Minal Kode Ghassemieh has served as API Chaya's Board Chair for the last two years and has been on the Board for five years. She finds her involvement with API Chaya deeply personal, as a childhood survivor of domestic violence. She was born and raised in the Greater Seattle Area. Minal has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington School of Business and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University. She has practiced immigration law for 8 years focusing her practice on employment and family-based immigration. Minal is also a pro-bono attorney for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, City of Seattle and OneAmerica where she assists refugees and other individuals in need of immigration assistance. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington. Minal lives in Sammamish with her husband and three children.
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 currently works as an Employee Relations subject matter expert in the tech industry. She previously worked as 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. Didi lives with her husband and her two children 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.
Donna Denina was born in the Philippines, and raised in Oxnard, CA. She graduated from the University of WA with a degree in Psychology and currently works for FTI Technology, an electronic discovery provider for software and consulting services. As a survivor and daughter of a survivor, Donna has been involved in community organizing for the last 14 years, centering her work on women's issues and human rights advocacy particularly as it relates to the experiences of Filipino migrants and immigrants. She has been a longstanding supporter and volunteer with API Chaya for over 10 years. Aside from community organizing, she also has a love and passion for cooking. Donna has two children and resides in South Seattle.