Who is PCSSA?
The Persian Cultural Society of San Antonio (PCSSA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization formed to promote and support the Persian arts and literature in San Antonio and South Texas. PCSSA is not affiliated with any political, religious, or government organizations or beliefs. We were all brought together on the basis of our culture and heritage and to celebrate Persian holidays, help newcomers to San Antonio and plan, and participate in city-sponsored events.
The Executive Committee
As of March 30, 2018
Executive Committee (in Alphabetical Order)
Chair: Dr. Vesta Broumand-Mizani
Vesta is a proud member of the PCSSA board and has been involved with this non-profit organization since its inception several years ago. Being of Iranian decent, she has a deep passion for the ancient and rich Iranian/Persian culture. In pursuit of her passion, PCSSA has given her the chance to celebrate that culture in San Antonio, her second home of 17 years. Her mission for PCSSA is not only to introduce the Persian culture to her fellow San Antonians but also help flourish the Iranian-American community along many other wonderful growing cultures in the friendliest city we all claim home!
Vesta also takes a great deal of joy in philanthropy and giving back to the community and hopes to create such opportunities for others through PCSSA. She enjoys an array of philanthropic work in San Antonio volunteering at the Haven for Hope Christian Dental Clinic providing dental care to the homeless, many opportunities through the National Charity League (FVPS shelter, St. PJs Home for kids, nursing homes, Snack Pack for kids, HEB, etc), and last but not least volunteering at her kids’ school enriching their educational and social growth. Hence, she has the same dream for PCSSA like many other active non-profits in town.
In her free time, Vesta enjoys spending time with her 2 kids, husband, and their Fluffy Maltese. They enjoy cycling, participating in fun family & dog friendly activities and festivals around town, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Parvin Dinyarian
Hamid Reza Eslami
Farangis Haghighat is a MBA student with concentration on Project Management at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She got her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering in 2013 from Shiraz University, Iran and has moved to the United States on October 2014. Currently, she is the president of Iranian Student Association (ISA) at UTSA and a volunteer member in Persian Cultural Society of San Antonio (PCSSA).
Kamran Hajivandi was born in January 1962 in Shiraz, Iran. He immigrated to United States in August of 1983 after traveling to Pakistan in 1980 and then Italy in 1981. He attended San Jasinto College in Houston, Texas, and graduated from University of Houston with a degree in Management Information Systems in 1990. Kamran moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1991 and started his businesses. With his partners, he successfully ventured in Valet Parking Services, Taxi Services, Automobile Sales, Real Estate Development, and Food Service Business (i.e., Pasha Mediterranean Grill, Naara Café, and Baklovah Bakery.) Kamran and his wife, Shabbou are the proud parents of their son Borna, and daughters Aundia, and Azalia.
Dr. Marziyeh Jafari
Dr. Mo Jamshidi
Prof. Jamshidi received his BS degree from Oregon State University in June 1967 and MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively. He holds 3 honorary doctorate degrees from OdlarYourdu University, Baku, Azerbaijan, 1999, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed chaired professor at the University of Texas System and is serving at San Antonio Campus, San Antonio, TX, USA. He also has been founding Director of NASA Center for Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and moved the Center to University of Texas, San Antonio in early 2006. He is the Director of the ICSoS – International Consortium on System of Systems Engineering (icsos.org), since 2006.
Dr. Taraneh Maghsoodi-Zahedi
Dr. Taraneh Maghsoodi –Zahedi is born in the Tehran, Iran. She received her first undergraduate degree in English translation at Azad University in Iran in 1992. She received her second undergraduate degree in Biology from UTSA. Following collage, Dr. Maghsoodi-Zahedi attended University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where she obtained her D.D.S. degree in May 2006 and became a general dentist. In 2006, Dr.Maghsoodi- Zahedi started her Maxillofacial Radiology program at UTHSCSA and became a specialist in Maxillofacial Radiology in 2009. Dr. Maghsoodi-Zahedi received her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2013. She is currently a faulty at University of UT Dentistry San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the chief Maxillofacial Radiologist at 360 imaging. She is a diplomate of American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. She is the first Iranian- American Board certified, oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist.
Dr. Sepehr Rezai
Mojgan Zargham Panah
Mojgan was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she attained her bachelor’s degree at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Mojgan’s love for Iranian culture gave her pathway to producing, Fasle Tazeh, a weekly Iranian-variety show for over a decade. During her twelve-year career span with Macy’s Inc. she held multiple positions across Southern California at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Her resume consists of over 50 special events with high profile celebrities and clients, over a dozen cultural events for the Iranian-American society in San Antonio, and an independent film with renowned Iranian artist, Parviz Sayyad, titled Shah Bob. In 2014 she published her first book, Zodiac Lovers, I Remember. Mojgan is currently chair of PCSSA’s Norouz Planning Committee, and a licensed REALTOR® at JBGoodwin Realtors®.
Her life-motto, “life is a journey, not an obstacle.”