Sneh Agarwal(Bansal) (President) Sneh Agarwal alias Sneh Bansal came to the US in 1992. Prior to that she was in Singapore for 8 years where she taught Management and Organisation behavior at Nanyang University. She put together a financial Newsletter for the Lafferty Group.
In India, Sneh worked with Times of India, as well as Femina- a woman’s magazine in the Sales and Marketing division. At Indian Express, Sneh was in charge of marketing of their newspapers . These experiences had a profound impact in shaping her thoughts and generated in her a passion for women and their causes. Sneh is a committee member for House of India. She also organizes free workshop on College Counseling to help young kids
Sneh loves yoga, meditation, writing, and travelling. Sneh has lived in India, Singapore and USA
Asha Agarwal (Event Coordinator)
Asha Agrawal is a San Diego native and has been serving the community since 1981, when she came back to the USA with her family. Her love for Indian culture inspired her to organize cultural events beginning in 1983, when the Indian community was just beginning to thrive. She was a founding member of the Shri Mandir, San Diego’s first Hindu Temple, which was established in 1994, and for which she served as President and later Trustee. She organizes one of San Diego’s largest cultural festivals every year, the Shri Mandir Diwali Mela, as a fundraiser for the temple. She started her own business in 1987 and runs it to this day. She feels strongly about women’s rights and has worked to support women in their time of need. She tries wherever possible to serve the community and is excited to be part of SDNARI.
Jyoti Bisarya (Social Media) is a technical executive with over 20 years of experience across a wide range of global businesses. In addition to technology she is passionate about giving back to the community. She has volunteered with Junior Achievement, Mary’s House and charities for the homeless. She is also involved in promoting STEM education for young women. Jyoti has been proud to call San Diego home for the past 15 years and in her spare time enjoys exploring its natural beauty.
Jamuna Hariharan ( Social media support and SD Nari Blog Management)
A San Diego resident since 1998 .A feminist yet balanced approach towards life. She has a degree in Education and Economics from India.
She furthered her education in web technologies and Human Resources from Palomar college and UCSD respectively.An avid blog writer with hobbies that include cookery,books,Bollywood dancing and movies .Her other interests include trying different cuisines and travel.
Currently manages her own website and works part time in a non profit . She is a proud mother of a sixteen year old daughter who is strong in her beliefs and works with different charities at an early age and is a title holder with a pageant organization that works towards empowerment of youth. Her life partner is a software professional who supports her in her different projects towards giving back to community.Her affinity for learning keeps her growing interests in different fields.
Pooja D. (Creative Design)
Nanda Mehta (Co Secretary) By the time Nanda was 17, she was raised on three Continents – Asia, Africa and America which ingrained in her the thirst for travel. She is a passionate Entrepreneur, as CEO of Creative Journeys. a Travel and Event Management Company which launched in 1990. She also has business experience with various other organizations. Nanda is in her zen when dancing, especially Bharatanatyam which she has learnt since the age of 4 and is a senior teacher at From Within Academy and finds teaching this ancient form of dance art as purely meditative. She loves to help and network with people, and is involved in many non-profit organizations like House of India & SD Nari in San Diego and Kiran Anjali Project, API/Chaya and Tasveer in Seattle. However, launching Ahaana Festival (pending 501c3) in September 2015 in Balboa Park’s Mingei Museum, is her most satisfying experience. Ahaana addresses cultural awareness of the 8 South Asian countries, through women, and with focus on Art & Theater, with center stage given to Yoni Ki Baat. Nanda loves creating multi-media pieces; traveling, hiking, reading, workouts, meditation and writing. She is very blessed to be surrounded by super supportive mother, a loving family, a devoted partner, young and adult kids and 3 beautiful little grand kids! Her strength comes from learning something positive from everyone she meets and daily discovering happiness within herself.
Reeta Mehta (Case Management) moved to the U.S. 16 years ago with her family from New Delhi, India. There, she was the founder and director of a nonprofit school in India that provides a multidisciplinary model for children with developmental and neurological disorders. Reeta has a Masters degree in Child Development and has had extensive experience working with children of all age ranges with developmental and behavioral difficulties. For more than 30 years, she has been providing child intervention and parent coaching in various settings amongst individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. She has worked with UNICEF and other international organizations to educate underserved populations. As a professor in India, she also taught undergraduate and graduate coursework in Child Development. Reeta has recent experience leading group sessions for parents who have children with various intellectual and psychological challenges. She strives to help parents to enhance their understanding of their children by providing practical strategies to improve the parent-child relationship. As an immigrant from India, she wishes to empower immigrant families in accessing resources and a better understanding of the issues they encounter so that they can live a fulfilling life. In her free time, Reeta is an avid hiker, reader, traveler and is known amongst her family and friends for her green thumb and love for cooking.
Harini Narsimhan (Community Outreach & Resources) is an operations/ management professional experienced in working with various corporations supporting different business administrative areas . She enjoys working virtually from home and manages a team of employees and contractors for a prominent company. She served as the VP of the Encinitas center of the Shri Sathya Sai Organization and the Regional Editor for Region 8 Newsletter for over 10 years, collating material received from 37 centers and managing a team of volunteer writers who were assigned to various centers to collect information on currentevents. Currently, for the past decade, she has been instrumental in coordinating a large group of volunteers to provide sandwiches and hot food for the homeless in downtown. As an executive committee member/VP of the Shri Mandir, she was instrumental in successfully establishing the ongoing Sunday school program( Gurukul) for children ages 3 to 14 at Mandir in 2007. She was also active in negotiating and collating material for families who wanted a Vedic cremation to help ease the stress caused by the sudden passing of a loved one. She has facilitated 12 week classes for NAMI( National Alliance for Mental Illness) to help families learn about mental illness, treatments, available resources and options to create sustaining support groups and has been successful, but needs more support from the Asian community where mental illness is hidden from society. She lives by the philosophy that “The only thing constant in life is change” enjoys volunteer work and follows her principles in thought ,word and deed in her daily life. She has fun with every moment of day, loves her kids and family, has implicit faith and counts her blessings daily. Living overseas on expat assignments ( Singapore etc) has been an enriching experience and Harini is excited about the opportunity to help the South Asian community via SD Nari in San Diego.
Susheela Narayan (Membership & Advisor) is a long term resident of San Diego and an active member of the community for the last 38 years. Born in Chennai and raised in New Delhi, Susheela has degrees in English Literature from India and in Early Childhood Education from Syracuse, NY. She has been an educator for over 30 years and, as one of the early Indian women entrepreneurs in San Diego, has owned and operated two Montessori preschools of her own. She has taught full time at San Diego Mesa College for the last 20 years, where she trains preschool teachers and shares her passion for early childhood education with her students. Susheela is deeply interested and involved in issues relating to children and women. She also loves to read and write and has published short stories and articles in several Indian American magazines and newspapers. As a member of a local Rotary club she is involved in charitable projects both in the USA and abroad in India, Africa and el Salvador. Susheela likes to travel and learn about other cultures. She also enjoys hanging out with her two grown children, both attorneys in the Bay Area, and her two grandchildren.