Executive Committee


President- Manjula Mehta

Manjula Mehta has been an active member of AIWO since its formation in 1991. Her great passion is volunteer work and she has been recipient of two Volunteer of the Year awards, one from Planned Parenthood of Springfield, IL in 1987, and other from Sojourn Shelter and Services, Springfield, IL in 1996.  She has also been volunteering as a Bereavement Support Team member at the St. John’s Hospice for more than 22 years. Manjula is retired from teaching psychology at Benedictine University, Springfield and also the Lincoln Land Community College. An avid reader, Manjula plays tennis in her free time and tries hard not to be the worst golfer in her golf league. She received her M.S. from University of Illinois, Springfield and her Ph.D. from Walden University. She can be contacted at presidentaiwo@gmail.com

Vice President-Sammi Mander

Sammi Mander is a former marketing executive and public relations professional. Her work experience includes working as an Event Manager for Whirlpool Home Appliances, Marketing Executive for Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine and as Marketing Communication Manger for Nike’s licensee in India. Now a full time mom and an active community organizer, Sammi has volunteered for and helped non-profits like the American Nepal Medical Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Gen-H & the India Association of Greater Springfield. She also served as Vice President, Iles Elementary School PTO Board and as Event Coordinator for India Night 2016.  Currently, she is the Ambassador for the Hope Institute for Children and Families and serves as a board member for the Kidzeum of Health and Science.  

Treasurer-Nilima Lad

Nilima Lad is a long standing member of AIWO and an active contributor since it’s inception in 1991. A full time State employee, Nilima worked with the Bureau of Disability, Dept. of Rehabilitation for 33 years till she took retirement in 2012. She served as a treasurer for the India Association of Greater Springfield. She now devotes her energy to AIWO and its out-reach initiatives. Nilima has played a key role in raising and managing funds from its charitable events, and is serving the organization as a treasurer for the second consecutive year. In her free time Nilima enjoys travelling, watching sports, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Secretary- Chandana Nandi

Chandana Nandi has been a Registered Dietitian for the past 28 years. She retired as Chief, Division of Chronic Diseases, Illinois Dept. of Public Health and as an Assistant Director for Latino Health, Research, Policy & Training Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. She brought in over 13.7 million grant funding for chronic disease prevention and tobacco control programs. She served on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Committee for CDC, Chair for National Diabetes Council, IL Nutrition Task Force to develop nutrition standards for all Illinois Schools. Currently she serves as a federal grant reviewer for Community Health Centers. 

Founder, Past President-Aruna Mathur

Aruna Mathur founded AIWO in 1991 in her desire to give back to the community and help charitable causes. AIWO has grown tremendously under her leadership. She served as president for 20 years (1991-2009, 2015-2017). She is the recipient of two awards, Citizen of the Year, 2013 from the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter and Women of Influence, 2018, from Springfield Bank and Illinois Business Journal. She received her Master's Degree in microbiology from Agra University, India and her Medical Technology degree from University of Illinois, Springfield. Aruna retired in 2001 after working as a clinical researcher at SIU School of Medicine for the past 25 years. Currently she serves as an Adviser to AIWO and is also a Board member of the Indian Association of Greater Springfield.Her passion is traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Past Presidents

Aruna Mathur           1991-2010

Rambha Chaudhry   2011-2013 

Vasanta Mushunuri  2014-2015

Aruna Mathur            2016-2017