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 Sri Swami Vivekananda Award for Community Service in 2011. She has Master's Degrees in English Literature and Financial Management and speaks Kannada and Hindi.



Rehan Mehmood   |   Director: Health Services


Rehan has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last 10 years. He directs all Health Services programs at SACSS. He has extensive experience in direct services and relationship with clients.  He speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and has a Master’s Degree in Commerce.



Saurabh Kumar   |   Program Manager


Saurabh is a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) for the New York State of Health Marketplace. He conducts healthcare access presentations and workshops at various locations. He speaks Punjabi, Hindi and Spanish and has a MBA from Adelphi University.



Mary Archana Fernandez   |   Program Manager


Mary is the Program Manager for Senior Services and Benefits. Mary is fluent Hindi, Marathi, and Malayalam. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.



Masuma Akter   |   Program Manager


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



Hemi Chakrabarty   |   Program Manager


Hemi leads the Volunteer and voter registration projects. She also works as a CAC and assists clients with healthcare enrollments. Hemi speaks Hindi and Urdu. She has a Master’s in Public Health from University of South Florida.



Mukesh Jha   |   Program Manager


Mukesh is a Navigator for the NY State of Health. He assists clients with health coverage enrollments into public and private health insurances. Mukesh speaks Nepali, Bengali and Hindi. He has a Master’s in Public Health from American International University.


Hasmukhben Parekh   |   Program Assistant


Hasmukhben assists with registration of clients for our various programs. She speaks Hindi and Gujarati.


Srinivasan Vellore   |   Program Assistant


Srinivasan assists clients for the South Asian Food Pantry. He speaks Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu.


Adiba Chowdhury   |   Project Coordinator


Geraldine Phillip   |   Program Assistant - South Asian Food Pantry


Mahbuba Akhter   |   Program 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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