The Host

Assyrian American Association of San Jose is the Northern California Affiliate organization of Assyrian United Organizations of California with the purpose to preserve and promote the Assyrian language, heritage, and culture among all Assyrians next to its charitable missions.


As the proud host of the 53rd Annual AUOC State Convention, the Assyrian American Association of San Jose is pleased to promote programs in line with its purpose and those of the AUOC to develop, coordinate and promote joint activities among affiliates in planning this convention to strengthen Assyrian culture, heritage and language.

The Team

Executive Council

Chairwoman - Rochelle Yousefian

Co-Chair - Ramsin Pavel

Treasurer - Frida Malekdavood



Education - Firas Jatou

Youth Summit - Nardin Sarkis

Children's Camp, Camp Anki - Sabrina Sarkis

Creative Shows - Monika Malekdavood

Athletic - Andy Yonan

Gaming - Ninos Yadegar



Facility Manager - Diana Bauer

Volunteer - Diana Oshkou

Sales, Promotions and Prizes -  Alis Bertos

Vendors - Diana Bauer

Cooking Competitions - Mary Yadegar

Meet, Great and Eat - Mary Yadegar

Ishtar Night Talent Show - Linda Sarkis Zaia

Banquet Event - Diana Bauer

Event Designers - Juliet Odisho, Evelyn Yousef, Diana Babakhanian, Scarlet Baba

Doomara Dance Group - Domarina Beitpolice

Auditors - Fred Babasi, Lodmen Baza, Hawal Hawel

Graphics Design & Web Solutions - Sherbi Daniel-Badal


Sports Coordinators

Soccer - Zaya Shahbaz Arami

Basketball - Antoine Sarkis

Raquet Sports & Volleyball - Broniel Benyamin


Convention Booklet

Editor in Chief - Sherbi Daniel-Badal

Sponsorship & Advertisements - Homer Benjamin, Elena Hormozi

Sales Coordinators - Alis Bertos, Diana Bauer, Ninveh Oksar, Rochelle Yousefian

Assyrian Names

Did you notice the Assyrian names in the Registration packages and tickets?  Here are the meanings of each:

Ashurbanipal: Ashurbanipal was the last of the great kings of Assyria. His name means "the god Ashur is creator of an heir".

Shamiram: Queen Shamiram is the only woman ever to have ruled the mighty Assyrian Empire.

Sargon: Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great, was the first ruler of the Akkadian Empire, known for his conquests of the Sumerian city-states in the 24th to 23rd centuries BC.

Apkalu: Wise men who were the teachers of human kind.

Enki: Enki was the god of crafts, water, intelligence, mischief and creation.

Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh was a historical king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk, a major hero in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, and the protagonist of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem written in Akkadian during the late second millennium BC.

Adad: Weather god of the Babylonian and Assyrian pantheon, Adad had a twofold aspect, being both the giver and the destroyer of life.

Nabu: Nabu was the patron god of scribes, literacy, and wisdom.  He was also the inventor of writing, a divine scribe, and the patron god of the rational arts.


Ishtar: An ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power.