Working Towards a Stronger & Healthier Community
ASAAP is led by dynamic and passionate directors on the Board elected by the membership.
Dr. Dirk J. Rodricks, Chair
Dirk J. Rodricks (he/him/his) joined the ASAAP Board of Directors in 2016 and has served as Secretary (2016-2019) before beginning his two-year term as Board Chair in February 2019. Dirk has over ten years of experience in the post-secondary education sector and has served nationally with professional associations. He holds a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto where his research examined the identity formations for queer Desis/South Asians in Toronto. Dirk currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Residence Life at New College, University of Toronto.
Rayyan Kamal, Vice Chair
Rayyan works in the Diversity & Inclusion Office at the Bank of Montreal. Born and raised in Bangladesh, his work experience has taken him from investments in Singapore to management consulting in New York to HR in Toronto currently. In his free-time he likes to support nonprofit organizations working with the South Asian community. In Singapore he regularly volunteered as a Bengali-English translator at a subsidized medical clinic and in Bangladesh he reviewed applications for the inaugural class of Teach for Bangladesh fellows.
Toral Patel, Member
Toral is a Communicable Diseases Liaison at Toronto Public Health. She holds an MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, along with degrees in Public Health, Microbiology and Biotechnology. She joins ASAAP with experience in Public Health Policy, Quality Improvement, Higher Education, as well as Program planning and delivery. In addition, she has been an ardent supporter and ally for LGBT+ issues, health equity and mental health in the community. Away from work, you can find Toral, travelling to nearby (and far away) mountains, forests and lakes.
Chetan Muram, Member
Chetan Muram is an employment and human rights lawyer at Piccolo Heath LLP. He recently graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During law school he was heavily involved in health and human rights work, serving as President of the Global Health and Human Rights Working Group at the law faculty. As part of the group he actively contributed to the Global Health and Human Rights Database, a free online database containing summaries of health and human rights case law from around the world. Chetan previously worked with Lawyers Collective, a NGO based in New Delhi, India focused on combating HIV/AIDS related discrimination, promoting access to medicines and advocating for the right to health.
Dr. Visha Gandhi, Member
Dr. Visha Gandhi is an academic, people leader, and craftsperson. She currently works at Morneau Shepell in management, where she prides herself on work in employee wellness and engagement. Visha has her doctorate from York University’s Graduate Department in English, with research focusing on gender, queer diaspora, and intersectionality. She has several decades experience in service, and previous board experience at Concordia University in Montréal. Visha also volunteers her time as a communications specialist with Morneau Shepell’s non-profit with the United Nations High Counsel for Refugees.
Vijay Wadhawan, Member
Vijay Wadhawan is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Dalhousie University who has been working in the Health and Wellness space for over 10 years. Vijay is the VP of Health and Wellness at Environics Research where he provides consulting and research services to multi-national Health and Wellness companies. Vijay brings to ASAAP a strong background in strategic marketing planning, event planning, digital strategy and a deep understanding of how private and corporate industries can partner with NGOs like ASAAP. Vijay has a passion for helping organizations like ASAAP better engage with key stakeholders, fund development and creating increased awareness of the services and value organizations like ASAAP brings to the South Asian LGBTQ community.
Suchorita Sen, Member
Suchorita Sen is a Director of Finance at OMERS and holds a CPA designation. She brings with her 15 years of experience in the finance industry working with public and private companies. She loves using finance to provide insights and drive business decisions. She also spent 5 years on the board of directors for a not for profit in the regent park area.
Sugee Chandrakuma, Member
Sugee Chandrakuma is a Chartered Professional Accountant, who is currently working for BDO. He has several years worth of experience in accounting and assurance. He has worked in the following industries: manufacturing, retail, financial services and non-profit organization. He has been with ASAAP since 2012 at different capacities and been a board member for 2 years. He is firm believer of advocacy and social rights.