Board Members

 

Alka Kurian

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.

 

Archana Soy

Archana is a recruiting professional by training and an events professional by choice. With 15+ years of management experience, she has strong skills in overall project management, with expertise in people management, relationship building, process building, solutions, and leading teams. She has been involved with nonprofits both locally and in India. She is passionate about helping organizations realize their full fundraising potential. This is her first board position and she is excited to contribute to Tasveer’s future.

 

 

 

 

 

Rashed Noman

Rashed Noman is very passionate about inequality, gender bias, and inclusion. He believes that cultural activity plays an important role in influencing people’s thought process in the right direction to change the world for better. He also believes in the philosophy of giving back and giving forward. Developing organizations, developing leaders, and organizing events are his forte. He always wanted to combine his passion and expertise. Rashed has served several organizations where he experienced the hurdles of developing a new organization.

Rashed has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology. He currently works as an Engineering Manager in the Boeing Company and lives in Seattle with his wife. He also serves on the board of other non-profit organizations and works with a goal of impacting the world for better.

Shahina Piyarali  

Shahina Piyarali

Shahina is an attorney living in Seattle with her husband and two teenage sons. She is currently serving on the Executive Board of University Preparatory Academy and also serves as Chair of its Diversity & Community Committee. Her past board experience includes the Laurelhurst Community Club and Group Health Foundation. Her legal background includes criminal defense, corporate law, and nonprofit work for the Ithna Asheri Association of the Northwest (IMAN) based in Kirkland. She hopes to use her nonprofit legal experience to help Tasveer.
Shahina was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh (when it was East Pakistan), spent her early years Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in London, England. She has been in Seattle since 1991. Her most favorite activity by far is reading fiction. At present she is trying her hand at creative writing. Tasveer’s commitment to showcasing South Asian cinema in Seattle is a cause that is close to her heart and she looks forward to Tasveer’s growth and continued success.

 

 

Debadatta Dash

Debadatta Dash has worked with the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Co-operatives for the Government of India. In the United States, he worked for Wal-Mart in different management positions before managing PlanetGuru, the first-ever South Asian newspaper and website in the State of Washington, as its co-publisher. He has also worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide for more than 12 years as a Service Culture Trainer, Sales & Marketing and Manager, and the General Manager.

He is the former President of the India Association of Western Washington, and he is an alumnus of the United Way of King County Project LEAD Program and the ACLF Leadership Program. 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. He also served as the Chair of the Economic Development committee for CAPAA for both the terms.

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 the Asian Counseling Referral Service (ACRS), Sukarya USA, and the CIBER Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

 

Uzma Khan

Uzma has over 20 years of experience in IT, with 15+ years of experience working in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. She got her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from University of Washington Foster School and a Master of Science in Bioinformatics from University of Oxford, New College.

She has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. She is a longtime volunteer for Tasveer and API Chaya and Uzma was part of the original team that brought SAFF to Seattle audience. She has a strong background in event planning, fundraising, and membership/volunteer coordination. She is the founder of SeattleComedyBenefit, a current board member of DAMA Puget Sound, and a former board member of API Chaya and PIMCA.

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Rituja Indapure

Rituja Indapure currently works at Costco as a Sr. Analyst. She is an avid reader and performer, and has directed Tasveer’s South Asian Women’s focused festival. Rituja is an active community member and has served on PTA boards as a Treasurer and co-President. She regularly volunteers with the Aras Foundation, United Way of King County, and Technology Access Foundation. She is also a supporter of Teen Feed and serves on the Amrita-Seattle meal team. Rituja is an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters and enjoys writing letters on paper. Rituja is passionate about implementing and improving processes that increase efficiency and productivity of the team. Rituja received her BA in English Literature and LLB from University of Pune and LLM from University of Nottingham. Rituja is passionate about women’s education, equality and leadership.

Priya Frank

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Sheraz Malik

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Farah Nousheen

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