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   |   Program Manager

Masuma is a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) for the NY State of Health. She assists clients with Healthcare enrollment and acts as an interpreter and translator at various outreach events. Masuma is fluent in Bengali and English, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Dhaka University.



Hemi Chakrabarty   |   Program Manager 

Hemi leads the Volunteer and Civic Engagement projects and is a Certified Application Councelor (CAC) for the NY State of Health. Hemi speaks Hindi, Urdu, and English. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida.  Hemi also manages the Comminty Health Advocates (CHA)



Sushmita Diyali   |   Program Manager

Sushmita is fluent in Nepali, Hindi, Urdu, and English. She is a Healthcare navigator and assists clients with Healthcare enrollment.  She also acts as an interpreter and translator at various outreach events including the Taxi Driver Health Fair.  Sushmita has a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Clark University and a Master's Degree in English Literature from Tribhuvan University.



Adiba Chowdhury   |   Program Manager - Senior Support Services



Maksuda Khandaker   |   Case Manager - Senior Support Services


Divya Narala   |   Program Manager

Divya recently relocated to New York City from Nevada where she completed her schooling at the University of Reno, Nevada (UNR).  Divya has macro and micro-level experience working in the social services sector developing and implementing effective programs to assist the homeless and low-income individuals and families in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She also worked with Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson during the 78th and 79th Nevada State Legislature as his personal attaché and Assembly Education Committee Manager.  Divya is the Program Coordinator for SACSS' new program, Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens (CRCQ).


Raqeebah Zaman   |   Program Manager



Geraldine Phillip   |   Program Coordinator


Mahbuba Akhter   |   Program Coordinator


Anjuman Ara   |   Program Coordinator


Hasmukhben Parekh   |   Program Assistant


Srinivasan Vellore   |   Admin Officer


Rajendra Ramnarayan   |   Project Assistant - South Asian Food Pantry




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South Asian Council for Social Services

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

(718) 321-7929   |   sacss@sacssny.org




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 only 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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