EXECUTIVE BOARD 2023-24
AGPCNP-BC, MSN. Ed., RN, CWCN, CCCN, COCN
Suja Thomas is currently working as Nurse Administrator at Stratton VA Medical Center and as Patient Care Administrator at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, New York. She brings over 23 years of leadership experience in hospital administration & education and more than 30 years of practice as a registered professional nurse. She worked as a Nurse Executive at St. Peter’s Health Partners, responsible for various different departments (Women & Children, Medical Surgical, Hemodialysis, Cardio Pulmonary, Pharmacy, Radiology, Nursing Administration, Laboratory, Education, Wound Care, Dietary & Respiratory). She taught undergraduate nursing students for eight years at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE University), Manipal, Karnataka, India. Additionally, she has worked as an Adjunct Faculty at Maria College, Albany, NY. She also works as CWOCN consultant in Acute Care Hospital.
MSN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C
Executive Vice President
Deepthy Varghese has been an active member of NAINA and most recently served on Carita’s project. Deepthy served in various roles in Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA), most recently as the chapter president. She is a recipient of the GINA Nurse of the Year award 2022. Deepthy currently serves as a Cardiology-Electrophysiology Nurse Practitioner at Northside Hospital System in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. She received a master’s degree in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Mercer University and a post-master’s certification in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Emory University. As a nurse with over 19 years of experience, including the last 6 years as a nurse practitioner, Deepthy is well versed in her profession and takes a patient-centric approach to care. She has taken on leadership roles including Nurse Supervisor and Lead Cardiology Nurse Practitioner.
MA, RN, NPD-BC
Sandra Emmanuel is a long-standing member of the American Association of Indian Nurses, New Jersey chapter 2 (AAIN-NJ2). She was the President of American Association of Indian Nurses of New Jersey, Chapter 2 (AAIN NJ2) from 2019 – 2020. One of her accomplishments as the president was hosting NAINA 6th Clinical Excellence Conference. She was able to pull together a capable team, motivate them to use their strength; together they executed a well-attended, profit-making event for NAINA. More recently as NAINA Chair of Professional Development/Education, Sandra was able to maintain one of NAINA’s initiatives to get
re-accreditation as an ANCC provider. Maintaining the continuing education credits involved working with the 22 chapters from 15 different states.
MSN, RN, CCRN-K
Mrs. Umamaheswari (Uma) Venugopal, the past president (2021-2022) of the American Association of Indian Nurses of New Jersey Chapter 2 (AAIN-NJ2) is a versatile leader, mentor, and an inspiring role-model with about twenty plus years of experience in many leadership roles. The foundational nursing education from India provided the strength to pursue her passion and talent to lead and teach in the United States.
RN, MSN, MBA, PMH-BC, PhDH
Tara Shajan was born and raised in Pondicherry, India. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune and was later commissioned into the Army as Lieutenant and went on to serve the country for 4 years. Ms. Shajan migrated to America in 2004 and worked as Registered Nurse. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters in Nursing Leadership and a MBA with a concentration in Hospital Administration in 2017. Ms. Shajan currently works as Director of Nursing at NYCHHC Lincoln Hospital and Assistant Professor at Long Island University Post.