhben Parekh   |   Program Assistant


Nasrul   |   Food Pantry Assistant


Jacques Oscar   |   Food Pantry Assistant


Mahalakshmi Moka   |   Office Assistant


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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