Jila Ajeli Kashef - Founder

Ms. Jila Ajeli Kashef is the founder and president of KCIS and the founder of “Anjoman Yarane Danesh va Mehr (AYDM), a sister organization of KCIS in Iran.

Jila has served as volunteer and later a board member of Iranian Children’s Rights Society (ICRS) based in Los Angles, for several years. She started her humanitarian activity when she was forced to work at an early age and started her first job at the Centers for School of Social Work established by Mrs. Satareh Farman Farmaian in Iran. Parallelling with her passion of her humanity in NGO activities, Jila has had a long career in Information Technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Jila graduated from University of Kassel in Germany in the Agricultural Engineering field. After working for a few years in Germany and Iran, she immigrated to the States and continued her education in Information Technology. Early retirement due to health has given Jila the chance to spend more time on her passion of serving children from deprived families to stay in school, while spending time on taking care of her wellbeing.

Mohsen Dibai - Chairman of the Board

Mr. Dibai is a successful businessman and serves as the Chair and a KCIS board member. Born in Tehran, Iran, Mohsen Dibai holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla. He has been President of Samsara Design, LLC., since 1990, which is an importer, converter, and distributor of textiles in Los Angeles. Always finding time to give back, Mr. Dibai is an active member of the Malibu Boys and Girls Club, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Malibu chapter).

Shahla Etedali

Ms. Etedali graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Tehran and worked as a journalist for multi-art editorial magazines in Iran before she began her career as a writer and documentary filmmaker. Shahla directed and produced numerous documentaries for television in Iran and she played a central role as line producer, writer and director in the production of “Ali Kocholou,” one of the most successful television series for children in 1980s in Iran. Shahla also has embarked on several humanitarian missions to Afghanistan for the International Red Cross. She has volunteered for many organizations and charitable events since 1988, among them the Art Association of Windhoek during her residency in Namibia, Africa and the Iranian Children’s Rights Society in Los Angeles. Shahla’s involvement in establishing KCIS as a non-profit organization in 2010 was instrumental in its foundation. She has been serving as an active board member since the inception of the organization.

Hassan Kheradmandan

Born in Iran, graduated from U.S.C in 1980 ISE, and has worked in real estate as a broker, investor, and developer for over 35 years. He has been involved in many Real Estate transactions in Southern California, including development projects, investments in shopping centers, medical buildings, and more. He is currently a member of ULI (Urban Land Institute), ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), MLS, and CRS. Additionally, Hassan has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations. He’s currently a board member of the San Gabriel Valley American Red Cross, Los Angeles County VOA (Volunteer of America), and SCADP. Hassan is living in Encino with his wife Fariba, and his two daughters, Sara and Rana.

Dr Firouz Naderi

Dr. Naderi is the former Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s JPL where he spent more than 30 years in various technical and senior executive positions.  Best known for his leadership of the Mars exploration program, he has contributed to some of the most iconic NASA robotic missions to various corners of solar system.

Dr. Naderi, who received his Ph.D. from University of Southern California, has been honored multiple times including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Technology Hall Fame Medal, NASA’s outstanding leadership medal as well as NASA’s highest award – the Distinguished Service medal. For his contributions to the American Space Program he was elected a “Fellow” of the American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautic (AIAA). In March 2016, Asteroid 1989 EL1 was renamed Asteroid “Naderi 5115” after him for his career contributions to space science and exploration. He is active in several Iranian-American organizations including as a board member in PAAIA (Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans), a Board member in KCIS (Keep Children in School Foundation), an advisory board member in ISCC (International Society of Children with Cancer) and a former board member of Iranica Encyclopedia. He takes particular pleasure in serving as a coach and mentor to the next generation leaders within the Iranian-American community.

 

Sherry Pejhan

Mrs. Pejhan is a director with Sony Pictures Entertainment. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Insurance and Economics, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She has been involved with many charity organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity, and the Food Bank, as well as other works in support of the environment, health, and social causes. Sherry started out as a KCIS sponsor and shortly thereafter became directly involved with KCIS. She was instrumental in establishing KCIS as a nonprofit organization in 2010 where she’s been serving as a board member since the inception.