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The ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and nationwide to develop an informed and empowered Turkish American community, and to support strong U.S.-Turkish relations. The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit us at www.ataa.org

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ATAA is a fast-growing umbrella organization of Turkish American associations throughout the United States, Canada and Turkey, dedicated to pursuing the interests of Turkish Americans and friends of Turkey in Washington and beyond.

ATAA was co-founded by the American Turkish Association of Washington and the Maryland American Turkish Association in an effort to create a national organization representing the Turkish American community.

The first meeting of the ATAA General Assembly was held in May of 1980 in Washington. Delegates from 26 organizations participated and created a coordination committee to write the constitution and bylaws. The bylaws of ATAA were ratified on November 16, 1980 and the first board of ATAA was elected.

Today, the Assembly is an influential and fast growing civic organization that pursues the interests of Turkish Americans and friends of Turkey in Washington and beyond, as well as contributes to the strengthening of relations between the United States and Turkey.

A growing base of individual ATAA members support the work of the Assembly through dues and donations. Financial assistance to the operations of ATAA is also granted from the ATAA Endowment Fund, established to secure the long-term growth of the organization.

To fulfill its mission and objectives, ATAA undertakes a number of activities, such as educational seminars for Turkish American communities on grassroots advocacy and civic leadership; conferences on contemporary political, social and economic issues related to Turkey and US Turkish relations; and cultural events to promote Turkey’s rich traditions, art and heritage.

Working as an information clearinghouse, ATAA regularly publishes reference material on issues that concern the Turkish American community.

ATAA hosts one of the most dynamic websites on Turkey and maintains and extensive e-mail communication network.

ATAA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

Türk Amerikan Dernekleri Asamblesi (ATAA)

Türk Amerikan Dernekleri Asamblesi, başta Amerika Birleşik Devletleri olmak üzere, Kanada ve Türkiye’de faaliyet gösteren ve Türk-Amerikan Derneklerini tek bir şemsiye altında toplayan en kapsamlı sivil toplum kuruluşudur.  ATAA’in başlıca misyonu A.B.D.’de bulunan Amerikalı Türkleri ve Türk dostlarını bir araya getirmek ve bu gurupların Vaşington’daki çıkarlarını gözetmektir. 1979 yılında Vaşington’da kurulduğu günden bu yana, ATAA, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ile A.B.D. arasındaki dostane ilişkilerin geliştirilmesinde ve sürdürülebilir işbirliği alanlarının çeşitlendirilmesinde rol alan en önemli aktörlerden biri olmuştur.

ATAA üstlendiği misyonu, hedeflerini ve stratejik planlarını gerçekleştirebilmek için kapsamlı bir yol haritası izlemekte ve çok sayıda etkinlik düzenlemektedir. Bu çerçevede hayata geçirilen faaliyetlerden bazıları şunlardır: yurttaşlık hakları, bu hakların savunulması ve sivil toplum liderliği konusunda eğitim seminerleri düzenlemek; Türkiye ve Türk Amerikan ilişkilerini yakından ilgilendiren, politik, sosyal ve ekonomik meseleleri konu alan konferanslar sunmak; Türk geleneklerini, sanatını ve zengin tarihi mirasını halka tanıtmak amacıyla kültürel etkinlikler tertiplemek; ATAA’ya bağlı dernekleri birbirleriyle uyumlu çalışmaya yönlendirmek üzere liderlik seminerleri gerçekleştirmek ve Türk ve Amerikan çıkarlarına hizmet eden çok sayıda sosyal faaliyet organize etmek.    

Amerika’da yaşayan Türkleri bir şemsiye altında birleştiren yegâne sivil toplum kuruluşu olan ATAA, Türk-Amerikan toplumunu ilgilendiren konularda düzenli olarak kaynak malzeme yayınlamaktadır; bunlar arasında tutum ve görüş bildiren makale ya da tebliğler, Powerpoint sunumları, kitapçıklar ve elektronik iletişim araçları yer almaktadır. Ayrıca, ATAA bünyesinde geniş bir başvuru merkezi yer almaktadır ve buradan, eğitimcilerin, medya mensuplarının ve vatandaşların, Türkiye ile ilgili konularda çalışmalar yapmış çok sayıda değerli yazarın kitaplarını elde etme imkanları vardır.

1979 yılında kurulmuş olan Türk Amerikan Dernekleri Asamblesi (ATAA), Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)’e tabi, kâr amacı gütmeyen, bir Sivil Toplum Kuruluşudur ve Türk- Amerikan dünyasını etkileyen meselelerde toplumu bilgilendirmeyi ve Türkiye-Amerika arasındaki ilişkileri geliştirmeyi hedeflemektedir. ATAA bir Vaşington DC kurumudur ve Vaşington DC’nin tüzel kanunlarına, kurallarına ve uygulamalarına bağlı olarak yönetilir. Kâr amacı gütmeyen bir kuruluş olmasına rağmen, ATAA kendi iç yasa ve uygulamalarını Kamu Kurumları Muhasebe Reformu ( Public Company Acconting Reform) ve 2002 Yatırımcıları Koruma Yasası (Investor Protection Act of 2002) ile uyumlu hale getirme sürecindedir.

Board of Directors-2016

 

Mehmet Toy, PhD
President

Mehmet Toy received his BS and MS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkiye and Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.  He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast involved in Computer Networking Architectures and Standards.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Toy held executive, managerial and technical positions at ADVA Optical Networking,  Intergenix, Intel Corp., Verizon Wireless, Axiowave Networks, Fujitsu Network Communications, AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies.  He contributed to research, development and standardizations of Cloud Services Architectures, Data Center Network Virtualization Overlays, Self-Managed Networks, Metro Ethernet, DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE), IP Multimedia Systems (IMS), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), optical, IP/MPLS, and wireless.

He published numerous articles, standards contributions, five books and a video tutorial in these areas and Signal Processing. He has four US Patents pending. He served as a tenure-track and adjunct faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments of Stevens Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Dokuz Eylul University. Dr. Toy also served in IEEE Network Magazine Editorial Board, IEEE-USA and IEEE ComSoc at various capacities. He is a member of Cloud Ethernet Forum Board, Sr. Member of IEEE and Chair of IEEE ComSoc Cable Networks and Services Committee, and a Guest Professor of Inonu University, Malatya, Turkiye.

Dr. Toy received various awards from Comcast, IEEE-USA and AT&T Bell Labs, including multiple “Inventor Awards” and “Exceptional Contribution Awards”, and was a recipient of scholarships from Turkish Government, TUBITAK and Koc Holdings.  He also holds “Docent” title from YOK.

Dr. Toy served as an ATAA Trustee, the Chair of Investment Committee in ATAA, and President-Elect of ATAA from 2008 to 2014. Since July, 2014, he has been serving as the President of ATAA.  By “Turkish Forum & Dunya Turkler Birligi”, he was recognized as one of the most successful Turkish professionals in 2014 due to his contributions to Turkish-American Community. Dr. Toy lives with his three sons and wife in Allendale, NJ. 

 

Kenan Caglar
President-Elect

Kenan Caglar serves on the ATAA Executive Committee and Board of Directors as President-elect.  Mr. Caglar also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee which oversees the ATAA Endowment Fund, he is currently on the Education, Anti-Discrimination, and Fundraising Committees. Mr. Caglar received his B.A. Degree in International Marketing at Marmara University, Istanbul. After immigrating to the United States in 1992,  he continued at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he obtained certification in Information Systems. He joined Wells Fargo, where he is Vice President in Enterprise Technology.  His background also includes the construction business in Turkey. As Chairman of the ATAA Investment Committee, Kenan helped marshal considerable growth in the Endowment Fund, based on the principals of prudent investing and disciplined spending.  As Treasurer,  he worked with all budget items to reduce operating costs, bringing thousands of dollars in savings annually. Prior to being elected as President-elect, Mr. Caglar served on the Board of Trustees of ATAA and on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Kenan and his wife Havva, have three daughters and a son, and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Mehmet Celebi
Past President

Mehmet Celebi moved to the US in 1988 and received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Celebi is a co-founder of Arti Bir Group, a group of companies engaged in construction, manufacturing, entertainment and fashion in Turkey and the Middle East. He pioneered several initiatives in Turkey including the first ever Turkish-Hollywood movie and TV Series, where he brought top US celebrities to Turkish television programs. The Group’s live event company is one of Turkey’s largest concert organizers, exclusively representing performers such as Ajda Pekkan, Tarkan and Teoman. In 2009, Mr. Celebi co-organized “Fashionable Istanbul”, Turkey’s first international fashion event featuring top designers such as Roberto Cavalli, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Mr. Celebi has co-founded and/or served on several Turkish-American organizations, including TACA-Chicago (President 2001-2005), ATAA (Midwest VP and Board Member 2001-2005).  Since 2008, he has been a Member of the Dean’s International Council at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where he is working on projects connecting the Turkish academic and business communities. He is a co-founder of the Interfaith & Global Peace Initiative and has served on the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations’ Task Force (2003-2004). Mr. Celebi also serves on the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. During Mr. Celebi’s leadership positions, he worked closely and continues to work with many ethnic communities including Greek, Armenian, Jewish and Arab groups. In 2007, Mehmet joined the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign to have a Turkish voice in the Presidential elections.  He was one of the top fund-raisers for the campaign and later became the Regional Co-Chair of the Finance Committee and a Hillary Clinton’s delegate from Illinois-the first Turkish-American to hold that position. Mehmet is fluent in Turkish, English, Arabic and Spanish, and is married with 3 sons.

 

Ceren Olga Sayan
Secretary

Ceren Olga Sayan grew up in Turkey.  She graduated from Saint Benoit French School and studied art restoration at Istanbul University where she became one of the first students to receive a BA degree of Art Conservation and Restoration.  She started doing volunteer work at an early age, collecting newspapers for a Nursing Home, working with children in Foster Foster Care in Istanbul, and volunteering on several excavations like Assos, Canakkale and Yumuktepe, Mersin. Since moving to the US 12 years ago, she studied Business Skills and Banking and worked in the export-import field such as jewelry business and cattle export to Turkey. She has been actively involved with many Turkish Americans Organizations such as the Istanbul University Alumni Association, Turkish Women's League of America, Ataturk School of New York and others. She played an outstanding role to build networking between Turkish and American Associations by organizing major events such as Melungeons, Native Americans, and Ahiska Turks Relations. She helped to organize the fundraising for Congressman/Congresswoman in New York.  Her goal for ATAA is to help unite Turks to have more political and social power in the US without losing their proud past. She believes in educating the Turkish American Community to be more confident and to build strong relationships in the community they live. She always remembers Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s ideas as the major pathfinder in her goals.  Ms. Sayan is currently an assistant teacher in Immaculate Conception Catholic School and volunteers her free time on public school tutoring in Mathematics. She lives in New York and has a son.

 

Mazlum Kosma
Treasurer

Mazlum Kosma worked as an elementary school teacher in Anatolian country side after graduating from Corum Ilkogretmen Okulu. Later on, he studied at the 19 Mayis Genclik ve Spor Akademisi in Ankara and graduated in 1979. He attended ODTU English Preparatory School and started his graduate studies at ODTU, and then came to USA in 1984 to complete his master’s and doctorate in Sports Administration respectively at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1995 to work for Summer Olympic Games preparation. He lived and worked in the 1996 Summer Olympic Village, also assisting Turkish Olympic team. Since then, he has been living in Atlanta, GA and working at Georgia Tech. He has been active in the Turkish-American community; Former ATAA V.P. Southeastern Region, Chair of 23 Nisan Children’s Day Committee, TACAGA-Board Member, By-Law Committee Member, and currently TACAGA-president. As a musician, folk dancer and a folkdance teacher, he represented Turkish culture in many international festivals in Turkey, Europe and in the US, and also conducted workshops on Turkish Folkdance and culture. He founded Turkish Folkdance Group of Atlanta in 1999 and he has been still performing with the group in festivals in Georgia and neighboring states. He has been a member of ATAA since 2005. He has been also a member of the Georgia Council for International Visitors as a Citizen Diplomat and active in Atlanta International Community. He is married to Winnie Kosma with one daughter, Eda. Mazlum and his wife Winnie like ballroom dancing and attending daughter Eda’s concerts.

 

Kayhan Yılmaz
Capital Region Vice President
(Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Türkiye)

Kayhan Yilmaz is currently a Senior Manager with Cyient, a technology solutions firm where he’s responsible for building new communication services, pre-sales and delivery. He was previously with Accenture where he was working as Business & Systems Integration Manager for large global accounts. He has over 15 years of telecommunications experience and has worked with industry leaders such as Qwest Communications, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Comcast, HP and many others. Kayhan has been an active member of the Turkish American community in Washington DC. He’s currently the project manager for ATAA’s eLearning project (Bright Future) and has recently taken on responsibility for organizing a young professionals group of Turkish Americans. Kayhan graduated from Portland State University with a degree in BA/BBA Technology Marketing, and holds a MS/MSC Information and Telecom Systems degree from Johns Hopkins University of Carey Business School.  He’s currently planning to complete an Executive MBA degree from Boston University.

 

Sevgin Oktay
New York Region Vice President
(New Jersey, New York, Canada)

Sevgin Oktay has been Vice President of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  In that position, he has been involved with both the World Affairs Councils of America and Turkish Cultural Foundation in sending High School teachers to Turkey and in return  their  introducing Turkey into their classrooms (www.hvworldaffairscouncil.org/2011-turkey-study--tour/).  He also co-founded a group called “Concerned People To Set The Record Straight,” and an associated website, www.CPTSTRS.org where he has published thirteen monographs about the Armenian allegations which may be found in the same website along with other resources.  In addition, Mr. Oktay has been active in local politics and was successful in having an US congressman join the Congressional Turkey Caucus. Sevgin Oktay was born in Saray, Tekirdağ in Turkey and spent most of his childhood in Safranbolu.  He came to the United States in 1955 after graduating from Tarsus American High School with honors.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Antioch College, Yellow springs, Ohio and his Masters and Professional Mechanical Engineering Degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY. After graduation, he joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Laboratories of the International Business Machines Corporation as a research scientist.  He has published extensively in scientific and professional journals and books in the areas of heat transfer and computer systems technology. He has more than 40 published inventions and holds 13 U.S. Patents. During his tenure at IBM, he held various technical and managerial positions ranging from research, development and manufacturing to Senior Product Program Manager at IBM Headquarters in Somers, NY.  He retired from IBM in 1993.  After retirement, Mr. Oktay started a second career in the area of Intellectual Property Protection.  He became a registered U.S. patent agent and held various patent consultant and advisory positions at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in Stamford, Connecticut and at White & Case LLP in New York prior to expanding his own business at Oktay Enterprises International, LLC.  Sevgin Oktay is a founding and honorary member of the Society of Turkish American Architects, Engineers and Scientists (MIM), and served as its president in 1994 and made it a 503 (c)(3) non-profit organization.   He is an elected Life/ Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.   Mr. Oktay is an avid flyer and hence currently a Flying Patent Agent (www.FlyingPatentAgent.com ).  He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).   In addition to flying, he enjoys playing tennis and musical instruments, and reading.

 

Gokhan Ozalp
Mid Central Region Vice President
(Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio)

Gokhan Ozalp was born and raised in Ankara.  He attended TED Ankara Koleji and later received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Hacettepe University, Ankara. Mr. Ozalp moved to the U.S. in 1995 for higher education. He received a M.S. degree in Information Systems and an MBA with a Specialization in International Business Management from Eastern Michigan University. Professionally, Mr. Ozalp worked as a developer and a project manager in the medical device software industry. He is an expert in critical embedded software systems and their safety analysis. Currently, Mr. Ozalp works as a Quality Manager for a medical device startup in Michigan developing 3D Medical Imaging Applications. Mr. Ozalp has been an involved member of Turkish-American community in Michigan since 1995. He served as a Board member for Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan from 2009 to 2010 and was on the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2012. During his term as a Board member, Mr. Ozalp chaired the organization’s Grassroots and Outreach committee which was established to work on a special project with ATAA to create a Grassroots movement within the Turkish Community in Michigan. Mr. Ozalp was involved in inspiring and training community members to participate in advocacy and outreach on issues relevant to Turkey and Turkish citizens living in the US.  He organized meetings and events to educate and foster relationships with elected officials, politicians and other ethnic groups in Michigan. Mr. Ozalp is married, has a son and lives in Michigan.


Bülent Doğruyol
Northeast Region Vice President
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Bulent Dogruyol received his BS and MS in Materials Science from Darmstadt Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. He also received an MS in Mechanical engineering from Michigan State University (MSU). Professionally he worked at VFW-Fokker in Bremen, Germany, General Motors, Corp. in Flint, MI and Rochester, NY and as well as Adapco in Melville, NY. He then took over the Business Information Services and IT operations ant Parfumerie Douglas Cosmetics USA (a Germany-based cosmetics retail giant with 1,200+ stores and 3+ billion in annual turnover) in Westport, CT. His involvement in Turkish American causes goes back to his MSU years where he served as the president and board member of the Turkish Students Association. He helped organize a lecture by Mr. Bulent Ecevit on the Cyprus issue at MSU. As an active member of Southern New England Turkish American Cultural Association (SNETACA) in Connecticut he served as their president and board member in several capacities. He was instrumental in raising awareness in the community on issues like the Armenian allegations against Turkey, communication with elected representatives, participation in the elections, educating and creating opportunities for Turkish American youth, educating the community in immigration and health matters. He has also been a member of ATAA and FTAA and served at FTAA as a board member. Furthermore, he has been a long time active member of Bizim Koro in CT (a Turkish classical music choir) and participated in a series of concerts that the choir gave in Turkey.

 

Dr. Selim Erhan
Midwest Region Vice President
(Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Dr. Selim Erhan was born in Istanbul Turkey. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Istanbul, he continued his studies at Western Michigan University with a Ph.D. in Polymer-Organic Chemistry. After teaching at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Lake Michigan College, he started a research career first at the USDA’s Agricultural Utilization Research Center in Peoria then moved into private industry working on applied and theoretical research on lubricants and emulsions. He is the Chicago Section President for the Society and Lubrication Engineers.  While he was studying at Western Michigan University he was active in the University’s International events and was the co-chair of the Turkish Student Organization giving presentations on travelling in Turkey and Turkey’s rich history. Currently Dr. Erhan lives in the suburbs of Chicago and is married with two children.  Joining TACA in Chicago he became active in educational activities and in 2009 was the co-founder of the highly successful TACA - Public Outreach Program. Aiming at educating middle school, high school and University students as well as the American public on important issues the Organization brought I speakers like Prof. Justin McCarthy, Prof. Turkkaya Ataov, Emre Kongar and Lincoln McCurdy from TCA. He became ATAA’s Grassroots Grant Chair for Illinois. Staying active in the program, Dr. Erhan continued giving lectures on Turkey, Turkey’s history and Ataturk in high schools and volunteered in Turkish and international festivals.  In 2013 he served as the Volunteer Chair in the Chicago Turkish Festival.  Joining TACA’s Board of Directors in 2013 he became the Director of the Ataturk School and the Adult Turkish School. Currently he is the TACA Public Outreach Chair and continues to work with Dr. Erol Yorulmazoglu, former VP of ATAA’ Midwest Region and ATAA’s Education Chair, preparing seminars and conferences to reach out and enlighten the public in the Midwest region. Dr. Erhan is planning to continue working on bringing Turkish and American groups together using his organization skills, people skills, education skills and his passion for harmony and peace.

 

Ayca Altintig
Western Region Vice President
(Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Guam, American Samoa)

Ayca Altintig was born and raised in Istanbul. She graduated from Uskudar American Academy, and then received her B.Sc in Business Administration from Bogazici University. She came to the US for her graduate studies, and completed her M.Sc and Ph.D. in Finance at Louisiana State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Altintig is a well published of scientific articles in corporate governance and entrepreneurial finance. An active volunteer since her high school days volunteering for orphanages to working in Lions clubs in Istanbul, Dr. Altintig has been involved with the Turkish American community in Southern CA since she moved to the region in 2003. Being an educator, she feels a great draw to the education of Turkish American children in the US, and has worked very actively with the Orange County Turkish School as a teacher, treasurer and director of the close to five years. She has also been very active on the Board of directors of the Orange County Turkish American Association and served as the secretary of the umbrella association ATASC. Currently she is the President-Elect of ATASC and will continue to serve this umbrella organization for the next four years.

 

Fusun Bubernack
Mid Atlantic Region Vice President
(Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

Philanthropist, mentor and technology driven business executive, Fusun Bubernack is the president of a telecommunications technology company located right here in the Lehigh Valley:  Eastern Telephone & Telecommunications (ET&T). Fusun graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where she met her husband Mike. They have been married for 27 years and they share a business partnership together.  Fusun and Mike have two  daughters. Merjan is a senior at Georgetown University and Sirma is a freshman at St. Joseph’s University. Fusun Bubernack volunteers her time as a board member for the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and is a member of the Tocqueville Society of United Way.  Fusun Bubernack is also the one of the founders of Lehigh Valley Turkish American Association and  currently an active member.

 

Prof. Dr. Hakan Kaya
Northwest Region Vice President
(Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho)

Hakan Kaya has been an active Turkish American leader since he moved to the US in 1993. He was the founding president of Turkish American Cultural Association of Inland Northwest. He was able to get April 23 accepted as the International Day by one of the local schools where presentations about Turkiye and Ataturk essay contests were carried out multiple years in a row. He has worked closely with the well-established, very active Turkish American Community in Seattle regarding Turkish American matters over the years, served on the board of TACAWA (Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington) as the Eastern Washington representative in the past. He was fortunate to serve as the ATAA Northwest Region Vice President in 2005-2007. Dr. Kaya who was the recipient of ATAA 2004 Outstanding Achievement in the Arts/Sciences Award continues to promote Turkish Americans and Turkiye by being a very active community member in his region. Being raised in Ankara, Turkey, Hakan Kaya graduated from Ankara Ataturk Anatolia High School (Ankara Ataturk Anadolu Lisesi) in 1986 and spent a year as an AFS exchange student in Wamego, Kansas. Upon returning to Turkey, he attended Ankara University School of Medicine (Ankara Universitesi Tip Fakultesi). Following graduation from medical school in 1993, he moved to US with his wife Hulya to do his post-graduate residency training. Dr. Kaya completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma in 1997 followed by hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplantation fellowships at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He has been living in Spokane, WA with his wife and daughter since 2001. Prof. Dr. Hakan is currently a practicing physician and partner at Cancer Care Northwest. He is the Director of the Inland Northwest Myeloma/Lymphoma and Transplant Program. He is also a Clinical Professor at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine of Washington State University where he co-chairs the hematology/oncology course committee. He has been charged with developing and teaching the hematology-oncology course in this newly opened medical school. He has also been an active clinical faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine's Spokane campus since 2002, where he gives regular didactic lectures and provides clinical rotations for residents/medical students. Prof. Dr. Hakan Kaya is also an adjunct professor at Voiland School of Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where gives lectures to PhD student, assists faculty and graduate students in basic science projects in cancer, and is a consultant to WSU faculty in developing multiple myeloma related basic science projects. Outside of work, Dr. Kaya spends most of his time with his family. He also enjoys practicing martial arts (World Taekwondo Association certified 1st Dan Black Belt) which helps him to cope with daily stresses of being a cancer doctor.

 

Erdal Sipahi
Southwest Region Vice President
(Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas)

Erdal Sipahi was born in Ankara and came to United States in 1979.  He received his BBA degree in System Analysis from University of Texas at Arlington.  Mr. Sipahi has been working in Oncology Centers since 1980, namely Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine in Dallas, Moncrief Radiation Center in Fort Worth, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge and U.T. Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  His specialty is Oncology Information Systems specifically in high dose radiation treatment systems.   He has proudly served as Vice President of TURANT-Dallas in 1992, President of TURANT in 1993, ATA Houston V.P. of social events in 1996, and Fundraising Chairman of ATA Houston in 2014.  He is married to Selmin Sipahi with two children, Madeleine and Deniz.


Fuat Ornarli
Southeast Region Vice President
(Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

Fuat Ornarli, is structural engineer graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1974, and worked as a designer / contractor in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and USA. He published three engineering handbooks as co-author. He developed structural software and it was approved by the Ministry of Public Work to be used in the market. He has been involved in the Turkish American community in South Florida since 2000. He served in several civil associations as volunteer, and dedicated his time to establish a Turkish Center in Florida. He is trustee for Florida Turkish center, and board member in Florida Turkish American Association. He is also the president of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has two children.


Board of Trustees -2016

Kürşad Doğru, Chairman
Esma Akin
Oya Bain
Rebii Dagoglu
Gunay Evinch
Engin Inel Holmstrom
Tunca Iskir
Bonnie J. Kaslan
Davut Okutcu
Nurettin Sabuncu
Esra Ugurlu
Ulku Ulgur

ATAA Central Office

Hakan Dakın, Art, Media & Communications Director





 

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