Board and Senior Leadership

Board of Directors

Poonam PatidarChair
Attorney and Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Vincent Chun, Vice Chair
Managing Director, Forteus Consulting LLC

Elisa Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Physician - Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases

Stephanie Pham
Director of Accounting, Controller, AavantiBio, Inc. 

Minita Shah-Mara
Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Global Diversity and Inclusion, Biogen

Rajesh Soundar
Managing Partner, Soundar Consulting LLC

Grace Lee
Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Government Banking and Finance, People's United Bank

Board Emeriti

Atsuko Toko Fish, Chair
Fish Family Foundation

Kija Kim
Clark Hill Partners

Paul W. Lee

Of Counsel, Goodwin Procter

Senior Leadership

Cristina Ayala earned her B.A. from Yale University and her Certificate in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  She has been involved in many aspects of ATASK’s operations over the past 15 years, including grant writing, contract reporting, community relations, and event planning. She served as ATASK’s Emergency Shelter Director for six years, and then became the Founding Director of the Transitional Housing Program. Cristina is a consummate ambassador and has represented ATASK at various speaking engagements, events, and meetings with key funders.

Earlier in her career, Cristina worked on various public health projects in Latin America.  She later joined the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and managed the construction of their largest site.  As their Operations Manager, she was in charge of Medical Records, the Laboratory and Facilities.  She also worked with Boston Partners in Education, served on the Board of St. Peter School in Cambridge, and is a Board Member of Metro West Collaborative Development.

Cristina is recognized for her leadership within the Filipino community in Boston, where she teaches at the Filipino School and helps organize fundraising events for natural disasters and low-income communities. She currently resides in the Greater Boston area with her family.

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Simone Bui manages the ATASK Legal Advocacy and Representation Program and provides free legal services to ATASK survivors. She has been an immigrants rights attorney for almost 19 years. Her primary areas of practice are humanitarian immigration relief, family law, abuse prevention and poverty law on behalf of Asian immigrant survivors. Simone believes that all humans, regardless of ethnicity, immigrant status, or language literacy or proficiency, have a right to live free from the oppressive cycle of sexual and domestic violence, and that legal advocacy works only when it is in collaboration with community-based advocacy.

Joyce Kao earned her B.A. from Chengchi University in Taiwan in Sociology and M.S.W. in Social Work from Springfield College.  She worked as a social worker in Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan with domestic violence survivors, and then moved on to working as a hotline manager in ECPAT Taiwan serving underage survivors from sexual exploitation and abuse after completing her M.S.W.

She initially joined ATASK as Chinese Advocate/Case Manager after moving to United States, and is now working as the Clinical Manager for the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Programs. As an immigrant herself, she is passionate about working with immigrants survivors with diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

Dawn Sauma, MSW, LICSW has been the Co-Executive and Clinical Director of Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) since 2010, overseeing direct services, collaborating with stakeholders and community partners, and authoring grants. She has worked in social services for 28 years, serving Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Hawaii and Massachusetts as a provider, educator, manager, and administrator within the mental health, crisis intervention, academic and non-profit systems.

She is a Board Member and President-Elect of Jane Doe, Inc. (JDI), the MA Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; Community Co-Chair of Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations Through Translation Research (ADAPT); member of the Tufts CTSI Stakeholder Expert Panel; and partner in Asian Center for Addressing Research, Education and Services (CARES). 

Dawn is a bi-racial half Japanese and half white, bi-cultural advocate/activist, whose work blends her personal and professional experience.

Noah Schneiderman supports a variety of nonprofit organizations as a contract CFO and financial consultant.  Prior to his work in this capacity, he served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at The Trustees of Reservations and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in both cases overseeing  Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology. Previously, Noah worked as the Finance Manager at the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and as an urban and campus planner at Sasaki Associates. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a dual-degree in Geography and Studio Art, Noah holds two masters degrees, one in Real Estate Development and one in City Planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He lives in Needham, MA with his wife and three school aged children.

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