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Current Officers and Directors

Officers

Orhangazi Ilgaz Ulger (President): Mr. Ulger has been in the Chicago region since 1993. He has completed his graduate degree in Civil Engineering and has been working in the same field since. Mr. Ulger’s involvement with TACA started in early 2000s. He was involved in the organization of April 23rd celebration events in Naperville until 2012. He actively served at the TACA board from 2006 through 2009. Mr. Ulger also served in the organization committee for the Turkish Festival and also Co-Chaired the event.

Hakan Akgün (Vice President): Mr. Hakan Akgün is a senior international hospitality executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in design & construction, engineering operations and sustainability for a global hotel management company. He is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and he also holds an Executive MBA degree from Bogazici University. Mr. Akgün is certified by US Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction and he also has certification for Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University. Mr. Akgün is currently serving as the Vice President of Engineering & Sustainability for the Americas region of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Previously he was responsible for the engineering function for all international properties and hotel projects outside of North America. Mr. Akgün and his family are active members and supporters of TACA. He served in TACA Board during 2010-2011 term as a Director, and provided leadership and oversight for the educational services given at Ataturk School and Adult Turkish Classes.

Kaya Armagan (Treasurer)

Directors

Melih Cam: Melih was born and raised in Turkey, and has been residing in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Gazi University, Ankara, and an MS in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. After earning his MS degree, he worked as an electrical hardware design engineer in fiber optics communication and cable TV fields in Chicagoland. During this time, he also completed his MBA at DePaul University, Chicago. He currently works at an electronic design automation company as a Senior Systems Application Engineer.

He has been committed to serving the Turkish-American Community in various capacities. He has been a TACA member for many years and has been involved in many TACA events. He was one of the members of the first Chicago Turkish Festival organizing committee. He is also a proud alumnus of TACA Ataturk School’s elite group of volunteer teachers. In addition to volunteer teaching at Ataturk School, he served as a math tutor at TACA to help prepare students for SAT/ACT’s.

He is also a board member of Turkish American Association for Cultural Exchange (TAACE) for more than 15 years. As a board member of TAACE, he was involved in organizing many TAACE activities and participating in events to promote Turkish culture here in USA; among them are the Chicago Turkish Festival, Skokie Festival of Cultures and Turkish Heritage Day at University of Chicago.

Yasemin Ersun-Hallsby

Gulcin Cengiz Jadron: Gulcin was born and raised in Adana and holds a Business Degree from the University of South Florida.  She is employed by HSBC where she has held many leadership roles over a span of 16 years.  She was relocated from Tampa/St Pete, Florida area to Chicago by her company in 2008 and currently she is managing Information Management team with HSBC. Her involvement with TACA started with the enrollment of her two daughters, Ada & Leyna, to the Ataturk Elementary School of TACA and ever since she has been engaged with the organization’s key events, such as Turkish Festival and 23 April Children’s Day event.

Hikmet Tenis

Ozlem Yardimci: Ozlem Yardimci is a mechanical engineer with a PhD degree. She has been living in United States since 1993. After graduating from Middle East Technical University – Mechanical Engineering Department with MS degree, she moved to Chicago to complete her PhD studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been employed by medical device and industrial gas companies since her graduation. She published numerous articles, one book and five patents. She lives in Lake Forest with her husband Dr. Atif Yardimci and their children Su (15) and Efe (10).  She has been volunteering at TACA Ataturk School in recent years in various roles such as Turkish history/culture teacher and Parent-Teacher Organization president.

Past Officers and Directors

2014-2015
Hayati Turan (President)
Pervin Oztekin (Vice President)
Kagan Demirdoven (Secretary)
Eylem Hocaoglu (Treasurer)
Murat T. Askın
Yetkiner Balıktay
Hatice Dinc
Selim Erhan
Ulas Keles
Tayyibe Yilmaz
Yucel Tavolara

2012-2013
Hayati Turan (President)
Pervin Oztekin (Vice President)
Kagan Demirdoven (Secretary)
Eylem Hocaoglu (Treasurer)
Murat T. Askın
Ulas Keles
Yetkiner Balıktay
Selim Erhan
Hikmet Tenis
Tayyibe Yilmaz
Yucel Tavolara

2010-2011
Sehnaz Engur (President)
Burcu Agar (Vice President)
Naile Berna Kovuk (Secretary)
Eylem Hocaoglu (Treasurer)
Kemal Ozer
Baris Tasdelen
Pervin Oztekin
Taylan Orhon
Ozgur Gocmen
Hakan Akgun
Levent Yagci

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