Our Team


Our Team

We at Vacha are a group of women with varied backgrounds in social activism, community work, media, research, writing, teaching and homemaking.


Dineshwari Thonse:  Dineshwari Thonse has been active in the women’s movement for last three decades. She is a supervisor/lecturer in Smt. Mittal College of Commerce and a Trustee, TOUCH- Turning Opportunities for the Under privileged and Child Health. She brings in her organisational skills and expertise as being part of the educational system on board.

Meenal Patel: Meenal Patel is a well known actor in theatre and television in Hindi and Gujarati, including street theatre. She brings in her creative ideas in developing advocacy material in form of songs and poems on girls and women’s issues.

Sonal Shukla, Managing Director: Sonal Shukla has a background in Gandhian Education, Literature and Aesthetics. She has been actively involved with Indian Women’s Movement from its inception. She is on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Girlhood Studies, Montreal and of the quarterly Quest in Education, Mumbai.  Shukla is responsible for heading and guiding the team.

Dr. Vibhuti Patel: Dr. Vibhuti Patel has been active in the women’s movement for last three decades and is a well known Economist. Dr Vibhuti Patel is Professor and Head of  Post Graduate Department of Economics, SNDT Women’s University Mumbai. Dr. Patel is on the Board of many social and women’s  organizations.

Core Team:

  • Medhavinee Namjoshi, Executive Director: Medhavinee has a Masters degree in Social work and qualifications  in women’s studies. She has worked on rights of girls, children and adolescents from rural, tribal, institutional and of urban  backgrounds for the last 15 years. She is responsible for management of projects as well as for building vision for the organisation.  Medhavinee is also the Coordinator of ‘Learning Community’ a network of 7 organisations working on adolescent girls rights.

  • Nischint Hora,Administrator: Nischint has qualifications in literature, media and and women’s Studies . She has worked with Door Darshan, the National television channel for eighteen years. She has been with Vacha for 18  years. She has produced documentaries and books for Vacha and has worked extensively on creative expressions of girls.

  • Yagna Parmar,Senior  Project Coordinator: Yagna has a Masters  degree in Social Work in which she topped her university course. In addition Yagna has a Diploma in career counseling. She has worked  on programme implementation and on building monitoring designs for seven years. She has built community level networks in project areas.

  • Trupti Bhusane, Documentation In-charge: Trupti has a background of Library Science. She has worked extensively on production of a volume on available resources for health education for girls in three major languages.  She trains youth in appropriate use of social media for networking and self expressions.


Our Team

Our Team

Ankita Tambe, Community Organiser

Angha Satavase, Program Manager

Jyoti Sonawane, Community Organiser


Nasreen Shaikh, Community Organiser

Rupali Pethkar-Joshi, Program Manager

Sampada Misal, Community Organiser

 Shabana Siddiqui, Community Organiser

Meena Gaikwad, Program Manager


Priya Patil, Program Manager

Sadiya Khan, Community Organiser

Sanchita Waghmare, Community Organiser

Sneha Chatambali, Community Organiser

Supriya Kocharekar, Accountant