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.

Priyanka Bhowmik

Community Health Worker

Priyanka Bhowmik believes that social change is possible by helping others to overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. She is passionate about helping others. Through Sapna, she is determined to help South Asian immigrant communities to overcome their daily challenges. As a journalist and a writer, she has been reporting many local issues to the local and international media. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2012 and has been living in NYC since. She is continuously seeking to gain more skills to hone her competencies. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s in childhood education at the City College of New York.

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.

Arpita Chatterjee

Mental Health Counselor

Arpita brings over 15 years of experience in diverse community based settings in India and the U.S. With a background in clinical psychology and social work, her work has focused on mental health among adults and families and in recent years,  on the South Asian immigrant community and the health disparities they experience . Arpita received a B.A. (Honors) degree and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi (India) & an M.S.W. (Direct Practice) from the School of Social Work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her passion is driven by the direct nature of services and impact seen in community based organizations and the pivotal role they play in bridging mental health gaps for underserved communities. Arpita is fluent in Bangla and Hindi.