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 the Vice President of ShakthiUS. Lalitha is an immigration attorney, practicing law since 2006. She is fortunate to have been a part
of Shakthi from its inception in 2018 and has routinely served on the Gala
Committee. Lalitha's passion for
Shakthi 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 is the immediate past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia and past president of the Florida chapter.
Rajeeva Ramachandran is the Secretary of ShakthiUS. Rajeeva has worked in IT for the past 20 years. Giving back to the community has been her priority. Rajeeva has routinely donated blood/plasma several times a year since she turned 21. She is a nature lover and helps rescue snakes. Rajeeva is passionate about helping those in need. Recently she led an initiative to help feed seniors and children in Coimbator on days they don’t have any sponsors so they don’t go to bed hungry. More recently, Rajeeva has
been interested in helping survivors of domestic violence and hopes to help make a change with Shakthi.
Leila Chacko is a Director for ShakthiUS. Leila currently works at the University of Central Florida. Previously, 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.
Debbie Satyal is a Director for ShakthiUS. She 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.
Pam Moorjani is the Treasurer of ShakthiUS. Pam 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.
Karuna Singhvi is a Director for Shakthi US. As a full-time mom of three very active kids and a realtor, Karuna's plate is always full. She makes time to volunteer at her kids' schools and extracurricular activities, while juggling a
very busy professional life. Her journey started with volunteer work at her oldest son's elementary school, later becoming part of their PTA to make sure that her voice as a parent was heard and positively impacted the decisions made for all the students. She has always kept the welfare of those around her in mind while making any decisions and the practice has served her well in her professional as well as personal life.
Her experiences with the school PTAs and as a Realtor helped shape a work ethos that believed in giving back to the community. Karuna is always generous with her time and other resources.
In addition, Karuna has volunteered extensively with Habitat For Humanity, and numerous realtor associations at local, state, and national levels. She brings with her the same ethos and compassion as she joins Shakthi as a Director on its board.
Vaishali Ubale is a Ph.D graduate in electrical engineering from University of Virginia with over 20 years of experience in both industry and academia at various capacities. She has been in the field of intellectual property for the past several years and is currently with the US Department of Commerce. She is passionate about music, art and Indian classical dance and loves interacting with people.