TASVEER BOARD


 
Rita Meher

Rita Meher, Co-Founder

Rita Meher is the co-founder and has been with Tasveer since its inception in March 2002. She is the Executive Director and leads the organization with a fierce passion and a relentless drive to bring to light the stories of South Asian Diaspora.

Before diving full-time into Tasveer, she worked as a freelance video producer and editor. She edited the award-winning Bangladeshi documentary Threads and made her first short film, Citizenship101, based on her own immigrant experience. She has a strong background in producing government and public television shows, and made her career debut in TV in Japan in 1995. Rita has been honored with many awards for the work that she does for our community. Some of them include: Seattle Globalist of the Year in 2015, Rising Star in 2015 and Community Voice in 2016 by Northwest Asian Weekly, Excellence in Arts by International Examiner in 2016. Tasveer was nominated for Seattle Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts in 2017.

Farah Nousheen

Farah Nousheen, Co-Founder

Farah is the co-founder of Tasveer. She moved with her family to Albuquerque in 2010 to attend graduate school in American Studies at UNM. She fell in love with the vast sunny sky and the friendly beautiful people, and decided to make Albuquerque her new home. She now works as an academic advisor at the University of New Mexico. She also recently founded POC Yoga in Albuquerque.

Shahina Piyarali

Shahina Piyarali, Board President

Shahina is a book reviewer for the Seattle-based publication Shelf Awareness and serves on the National Council of Greywolf Press. She is qualified as a barrister in England & Wales, and earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington School of Law. Retired from the legal profession, Shahina still deploys her legal training to assist non-profits. Tasveer's commitment to showcasing thought provoking, intellectually stimulating South Asian cinema and literature in Seattle is a cause that is close to her heart and she is honored to serve as Tasveer's Board President. In the past she has served as a Board member of Group Health Foundation and Laurelhurst Community Club, and Diversity Chair on the Board of University Preparatory Academy.

 
Alka Kurian

Alka Kurian, Secretary

Alka Kurian is a Lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches film studies, literature, human rights, and women’s studies. Her book Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas was published by Routledge in 2014. She is currently working on a co-edited book with Sonora Jha entitled New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film and Literature. She has volunteered for Tasveer since 2006 as co-director of South Asian Film Festival.

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Anita Waghani, Treasurer

Anita has been with Tasveer since early 2018 and is the chair of Tasveer Fundraising Committee. Anita is a Garden Coordinator for Tilth Alliance, a Steward for Green Kirkland, and a Master Gardener, with a passion for forest restoration, sustainable agriculture, and gardening. She is also a trained Soil and Water Steward for our county, working on restoration of urban forests and wetlands in Seattle and the Eastside.

She believes in promoting Environmental Harmony “one-person-at-a-time” by driving local community awareness, hands-on participation, and emotional engagement. She has a Bachelor’s degree in business has retired from her real estate business.  She enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and watching good TV mysteries, but is happiest when she is “playing in the dirt”!

Prachi Vora

Prachi Vora

Prachi has roots in India and “grew up” in the Pacific Northwest. She has been involved with Tasveer since 2008 in many roles- volunteer, festival director, participant, supporter, and is the founding Board member of Tasveer since 2012. Prachi is a dance and arts enthusiast, and enjoys being a lifelong learner. She has a background in public health and epidemiology, and works on the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 
Sumathi Raghavan

Sumathi Raghavan

Sumathi Raghavan has previously served as Tasveer's Program Manager and has been on the board since 2018. By training, she is a librarian and writer/editor, with past positions at the Stanford University Press and the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently works at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington as a grant writer. She is also on the board at Lake Washington Girls Middle School. She and her family have lived in Seattle for nearly seven years, and after ten years in Texas, they are still enjoying getting to know this new, beautiful part of the country.

Ashish Shah

Ashish Shah

Ashish Shah has a background in non-profit management, consulting, and business development. Ashish is the Community Relations Director at Indiaspora, an organization focused on transforming the success of the Indian diaspora into meaningful impact worldwide. Ashish is also the founder of GivingRise, an online giving platform created to make giving to India from the U.S. simple, transparent and highly impactful. Ashish is focused on understanding giving habits and patterns of the Indian diaspora in the U.S. and empowering donors and  philanthropists who wish to give and support causes in India. Before GivingRise, Ashish worked for over 10 years as a management consultant in the healthcare industry in Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. Born and raised in Mumbai, Ashish graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering from Mumbai University and a Masters in Telecom Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Morgan Wells

Morgan Wells

Morgan grew up in Houston and now lives in South Seattle with her wife, their two young boys, her mother, and a few too many pets. She first joined Tasveer in 2018 through her role at the Nonprofit Assistance Center, where she works as a capacity-building coach and partners with community leaders to grow their organizations’ strength and sustainability. Morgan has a background in social work and is inspired by Tasveer’s bold vision and high-quality programs. She is honored to be a part of the team that supports this transformative work, and ensures it is here for our community for generations to come.

 
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Debadatta Dash

Debadatta Dash managed PlanetGuru, the first-ever South Asian newspaper in the Washington state as its co-publisher. He has also worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He is the former President of IAWW (India Association of Western Washington), and a board alumnus of the United Way of King County. He served two full terms as the Commissioner of the State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), appointed by both Christine Gregoire and Jay Inslee.

Dash has been honored by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, the International Examiner, and former Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott for his dedication and contribution to community service. He is currently a board member of Sukarya USA, and the CIBER Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

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Sheraz Malik

Sheraz Malik, a serial entrepreneur at heart, has been with Tasveer since it’s inception and considers himself an enduring volunteer of Tasveer. Coming from an IT & Project Management practice, Malik has had various feathers to his hat such as Microsoft, Siemens, Ericson, and T-Mobile and currently is a director of PMO and field Services at Magna5. He joined Tasveer’s board in 2015.

Hailing from the historic city of Lahore, Pakistan, he always had a keen interest in Art, Music and cultural events, which led him to shape, implement and deliver efficaciously at numerous Tasveer events. His vigilant risk taking and stimulating personality not only brings new flavors to the table but also helps us in pushing our boundaries and trying new gears.