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.
Dan Shih (Treasurer) is an attorney at Susman Godfrey LLP representing clients in complex and commercial litigation matters in courts across the country. He also serves on the boards of the ACLU of Washington, QLaw Association of Washington, and CarbonWA. Dan lives in Seattle with his husband and three daughters.
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.
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.
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.
Tarul Kode Tripathi is a pharmacist and senior clinical program manager with over 15 years of experience in the managed health care space. She is passionate about access to health care, and has consulted extensively with Marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, and Commercial health care entities with a focus on population health, quality improvement, and regulatory compliance. Tarul received her Doctorate of Pharmacy with Honors from the University of the Pacific. She is also a board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS.). Tarul grew up in the greater Seattle area, as the eldest of 3 siblings. Tarul and her family are survivors of DV and long-standing friends of API Chaya. She takes great pride in taking care of others and seeking opportunities to advocate for social justice. Tarul lives with her daughter, son, husband, mom, and cockapoo in Sammamish.