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Atilla Orkan

Atilla Orkan

Retired Architect, NCARB, AIA
Graduate of Fine Arts Academy of Istanbul,1967 (Now “Mimar Sinan University”)
National Consul of Architectural Registration Board
American Institute of Architecture
Practice Architecture, ORKAN Architecture,PA. Charlotte, NC
Lived in Boston, Mass. Charlotte, NC. and Florida since 1969
Last 19 years FTAA member and Aktive Supporter.
Turkevi- FTCF Board of Trustee and past president.
Last 10 years serving FTAA in audith commitee.
Will be Honored to continue serving Turkish American Community.

Bengi Durgun

Bengi Durgun
I was born in Ankara.
After graduating from TED Ankara College in 1977, I attended Middle East Technical University. 
I got my degree in Architecture in 1981. 
I received M.S. in Building Science and Environmental Design, from M.E.T.U. as well in 1984.
I worked as a research assistant in the Faculty of Architecture during my graduate studies, and later on as an architect at TUBITAK, Building Research Institute, Ankara.
After marrying in 1985, my husband Levent ( who served as the treasurer in the previous board and helped maintain the FTAA web site ), and I, came to U.S., lived in Colombus, OH.
We are relocated to Vienna, Austria in 1986,  where we lived for two years. 
Later on we moved to Brussels, Belgium in 1988. We lived there for twenty seven years. I worked voluntarily as the Turkish Representative in the International School of Brussels for twelve years, my main goal being to introduce and promote our culture, and help out newcomer families from Turkey to easily adopt to life in Brussels.
After Levent’s retirement from N.A.T.O. we moved back to Ankara. Since 2013 we enjoy living in Florida.
Turkish, being my native language, I speak fluently English, and have a good knowledge of French and Spanish.
We have a son, married, living in Istanbul.

Zeynep Uluer Aytekin 

Zeynep Uluer Aytekin 

Buffalo, NY’da dogdu. Bogazici Universitesi Turizm ve Otelciligini 1988’de tamamladiktan sonra, University of Buffalo’dan lisans ve yuksek lisans’ini okurken, 1990’da Turk Ogrenci Birligi ve 1992’de Uluslararasi Ogrenci Birligi Baskanligi yapti. 1992’de mezun olduktan sonra hemen Istanbul’da calismaya basladi. PIAR ve SiAR Gallup’ta,  Karadeniz Ekonomik Isbirligi Parlamenter Asamblesi, NNN Halkla Iliskiler, ve Citibank gibi kuruluslard cesitli gorevler aldi. 1999’da Uluer Topluma Katki Stratejiler sirketini kurdu, 2001 yilinda Birlesmis Milletler Uluslararasi Gonulluler Yili Komitesi Baskanligini sonrada  2002’de Ozel Sektor Gonulluler Derneginin kurucu uyesi, Genel Koordinatoru ve 2009’a kadar yonetim kurulu uyeligi yapti. 2004’de TOYP Yilin Sosyal Girisimcisi Odulunu ve Junior Chamber Sosyal Giricisimcilik Odulunu aldi. Ayrica Ashoka Sosyal Girisimcilik Fellow’su secildi.  2009’da Fort Lauderdale’e ailesiyle tasindi. FTAA’ye katkilari, 2010’da Ataturk Okulu gonullu egitimcisi olarak baslayip, Yonetim Kurulu Baskani ve Yonetim Kurulu uyeligiyle surmektedir. Son yillarda Saglik Koclugu ve yari zamanli yardimci ogretmenlik yapmaktadir. Evli ve bir cocuk sahibidir. 

Fuat Ornarlı

Fuat Ornarli (PE) is a professional engineer, licensed in Florida and also works as general contractor. He migrated to Florida 22 years ago. After several terms serving in FTAA as correspondence secretary, treasurer, vice president, Fuat Ornarli was elected as president on 2011. He is also president of Turkish American Chamber of Commerce. He arranged two festivals, namely at Hollywood and at Civic Center of Pompano Beach. Picnic type events were also actualized for April 23 Sovereignty and Children Day at every year. In his term, he brought several revolutionary changes to the association, such as using membership cards, charge cards, FTAA websites, FTAA Festival and Yahoo groups. He and his board directors worked in accord to bring the association to a certain level of recognition. Good relations were established with Azerian groups, Macedonian group, city of Fort Lauderdale and sister cities management. In his term; several artists, authors, MP’s, seminar lecturer were invited to the center and let the Turkish American community meet with each other. All national days were realized and shown faith to the founding Father of modern Turks, Ataturk. Volunteer Appreciation Days were introduced first time and became a traditional event each year ever after. FTAA Clubs were established such as Book Club, Poetry Club, History Club etc., Cinema Club, Opera Club.
The By-Laws committee was established and decided a series of new rules to submit to the General Assembly.
Fuat Ornarli is the president of Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, and Vice president of ATAA. South East Region.
Last but least, Fuat Ornarli volunteered the design/build work of the Turkish Center, which took complete one year. He acted as Audit committee member last two terms, and willing to do same duty for 2019-2020 term.

Meral Ornarlı

Meral Ornarlı
 I graduated Social Science of Sociology-Social Work from Hacettepe University ( 1976). I had the teacher Certificate of sociology and Philosophy, MS Institute of population and statistic Hacettepe University 1977-1978. I Worked the ministry of health and the ministry of Tourism and the Institute of populatin and statistic in Ankara till to 1983. Volunteered International Woman’s Club-Turkey chair-In Riyadh(1983- 1988) I have migrated to Florida 22 years ago. After several terms serving in FTAA as the vice president, and board member, I served to the Turkish community for almost 10 years, regardless whether I was in the board of directors or not. I am president of FTAA Poetry Club, and responsible for the library of the Turkish Center. I was also volunteer teacher of FTAA Ataturk school. I believe in Turkish culture and democratic values… I am now willing to act as Ethic Committee member for 2019-2020 term, if elected. Married and have two sons…. 

Dr. Ali Nazmi Cora

NAME                                               : DR. ALI NAZMI CORA, Ph.D.
DOB                                                  : SEPTEMBER 20, 1947
ACADEMIC TITLE                            : Ph.D. (Strategy)

LICENSES                                       : Licensed COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGER

                                                            Licensed REAL ESTATE SALES ASSOCIATE

                                                            Licensed NOTARY PUBLIC

                                                           BOARD MEMBER EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATE                                                       
                                                           -NATIONAL SECURITY AND ARMED FORCES ACADEMY, ISTANBUL, TURKEY (PhD, 1986)
                                                            -OKAN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA (MBA)
                                                            -ARMED FORCES ACADEMY ANKARA, TURKEY (B.A. 1967)
                                                            COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, SOFTWARE/HARDWARE, ENGLISH 101 COURSES 1988 
                                                            STAFF ORIENTATION COURSE
                                                            NATO GERMANY, 1988
                                                            COMMAND CONTROL COURSE
                                                            NATO GERMANY, 1988
EXPERIENCE                                   : DIRECTOR OF BISCAYA CONDOMINIUM HOA(288 APTs)-(2017-Current)
                                                             GRAND REALTY OF AMERICA, Aventura, FL
                                                             Realtor Associate (2016 – current)         
                                                             OKAN INTERNATIONAL UNIV., Dania Beach, FL Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Strategy (2015-2017)              
                                                             AMERICAN SERVICE INDUSTRY INTERNATIONAL LLC. Miami, FL, USA
                                                             DEFENCE SECTOR DIRECTOR, NATO ALLIED TENDER PARTICIPATION DIV. (2002-2014)
                                                             ARMY OFFICER (NATO ALLIED) 1967 – 1997     
                                                             CO-COMMANDER OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT (POISED HAMMER FORCE – US/UK/FR/TR) ZAKHO – IRAQ
                                                             ARMY COMMAND HQ, CHIEF OF TRAINING BRACH 1992-1994 
                                                             COMMANDER, BRIGADE 1991-92
                                                             NATO AFSOUTH HEADQUARTERS, OPS DIVISION, COMMAND AND CONTROL BRANCH NAPLES, ITALY (1986-1989)

  PUBLICATIONS                     Over 70 Books and Articles on International Relations, Global Issues, Social-Human Sciences 

Dr. Dilara Hekimci-Adak 

Dr. Dilara Hekimci-Adak 

She was born and raised in Istanbul. After graduating as high school valedictorian, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University with a full scholarship. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Social Thought at Bilgi University, where she authored her thesis on the relationship between nationalism and soccer in Turkey. Subsequently, she returned to Bahceşehir University and earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations and authored her doctoral dissertation on clientelism and democracy in Latin America, while simultaneously working as a teaching assistant. Currently, Dr. Hekimci-Adak is pursuing her second Ph.D. at Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a major in comparative politics and a minor in American politics, with a teaching assistantship at the university. Her research interests include democratization, political institutions, and voting behavior, particularly in developing countries. Furthermore, she is also one of the founders and the sitting president of Florida International University’s Turkish Student Association.

Seda Turhan 

Seda Turhan 
1982 yılında Istanbul’da dogdu. Ilk ve orta öğrenimini Istanbul’da tamamladı. Lisans derecesini Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Denizcilik Fakültesinde bitirdi. Deniz Ulastirma Isletme Mühendisi ve Vardiya Zabiti olarak Arkas Holding Deniz Ticaret Filosu’nda baslayan deniz kariyeri Uzakyol Kaptani olarak sürmüş ve 2017 yılına kadar devam etmiştir. Arkas Deniz Ticaret Filosundaki konteyner gemilerinde, Uzakyol Vardiya Zabiti (3. Ve 4. Kaptan), Uzakyol 1. Zabiti (2.Kaptan) ve Uzakyol Kaptani olarak gorev yapmistir. Sonrasında ofis calismalarina başlayarak çeşitli projelere danismanlik yapmistir. TMMOB Gemimo (Gemi Makineleri Isletme Mühendisleri Odası) bünyesinde 2015 yılında Kadin Calışma Grubu kurmuş ve baskanligini yurutmustur. Bu donemlerde 2015 ve 2016 yıllarında yapılan Yakamoz: Deniz ve Kadin Sempozyumlarinin Duzenleme Kurulu Baskanligini yapmistir. 2016-2018 TMMOB GEMIMO (Gemi Makineleri Isletme Mühendisleri Odası) Genel Sekreterliği gorevini sürdürmüştür.  
Ayni zamanda WISTA (Women International&Trading Association) Turkiye, WISTA USA, DEFAMED (Denizcilik Fakültesinde Mezunlar Derneği) üyesidir. 
Domer Trade ve Domer Marine’i kendisi gibi denizci olan arkadaşı Gemi Makineleri Isletme Mühendisi Derya Yenice Ofluyla birlikte  2017 yılı sonlarinda Florida’da kurup, 2018 yılından itibaren burada yasamaya baslamistir. Evli ve bir kez çocuğu annesidir.

Tuna Alper

Tuna Alper
1942 yilinda Elazig’da dogdum ve, 1959 yilinda Elazig lisesinden mezun olduktan sonra, NATO bursu kazanarak Amerika’ya yuksek tahsil yapmak icin geldim. New York’da bir yil Ingilizce egitiminin ardindan, 1960 yilinda Case Western Reserve Universitesinde (Case Institute Technology) egitime baslayarak Elektronik Muhendisligi dalinda BS ve MS derecelerini aldim. Daha sonra “Applied Physics and Electrical Sciences” dalinda doktora egitiminden, 1969 yilinda PhD calismalarini tamamladim.
1969-1970 yillarinda “Bell Telephone Laboratories” de  calistiktan sonra Turkiye’ye dondum. Takriben bes yil TUBITAK’a bagli Marmara Arastirma Enstitusu Elektronik Arastirma Bolumunde Bas Uzman olarak gorev aldiktan sonra, 1975 yilinda Hollanda’da NATO Teknik Merkezinde (SHAPE Technical Center) de 7 yil Senior Scientist unvani ile calistim. 1982 yilinda, Amerika’da Washington sehrindeki Uluslararasi Uydu Haberlesme Merkezinde (Intelsat), 20 yil calisma suresinden sonra , 2001 yilinda emekli oldum. Daha sonra 5 yil kadar Virginia eyaletindeki George Mason University de Adjunct Professor olarak gorev aldim. Daha sonra 2011 yilinda Aventura, Florida’ya tasindim.
Evliyim, esim Semra, ve Virginia ve Maryland eyaletlerinden calisan iki oglum (Kutay ve Tolga) ve bir kizim (Simay) var. 

Dr. Timur Sümer

Dr. Timur Sümer
Emekli Pediatrist ve Pediatrik Hematolog Onkolog
Eşi : Dr. Nilüfer Sümer
Oğlu : Dr. Baran Sümer (Dallas)  Kızı : Zeynep Sümer (New York)
Doğum: 1945 İstanbul
İlk okul : Atatürk İlk okulu, Tarsus :     Mezuniyet   :  1957
Orta & Lise : Tarsus Amerikan Koleji:  Mezuniyet  : 1964
Üniversite   : Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Ankara : Mezuniyet 1970
Cerrahi İntern : Watts Hospital of Duke University :   “      1972-1973
University of Rochester NY                                     :   “      1973-1975
Roswell Park Memorial ve Georgetown University, Washington DC:  1975-1978
Türkiye  (İstanbul ;Vakıf Gureba Hastanesi; Üniversite ve Tıp Fk. kurma çalışmaları (Marmara Üniversitesi’nin başlangıç çalışmaları) 1978-1982 
King Faisal University Assistant & Associate Professor :  1982-1987
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) : 
Associate professor 1987-1993   
Michigan State University Professor and Director of Pediatric Education Flint, Michigan:  1993-2002
Özel muyenehane  2002- 1014 (Emeklilik)
3020 NE 32nd Ave #123
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308