Ruhsar worked as an accountant several years in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been living in Los Angeles with her family since 1998. She has been involved with and supported numerous TALL functions over the years as an active volunteer.
Sibel Kantarcı is an American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG)-certified Clinical Molecular Geneticist and Clinical Cytogeneticist. After completing her research fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY and clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School (HMS), MA, she became a faculty at HMS in 2007. She moved to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a faculty 2012. She has currently been working as Senior Director at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute since 2017. In addition to her TALL activities, she is Vice President of Galatasaray California, a non-profit organization.
Asuman is a Software Quality Assurance Manager at Simsci-Esscor and has been in the industry for 30 years. She made Orange County her home with her husband Deniz and two kids. She has been involved with different positions of ATASC and TALL since founded in 2003.
Aydan has a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. She lives in Orange County with her husband and two children. She worked at Turkish School in Bay Area for several years.
Zinnur Güvenç is an incumbent member. She is currently working at the Irvine Unified School District. She is actively involved with her children’s activities and volunteers for many events. She has been an active member of the Turkish American community since 1985. She is happy to be back to TALL and looking forward to a successful year.
My career began more than 30 years ago as a Registered Nurse. My passion to help others allowed me to advance my career into specializing in Wound Care Nursing. Over the years I spent my time volunteering in many organizations, and learned that I’m the most fulfilled when helping others. I thrive in social environments and love interacting with people. In my spare time I enjoy being active somewhere in nature, taking pictures of the ocean, hiking trails in SoCal, and overall living in the moment.
Aytül studied Business Administration and held financial positions in various private companies in Turkey. She moved to California after her retirement with her husband and son. In the early years of her career, she was a member of the Soroptimist Club, a voluntary organization aimed at empowering women and girls economically. She is very proud to be a member of TALL Board and ready to support the organization at the highest level.
Dilek Yucel is a graduate of University of Istanbul Business School who worked in Istanbul until she moved to California. She holds teachers credentials from California State University Fullerton. Dilek switched to online teaching after the pandemic. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys reading and meditation. She is very excited to return to the TALL board and will do her best to serve for the Turkish American community.
Member at Large
My husband and I have been residents of Southern California since 79. We are blessed with a son, a daughter, a daughter in law and two grandchildren as our immediate family. After serving in the financial industry for 30+ years, I have transitioned to the hospitality industry when my son Tunc and my daughter in law Aylin decided to cofound Turquoise Life, a wine and spirits importing company in 2011. Currently I am the West Coast Region Director.
As an anthropologist, I have served on the BoD of Soroptimist Fullerton and TALL. I was a two time president at TALL a few years back before I took a short break for family reasons. I am delighted to be back to TALL BoD and am committed to serving our community.
Member at Large
She was born and raised in Izmir, which she is proud of. She has lived in the Newport Coast with her two children since 2015. She has an AA degree in Business Administration and a BA in Public Relations. She served at Lions Club in Izmir. She is eager to serve to the Turkish-American community who is following Ataturk and needs support in their challenge.
Demetra is the Founder & first President of TALL. Her husband Mehmet is the Honorary Representative from North Cyprus to LA. That’s how a Miss Oklahoma & Grammy Nominee fell in love with the Turkish culture & sings the Istiklal Marşı, operas, musicals & symphonies the world over. She is recipient of the US State Department’s Cultural Diplomacy Award, Turk of America for Culture & Arts, Honorary Turkish Citizen, Honorary PhD, & Award from Vice President of Türkiye Fuat Oktay for her charity work in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. She is honored to use her many talents and passions to share and unite the two cultures through service and fulfill a dream, the Turkish American Ladies League.