Minal Kode Ghassemieh (Board Chair) was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Washington in business and received her JD from Gonzaga University School of Law. Minal currently practices immigration law at MG Law Group in Seattle and does pro bono work for NWIRP. Minal's mother is a survivor of DV which keeps her and her family organizing around the issue. Minal lives in Sammamish with her husband, son, and daughter.
Daniel J. Shih (Treasurer) is a trial attorney at Susman Godfrey LLP. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country on commercial litigation matters. He also serves on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington. Dan lives in Seattle with his partner and three daughters.
Didi Manhas Saluja was born and raised in the Seattle area. Didi is Principal Consultant and Co-Founder of The Madavi Group, LLP, a human resources consulting firm specializing in employee relations matters and equal employment opportunity (EEO) investigations. Prior to starting her own business, Didi worked in human resources at Microsoft Corporation for 13 years. Didi is a passionate community advocate for violence free communities, equal rights, and social justice. She actively volunteers and participates in the political process at a local and national level by working to influence change through our elected leaders as well as grassroots organizing. Didi lives with her husband and her two sons in Seattle.
Alice Ryan (Secretary) is a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Social Work and also works with parents and families who have lost a child at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Journey Program. She has a Masters in Social Work and has been in clinical practice for over 17 years. Alice is devoted to intentionally living an authentic life that is filled with service to others in need. Alice is married, and has two children, and lives in Bellevue.
Indu Aravindan Nair was born and raised all over India, having lived in Chennai, Lucknow, Guwahati and Pune. Indu has an MBA in Human Resource Management and is the HR Systems Manager at Concur Technologies in Bellevue. She has been a volunteer with API Chaya since 2005. Indu believes that the opportunities she's had to grow, thrive and express herself as a woman should be available to everyone. She also thinks that independent, empowered women are the foundation for securing the future of our children and this world. Indu lives with her husband and their identical twin boys in Sammamish.
Manisha Chainani was born and raised in India. After completing her Computer Engineering degree, she came to the U.S. to work for Cambridge Technology Partners and then worked at Microsoft for several years. She has been a resident of the Seattle area for more than 20 years. After opting to become a “stay-at-home” mom for her two sons and being an accomplished “Kathak” (Indian classical dance) dancer, Manisha started her dance school, Liveanklets, imparting dance education to children and adults. She has a been volunteer of API Chaya for over a decade and has been its Community Chair for the past 4 years. Manisha lives in Clyde Hill with her husband and sons.
Sudeshna Sathe was born and raised in India. She is a creative consultant specializing in UX Design. Sudeshna has actively volunteered with adoption centers and street children in India and has been a long time volunteer for Chaya Seattle. Sudeshna believes in creating grassroots initiatives to mobilize people towards social causes. She lives with her family in Issaquah.