Previous Board Officers

Previous Board Officers

2016 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President & Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Past President & Secretary
Hasan Ayaz VP of Public Relations
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib,VP of Social Affairs
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs
Sila Yesilsoy, VP of Database Youth Affairs
Suzan Aydin, VP of Membership
Selin Sakarcan, VP of Communications
2015 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President & Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Past President & Secretary
Hasan Ayaz VP of Public Relations
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Social Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Database
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs & Secretary
Sila Yesilsoy, VP of Youth Affairs
Suzan Aydin, VP of Membership
Selin Sakarcan, VP of Communications
2014 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Hasan Ayaz VP of Public Relations
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Social Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs & Secretary
Sila Yesilsoy, VP of Youth Affairs
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2013 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Hasan Ayaz VP of Public Relations
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, , VP of Social Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs & Secretary
Sila Yesilsoy, VP of Youth Affairs
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2012 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Ayaz, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti VP of Public Relations & Secretary
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Community Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Social Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs
Utku K. Ercan, VP of Database
Sila Yesilsoy, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2011 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Ayaz, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti, VP of Community Affairs & Secretary
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Social Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2010 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ece Gumus, VP of Community Outreach
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Young Professionals
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2009 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP of Information
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Suzan Aydin, VP of Community Outreach
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2008 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Nihat Bilgutay, Vice President At-Large
Serap Menda, Treasurer
Hasan Karatas, Secretary and VP of Public Relations
Ibrahim Onaral, VP of Social and Membership
Suzan Aydin, VP of Community Outreach
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student and Website
Canan Bilgutay, VP of Second Generation
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
2007 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Nihat Bilgutay, VP-At-Large
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP Information
Meltem Pusat-Gonnella, VP Public Affairs
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Social and Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Cultural
Hasan Ayaz, VP Student Affairs
Canan Bilgutay, VP Second Generation
Birtan Collier, VP Education
2006 TAFSUS Board
Nihat Bilgutay, President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Birtan Collier, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP Membership & Information, e-mails
Lale Iskarpatyoti, VP Public Affairs
Dilek Arig, VP Social and Cultural
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
2005 TAFSUS Board
Nihat Bilgutay, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Membership
Lale Iskarpatyoti, VP Public Affairs
Jason Iskarpatyoti, VP Production
Dilek Arig, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural plus TAFSUS e-mails
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
2004 TAFSUS board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Jason Iskarpatyoti, VP Production
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Gulcin Bal, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
2003 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information Services
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Brian Menda, VP Production
Wallis Urmenyhazi, Social and Cultural
Timur Atilgan, Social and Cultural
Rahsan Canturk, Social and Cultural
2002 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Karatas, President and VP Information Services
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Selin Ozezer, VP Production
Nilgun Anadolu, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA’s Regional VP
2001 TAFSUS Board
Akin Oktem, President
Birtan Collier, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Serap Menda, VP Membership
Hasan Karatas, VP Information Services
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Selin Ozezer, VP Production
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Brenda Alpar, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA’s Regional VP
2000 TAFSUS Board
Birtan Collier, President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Ali Selvi, VP Media and Public Relations
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Gulcin Bal, VP Social and Cultural
Brenda Alpar, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA’s Regional VP
1999 TAFSUS Board
Kenan Umar,President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Tayfun Tastepe, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Gulcin Bal, VP Membership, New Jersey
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Armagan Ozdinc, VP Media relations
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Aysen Ozezer, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Ali Selvi, VP Sunday Lectures
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA’s Regional VP
1998 TAFSUS Board
Kenan Umar,President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Tayfun Tastepe, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Gulcin Bal, VP Membership, New Jersey
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Armagan Ozdinc, VP Media relations
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Aysen Ozezer, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Ali Selvi, VP Sunday Lectures
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA’s Regional VP

Founders & Past Leaders

Nejat Tezcan, Founder and President
Ulker Tezcan, Founder
Kenan Umar, Founder and President
Hasip Tanyol, President
Ayfer Karwoski, President
Nejat Aydin, President
Suzan Aydin, President
Ahmet Yolacan, President
Ayhan Ozer, President
Hasan Ozbekhan, President
Mirat Gurol, President

Founders & Past Presidents

(Turkish American Friendship Society of Philadelphia)

Nejat Aydin, President
Sedat Munis, President
Hasip Tanyol, President

We recognize and appreciate the hard work and commitment of all past founders and presidents and their dedication to the organization. Our sincere thanks to all individuals who brought TAFSUS to its present stage.

 

Ata School

Mission

ATA School is an informal educational program offered by TAFSUS as a service to the Turkish-American community in the greater Philadelphia area. Its primary goal is to teach Turkish language and culture to children with Turkish heritage who wish to learn Turkish. In addition to basic language skills in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension, the curriculum includes Turkish history, geography, government, literature, music, theater, holiday traditions and social customs.

ATA School encourages diversity among its teachers and students and does not have any social, political or religious affiliation.

       Turkish School Program

Two separate classes are offered to children ages 4-14 based on age and proficient level. Learning takes place in a fun, yet structures envir

onment where students are encouraged to work on creative projects and to socialize with each other, further developing their language skills.

 

Program includes, language (Speaking, reading, writing grammer), social studies (History, geography, government, etc.), culture (Art, music, theater, holiday traditions, customs, etc.).

In addition to basic language skills, the program is designed to help students better understand and appreciate the cultural heritage of Turkey in a fun and creative environment.

 

Class Schedule

Classes take place at the Montgomery County Community College (see directions below) on Sundays, from 11 am to 2:00 pm, starting October 7, 2012 and ending May 19, 2013. Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Missing three consecutive classes will result in a dismissal.

Tuition and Enrollment

Tuition for the 2012- 2013 Academic year (October 7, 2012- May 19, 2013) is $430 per first child and $300 for each sibling. There is an additional $75 TAFSUS Membership fee per family per year. Parents who are interested to enrol their child(ren) must download the brochure, complete the registration form and send it, along with the tuition check to:

Ibrahim Onaral, TAFSUS Treasurer
3 N. Columbus Blvd. Unit #103, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Registration and Enrollment Deadline is September 28, 2012.

Directions

ATA School classes are offered at Montgomery County College, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

From the Pennsylvania TurnpikeTake Exit 333 at Norristown. Go west on Germantown Pike to Route 202. Turn right and go north. Look for College sign on right, 1/2 mile north of Route 73.

From the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76)Alt. 1) From I-76 Exit 331B, take I-476 (Blue Route) north to Exit 20, Germantown Pike West. Go west on Germantown Pike to Route 202. Turn right and go north. Look for College sign on right.
Alt. 2) Get on Pennsylvania Turnpike at Valley Forge and go east to Exit 333, then follow directions listed above.
Alt. 3) Get off Route 202 North exit, stay on Route 202 North through Norristown and north. Look for College sign on right, 1/2 mile north of Route 73.

From Chester County1) Take Route 202 north through Great Valley, King of Prussia and Norristown and north. Look for College sign on right.
2) Take Route 422 east to Route 29 interchange. Take Route 29 east to Ridge Pike. Turn right on Ridge Pike, bear left at intersection to Germantown Pike, take Germantown Pike to Route 202. Turn left, take Route 202 north. Look for College sign on right.

From Bucks CountyTake Routes 309 or 202 south to Montgomeryville. Take Route 202 south to Morris Road intersection. Look for College sign on left.
From Delaware CountyTake I-476 (Blue Route) north to Exit 20, Germantown Pike West. Go west on Germantown Pike to Route 202. Turn right and go north. Look for College sign on right.
By Public TransportationThe Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates two bus routes directly to the Central Campus. They are

      -Route 94 from Chestnut Hill to Flourtown, Fort Washington, Ambler, Lansdale, Montgomeryville (Mall), and return.
      -Route 94 connects with SEPTA Routes 23, L, and R8 in Chestnut Hill and with Regional Rail R5 service at Fort Washington, Ambler, Pennlyn, and Lansdale stations.
      -Route 96 from Norristown to North Wales, Montgomeryville (Mall), Lansdale, Hatfield, Souderton, Telford, and return.
      -Route 96 connects with SEPTA Routes 91, 93, 97, 98, 99, 100, and R6 service at the Norristown Transportation Centerand with Regional Rail R5 service at North Wales and Lansdale stations.

Please refer to SEPTA webpage for further information. SEPTA information is available in College Hall (Security Office) or by calling 610-279-8400. Timetables can be obtained through the mail by calling 215-580-7777. Both numbers operate daily from 6 a.m. to midnight, daily.