Madhurima Boyapati Paturi is the founder and President of ShakthiUS, a non-profit based in Central Florida dedicated to empowering girls and women of South Asian origin. In the course of dealing with clients as an Immigration Attorney, Mrs. Paturi observed firsthand that domestic violence was rarely spoken about in the South Asian community. Due to cultural norms, domestic violence victims often had to suffer alone, as the issue was not spoken about in families or outside of the home. Mrs. Paturi knew that domestic violence was not an isolated incident limited to only a few families, but because the issue was rarely spoken or reported about, there were limited information as to how prevalent it is in the South Asian community.
Lalitha Alladi is an immigration attorney, practicing law since 2006. Her inspiration to practice law came from her great-grandfather, who is one of the three members of the Indian Constituent Assembly, Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer. Lalitha's passion for Shatkhi US comes from seeing immigrants being afraid of leaving a dangerous domestic situation for fear that they will lose their immigration status. In addition to immigration, she has a background in criminal prosecution, defense, and bankruptcy. Additionally, Lalitha serves on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia.
Shila Madhuri Jannu
I am Shila Madhuri Jannu and I am from Hyderabad, India. Ever since I was a law school graduate I have always wanted to do something for the upliftment of women and young girls because they are vulnerable and prone to abuse. I believe ShakthiUS will educate, encourage, and support women to stand tall. I feel blessed and honored to join ShakthiUS and be a part of this mission of empowering and educating young girls and women. ShakthiUS, like it’s meaning, will give strength to women to break through the barriers of abuse and help them live a life free of fear and violence. Working towards this vision is gratifying, satisfying, and makes my life worthwhile.
Leila Chacko has worked extensively in the public sector. She currently works at the University of Central Florida. Prior to her work at UCF, Leila worked as a Senior Program Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program, winning the Daniel P. Dawson award for the 18th Judicial Circuit and the Central Region for showing leadership and innovation in her advocacy. For several years, Leila managed a nonprofit organization in New Zealand, advocating for the rights of immigrant women and children. She was also a Country Specialist for a human rights organization, where she mobilized action to promote and protect international human rights and wrote reports presented to the US Department of State and US House of Representatives. Leila received a B.A. from New York University, with a double major in East Asian Studies and Politics and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and an L.L.M. in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I have been working as a Medical Coding Specialist for last 32 years. My kids are all grown up and have their own families. I use to organize International vacations and traveled with friends. I am very compassionate and eager to help when I ever I can. I am close to retiring and spend my time with helping friends.
Pam Moorjani is a seasoned professional who has held several finance and accounting positions at Darden, and is currently an Accounting Supervisor. She is passionate about helping and serving others. Pam has served on the board for the Darden Employee Club’s Community Activities Committee and the Darden Asian Network, and now Shakthi as Treasurer. Pamela holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Debbie Satyal is an accomplished attorney currently serving as an inhouse litigation attorney for Office Depot (located in Boca Raton, Florida). She has more than a decade of litigation experience in state courts and federal courts (including Immigration and Bankruptcy). She proudly has served on multiple community organizations for years, including as a Director with TED Center, Director for the South Asian Bar Association of Florida and in leadership with New Leaders Council, Palm Beach. She enthusiastically now joins Shakthi as a Director on its Board. Ms. Satyal is a graduate of the University of Florida and is also an alumna of Boston College Law School.
Nicole has spent over 13 years in nonprofit organizations. Before moving home to Florida, Nicole worked in Washington, D.C. with many local and national non-profits and campaigns. For nearly five years, Nicole worked at Break the Cycle, a national teen dating violence nonprofit where she not only raised awareness and funds for the organization and issue, she also worked on policy the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Nicole returned home to Central Florida in 2014 and worked with several nonprofit organizations before joining ACM Strategies, most recently at Central Florida Jobs with Justice. Nicole attended the University of Florida, where she first got involved in South Asian organizing and served as the South Asian American Student Alliance President among many other South Asian and campus groups. Nicole has remained passionate about the University of Florida serving on alumni boards in both D.C. and Central Florida. Nicole also continued organizing Asian Americans after college, both in DC and Florida, and was most recently serving as the Florida State Director for South Asians for Biden. Nicole is currently pursuing her Master's in Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.