• Our Team

    Ms. Marjan Mobasser

    Center Manager

    Marjan Haghani Mobasser is a graduate of American University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Prior to Joining IACC, she was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. During that time, she perfected her time management and organizational skills.

    She has also worked for renown company, Tiffany & Co for ten years. She is committed to sharing the rich and deep Iranian culture.

    Tina Nejand

    Director of Special Initiatives

    Tina Nejand is a student at New York University. She is an active member of her community and teaches STEM enrichment lessons for elementary school students, tutors high school students, and offers technology tutoring for senior citizens. She is passionate about and looking forward to sharing her Persian heritage and culture with others.

    Ariana Soltany

    Marketing & Outreach Director

    Ariana Soltany graduated from Tulane University in May of 2021 and is dedicated to pursuing film production. In the fall of 2020, she wrote, produced, and edited her capstone film entirely on her own: a twelve-minute documentary reflecting on her upbringing as an Iranian-American and analyzing the generational differences of how Iranian-Americans view themselves in the United States. She is passionate about using film as an artistic medium to communicate and share aspects about her Persian heritage and culture with others.

    Mr. Behfar Bahadoran

    Director of Music Institute

    Behfar Bahadoran is a musician from Iran and holds his bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. He moved to the United States in 2005 and developed his career as a musician and a music instructor in the greater Washington D.C. Area. He has performed at many prestigious venues including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Freer Shackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City and many more. He studied violin with maestro Homayoun Khorram at an early age and Iranian percussions and in particular Daf with Ramin Rahimi and Arsalan Sedigh. Behfar has also performed as a percussionist, composer, and tar player (a traditional lute shaped instrument from Iran) with many well-known musicians. He continues his journey in the field of art and music by performing and composing music and creating artwork in different media.

    Ms. Sarah Saghar Barzmehri

    Co-Director of Art

    Sarah Saghar Barzmehri is an artist, gallerist, and curator. She studied art at “Ecole Superior des Beaux Arts”, (fine art school) in Paris, France and graphic design at university of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. For the past 20 years, she has promoted artists and specially, Iranian and Iranian-American artists in Washington metropolitan area.



    Ms. Shekofeh Javanparast

    Co-Director of Art

    Shekofeh Javanparast, moved to the United States in 2003 with her husband and two sons. After graduating Marymount University with a bachelor degree in Interior design in 2014, she began her career at Poggenpohl, a German manufacturer, specializing in luxury kitchen designs based in Washington, DC. Later, Javanparast worked at Department of State and oversaw building operation before transitioning to her current position at Library of Congress, Space Utilization Planning and Design.


    In her spare time, Javanparast teaches sketching and painting to adults. In addition, she taught art to children at the Iranian Community School in Vienna, Virginia.


    Together, Shekofeh Javanparast and Sarah Saghar Barzmehri will lead the Art Programs at Pars Place.