About

SAS Board 2017


Sahil Ahuja-President

Year: 2018
School: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Favorite SAS Event: SAS Semi-formal
Spirit Animal: Monkey
On His Bucket List: Backpacking solo around Europe
Guilty Pleasure: Nicki Minaj/Beyonce
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Quote: “Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living, and above all those who live without love.” –JK Rowling


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Maintain a coherent vision for where the society is headed.
This vision must coincide with the vision of the constituency. Make sure the society’s individual events are in line with the desires and needs of the constituency. Use feedback solicited from VP external and VP marketing to ensure this.

To Board: Use the board to execute this vision. Assist and advise the board on their responsibilities and evaluate their ideas for events. Ensure that the board members are fulfilling their responsibilities, but also ensure that they are not spread too thin by undertaking too many responsibilities. Continually update the board on what their individual focuses should be, especially as they change and evolve.

The president is also responsible for:

  • General Body Meetings
  • Elections
  • Execution of tasks

Sanika Puranik-VP Internal

Year: 2019
School: Wharton
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Favorite SAS Event: Semi-Formal
Spirit Animal: Cricket
On Her Bucket List: Watch Hamilton
Guilty Pleasure: Food Instagram Accounts
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Quote: “I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!” – Michael Scott


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Ensure that the current and future alumni of the organization are always in touch.

Build and maintain an alumni database and maintain a solid connection between former and present members of the society. Generate and execute ideas for doing so. Harness the alumni to assist with development of the society and to provide opportunities for current members.

To Board: Ensure fluid communication and solidarity between other board members.
Ensure that other board members are utilizing their committees and resources to execute the vision of the president. Ensure that any conflicts of interest between other board members are resolved as soon as possible. Maintain the day-to-day efficiency of board operations. Recognize new responsibilities as they develop and consult with the president to delegate them to other board members.

The VP Internal is also responsible for:

  • Intra-board communication
  • Minutes
  • Delegation of tasks
  • Board calendar
  • Board dynamics/board events
  • Facilitation of transition between boards
  • Alumni relations

Divya Rao-VP External

Year: 2019
School: Wharton
Hometown: Dix Hills, New York
Favorite SAS Event: Semi-Formal
Spirit Animal: Mika (my puppy)
On Her Bucket List: Get my photo up on the wall of Copa
Guilty Pleasure: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Favorite TV Show: House of Cards
Favorite Quote: “We’re fools if we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Act as the official representative of the society to constituent groups and resource centers.
Ensure that their interests are represented and that the decisions of the rest of the board, including the President, reflect the needs and desires of the constituent groups.

To Board: Ensure that the board is in touch with the constituency and umbrella organizations.
Act as the link between the rest of the board and 1) the constituency and 2) the external resources of the society. Ensure that all resources, both organizational and financial, are secured in a timely fashion. Maintain a relationship between constituent members and groups, working closely with the VP Marketing to survey and solicit other feedback to present to the rest of the board, so they can make decisions with this feedback in mind.

The VP External is also responsible for:

  • Communication with constituents
  • Point person for APSC, PAACH, UMC
  • Communication with resource centers

Rahul Rai-VP Finance

School: Wharton & College
Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Favorite SAS Event: Cultural Show
Spirit Animal: Akash Halagur
On His Bucket List: Watching the El Classico live.
Guilty Pleasure: Hannah Montana
Favorite TV Show: SNL
Favorite Quote: Anything by Dr. Seuss


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Work to ensure that funding is allocated and accounted for in such a way that the society’s programming is financially feasible and sustainable for coming years.
Ensure that the funding is allocated in a way that reflects the desires and needs of the constituency.

To Board: Work closely with Cultural Chair, Social Chair, and Political Chair to ensure that their ideas for programming are financially feasible.
Develop a budget for annual events at the beginning of each year, and allocate profits and excess funding to other programming as necessary. Work with VP External to ensure that programming is funded well in advance, and that budget requests are complete and accurate and filed in time.

The VP Finance is also responsible for:

  • Allocation of funds
  • Budget for annual events
  • Acquisition of funding

Sonia Gandhi-VP Marketing

Year: 2019
School: College & Wharton
Hometown: Darien, CT
Favorite SAS Event: Cultural Show
Spirit Animal: Koala
On Her Bucket List:
Guilty Pleasure: Anything sweet!
Favorite TV Show: NCIS or Psych
Favorite Quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin (Winnie-the-Pooh)


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Ensure that the constituency is fully aware of all events and programs, and that attendance and membership is optimal.
Have a vision for the overall message being conveyed to the constituency. Work with the VP External to survey and solicit feedback from members to ensure that the rest of the board makes decision with this feedback in mind. Ensure that the entire constituency is in touch, and generate ideas for expanding the constituency.

To Board: Work closely with Political Chair, Social Chair, and Cultural Chair to ensure that all of their respective events are fully publicized through all available outlets.
Take the visions of the rest of the board and communicate them to the public in a way that builds solidarity amongst the membership and the board.

The VP Marketing is also responsible for:

  • Weekly e-mails
  • Facebook marketing
  • Flyers
  • Execution of themes
  • Updating website

Eesha Sheth-Cultural Chair

Year: 2020
School: College
Hometown: Newtown, PA
Favorite SAS Event: Mini-Cultural Show
Spirit Animal: Elephant
On Her Bucket List: Travel to every country in the world
Guilty Pleasure: Watching movie trailers
Favorite TV Show: Shameless
Favorite Quote: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Build awareness of South Asian culture among the entire South Asian community at Penn, as well as the non-South Asian student body at large.

To Board: Idea generation for new events and having an idea of where the position is evolving. Use feedback from constituents (provided by VP Marketing and VP External) about new events pertaining to cultural programming.

The Cultural Chair is also responsible for:

  • Annual show(s)
  • Mini-cultural show
  • Culture show
  • Cultural events

Eash Aggarwal-Social Chair

Year: 2020
School: College
Hometown: Royersford, PA
Favorite SAS Event: Back to School
Spirit Animal: Squidward
On His Bucket List: Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
Guilty Pleasure: Chicken and Lamb over rice, no salad, extra white sauce
Favorite TV Show: Psych
Favorite Quote: “Heard about Pluto? That’s messed up, right?”


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Build and a cohesive social community between each class of the member body as well as among the entire body itself, simultaneously working to increase the membership of the society.

To Board: Idea generation for new events and having an idea of where the position is evolving. Use feedback from constituents (provided by VP Marketing and VP External) about new events pertaining to social programming.

The Social Chair is also responsible for:

  • NSO/Freshman Event(s)
  • Parties
  • Lineage program
  • Class events
  • Semiformal
  • Social events

Mahip Grewal-Political Chair

Year: 2020
School: College
Hometown: Roslyn, NY
Favorite SAS Event: SASAI
Spirit Animal: Bunny
On Her Bucket List: Mediterranean Cruise with my best friends
Guilty Pleasure: Desserts of every kind
Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world. ”


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Increase awareness of South Asian and political issues within the community as well as within the greater Penn community.

To Board: Idea generation for new events and having an idea of where the position is evolving. Use feedback from constituents (provided by VP Marketing and VP External) about new events pertaining to political programming.

The Political Chair is also responsible for:

  • Speakers
  • Community service
  • Political events
  • SASAI
  • Conferences

Sai Bandi-Constituent Chair

Year: 2020
School: College
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Favorite SAS Event: Cultural Show
Spirit Animal: Corgi
On Her Bucket List: Walk the Red Carpet
Guilty Pleasure: Watching Say Yes to the Dress
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Quote: “Aspire to Inspire. ”


Responsibilities

To Constituency: Act as the official representative of the society to constituent groups and resource centers.
Ensure that their interests are represented and that the decisions of the rest of the board, including the President, reflect the needs and desires of the constituent groups.

To Board: Ensure that the board is in touch with the constituency and umbrella organizations.
Act as the link between the rest of the board and 1) the constituency and 2) the external resources of the society. Ensure that all resources, both organizational and financial, are secured in a timely fashion. Maintain a relationship between constituent members and groups, working closely with the VP Marketing to survey and solicit other feedback to present to the rest of the board, so they can make decisions with this feedback in mind.

The Programming Chair is also responsible for:

  • Communication with constituents
  • Communication with resource centers
  • General programming
  • Lineage Program

Past Board Members

2016-2017

President: Rich Chaudhary
VP Internal: Krushee Patel
VP External: Aaishwariya Gulani
VP Finance: Haley Brahmbhatt
VP Marketing: Nikita Sood
Cultural Chair: Divya Rao
Social Chair: Eshwar Inapuri
Political Chair: Sanika Puranik
Programming Chair: Anand Prabhu
Freshmen Liaisons: Hari Kumar & Eesha Sheth

2015-2016

President: Vishal Patel
VP Internal: Rich Chaudhary
VP External: Ashna Bhatia
Treasurer: Krushee Patel
VP Marketing: Nikita Sood
Cultural Chair: Aaishwariya Gulani
Social Chair: Sahil Ahuja
Political Chair: Haley Brahmbhatt
Programming Chair: Maya Rawal
Freshmen Liaisons: Eshwar Inapuri & Divya Rao

2014-2015

President: Nisha Desai
VP Internal: Vini Saggurti
VP External: Shiv Patel
Treasurer: Vishal Patel
VP Marketing: Anil Chitrapu
Cultural Chair: Krushee Patel
Social Chair: Tanvir Ahmed
Political Chair: Rich Chaudhary
Programming Chair: Ashna Bhatia
Freshmen Liaisons: Parth Chopra & Kanika Mohan

2013-2014

President: Alina Jamil
VP Internal: Nisha Desai
VP External: Vini Saggurti
Treasurer: David Britto
VP Marketing: Anil Chitrapu
Cultural Chair: Gowri Nayar
Social Chair: Shiv Patel
Political Chair: Vishal Patel
Programming Chair: Tanya Jain
Freshmen Liaisons: Ashna Bhatia & Satya Yerrabolu

2012-2013

President: Tarang Kapoor
VP Internal: Rupi Sureshkumar
VP External: Alina Jamil
Treasurer: Priyanka Varma
VP Marketing: Nisha Desai
Cultural Chair: Raina Dhir
Social Chair: Vinita Saggurti
Political Chair: Savar Sareen
Programming Chair: Srishti Kedia
Freshmen Liaisons: Tanya Jain & Vishal Patel

2011-2012

President: Karan Dhruve
VP Internal: Tarang Kapoor
VP External: Mili Mehta
Treasurer: Trisha Avasthi
VP Marketing: Akash Kumar
Cultural Chair: Priyanka Varma
Social Chair: Alina Jamil
Political Chair: Rupi Sureshkumar
Programming Chair: Srishti Kedia
Freshmen Liaisons: Raina Dhir & Savar Sareen

2010-2011

President: Isha Mehta
VP Internal: Karan Dhruve
VP External: Tarang Kapoor
Treasurer: Kanica Allegh
VP Marketing: Karthik Kumar
VP Cultural: Kavita Iyer
VP Social: Ammar Mian
VP Political: Umar Sheikh
Freshmen Liaisons: Priyanka Varma & Nishat Shahabuddin

2009-2010

President: Vandana Rao
VP Internal: Isha Mehta
VP External: Harshil Shukla
Treasurer: Shantenu Agarwal
VP Marketing: Karan Dhruve
VP Cultural: Pallavi Thatai
VP Social: Mili Mehta
VP Political: Karishma Shah
Freshmen Liaisons: Kanica Allagh & Tarang Kapoor

2008-2009

President: Sherene Joseph
Vice President: Chethan Mudiyam
VP Internal: Manika Garg
VP External: Vandana Rao
Treasurer: Maneesh Singhal
VP Marketing: Raj Gokal
VP Cultural: Isha Mehta
VP Social: Ria Bharadwaj
VP Political: Vidya Puthenpura
Freshmen Liaisons: Pallavi Thatai & Shantenu Agarwal

2007-2008

President: Swathi Bonda
Vice President: Anup Bharani
Treasurer: Sal Dhanani
VP Cultural: Sherene Joseph
VP Outreach: Raj Parikh
VP Social: Sohum Trivedi
VP Public Relations: Chethan Mudiyam
Secretary: Supriya Challa
Webmaster: Raman Gupta
Freshmen Liaisons: Vandana Rao & Sejal Shah

2006-2007

President: Rita Bagai
Vice President: Vikas Chhabra
Treasurer: Neil Mulchandani
VP Cultural: Swathi Bonda
VP Outreach: Sherene Joseph
VP Social: Raj Parikh
VP Public Relations: Anup Bharani
Secretary: Anjeli Prabhu
Webmaster: Raman Gupta
Freshmen Liaisons: Supriya Challa & Roopa Gogineni

2005-2006

President: Swati Bagaria
Vice President: Shalini Ramanadhan
Treasurer: Sundeep Kasi
VP Cultural: Swathi Bonda
VP Outreach: Amanda Dewundara
VP Social: Archana Nadig
VP Public Relations: Rita Bagai
Secretary: Anjeli Prabhu
Webmaster: Vikas Chhabra
Freshmen Liaisons: Sherene Joseph & Rajiv Bhagat