Board of Directors and Members


Hossein Jalali

Board chair, Fundraising committee chair

Dentist in private practice and a longtime leader in the local Iranian-American community

Cynthia Faraday


Graphic designer at UMN, student of Persian language and Iranian culture. Board secretary


Ensi Mohamadi

Vice chair

Interdisciplinary artist, Web/Graphic Designer, Photographer

Mehdi Shokouei


Entrepreneur, Biomedical Scientific,

Videographer & Art Enthusiast 

Jeremy Iggers

Executive Director

Retired journalist and non-profit executive

Niccu Tafarrodi

Board Member

Retired public health doctor, Active in organizing efforts in the local Iranian community

Soheila Kadkhodaian

 Board Member

Directed annual children’s’ performances and has taught Persian language classes

Faranak Soltani Toma

 Board Member

Real State Agent serving the Twin Cities Metro Area

Mitra Jalai

 Board Member

City of St Paul Ward 4 Concilwoman

Afsheen Foroozan

 Board Member


Attorney at law

Ghazale Dadres

Board Member

Public Health researcher, Iranian culture enthusiast and promoter.


Arash Mahnan Faraday

Board Member

Ph.D. student in neuroscience and v.p. of Iranian Culture House at UMN

Leila Rastegar

Board Member

Full Time Artist, Representational Painter