Board of Directors & Advisors

Hon. Ehsan Bayat, Founder and Chairman of the Board

Hon. Ehsan Bayat is the founder and Chairman of Telephone Systems International, Inc. in New Jersey and three organizations helping to rebuild Afghanistan; Afghan Wireless Communication Company, Ariana Radio and Television Network and the Bayat Foundation. Ehsan Bayat has received numerous awards recognizing his ongoing dedication to business and humanitarian efforts including the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award (2010), the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce Businessman of The Year Award (2007), Zeba Magazine’s Best Humanitarian Award (2007) and the Afghanistan Human Rights Association Human Rights National Award (2006).  Mr. Bayat left Afghanistan during the Russian invasion and was one of the first to return to help rebuild his homeland after the Taliban regime was deposed and U.S. sanctions were lifted.  Mr. Bayat earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1986.

Mrs. Fatema Laya Bayat, Corporate President and Executive Director

Mrs. Bayat is President and Executive director of the Bayat Foundation and Senior Vice President of Ariana Television.  Through these roles she is a voice for empowering women of Afghanistan through entrepreneurship, education, health care and rule of law.  Fatema Laya Bayat moved to the USA in her youth and pursued and received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Education and a master’s degree in Special Education.  Fatema leverages her formal education and teaching experience along with her knowledge of her country of origin to help establish education and health care opportunities for widows, women and youth of Afghanistan.

Mr. Allen J. Maines, Director

Allen Maines is an Executive Partner at Holland & Knight in Atlanta, Georgia where he concentrates on major commercial and civil regulatory litigation, and corporate investigations. He has served as lead trial counsel to some of the world’s largest entities. Mr. Maines provides advice with respect to corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions for a wide range of transactions. Mr. Maines has also served as co-chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Department, Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group, Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the International Bar Association, and Chair of the IBA’s Publication Committee. He is recognized as a top practitioner by his peers and by in-house counsel for his high-quality work.  Allen received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Florida, is a member of the Florida and Georgia bars and has authored a number of publications.

Mrs. Mezhgan Nabi Alamshahi, Corporate Treasurer and Director

Mezhgan Alamshahi has worked with Kaiser Permanente since 1999 and is currently the Director of Patient Safety and Sepsi IA in the South Sacramento Medical Center.  Mezhgan obtained her B.S. degree in Health Education and her Master’s degree in Business Administration and has worked with Kaiser Permanente since 1999 where she currently serves as the Director of Patient Safety and Sepsi IA in the South Sacramento Medical Center.  Mrs. Alamashahi has served on the board of the Bayat Foundation as Corporate Treasurer since 2008.

Ms. Rosalie J. Wyatt, Secretary of the Board

Rosalie J. Wyatt is President of Wyatt Consulting Group International, Inc., a firm specializing in identification and mobilization of stakeholders for public/private partnerships, new initiatives and policy discussions.  Clients served include General Dynamics Information Technology Soft Power/Stability Operations and League for Hope for community development in North Africa.  She has over 20 years of private sector experience in the technology and finance sectors including marketing and business development for Motorola Personal Communications Sector in Latin America, Europe and Asia and Ready Systems Corporation in Silicon Valley, and OTC trading on Wall Street.  Ms. Wyatt is National Director for the ReadyCommunities Partnership/CCROA, Board Director for the Community Institute for Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Secretary of the Board for the Bayat Foundation and Director of the Afghan Trusted Network.  Rosalie received her B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Master of International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is a student of French and Spanish.

Ms. Charlotte Ponticelli Director

Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli is an international consultant and adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America.  She has 23 years of US Government experience, serving most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State.  Mrs. Ponticelli is a member of several advisory boards and international organizations, including the Council of American Universities Abroad, the Bayat Foundation’s Afghan Trusted Network, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council. She is currently an advisor to TTi Global, assisting with a workforce development project to provide technical skills training for young Afghan women and men; advisor to the Grossman Burn Foundation; and Chief Operating Officer for Disaster Logistics Relief, a global humanitarian organization specializing in telemedicine and disaster-relief technologies.