Engineer Supriya Saurabh Elected President of Saheli, Becomes Organization’s Third President in its 21-Year History

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Supriya Saurabh

BURLINGTON, MA– Supriya Saurabh, a project engineering manager at the global health technology and electronics giant Philips, has been elected president of Saheli, replacing the organization’s co-founder Gouri Banerjee. Saurabh also becomes the third president of the organization in its 21-year history. Previous presidents included its co-founders Banerjee and Usha Vakil.

The change at the top is also a big generational shift in the leadership of Saheli, which has championed the cause of ending domestic violence in the South Asian community in New England for more than two decades. Co-founders Banerjee and Vakil will stay on the board of Saheli.

“Saheli is poised for strong growth in its vision to serve more South Asian people in the next five years,” Banerjee told INDIA New England News. “Under the leadership of the new President Supriya Saurabh, Saheli will serve 30 additional cities and towns in Massachusetts, offer more legal assistance to clients, and raise added funds from private foundations.”

Banerjee said that Saheli is poised to grow and serve South Asian girls and women.

“As I step down as President of Saheli Board after two and a half years, I am confident that ten board members, two co-executive directors, and four-part time staff members will steer Saheli successfully towards its ambitious goals of serving South Asian girls and women,” said Banerjee.

Saurabh, who serves as Project Engineering Manager at Philips, said she is excited to lead Saheli with her team and group of volunteers.

Supriya Saurabh

“We are excited to collaborate with South Asian organizations in the New England and team up with researchers, clinicians to study underserved South Asian communities,” Saurabh told INDIA New England News. “With the support of wonderful board and staff team together with our hard-working volunteers, I am convinced Saheli will grow leaps and bounds in next few years.”

Saurabh said that Saheli has made remarkable growth in the past year. Under the leadership of Banerjee, Saheli witnessed significant progress in 2017 from Department of Public Health grant, initiation of parenting and legal workshops to appointment of new Co-Executive Directors of Saheli.

“Usha Vakil, President Emeritus o, led our flagship fundraising event Nirbhaya and made it a huge success,” said Saurabh. “It is a proud moment for Saheli as we venture into new collaborations with state agencies, universities, and social organizations and expand our presence beyond Quincy in South Shore to far-flung towns in Western Massachusetts.”

During its fundraising gala earlier this month, Saheli raised about $90,000.

At its meeting in October, Saheli appointed new officers and directors. Here is the complete list:

Officers and Board of Directors

President: Supriya Saurabh, Governing Board Member

Vice President: Tanvi Devimane, Governing Board Member

Treasurer: Divya Chandra, Governing Board Member

Shweta Agrawal, Director, Board Member

Pooja Bakhai, Director, Board Member

Amrith Fernandes-Prabhu, Director, Board Member

Kiran Uppuluri, Director, Board Member

Usha Vakil, Director, Board Member

Gouri Banerjee, Director, Board Member

Maheen Shermohammed, Director, Board Member

Saheli Staff

Nadia Madden, Co-Executive Director, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Development

Savitha Rajiv, Co-Executive Director, Community Relationships and Media Strategies

Rita Shah, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Senior Domestic Violence Advocate

Salita Mehta, Senior Domestic Violence Advocate

Renu Tewarie, Domestic Violence Advocate – South Shore Region

Usha Verma, Domestic Violence Advocate – Worcester Region

Advisory Committee

Anu Chitrapu

David Ludwig, Ph. D, MD

Jayashree Voruganti

Manju Sheth, MD

Neelam Wali

Rajendra Trivedi, MD

Ramesh Advani

Ranjani Saigal

Sweta Mepani

Trupti Patel, Esq.

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