Regional Co-Chairs

CALIFORNIA

Monica Blake

Ms. Blake is an American of Persian descent. She earned her college degree from the University of San Francisco (BS, Organizational Behavior (Business Administration), cum laude). She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East as a security consultant, and is familiar with the people in those regions.

She has been a political activist since 1979, with special interests in freedom for Iranians and ethnic minorities and alerting the world to the importance of preventing Iran from getting nuclear bombs.

She is the former president of the San Francisco chapter of the California Congress of Republicans. She helped organize a public dialogue between Palestinian spokesperson Hannan Ashrawi and the Consul of Israel for the State of New York.

She was active in Florida during the 2000 Bush campaign. As a member of the Mighty Victory Task Force, she helped organize and mobilize Bush supporters to protest the unlawful election tactics of the Gore campaign and to get out the vote. In 2016, she worked in Nevada for the Trump campaign. This was a hotly contested state, and she was jubilant when victorious.

Ms Blake is the author of Iran: A Nation Under Siege and Iran: the Untold Story, These books were written for the American public to familiarize them with Iranians’ rich culture and their love for Americans and to advance the goal of getting rid of this terrorist regime by peaceful means.She joined AMCD in March 2021.


FLORIDA

Nader Kuroush Parsia was born in Tehran, Kingdom of Iran in August of 1953 to a diplomat parent who served the Imperial Iranian Government. He is of the Zoroastrian faith.

He writes:

My father's last position was Ambassador. We lived in different nations in the Imperial Iranian Embassies assigned to different countries every 2 years for a 4 -year mission, and thus, I was exposed to various political, cultural traditions, and languages of many nations.  My Father spoke 9 languages.  I learned to speak 6 major languages (i.e. English, Russian, German, Italian, Afghan, and some Arabic), and of course, my mother language Parsi /Persian.  

From 1961-1965 we were stationed at Imperial Iranian Embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R. where I attended a Russian school, but later I went to a prominent Anglo-America School in Moscow where I mastered English, and at age of 9,  I proved that the universe was expanding in my science class which impressed the school staff, U.S. & British Ambassadors and they decided to award me a big metal airplane model of Pan Am , and asked my parents to have me sent to the U.S. to be educated in Air & Space institutes which my parents refused since I was only 9 years old .

While my father was serving the Imperial Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and got stationed in Amman, Kingdom of Jordan in 1970 my parents sent me to boarding Alley International College (a branch of American University of Beirut , Lebanon ) from 1970 -72, but when Lebanon entered a bloody civil war, my father sent a special rescue force from the Imperial Iranian Embassy in Jordan who came to Beirut, Lebanon and returned me safely to Jordan to my parents, and then from there I was sent to my father's cousin in Salt Lake City, Utah where I attended Brighton High School to finish my 12th grade. While attending the high school I designed, built, and launched the biggest model rocket "Venus-3" and it climbed to an alt. of 10,000 ft. I was then admitted to Brigham Young University (B.Y.U.) in Provo, Utah where I majored in Mechanical Engineering. 

Since I had a burning passion for universe, space, to become an astronaut, aviation, and flying, I transferred to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1974. I remember that former President Ronald Reagan (who was on his presidential campaign 1976-77) visited our University, and gave a great speech at the student center where I got to meet and talk to him; then he went to Daytona Speed Race Track and gave the trophy to Richard Petty (the champion driver), and after a great party he returned to California.

In 1975 Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) had purchased 80 F-14 Tomcats from Grumman Aircraft Mfg. I was one of several honored and lucky students to get into the IIAF training program, but unfortunately, the Revolution intervened. This tragedy led to annihilation of many Imperial Iranian Govt. officials and personnel. My father was captured and tortured for several years until we were able to rescue him and brought him to the U.S. in the 1990s.

From 1978 to 1981 many of us Persians where like chicken running around w/o heads in exile life style without a safe nation in which to reside. Under President Reagan many of us obtained political asylum and he stopped former President Carter's deportations of Iranians who were loyal to the U.S. & the Shah. 

Due to profound love, loyalty, and dedication towards my Motherland, the ancient Kingdom of Persia/Iran, I (like many other military personnel of Imperial Iranian Armed Forces ) could not tolerate seeing our beloved motherland being torn to bits, nor the slaughter of our people with daily executions carried out by Khomeini’s international terrorists, so I decided to join with some former Imperial Iranian Officials in who were in exile throughout Europe and helped to plot a coup d'etat in Iran to bring down terrorist Islamic Regime in Iran in the summer of 1980. I was one of the plotters and physical participant of this tragically failed coup attempt, which resulted in the capture of around 400+ top military officers. The majority of these fine men were slaughtered by evil Khomeini's and P.L.O. terrorist butchers. I miraculously managed to escape execution twice and, later on, three assassination attempts in Europe.

By the end of 1983, I was in Miami, FL. where I joined the U.S. Navy because they had F-14 Tomcat fighters and I desired to finish the aviator's training program I had begun with our IIAF in 1975. For safety reasons and because I am sworn to secrecy under oath, I will not disclose the nature of my final U.S. Navy duty. In early 1986 I ended my service and moved to Hawaii where I held different jobs , including parts in Magnum P.I. TV series with Tom Selleck, and did some modeling for Aloha Shirts. Later on, I founded my own Lilikoi Productions Inc. and produced "Healthy Cooking with Nanoa" and "Cooking Healthy with Nanoa" with OC 16 and Big Island TV networks (see the links in my www.mondopiatto.com). After 120 cooking show productions between Hawaii and California, I ended this adventure and went to Sardinia, Italy in 2013-2015 and taught Aviation English.

In 2016, I returned to Florida campaigned very hard for President Trump. So, here I/we are and still fighting the evil forces to free our planet from THE EVIL GLOBALISTS who are hard at work to enslave us all.

A former IIAF Cadet  and a retired U.S. Navy Veteran, Mr. Parsia joined AMCD in March 2021.


MARYLAND

Manda Zand Ervin

During the Iranian Islamic revolution, Manda witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal who was murdered because she was a woman and the secretary of education. She bore witness as her homeland pushed backward to crude 7th century Arabian standards. And she witnessed the effect.

Having been educated in the United States, in 1979, she was the managing director of department of statistics and international affairs at the Customs Administration in Iran. She came to United States as a political refugee in 1980, became a citizen three years later, and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women, a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran.

Ms. Ervin is frequently consulted by Members of Congress and has testified in Congressional briefings, the Helsinki Commission, and the United Nations. In February of 2008, Ervin was appointed as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. Ervin was the featured speaker at the G8 Summit on Violence against Women in 2009.  She received the EMET Speaker of the Truth award in 2012.

Ervin has been published by the Hudson Institute, American Thinker, Washington Times and many others.  She frequently speaks on human rights and Middle East history and is the author of The Ladies' Secret Society (2020) from New English Review Press. She joined AMCD in October 2020.


NEW YORK

Hooshang Nematzadeh

Date of Birth: May 11th, 1943.
Place of Birth: Mashad - Iran.
Citizenship:  U.S.A.
Marital Status:  Married 47 years to wife Sima, 3 daughters - Hedieh, Haleh and Stephanie, and 6 grandchildren.
 
Education:  BS Aeronautical Engineering, 1967 EMBRY Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. MBA Management, 1972 University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
 
Current Position: Chairman and Founder of Nemat Development & Homes Inc., 559 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, NY 11023 - Builders, Developers and Construction Managers.   Nemat Development & Homes Inc. is an Umbrella Company for 16 affiliated companies which engage in acquisition, planning and developing of multi family and commercial real estate, as well as management of companies owned properties and client properties.  
 
Community Services & Elected Offices: Former Executive Vice President of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, an umbrella organization for various Iranian Synagogues and Foundations in the New York Metropolitan Area. Former Vice President of the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America Central Board, an umbrella group for Mashadi Synagogues and Foundations in America. Board Member of the Persian Parade – An Organization that holds the Iranian Norooz (New Year) Parade along Madison Avenue in New York City. Chairman of the UMJCA - Public Affairs Committee. Co-Chairman of the UMJCA - Higher Education Committee. Elected Former President and current Vice President - Great Neck Chamber of Commerce. Member, Village of Kings Point - Building and Planning Review Committee. Elected Trustee, Village of Kings Point – (Equivalent to City Council) a 5 Member Governing Council of the Village of Kings Point with a population of over 5000 residents.
 
Iranian Issues Involvement: Extensive daily readings, observance and monitoring of the Iran Farsi Language Dailies. Translated many articles publications which reflects the Iranian Government views and sent them to our elected Officials in Washington for their policy decisions. On many occasions in the past, the Iranian Government position in Iran contradicted with their position during their negotiations with the International Community, which served to indicate their insincerity.


PENNSYLVANIA

Ali Mohseni-Motlagh (Mohseni) Left Iran to further his education in the US.
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Republican
NATIONALITY: Iranian American
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Grassroots Activist In The Republican Party • Republican presidential task force • Participated in president rallies • Attended fundraising dinner for president trump • Promoting President Trumps agenda for make America great again in social media.
EDUCATION: Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, 1994, University of Wyoming Post-Doctorate, Microbial Genetic, 1992, University of Wyoming PhD, Microbiology, 1990, University of Wyoming MS, Food Science & Human Nutrition, 1988, University of Wyoming BS, Biology, 1978, Arak Advanced College of Science
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: • American Meat Institute (AMI) • North American Meat Association Scientific Committee (NAMI) • North American Meat Association Inspection Committee (NAMI) • American Society of Animal Scientists • International Association of Milk Food and Environmental Sanitation • Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology • Institute of Food Technology • National Meat Association • American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Sustaining Member • American Society of Meat scientists, (ASMA) executive Committee member. Bifsco: Executive Committee member Work History: Executive Vice President/ Chief Food Safety Officer at American Foods Group. He joined AMCD in January 2020.