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 has in the past served as Vice President, Iles Elementary School PTO Board, Event Coordinator for India Night 2016 and board member for the Kidzeum of Health and Science. Currently she serves as an Ambassador of the Hope Institute, a member of the advisory council of CFLL and the Women to Women Initiative. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Anjna Gupta worked for the state of Illinois as a Disability Adjudicator. She has two Master degrees-- Political Science from Punjab University, India and the other in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Anjna has volunteered for the Lawrence Adult center to teach English and Math. She now focuses her time on being involved with AIWO, writing children's stories, and spending time sharpening her skills as a bridge player.
Renu Govindaiah has been a member of AIWO for two years. She is an allergy physician at the Springfield Clinic and has been a part of the Springfield Community for the past thirteen years. She has been a board member of genH in the past. She is a supporter of many charitable organizations in Springfield and has mentored many SIU residents and medical students over the years. She is married and has two girls ages 16 and 12 who keep her very busy! In her free time, she enjoys music, cooking and traveling with her family. She is excited to be the secretary for AIWO this year.
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.
Aruna Mathur 1991-2010
Rambha Chaudhry 2011-2013
Vasanta Mushunuri 2014-2015
Aruna Mathur 2016-2017
Manjula Mehta 2017-2019
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