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People of Daya

Board of Directors

Fermeen Fazal, J.D. PRESIDENT

Shree Hardikar Nath, MPA, MSN,  PAST PRESIDENT



Christa Jaganath, CPA, CO-TREASURER

Soha Haque, MS

Fatima Mohiuddin, LCSW

Lakshmy Parameswaran, MA, LPC*  

Viji Raman*
Mika Rao Kalapatapu, MS

* Founding Board Member


Advisory Board

Sarah Abraham, PhD

Sesh Bala

Chitra Divakaruni, PhD

Sindhu Idicula Giri, MD

Mary John, CPA

Anasuya K. Meyer, CFP®

Shazma Matin

Niraj Patel 

Dinesh Pejaver, PhD

Annu Rao Naik

Leeja Thomas, LCSW

John Ting, LLM

Stuti Trehan Patel, JD



Client Services Team


Client Services Team

This team provides compassionate, confidential, and professional services to survivors of abuse.

Minoo Advani


Financial Coordinator

Minoo manages the details of Daya's robust financial system through accounting, data management, and quality assurance.

Joined Daya: 2021

Aparna Asthana


Development Director

Aparna oversees Daya's community programs, manages donor and volunteer relationships, and leads fundraising efforts. 

Joined Daya: 2024

Barbara Le

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Director of Finance & Administration

Barbara oversees Daya’s success behind the scenes, including budget development and management, financial compliance, and human resources. 

Joined Daya:  2018

Swati Narayan

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Houston Director of AAPI Community Safety & Belonging

Swati Narayan provides safety services, community programing, and interagency collaborations to build collective safety for the AAPI population.

Joined Daya: 2023

Autoosa Abadi, LCSW

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Director of Programs

Autoosa leads Daya's major programs through planning, implementation, grants management, and impact assessment.

Joined Daya: 2017


Nusrat Ameen, PhD

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Senior Director of Legal Services

Dr. Ameen leads Daya's legal program and elevates survivors' voices on local, state, and national advocacy forums, sparking initiatives that grow into core Daya programming.

Joined Daya: 2008

Ariel Ceeney

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Office Manager

Ariel organizes Daya's daily operations and provides comprehensive administrative support to the Staff and Board.

Joined Daya: 2024

Hareema Mela, LPC


Interim Executive Director (5/1/24)

Director of Client Services

Hareema Mela leads the client services team in providing culturally specific mental health services and comprehensive case management to clients. As a trusted leader at Daya, she is serving at the helm of Daya during the organization's Executive Director search.

Joined Daya: 2017

Elisabeth Swim

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Helpline Client Advocate

Elisabeth serves on the frontline, providing safety and support to survivors. Passionate about communication across barriers of language and ability, Elisabeth has also produced abuse-education tools used throughout our field. 

Joined Daya: 2021

To contact Board President, Fermeen Fazal,

please email

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