Diya Basu-Sen

Executive Director

Diya brings with her over 10 years of management experience, both in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Before joining Sapna, she worked in the education sector, focusing on staff management & development, training, and program & curriculum development. Prior to that, she also worked with HIV/AIDS awareness in Harlem and managed a Soup Kitchen in Morningside Heights. Diya received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Premedical Sciences from Barnard College of Columbia University. She also earned a M.S. in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.S. Chan School of Public Health. She is passionate about the intersection of empowerment and health and believes strongly in the need for accessible, quality programming in both areas in order to foster successful communities.

Saba Naseem

Assistant Director

Saba works closely with staff and management to help oversee finance, marketing, communications, operations, and donor support. Before joining Sapna, Saba was completing her M.A. at New York University in Near Eastern Studies. Saba brings a breadth of experience in various fields of work, including teaching and journalism. She was a Fulbright ETA in Turkey where she taught English conversation and pronunciation classes to college students in the small West-coast city of Balikesir. Saba previously worked at the Smithsonian Magazine. She is passionate about immigrant rights and women’s empowerment.

Arpita Tahsin

Program Associate

Arpita completed her undergrad at the City College of New York. She has double-majored in Economics and International Relations. Arpita has worked with various non-profit organizations previously. Before joining Sapna, she was the Program Manager at an Italian based organization named Change The World, where she coordinated all logistical work for the conferences at the took place at the United Nations Headquarters. Arpita is deeply passionate on bringing light to the issues that concern women’s rights, vulnerable children and refugees and firmly believes in giving back to others. She wishes to work with underprivileged individuals in giving them a quality life. Arpita hopes to manifest humanitarian change through her work.

Nahida Ferdoush

Community Health Worker

Nahida facilitates health trainings for community members, including Lead Awareness and Saathi (Diabetes Prevention), and does home health visits for our CHALO! Project on early childhood health. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2010 and has been living in NYC since. She is passionate about working within her own community to help other immigrants through health programming. She completed a Dietetic Technician Program at LaGuardia Community College and hopes to continue with a degree in Nutrition in the future.

Hamida Akter

Community Health Worker

Hamida facilitates health education and empowerment programming for community members, including Citizenship and Saathi (Diabetes Prevention), and does home health visits for our CHALO! Project on early childhood health. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2018 and has been living in NYC since. Hamida is interested in anthropological research, particularly maternal and child health, having worked as a field interviewer in the Safe Motherhood Project at CARE International in Bangladesh. She also was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Hamida completed her MA in Anthropology from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

Salma Rashid

Community Health Worker

Salma facilitates healthy lifestyle training for community members including diabetes prevention and also works on the CHALO! project on early childhood health. She is a Dietetic Technician graduate from LaGuardia Community College, where she worked at several facilities providing nutrition education, conducting outreach and healthy cooking demonstration as well as assisting in patient care. Before joining Sapna, Salma was a peer advisor at LaGuardia Community College in the Health Science Department, where she advised and mentored students, helping them with academic plans to ensure their successful futures. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2011 and is passionate about giving back to the South Asian immigrant communities in New York City through health education.

Falguni Patel

Community Health Worker

Falguni works as a health worker in our CHALO! child health program, bringing early childhood health guidance to new mothers in New Jersey.  She also works as a lab technologist at a level 2 regional trauma center.  She earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Gujarat University in 1993 and an AS in Medical Lab Technology from Mercer Community College in 2012.  She is passionate about helping people make healthy choices in their lives.