AACO

Our Vision

Bridging Assyrian and American culture with outreach and education.

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The mission of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona is to create a sustainable and far reaching social and educational organization to serve the needs of the Assyrian American community of Phoenix, Arizona, and to spark an interest and love for Assyrian culture and heritage.

The Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona, an affiliate of the Assyrian American National Federation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to being a catalyst and guide for Assyrian youth and professionals to achieve harmonious, brotherly love and unity, and to build strong networks for the social and educational advance of our community.

 
From top left to right, Sargon Khananisho, Eli Gewargis, Alan Mooshekh, Dan Khamis.     From bottom left to right, Vivian Haji, Saita Daniel, Gina Toma. 

From top left to right, Sargon Khananisho, Eli Gewargis, Alan Mooshekh, Dan Khamis. 

From bottom left to right, Vivian Haji, Saita Daniel, Gina Toma. 

 
 

AACO Board Members

Led by Assyrian American Professionals in Arizona.

 
Alan Mooshakh

Alan Mooshekh serves as the President of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. He also serves as the Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for both AACO and the Assyrian American National Federation. Alan, originally from Turlock, CA, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. He then obtained a law degree (Juris Doctorate) from Arizona Summit Law School. Shortly after law school, he earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Alan is currently employed as a litigation attorney at Resnick & Louis, P.C. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California, and Colorado. Alan is passionate about advocating for Assyrian related issues. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Saita Daniel serves as the Vice President of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Saita is currently employed as a Bank Specialist at USAA, where she advises military service members, veterans and their families on how to utilize their accounts and membership to maintain financial security. Saita is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Grand Canyon University. She is passionate about contributing to the Assyrian community and appreciates the opportunities shared with like-minded Assyrian American professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being active, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 
Vivian Haji

Vivian Haji serves as the Secretary of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Vivian was born in San Jose, CA and moved to Arizona at a young age. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Life Sciences, at Arizona State University. She pursued her education and obtained a Master of Clinical Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from Barry University. She currently practices as a pediatric Physician Assistant at Pleasant Pediatrics. Vivian is passionate about educating others about the longstanding Assyrian history, helping to preserve our culture and traditions for generations to come. In her spare time, she enjoys taking part in medical mission trips, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Dan Khamis

Dan Khamis serves as the Treasurer of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Dan was born in Kirkuk, Iraq and raised in Midland, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. He then obtained a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in OTC formulation from the University of Cincinnati. Dan is currently employed as a Director of Manufacturing and Innovation at Summit Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he was a Scientist for Henkel, where he developed many products on the market such as Dial Body Wash for Men and Right Guard deodorant. He also is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemist. Dan is passionate about getting the Assyrian youth involved in STEM programs and degrees. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

 
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Eli Gewargis serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Eliah is currently employed as a Non-Injury Claims Adjuster at USAA, where he finds fulfillment in helping military members seek refuge during times of need. He is a husband to his beautiful wife, Diana and a father to his handsome boys, Zakai (13) and Dominic (3).  He is very supportive of the Assyrian community and dedicated to seeking ways to help ensure the community thrives during diaspora. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family.

Sargon Khananisho serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. He also serves as the Chairman of Social Events for AACO. Sargon graduated from Arizona State University earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Communication and the other in Political Science. He then obtained his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from Arizona Summit Law School. Sargon is currently employed as a litigation attorney at Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann. He previously was an Assistant City Prosecutor/Assistant City Attorney for the City of Phoenix. Sargon prides himself on his active involvement in the Assyrian community. In his free time, he enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with his family and friends.

 
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Gina Toma serves as the Chairman of Charitable Outreach for AACO. Gina is currently pursing a Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University and instructs introductory freshmen courses. Her mission is to inspire Assyrian youth to pursue professional education and expand diversity across the work setting. Gina is also an advocate for underrepresented populations and provides educational services for refugees in Arizona. Recently Gina has become able to welcome Assyrian families migrating to Arizona. Aside from volunteering, Gina is a private tutor and finds joy guiding students towards their goals. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and snowboarding.