Our Board Members
Sanjeev SehgalChair of Board
Shaun MehrMember of Board
Dr. Seema AroraMember of Board
Navneet S. ChughMember of Board
Geetha RamMember of Board
Jasmine SawhneMember of Board
Deepak “DJ” JhaveriMember of Board
Shaila PatankarMember of Board
Hargun KaurMember of Board
Aakriti KundraMember of Board
Vincent GomisMember of Advisory Board
Dr. Nitin ShahMember of Advisory Board
Pallavi DhawanMember of Advisory Board
As a partner at Satwic, Sanjeev is responsible for strategy, governance, corporate development, innovation, customer relations, account management, talent acquisition, and communications.
Sanjeev also plays the role of Sales &Account Manager with both Public Sector and Commercial clients in Los Angeles. A persuasive and passionate communicator with 25 years of consultative sales, training, and mentoring experience, including data management, analytics, RPA, ERP, and custom solutions. He has worked at key Government accounts and projects including the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles Unified School District, Port of Los Angeles, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California Association of Governments, Department of Justice, Fi$Cal, IRS & OSHA. Currently engaged with many Fortune 500 clients in Southern California.
Sanjeev holds a Bachelors’s and Masters’s degree in Engineering in Computer Science. Sanjeev is a Co-Chair for DataCon LA (dataconla.org) for over 6 years. Sanjeev is also an active board member of a nonprofit, Data4Good, which works to harness the power of data to make more informed decisions for our society in Los Angeles (d4g.community).
Shaun Mehr is the Founder of Mehr Media Group (MMG), a digital agency dedicated to helping nonprofits increase their impact on the web with content, web development, and automation services. Present clients include a broad range of nonprofits, including the Center for Nonprofit Management, South Los Angeles CDFI Consortium, Economic Resources Corporation, New Economics for Women, Barrio Action Youth & Family Center, Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles County, Impresario by NEW, and Decro Corporation. Shaun’s passion for working with nonprofits comes from a deep desire to make a positive impact with his work and to serve his community.
Before starting MMG, Shaun worked in custom publishing and media consulting with technology, engineering, and life sciences clients.
Dr. Seema Arora
Seema Arora is a licensed psychologist practicing in San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Arora has been working as a healthcare professional since 1983. She has been counseling survivors of domestic violence (South Asian Women) since 2005 and is very passionate about empowering women and families. Based on years of her counseling experience
Dr. Arora is convinced that the outdated, culturally rigid belief systems coupled with various mental health issues lead to dysfunctional families and relationships. She believes that proactive approaches at the grassroots level such as interactive community workshops and education are imperative to bring positive and progressive changes to nurture healthy relationships within families. Her passion for education inspired her to be a founding member of the nonprofit organization ‘Caring Hand for Children’ supporting education for underprivileged children in India.
Navneet S. Chugh
Navneet S. Chugh is Managing Partner of Chugh, LLP founded in 1985. He is an Attorney and a CPA. He holds an MBA from USC and is a graduate of Executive Leadership Program from Harvard University. Chugh, LLP provides full service legal and tax services to emerging and mature companies. Chugh, LLP has a staff of 650 employees with 184 attorneys and CPAs in 22 offices all over the world.
He is the founder of South Asian Bar Association of California (SABA); TiE Southern California; SABA North America (SABANA – with 27 chapters in North America); International Indian Bar Association; and Indian Lawyers Association (ILA – representing 1.3 million lawyers in 400 Chapters in India). He is a co-founder of Ashoka University, India’s number one university. He is on the board of HAB Bank, Dhandho Holdings, Kelp HR, Sambhi Foundation, Antara International Foundation, Foster India Foundation, Lotus Petal Foundation, Goonj USA, Saahas, and newspaper India West Journal. He has served on the boards of TiE Global, American India Foundation (AIF), Pratham USA, Ignify Consulting (sold to Hitachi), 1947 Partition Archives, Sikh Center of OC, India Community Center (Silicon Valley), and Asia Society SoCal. He is married to Ritu Chugh, who is a professor. Their two kids are Veeraj and Sabrina.
Geetha Ram is a certified Yoga instructor and teaches yoga regularly through Los Angeles-based S Vyasa. She holds a master’s degree in Yoga Therapy and has received two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Medical Microbiology and the other in-Home Science with an emphasis on Nutrition and Dietetics.
She has worked with her entrepreneur husband in various capacities, while raising 3 grounded children, and has given numerous hours volunteering at nonprofits, particularly Food Finders, a Southern California-based food rescue organization that targets reducing hunger in her community.
Geetha strongly believes in women’s empowerment and helping them build and develop confidence and self-reliance. In her spare time, Geetha enjoys Yoga Therapy, gardening, Carnatic music, cooking and spending time with her family.
Jasmine Sawhne, M.D., M.B.A., is a dual board certified psychiatrist with expertise in treating a variety of mental health conditions including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Sawhne obtained her medical degree from American University of Antigua. After completing her residency training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center under Columbia University Medical Center and Public Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, she served the community’s needs through a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, working with the most underserved populations. Currently, Dr. Sawhne works for a large hospital network in the outpatient setting, practicing telepsychiatry.
She uses a patient-first approach to develop an individualized treatment plan, evidence-based practices to guide medication management, and values integrated care with other medical providers. She has experience in numerous therapeutic modalities with patients of diverse backgrounds across multiple clinical settings. A recent transplant to Los Angeles from New York, she enjoys spending time with her husband, a very active toddler, and dog.
Deepak “DJ” Jhaveri
A Resident of Cerritos since for over 30 years, Deepak Jhaveri has served in various capacities. He presently serves as the Cerritos Planning Commissioner since 2022. He previously served as the Planning Commissioner from 2015-2020. Deepak also presently serves as the Insurance Commissioner with L.A. County. He previously served on the L.A. County Assessor’s Advisory Council for 4 years and also in the Freedom
Ring Committee at the Cerritos City.
Deepak also serves as the Trustee and Vice President of Radha Krishna Mandir, CA since 2015. Deepak is a licensed, practicing Realtor serving California and Arizona. He also licensed Insurance Broker and advisor since 1997.
Shaila Patankar has been a senior banking professional with 30+ years of experience She was born and educated in India and holds a degree in Statistics & MBA (Finance). She won many accolades in her banking career which included her foreign assignment to US through State Bank of India in the highly prestigious merit category which is given to a selected few in the whole country. She has held senior management positions in key areas of banking in India & US.
In Jan 2020 she started her own small business consulting and real estate business and has run it quite successfully.
- Artesia Chamber of Commerce: Built relations with Artesia Chamber of commerce through organizing and hosting events & mixers as its Vice President.
- She is also on board of ABC education Foundation and works for the benefit and education of underprivileged kids.
- Have worked with a non- profit organization, Sahara, was also on the advisory council board SAN ( South Asian Network), another non-profit organization. & have been making presentations on financial literacy, identity theft & elderly abuse.
- Was awarded woman of the year for Artesia 2016 at the hands of Assemblywoman Christina Garcia.
- Awarded Volunteer of the year for 2017 by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce.
Hargun, originally from New Delhi, India, is an environmentalist and a GIS specialist who moved to San Diego for her education. She actively supported the India Vision Foundation, helping underprivileged children in Delhi, and volunteered with the San Diego River Park Foundation for river wellness. Her passion for nature fuels her love for exploring different places. Additionally, Hargun is deeply passionate about senior citizen wellness and enjoys spending quality time with the elderly, making a positive impact on their lives.
Aakriti Kundra is an international ethics and compliance professional who is passionate about making the world a better place. She is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (US), Certified Fraud Examiner (US), Chartered Accountant (India) and Company Secretary (India). Her twelve year career trajectory includes expertise in oil and energy, life sciences and shipping industry. She focuses on addressing multifaceted corporate compliance challenges including anti-bribery and corruption, trade sanctions, money laundering, conflict of interest, anti-trust legislation, third party due diligence, modern slavery and data privacy. She currently works as Global Ethics and Compliance Manager for a NYSE listed information technology company. Complimenting her passion is her commitment to give back to society, servicing the communities in need through volunteering.
Vincent currently leads the finance department at CARECEN-LA as the Controller. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining CARECEN-LA, Vincent was the CFO at Peace Over Violence, Manager at the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA), Controller at Proyecto Pastoral, and an auditor at Grant Thornton LLP.
Concurrently, Vincent has been an adjunct accounting faculty for the last 5 years at East Los Angeles College where he enthusiastically teaches students and encourages them to stay in college and get a degree. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accountancy from Long Beach State University, and he is CPA licensed in the state of California.
Dr. Nitin Shah
Dr. Nitin Shah is a Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical care at Loma Linda University. He is also Interim Deputy Chief of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Tibor Rubin VA Medical center, Long Beach, CA. He
has done pioneering research in the field of monitoring namely Pulse Oximetry, Cerebral Oximetry, and Processed Electroencephalogram (EEG).
He has published over 30 articles and has lectured around the world on various topics related to anesthesia and critical care. He is a Founding President of Anekant Community Center, a Non-Profit based in Southern California which does humanitarian missions around the world. He has been a board member of the South Asian Network; he is on the advisory board of SAHARA, and he works with several nonprofit organizations. Over the last 30 years, he has organized 538 missions to help people in 18 countries. He has traveled to 15 of those for medical missions.
Pallavi Dhawan is the Director of Domestic Violence Policy for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Pallavi received her B.A. and J.D. from UCLA. She spent 13 years in the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in domestic violence and child abuse cases, including murders, rapes, and attempted murders.
She has drafted and helped enact legislation to expand the scope of pretrial criminal protective orders for child victims of domestic violence and to add coercive control to the Family Code definition of domestic abuse. She received the 2019 LACBA Prosecutor of the Year award for her work on medically complex child abuse prosecutions.
She is a Fulbright Specialist in domestic violence and child abuse and has trained prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates on domestic violence prosecutions. In her current role, she works on developing best practices at the intersection of domestic violence law and policy.
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