Board of Directors
Faudia D. Baijnauth, Chairperson
Faudia is a founding member of ICA and the current Chair of the Board of Directors. She is responsible for the overall governance and direction of the organization to ensure that ICA operates to its fullest capacity. Faudia graduated with a bachelor degree in political science from Baruch College and earned her masters degree in social work from Hunter College. Faudia is a licensed social worker who works for Housing & Services, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in New York City.
She was born in Corentyne, Guyana and moved to New York in 1998. To view her LinkedIn profile, click here.
Artee Perumal, Vice Chairperson
Artee works at NYC's Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Labor Policy and Standards as their Paid Care Advocate. In this role, she is dedicated to defending the rights of paid care workers (nannies, house cleaners and home health aides), improving the quality of paid care jobs, and strengthening the paid care system. Artee previously worked at the Vera Institute of Justice for ten years in the Youth Justice Department as a Research Assistant and the Office of the President as the Development Coordinator. She holds an Masters in Public Administration (MPA), specializing in Urban Affairs from John Jay College and a BA in Political Science from Queens College. Artee is also a member, previous senior teacher and dancer at the Natraj Center for Performing Arts. In 2006, Artee attained her Rangapravesam in the Kuchipudi dance style under the tutelage of Shrimati Sadhana Paranji. She has performed locally and internationally for several humanitarian missions and fundraisers.
Artee has been a volunteer with ICA for almost 5 years and is committed to helping ICA expand its network of services to comprehensively serve and assist the Indo-Caribbean Community. Her family is from Kitty and Eccles, Gerogetown, Guyana, and she was born in Bushwhick, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Kew Garden Hills, Queens. To view her LinkedIn profile, click here.
Diana Persaud, Treasurer
Diana works at JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Private Bank as a Hedge Fund Controller. She has over eight years of experience in the financial industry including four years of audit experience at KPMG. She holds an MBA in accounting from Pace University and is currently studying for the CPA exam. Diana migrated with her family from Guyana in 1995 and has always held a strong interest in identifying similarities and differences in Indo-Caribbean culture and practices with those of South Asia. Diana has served as a mentor with ICA and also served as a mentor to inner city children through other mentoring organizations. Her goal is to enrich the lives of the local community by promoting awareness of resources and opportunities available to help every aspiring person realize their potential and attain their goals, even in the face of adversity. To view her LinkedIn profile, click here.
Shivika Rajkisore, Secretary
Shivika has a been a volunteer with ICA since 2011. She started as a co-creator of the Mentoring Program and then volunteered for multiple years as a mentor in that program. She has taken on other responsibilities on behalf of the organization including organizing events, developing programs, and doing outreach in Queens.
Shivika graduated with a degree in biology from Hunter College and received her masters in education from Pace University. She is currently a public school teacher at a transfer high school, which serves students who are overage and under-credited, in Canarsie, She is also a member of her school’s leadership team. Shivika was born in Guyana and lives in Richmond Hill, Queens. To view her LinkedIn profile, click here.
Bihari Lall, Director
Bihari is a franchise owner at Denny’s of Brooklyn and Denny’s of Jackson Heights. He is Vice President of Bedessee Imports, an import, export, manufacturer of food products, and is the Owner of Gitto’s Farmer’s Market at the Brooklyn Terminal Market. His journey began as part of a father/son duo at Ramela International, Ltd., a specialty food distribution company his father started. There, Bihari learned the intricacies of importing specialty foods, creating packaging, and targeting specific consumers. Those skills helped lay the foundation for his business portfolio today. Bihari joined our Board in 2016 and sits on our Youth Programs committee.
Bihari was born in Manhattan and lives in Queens, New York. His parents are from Enmore and Leguan villages in Guyana.
Former Board Members:
Richard S. David