About Us

The TISA Story

TISA began as a spontaneous and indigenous self help movement run by volunteers around 2007, initially online.  Here is a brief description of complex events (Read the TISA Story).

We are team of volunteers and Transfluencers. TISA is a volunteer-driven organisation and is currently led by five self-managed teams, each one handling various aspects of delivering selfless service, creating a support system and standing firm on advocating stammering as a diversity.

By the way, what is transfluency? Stammering is neither dysfluency, nor fluency. Beyond such binary, it is a different manner of speaking and hence we choose to call it Transfluency, ie. transcending such narrow definitions. Read More

Leadership Team


Dr. Satyendra Srivastava

Founder, Senior Advisor

A community health consultant working with the voluntary sector since 1993. Pioneered the self-help movement by spearheading the foundation of TISA. He has authored several books including the self-help bible of TISA- “Apna Haath Jagannath”. (More) (Interview) (linkedin)


Dr. Amit Bajaj

Technical Advisor

Amit left India for the USA at age 27 – with a stutter and many dreams. He trained as an SLP and became an educator. As an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston, he teaches graduate students how to work with people who stutter. In 2021 he decided to connect with his roots in India and began to volunteer in TISA as a friend, sounding board, and technical advisor. (More)


Harish Usgaonker

President, Former National Coordinator

A Software Engineer by profession, from multi-national corporate to co-founding a startup at present, being a TISA volunteer is always dear to heart. Been with TISA since 2009, with roles like co-editor, Asst. National Coordinator and National Coordinator in the past. (More) (Interview)

The Core Group

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Vikas Ranga

Program Coordination (Offline)

The Program Coordination Team (Offline), led by Vikas Ranga at The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), manages a range of activities focused on offline SHGs and related initiatives. Their responsibilities include documenting and updating SHG information on stammer.in for accessibility, conducting confidential annual reviews of SHGs, supporting the formation and promotion of new SHGs, and mentoring during initial stages. They streamline processes for starting new SHGs, organize workshops nationwide led by authorized facilitators, and oversee proposals for national conferences, ensuring adherence to TISA guidelines and transparency. The team also handles publicity through social media and PR channels to promote TISA activities effectively.

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Rohil Zalke

Program Coordination (Online)

The Program Coordination Team (Online), headed by Rohil Zalke at The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), is tasked with several key responsibilities. They streamline the onboarding process for online activities and notifications, ensuring new members are assigned mentors for initial support. The team organizes a variety of activities such as mock interviews, debates, and talent shows, announced through platforms like Telegram or WhatsApp. They establish and manage a volunteer pool to facilitate smooth event execution and maintain discipline by identifying and addressing any misconduct among members. Additionally, the team handles publicity efforts across social media, PR materials, and announcements to promote TISA’s initiatives effectively.


Dhruv Gupta

Training & Education

The Training & Education Team, led by Dhruv Gupta at The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), focuses on empowering people who stammer (PWS) and their allies. Their programs include structured courses like TOPG and Live My Best Self, aimed at reducing stammering mindset and improving communication skills. They also facilitate OpenMOOC for self-paced learning. For specific groups like college students and women, TISA offers targeted support through workshops and practical guidance. Additionally, the team organizes in-person training at Herbertpur and promotes involvement in Toastmasters Clubs for ongoing skill development and community integration.

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Dinesh Singh


The Outreach Team led by Dinesh Singh oversees critical functions for The Indian Stammering Association (TISA). They manage stammer.in, ensuring maintenance, backups, and compliance with licenses and hosting requirements. The team includes an editorial and creative division responsible for maintaining quality content and managing publicity across social media and PR channels. They organize writing and painting competitions that lead to digital or physical publications and produce Samwad, a quarterly newsletter translated into various languages. Additionally, the team ensures basic documentation of TISA’s organizational history through annual reports and preserves important archival data such as photos from national conferences.

Harish Usgaonker


Harish Usgaonker leads the Communications Team at The Indian Stammering Association (TISA) as President and Communication Coordinator. The team’s responsibilities include maintaining a membership roster, coordinating participation in international events, fostering collaborations with other stammering associations, and facilitating engagement with universities and PhD researchers. They ensure effective communication and collaboration across TISA’s self-managed teams, conducting regular check-ins to motivate volunteers and core members. Additionally, Harish oversees fundraising, accounting, and grievance redressal processes, ensuring transparency and efficiency in financial management and resolving member concerns promptly through dedicated channels.

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Nikhil Iyer

Member of Core Team, Former National Coordinator

Nikhil is a Banker in a private sector bank by profession and a music lover, blogger, YouTuber by passion. He is ably leading Mumbai SHG as the SHG coordinator and contributing enormously to TISA national events notably the virtual national conferences of 2020 & 2021. He is also spearheading various online voluntary initiatives with TISA and has taken leadership roles like Asst. National Coordinator within the core team in the past. (More) (YouTube Channel) (Blog)

Past Noted Volunteers


Jai Prakash Sunda

Former President, Former National Coordinator

From a techie to entrepreneur, a banker and now in Canada, JP as he is fondly known, has made tremendous contribution to the self help movement as the past National Coordinator (2010 – 2015) and initiated the idea of National Conference, now the most awaited annual event. (More, Youtube Interview 2012)


Amit Singh Kushwaha

Hindi Resource & Translations

Working as Special Educator in the Education Department (Govt Sector), Amit has been in TISA since 2010. He has written a e-book ‘Sweekaryata’ based on his life experiments with Acceptance with stammering besides participating in numerous TISA events. (Special Blog, New skills under the lockdown)


Abhinav Singh

IT and Technical Team

A Technology Enthusiast, a IT start-up founder and a favourite tech-expert and speaker at institutes like Symbiosis, Abhinav has given presentations from Big Data and analytics in institutes to stammering and self help in Barcamp. He is also a big supporter of the open source software movement. He is a co-founder of Cloudxlab, founder DejaView.ai. (more)

Our Lives Inspire

Bhupendra Singh Rathore

Social Media Admin

The young lad with a never say die attitude. Bhupendra has pushed himself out of his conform zone and went on the path of acceptance and self help. He initiated a lot of ideas and drives regular Hangout sessions to help the PWS. He is passionate about textile and fashion industry. (Interview)

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(Late) Dr Akash Acharya

Co-Founder, TISA

A social scientist, a teacher and a dear friend: He will always be missed by us. (Condolences from Harish, Condolences from Manish K Rami)

Thank you

Many gratuitous events and kind people have helped us in last two decades – too many to be recounted, but still we have tried our best below.

Our Deepest Gratitude

Many thanks to Dr Pradeep (Samagra Trust, Dehradun). Samagra was the place where most of us met in the early years – 2006 to 2009, when idea of self-help took roots. Dr Alok (Medicasynegie, Kolkata) has offered valuable help constantly: Medicasynergie hosted our Communication workshop in April 2010. SMTA, Vikasnagar hosted our first workshop in Jan 2010. Herbertpur Christian Hospital and Anugrah have supported many of our workshops and events.

Thanks to many media person also, who have helped and spread the word. Much thanks to many other institutions and individuals: Dr. Farida D’Silva Dias, YMCA, Goa. Dr Noura Embabi (SPEAK). Many thanks to all the SHGs, volunteers, friends. Thanks to Dipesh, Abhinav, Dhruv (SPEAK) and Vishal who volunteered to set up this website. Our gratitude to Dr Akash Acharya, Mr Viren Gandhi, Mr Virendra Shirse, Mr Jasbir Sandhu and Mr Pramod (Chandigarh) too, who have supported TISA from the very beginning.

Finally, Sachin wishes to express his deepest gratitude to Sri Chandraswami Udasin ji of Dumet– the silent saint of Yamuna valley, whose blessings got the ball rolling sometime in 2004; who emphasised that selfless service is a limb of Yoga; who convinced us through his life that a deeper communication can happen without words. He sincerely thanks Br Ananta Chetan too, for his valuable feedback, encouragement and precious company (Talk the walk).

Many more friends who have jumped in from time to time- and offered immense help: Yaadgar, Raja Poladi, Romi Arora, Ravindra Sonsurkar, many friends in Chennai, Herbertpur, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Banglore, Hyderabad and so on…

Our families and friends who have encouraged us on, even when they had no clue and were worried!