Maria Stamoulas: Chair
Cyrus Stacey: Treasurer
Mike Castellano: Secretary
Michael Castellano is vice president for government relations at the Walt Disney Company. Previously, Michael worked as senior counsel and senior policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid where he was responsible for issues of international trade and related international economic policy, cyber security, and intellectual property rights, among other areas. Michael started Castellano Law & Policy, LLC, a trade law and policy consulting practice, in 2005, before which time he was Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways & Means and Tax & Trade Counsel for the office of Representative Sander M. Levin at the U.S. House of Representatives. Michael received his B.A. with honors in political science with significant coursework in economics from Johns Hopkins University, his M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Elliot Eisenberg is a retired Business executive with 17 years in senior management positions with “Fortune 250” companies. Prior to his business career, he served two years with the Peace Corps in Turkey as an English teacher and has served on the Board of Arkadaslar since 2010. He has experience in strategic planning and business development, and he is a driven leader with a proven record of consistently meeting goals. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from New York University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Tufts University.
Martin R. Ganzglass
Martin R. Ganzglass was born in New York City in 1941 and has worked as an attorney in Washington D.C. for decades. After getting his Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1964, Mr. Ganzglass served at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. for two years. Following that, he was a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as legal advisor to the Somali National Police Force in Mogadishu, Somalia from 1966 to 1968. Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Ganzglass worked at Delson & Gordon Law Firm in New York and was a partner in the Washington D.C. office until 1988. When Delson & Gordon dissolved, he became a partner at O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson P.C. in 1988 and retired from there in 2011. Mr. Ganzglass has been a board member of the Somali American Community Association since 2007 and a member of the Planning Committee of Darfur Interfaith Network since 2009. Mr. Ganzglass has published numerous articles on the Somali judicial and legal system in academic journals and books. His publications also include the following works of fiction: The Orange Tree, Somalia: Short Fiction, and Cannons for the Cause and Tories and Patriots, the latter two being historical novels of the American Revolution.
Ozgur Karaosmanoglu is senior vice president, investments and managing director at Raymond James and Associates, a financial services firm in Washington, DC. He has been in the investment field for over 25 years and at Raymond James for more than two decades. He manages over $250 million for individuals, associations and small businesses. Mr. Karaosmanoglu is a past chair of the Tulane University Associates Board (alumni fundraising board) and currently serves on the Tulane Business School Council. He is also a former Trustee of the McLean School of Maryland and is a board member of Results for Development. He has a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. from Tulane University. Mr. Karaosmanoglu was born in Ankara.
Marianne Kayan is Senior Manager for Individual Global Tax Planning with Ernst & Young LLP, located in National Tax, Washington, DC. Marianne supports the Personal Financial Services practice on issues of US estate and gift taxation and reporting of foreign assets. She enjoys helping foreign clients understand the implication of US tax law. Before joining Ernst & Young LLP she worked as a tax attorney for seven years focusing on trust and estate matters. She received her Masters of Laws in Taxation degree and Estate Planning Certificate at Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law and B.A. from Hendrix College with a degree in Business and Economics, Accounting emphasis. While completing her undergraduate education, she spent a year studying international relations, the European Union and economics at the University of Malta; this time in Malta created the foundation for her interest in supporting HasNa.
Mary Ann Kibarian
Mary Ann Kibarian has an extensive background in philanthropy and development, both domestically and internationally. Previously, Mary Ann served as Executive Director of the Children of Armenia Fund where she directed all of the organization’s operations to alleviate pressing development challenges, especially in rural areas. There, she raised funds to complete the Landmine Removal Initiative in Armenia, developed and implemented the concept for Comprehensive Rural Development in Armenia, and managed negotiations with agencies and partners including USAID, USDA, World Bank, UNDP, private foundations, corporations, and NGO's. From 1997 to 2002, she was Executive Director of Armenia Fund USA, directing the U.S. affiliate of Armenia’s largest non-governmental development organization which implements major infrastructure, healthcare, education, and technology projects in Armenia. By building relationships, focusing on sustainability, and raising over $9 million during her tenure, Mary Ann elevated the organization to its current position of fiscal soundness, public presence, and international credibility. Mary Ann also founded the Culinary School of Washington, the first and largest professional culinary arts school in the nation’s capital, and has served as Associate Producer of WETA-TV (PBS). Most recently, as Director of Development for the Platelet Disorder Support Association, she spearheaded new fundraising strategies to support information, education, advocacy, and research for patients and medical professionals. Mary Ann has additionally worked as an international advisor for governments, U.S. agencies, and NGOs.
Kathryn Scruggs is a career educator renowned in teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) domestically and abroad. After completing dual Bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and Political Science from Rosary College in 1963, Ms. Scruggs began her extensive career as an educator with a two year stint as an ESOL teacher in Turkey for the Peace Corps. She then went on to teach ESOL for the US Information Agency in Cameroon. She later taught English in the Burke County school system in North Carolina and ESOL for the University of Yaounde in Cameroon before settling in the DC Metro area. After teaching adult ESOL in the DC Public school system for 8 years, Ms. Scruggs began her 40 year tenure as a staple in the Arlington Public school system, fulfilling the roles of ESOL teacher, reading specialist and eventually President of the Arlington Education Association. In addition to earning a Master of Education in Reading Teacher Education from George Mason University along the way, Ms. Scruggs has also continued to volunteer as a teacher in multiple settings including several of HasNa’s own English Language Programs in Diyarbakir.
Cyrus Stacey is Quality Assurance Associate Director for Eisai Inc., a US pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co. In this role, he is responsible for all quality assurance activities related to the two filling lines in a $90 Million parenteral manufacturing facility. Prior to this position, he was the Principal Manager of EMQO Biologics for Eisai Inc., where he established strong business partnerships with external contract manufacturing organizations. Cyrus holds a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from North Carolina State University, as well as Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry. He was born and raised in Washington, DC.
Nevzer G. Stacey
Founder and President
Nevzer G. Stacey founded HasNa, Inc. in 1998. Her background comprises five years as a study director for international labor standards at the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, where she was also the resident expert on transitions from education to the workplace; twenty years of service as a volunteer mediator in the Washington, DC court system; and thirty years at the U.S. Department of Education, where she worked on school-to-work issues and represented the U.S. in international projects sponsored by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the World Bank. She has a master’s degree in international organizations and Middle East area studies from American University’s School of International Service. Ms. Stacey was born in Istanbul.
Chair of the Board
Maria Stamoulas is the owner and principal of the Law Offices of Maria A. Stamoulas, PLLC, a law firm in the District of Columbia. Her legal practice encompasses virtually all phases of personal tax planning with a concentration in the field of estate and gift tax planning for non-US nationals. Prior to establishing her firm Maria was a principal for thirteen years with the law firm of Facer & Stamoulas, PC in Washington, DC. In addition, she and her partner represented various Native American Indian tribes and labor unions with respect to federal and state income taxes and local sales, use and excises taxes. Prior to that she was a tax associate at the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker. She is a member of both the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. Maria received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa form the College of William & Mary and then attended Harvard Law School where she graduated cum laude. She went on to obtain her Master of Laws in Taxation with distinction from Georgetown University. On a personal level, Maria is actively involved in the local community and has held leadership roles in various Greek-American organizations, such as the Hellenic American Women’s Council and the Pan-Macedonian Association. .