Meet our Amazing Team!
Payal Sawhney (MHA, MSW, LCSW) is a licensed Mental Health practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in various hospitals in various cities in the fields of Mental Health. She has extensive experience in successfully planning and launching community projects for prevention of mental illness and enhancement of well-being in the South Asian community. She also has an extensive background in developing programs and clinical teams for non profit organizations. She has supervised several graduate and post graduate clinicians in her practice. Her passion is women’s health, working against violence and abuse, and focusing on prevention.
Raji Satish has many years of experience working with special needs children and adults as well as extensive volunteering across a variety of organizations. In her words, “My strength is I am a “people-person” who is naturally enthusiastic and passionate about working with special needs individuals and seniors.”
Her current activities include : Certified Therapy Dog Handler @ Psychiatric Ward of the College Hospital Cerritos, Volunteer @ Annual Special Olympics at CSULB, Client Facilitator with AARP for their VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
Seema Gupta (B Tech) is an engineer by profession and has worked with Magtek as their lead engineer for several years. Currently she is a part-time real-estate agent and hence is connected to the South Asian community very well. She has been doing empowerment projects in the community where she does classes on topics like I-phone literacy, computer literacy for SA immigrants and seniors.
(Director of Programs – Older Adult Wellness)
Rakhi Sahoo (B.E.- Information Technology) is an IT professional with years of experience in software/web development. She found her calling in working with the South Asian immigrant community by managing the wellness programs called Mauj Masti Sehat for the South Asian seniors. With her deep passion in Yoga and Meditation, she believes in making authentic connections that comes naturally to her which she believes has a strong beneficial impact in mental health wellness in any community.
Sheetal S. Ayyatan
After a Masters in Biotech and a career in clinical research in India, Sheetal shifted her focus to assisting survivors of domestic violence of South Asian descent living in the United States of America.
She is 65 hours Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) certified Case manager, who is very passionate about supporting survivors of DVSA and finds the courage and resolve of the survivors to move ahead and reclaim their lives. Sheetal has experience working with the South Asian community through various non-profit organizations.
In her current role she conducts individual counseling and helps her clients avail public benefits. She also conducts support group sessions for the survivors, wherein they discuss practical ideas and tools for managing their lives while living with their abuser and after they separate from the abusers. These sessions also include meditation and art therapy.
She has been instrumental in building community relationships with legal professionals to build pro-bono resource pool for victims of abuse and immigration related issues.
(Community Outreach Manager)
Anchu Biswas holds Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing and has experience of working in Sales and Marketing roles in corporate companies. She is extremely passionate about serving the community of immigrants and help ease the process of acculturation. She has served in many nonprofit social service organizations before joining Saahas for Cause. Anchu has experience of serving on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee associated with a nonprofit that served young adults with special needs. Anchu is leading our public relations and outreach division.
She aspires to motivate and support recent immigrants undergoing stress and anxiety while accepting culture of the host country. Anchu is very solutions focused professional with an optimistic and self-driven attitude.