About Latha Mangipudi
I have lived in the US since 1986, when I arrived from India. I have made Nashua my home when we moved here in 1989, and have lived here with my husband Krishna Mangipudi, and two children Sarayu and Vikas.
I have a Master of Science (MSc) in Speech and Hearing from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in India which I earned in 1984. After arriving in the US in 1985, I completed my clinical certification at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in 1988. I’m a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Community involvement and public service have been an integral part of my family. Personally, my first significant involvement was when I took up the responsibility as a co-President of the PTO at Bicentennial Elementary School in 1996. During my tenure, I:
· Increased the volunteer parent participation at the school
· Assembled a team of advisors drawn from the community to help drive the technology and computer modernization decisions
· Actively participated and volunteered in helping classroom teachers with advanced math programs
· Organized a meeting of PTO teams from the city to represent their interests at the central office
Following this, I was a member of the Nashua School Board from 2002-2004. During my tenure, a new High School was built and the existing High School went through extensive renovation.
By profession, I’m a trained Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), and I have worked in this field for over 25 years. During my career, I have worked with all segments of the population, from young children to senior citizens at various hospital settings, group homes and nursing homes providing them with Speech Therapy and related rehabilitation services.
In these engagements, I have had the opportunity to work closely with individuals with Special Needs and with Seniors. I worked diligently to be sensitive to the needs of my clients, and I have often gone the extra mile to advocate for them and their causes by:
· Being personally involved and providing the best service possible
· Raising awareness of their needs in the local community and at the State
· Raising funds for their needs
I started my career at the Fernald State School in Waltham, MA in 1986. Here I dealt with patients who had been committed to the center and had been living there all their lives. I provided therapy services, and helped them with their communication skills.
I moved to New Hampshire in 1989, and worked at the Nashua Memorial Hospital (now Southern NH Hospital) as a SLP for 3 years, where I provided in-hospital service and service in the community.
I started working for the Nashua Center for the Multiply Handicapped (NCMH) and worked in various capacities at the center from 1998 to 2011. At NCMH, as a health service provider, I worked in our community providing:
- Early childhood intervention programs.
- Advocating and helping senior citizens live their lives in comfort and with dignity.
- Programs to support our veterens.
I currently work for Interim Health Care, in Nashua to provide in-home SLP services.
Public Service Involvement
I have also stayed engaged in the community with my involvement in various non-profit organizations.
Activities Involving my Community in Nashua:
I served on the The Nashua Interfaith council for five years of which I was a member-at-large for three years. This organization tries to bring people of various faiths in the community together to understand and service their needs.
I served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Trustfor three years, this organization tries to identify and provide monetary assistance for various non-profit organizations in the community.
I served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Mental Health Association, for one year. This organization is funded to serve individuals in our state who are living with—and recovering from—mental illness and emotional disorders
Activities Involving the Indian Community:
In the Indian community, as Volunteer Coordinator of Chinmaya Marutifor about 10 years, I coordinated cultural education for children in Nashua. Later as a member of the Board of Directors, I actively participated in the decisions for building a new cultural center in Andover, MA.
From 2002 – 2013 I served as the New Hampshire Chapter Chairperson of the US India Political Action Committee. The charter of the committee is to bridge the gap between the Indian Community and the main stream American community by encouraging Indians to participate and get involved in the political process. I have established working relationships with Congressmen, Senators and the White House. In the capacity as the State Chair, to educate and encourage Indian American participation.
I have been the New Hampshire Chairperson of Akshaya Patra, an organization that delivers about 1.2 million mid-day meals to school children in India. I have worked for this cause, to create awareness and raise funds for this organization.