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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Reza Karkia, Board President

Dr. Reza Karkia is the president of American Institute of Higher Education Resources (AIHER). He is Emeritus Executive Director of Academic Affairs at California State University, and has more than 30 years’ experience in education, senior management, and leadership. He is an involved and participating community member of Orange County at large in all areas of education, businesses, and constructive politics. Dr. Karkia has served the State of California under four recent Governors as Commissioner, California Council on Criminal Justice (CCCJ). As a ranking member of CCCJ, he has advised the Governor and legislator of the State of California on policy direction to California’s Office of Homeland Security, Board of Correction, and Office of Emergency Services. Within CCCJ Dr. Karkia has served as Chair, California Drug Treatment Task Force & Chairman of California criminal Justice planning bylaw committee.

Dr. Behzad Izadi, Board Treasure & Secretary

Behzad is an educator with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and research. He has served as an assistant/associate professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at the University of Idaho, Moscow for 9 years. His responsibilities included teaching engineering courses, conducting research, advising undergraduate and graduate students and presenting and publishing papers. He is serving the Computer Information System/Business division of the Cypress College as a professor since 2002. His responsibilities include teaching basic and advanced computer networking courses, managing grant funding and preparing students for employment through internship and other opportunities.

Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)

Judge James P. Gray (Retired) has been a member of the California judicial council, the alcohol advisory board to the orange county board of supervisors, the advisory board to the California department of alcohol & drug programs, the board of directors of the volunteer center of orange county as well as the orange county law library, and has served as an elected member of the executive committee of the orange county superior court.  He is presently on the board of directors for the Nicholas academic center, which tutors and mentors high school students, and is the chair of the world affairs council of orange county.  He also was the founding president of the William P. Gray chapter of the American inns of court; a member of the board of councilors of the USC law school; a member of the committee on juvenile justice for the California judicial council; and a founder of peer court, which adjudicates real juvenile cases in numbers of orange county’s high schools using students as jurors.  In 2009 the constitutional rights foundation of orange county named its annual "judge of the year" award after him.

Dr. Kathy M. Anderson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., J.D., A.B.A.A.R.M.

Dr. Anderson has been a board certified Ob/Gyn in the state of California for the past 22 years. She is also certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and has been incorporating this specialty into her practice for the past 4 years. Dr. Anderson graduated with multiple honors, and second in her graduating class, from Loma Linda University, and completed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is also an attorney, and graduated as the Valedictorian of her Law School class in 2007, at Whittier Law School. She is highly active in her community, and serves on the Governing Board of Orange County Global Medical Center. In addition, she is a Professional Service Responder for the Orange County Sherriff’s Office. She has been awarded the honor of Top Docs of Orange County by Orange County Medical Association, for many consecutive years.

Atoosa Vakili, J.D.

Atoosa Vakili is the founder and managing attorney at the Law Office of Atoosa Vakili, US Immigration Legal Services, based in Irvine, CA. She specializes in employment and investment based visas and green cards as well as in consular processing. Atoosa obtained her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar and the 9th Federal Circuit in 1989. An active member of the California Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), she currently serves as Advocacy Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of AILA and on the Consular Committee of the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) section of AILA. Atoosa is active in community service and philanthropy and serves on the boards of the CHILD International.

Seema Ali, CFP

Seema Ali is a CFP® professional and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She is the Founding President of Interfaith Task Force (ITF) and an active member of the interfaith community in Southern California. She is passionate about community building and working with non-profit, faith and interfaith leaders in efforts to create positive change. For over a decade, Seema has served in various non-profit leadership positions and is a Board member at South Coast Interfaith Council and a long-standing Board member of the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies.