Our Board of Directors

Reza Karkia

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. Reza Karkia, Chairman of Board of Directors

Dr. Reza Karkia is the president of American Institute of Higher Education Resources (AIHER). 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. He is chairman of the Orange County Sheriff Department’s, Advisory Council for ethnic community, and a Professional Services Civilian Responder.

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 as well as OMID Institute.

Dr. Maryam Sayyedi, CEO

Dr. Sayyedi is the founder and executive director of Omid Multicultural Institute for Development (OMID). She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an adjunct faculty in the Counseling & Psychology departments at California State University, Fullerton. She obtained her doctorate degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in Clinical Psychology with emphases on Child Development and Neuropsychology. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations of children and their families. She has over 14 years of teaching experience, authored chapters on multiculturalism, and presented at California Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and other local conferences. Her area of research has been multiculturalism in psychotherapy and cross-generational transfer of mental illness.

Dr. Behzad Izadi, Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer

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.