AACO Board Members

Led by Assyrian American Professionals in Arizona.

 
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.

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.

Alan Mooshakh

Atouraya Bet Younadam  is a Co-Founder of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona and is currently the Vice President of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. He also serves as Chairman of Marketing and Social Media for AACO, as well as a Board of Director for Gishru, an organization which hosts and organizes an annual birthright trip to the Assyrian homeland. He has written articles for numerous Assyrian publications including: Zinda Magazine, the Assyrian Star and Nineveh Magazine. He was also a co-founder of the former Assyrian American National Coalition, the first political lobbying group for Assyrian-Americans. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems in 2005. Born in Chicago, IL to a proud Assyrian-American family, Atouraya’s father, Sahda (Martyr) Nadan Younadam, instilled in his son a passion for the Assyrian nation at an early age. Atouraya believes that a strong focus on preserving the Assyrian culture and language is crucial to the continued survival of the Assyrian nation. Philanthropy has long been a priority of Atouraya's and this mindset extends to Assyrians and non-Assyrians alike; he believes that a community can remain strong as long as those within that community are willing to help others. 

Atouraya Bet Younadam is a Co-Founder of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona and is currently the Vice President of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. He also serves as Chairman of Marketing and Social Media for AACO, as well as a Board of Director for Gishru, an organization which hosts and organizes an annual birthright trip to the Assyrian homeland. He has written articles for numerous Assyrian publications including: Zinda Magazine, the Assyrian Star and Nineveh Magazine. He was also a co-founder of the former Assyrian American National Coalition, the first political lobbying group for Assyrian-Americans. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems in 2005. Born in Chicago, IL to a proud Assyrian-American family, Atouraya’s father, Sahda (Martyr) Nadan Younadam, instilled in his son a passion for the Assyrian nation at an early age. Atouraya believes that a strong focus on preserving the Assyrian culture and language is crucial to the continued survival of the Assyrian nation. Philanthropy has long been a priority of Atouraya's and this mindset extends to Assyrians and non-Assyrians alike; he believes that a community can remain strong as long as those within that community are willing to help others. 

Atouraya Bet Younan

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.

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.

Vivian Haji

 
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. He was previously a Scientist for Henkel where he developed many products on the market such as Dial for Men Body Qash 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.

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. He was previously a Scientist for Henkel where he developed many products on the market such as Dial for Men Body Qash 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.

Dan Khamis

Nineveh Zomaya  serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Nineveh is originally from Chicago, IL and joined AACO in 2014, where she began as Treasurer until 2016. Nineveh serves as Chairman of Education and Cultural events, leading projects including Assyrian Women's and Kha B'Nissan events. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the Art Institute of Phoenix, and she currently works as a Senior Accounts Receivable Analyst with CVS Corporation. Nineveh's mission is to bring together communities in order to educate and raise awareness of the roots of the Assyrian culture and diversity. In her free time, she likes to work out and travel abroad.

Nineveh Zomaya serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. Nineveh is originally from Chicago, IL and joined AACO in 2014, where she began as Treasurer until 2016. Nineveh serves as Chairman of Education and Cultural events, leading projects including Assyrian Women's and Kha B'Nissan events. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the Art Institute of Phoenix, and she currently works as a Senior Accounts Receivable Analyst with CVS Corporation. Nineveh's mission is to bring together communities in order to educate and raise awareness of the roots of the Assyrian culture and diversity. In her free time, she likes to work out and travel abroad.

Nineveh Zomaya

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 Prosecutor 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.

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 Prosecutor 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.

Sargon Khananisho

 
Saita Daniel  serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. She also serves as the Chairman of Charitable Outreach for AACO. 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. During her free time, she enjoys reading, being active, and spending time with family and friends.

Saita Daniel serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. She also serves as the Chairman of Charitable Outreach for AACO. 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. During her free time, she enjoys reading, being active, and spending time with family and friends.

Saita Daniel

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. During his free time, he enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family.

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. During his free time, he enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family.

Eli Gewargis

Shmony Younadam  serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. She also serves as the Chairman of Events for AACO and is the Seyfo Center Representative of Arizona. She is originally from Dohuk, Iraq and has lived in Arizona for the past 20 years.  She aims to preserve the Assyrian culture within family and the community through intentionally speaking the Aramaic language, cooking traditional meals, and participating in cultural events. She has taught the Assyrian language to members of AACO and Assyrian Student Association (ASA). Shmony is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Paradise Valley Community College and is a mother of 3 beautiful girls, Umta (18), Enuma (15), and Arbileena (5). In her free time, she enjoys dining out, listening to Assyrian music, and spending time with her loved ones.

Shmony Younadam serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona. She also serves as the Chairman of Events for AACO and is the Seyfo Center Representative of Arizona. She is originally from Dohuk, Iraq and has lived in Arizona for the past 20 years.  She aims to preserve the Assyrian culture within family and the community through intentionally speaking the Aramaic language, cooking traditional meals, and participating in cultural events. She has taught the Assyrian language to members of AACO and Assyrian Student Association (ASA). Shmony is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Paradise Valley Community College and is a mother of 3 beautiful girls, Umta (18), Enuma (15), and Arbileena (5). In her free time, she enjoys dining out, listening to Assyrian music, and spending time with her loved ones.

Shmony Younadam