Latha has been living in the U.S. since 1986, when she arrived from India. She has made Nashua her home when she moved here in 1989, and has lived here with her husband Krishna Mangipudi, and two children Sarayu and Vikas.
She has completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Speech and Hearing from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in India which she earned in 1984. After arriving in the U.S. in 1985, she completed her clinical certification at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in 1988. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
PUBLIC SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Community involvement and public service have been an integral part of her family. Personally, her first significant involvement was when she took up the responsibility as a co-President of the PTO at Bicentennial Elementary School in 1996. During her tenure, she:
- 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, she was a member of the Nashua School Board from 2002-2004. During her tenure, a new High School was built and the existing High School went through extensive renovation.
By profession, she is a trained Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), and she has worked in this field for over 25 years. During her career, she has 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.
During these engagements, she has had the opportunity to work closely with individuals with Special Needs and with senior citizens. She has worked diligently to be sensitive to the needs of her clients, and she has 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
She started her career at the Fernald State School in Waltham, MA in 1986. Here she dealt with patients who had been committed to the center and had been living there all their lives. She provided therapy services, and helped them with their communication skills.
She moved to New Hampshire in 1989, and worked at the Nashua Memorial Hospital (now Southern NH Hospital) as a SLP for 3 years, where she provided in-hospital service and service in the community.
She started working for the Nashua Center for the Multiply Handicapped (NCMH) and worked in various capacities at the center from 1998 to 2011. For the last four years at NCMH, she has worked on a program to help seniors live an independent life in the comfort of their home.
She currently works for Interim Health Care, in Nashua to provide in-home SLP services.
PUBLIC SERVICE INVOLVEMENT
She has also stayed engaged in the community with her involvement in various non-profit organizations.
Activities involving her Community in Nashua:
She has served on the The Nashua Interfaith council for five years of which she 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.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust for three years, this organization tries to identify and provide monetary assistance for various non-profit organizations in the community.
She has 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, she has coordinated cultural education for children in Nashua. Later as a member of the Board of Directors, she has 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 U.S. 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. She has established working relationships with Congressmen, Senators and the White House. In the capacity as the State Chair, to educate and encourage Indian American participation.
She has been the New Hampshire Chairperson of Akshaya Patra, an organization that delivers about 1.2 million mid-day meals to school children in India. She has worked for this cause, to create awareness and raise funds for this organization.