Our Board Members

The Wishwas Board of Directors are a dynamic group of motivated volunteers who are dedicated to the Wishwas mission. They bring creativity, enthusiasm, financial management skills, and networks to accomplish the Wishwas’ mission.

Board Chair: RANJANA KHAN


Her name is known internationally for innovations in fine jewelry creations. Her craft is sought after from actors, philanthropists, politicians, elite professionals, and brides. She reigns the accessory industry and has been marveled by the media. Her jewelry has been used in major photo shoots notably with Mary Kate in the September 2010 issue of Marie Claire.

Ranjana Khan has supported WISHWAS throughout its developmental stages, has mentored the women, donated expensive fabric and designer garments, as well as her jewelry collections for auctions. We thank her very much for her selfless support to Wishwas.Org

http://www.ranjanakhan.com/

Executive Director: NIVEDITA CHANDRAPPA

A television Producer at Queens Public Television and an activist, she has a great deal of concern for the women who are first generation immigrants in this city. Through volunteering in various women’s organizations she identified the lack of economic support system that are available to the low-income women if they are in domestic violence or any other issues.

Nivedita Chandrappa worked for over a year to build the base of this organization at the grass roots level, while this was certainly not easy, it was a learning experience. Like any other organization we suffered initial challenges but with the supports of other enthusiastic women like Reema Rasool and celebrities like Ranjana Khan the project took shape and is thriving.

NIMET DEGIRMENCIOGLU

 

Nimet is a Graduate of FIT Global Fashion Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) , owns her co-own design house Soham Dave, is the president of Fair Trade Coalition New York

 

 

SONALI VAIDYA

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Sonali is a technology sales professional and brings her technical expertise and business development skills to Wishwas. She has a Masters degree in E-Commerce Technology and over 15 years of experience in IT consulting.  She is also a budding artist and expresses her creative instincts with oil paints when possible. The immigrant cause is very dear to her heart and she is committed to making Wishwas women carve a space for themselves in society.

Sonali has come on board to help us develop a long-term business strategy and also fulfill our technology needs.  She has designed and developed our http://wishwas.org website and provides us creative input on several fronts. She is actively fundraising for Wishwas and works on social media and marketing campaigns for Wishwas events.  

TERESA BAXTER

Teresa is the publicity coordinator for a global non-profit, with a focus on the empowerment of women internationally. Her work at the organization, HandCrafting Justice, has garnered publicity from the Huffington Post, Green Vitals Magazine, Woman Around Town, HAND/EYE Magazine, and the publication Shop to Stop Slavery, to name a few.

Teresa earned her A.A. degree at Pasadena City College, with an emphasis on journalism and public relations. She moved to New York City after being accepted to Columbia University to study political science. She has since transferred to SUNY Empire State College to complete her B.A., with an expanded concentration on cultural studies.