Meet the Team
Our team is growing rapidly. It started from one person running community calls, to a group of passionate volunteers who are drawn to the vision of a loving, inclusive Desi community. Each person on our team brings their unique skills and perspective to support our mission.
Contact us if you are interested in joining our team!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Aruna (she, her, hers) founded Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies after a 20 year career in mental health advocacy and activism with a focus on the needs of immigrant families. She is the proud parent of a transgender young adult.
Rayman (she, her, hers) is a Sikh-American lesbian multi-time CEO, social entrepreneur and community activist who serves or has served on corporate and community based organizational boards.
Kunoor (she/her) is an out South Asian Lesbian and an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. She is a Co-Founder and VP of Legal Services at Elevate, a firm providing technology, consulting and services and a recognized authority in the legal industry on topics related to women.
K.S. Mohan (he, him, his) has been a financial professional for over 40 years, holding varied management positions in the accounting and financial field. He is the proud father of a queer daughter.
A Graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Anupam Dev Goel (he, him, his) is an Indian small towner and a first generation immigrant. He dreams of creating a more accessible and accepting world.
Event Planning Coordinator
Anitha (she, her, hers) is the proud parent of a non-binary queer adult child. She manages biomedical research operations in an academic setting. Her passions include dancing & teaching Bharatanatyam, participating in local GOTV efforts, mentoring, gardening, cooking, traveling and bee-keeping.
Support Group Coordinator
Meryl (they/them) first came to Desi Rainbow in early 2021 seeking support with bridging their many identities – Assamese, Muslim, American, queer, transgender, and nonbinary. They feel very fortunate to have found such abundant affirmation, compassion, and love within the Desi Rainbow community, and they are excited to reciprocate through this position.
Sri (she, her, hers) is a seasoned IT professional and mom of 2 daughters. She is a voracious reader of mysteries and thrillers. She is passionate about children's literature and is looking forward to supporting Desi Rainbow families.
Saathi Peer Support Coordinator
Hima (they, them, theirs) is a social worker by training, and currently works as a trauma counselor at a crime victims center in PA. They live with their partner in Pennsylvania and are proud of their Malayali roots.
CRM & Database/Analytics Administrator
Saif (he, him, his) is from the Atlanta metro area, and began working as Database Admin for Desi Rainbow in January 2023. He graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Computer Information Systems. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, his partner, and hiking.
Finance and Bookkeeping
Vidya (she, her, hers) is a nature and animal lover whose pursuits include drawing, painting, gardening, singing and volunteering with those affected by domestic violence. She is the proud parent of an adult queer daughter.
Mental Health Advisor
Dr. Ekta Kumar (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist at USC and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for USC’s Dept. of Psychiatry. She is passionate about providing an affirming therapeutic space for LGBTQ+ folks and families.
Records and Finance
Shaila (she, her, hers) emigrated to the U.S. from Bengaluru, India. She lives in New Jersey with her husband. Shaila is the mother of two. She was on the Board of Trustees of Guruvaayoorappan Temple, in Marboro, NJ for 8 years. She has been volunteering in various organizations over the years, taking on leadership roles in initiatives such as walk-a-thon, education, and social services. She enjoys traveling and reading in her spare time.