Tom Nemat is a co-founder and CEO of Elite Care Treatment Center and the founder and principal attorney at the Law Firm of Tom Nemat. Tom brings his business and legal background to Norooz Clinic Foundation along with an intense passion to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with mental health disorders. Prior to practicing law and pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams, Tom earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with an emphasis in corporate law. Prior to law school, Tom graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, Tom was involved in several consulting and entrepreneurial activities in conjunction with his business courses, including Technology Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning/Consulting.
Afarin Somersis an ER Radiology Technician by trade for the past 25 years, has been an avid giver, helper, and philanthropist as long as she remembers. In a more professional role, she started becoming a philanthropic activist back in Vienna, Austria, where she volunteered at the United Nations Organizations for a couple of years volunteering in programs that helped the underprivileged around the world. Since her immigration to the US in 1988, she pursued a career in the healthcare industry because of her love for caring for people in need. In addition to her passion at her job, she has helped hundreds of families, children, foster parents and children with room, board, transportation, finances, connections to affordable legal help, mending relationships with their loved ones, and often times anonymously with financial assistance. Afarin’s major daily focus revolves around helping and supporting the disenfranchised members of the society who have no one to turn to. She has a keen eye for detecting people who struggle through life and are prone to take that journey alone without reaching out for help. Her own struggles going through traumatic events including poverty, revolution, immigration, family strife due to alcoholism, domestic violence, and ineffective communication has taught her numerous lessons such as the value of caring and loving, honest hard work, providing a listening ear and a supporting shoulder, stretching out a hand to a person in need, fostering better communication and cultivating healthier relationships. Afarin has been a steadfast supporter and contributor to NCF since day one as she wholeheartedly believes in its vision, mission and values.
Nina Huynh, Executive Director of the Youth Program, started with the Norooz Clinic Foundation since its inception in the Fall of 2012. She comes to NCF with an extensive background in mental health, academic research, advocacy, outreach, grants, youth programs, volunteer/intern coordination, event planning, marketing, and content building. Nina started her mental health endeavor with a degree in Psychology & Anthropology from the California State University of Fullerton. She is also bilingual in Vietnamese and English, utilizing this as a tool to advocate for mental health awareness in the Vietnamese community.
Nina has played a key role in developing and expanding the Norooz Clinic Foundation to many community members in the Southern California region, helping to establish important relationships with other esteemed community partners such as the Orange County Health Care Agency, Wellness Centers, Didi Hirsch, Western Youth Services, OCAPICA, and more. She also leads the annual coordination of NCF’s Unlocking Stigma Fair, funded by the Orange County Health Care Agency. Through these events, she works with other national organizations and venues, such as University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, Irvine Spectrum, Active Minds, Send Silence Packing, Nami, and much more. Furthermore, Nina has helped NCF in building its direct services, outreach, and community advocacy programs in order to serve more Orange County communities.
Her passion for helping youths overcome societal challenges empowered her to establish a youth program called the Youth Expression Projekt and a talk show called HikeTalk through TherapyCable, NCF’s sister company. These two projects focus on open communication and freedom of expression by means of dialogue concerning mental health issues and taboo topics. Nina’s passion is to serve the community in any capacity that she can, which is why she is currently pursuing a career in law in order to combine the fruits of mental health education and legal expertise together. She hopes that by becoming an attorney, she can use her acquired skill set in law and vast experience in mental health to spread mental health awareness anywhere and everywhere.
Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Psy.D. received his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University. He finished his post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Mental Health, Youth Resources Center, Central and the Adelante and Miramar Recovery Centers, Newport Beach, Ca. Dr. Gharadjedaghi, also known by many as Dr. G, is tri-lingual (Persian, German, English), multi-racial and multi-ethnic, and has lived, studied, and worked in numerous countries.
Dr. G’s dissertation and post-doctoral research focus on understanding, processing, and resolving therapy impasses for emerging and established therapists. He has worked with at-risk youth on probation and in high school educational settings, HIV affected populations (HIV+ and related spouses and family members), substance and sex addiction clients, trauma and domestic violence clients, and couples suffering from emotional and sexual problems. He is an existential therapist who specifically enjoys couples and family therapy with a focus on Gestalt therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Process Experiential Therapy, and Advanced Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. He teaches at Argosy University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and University of Phoenix. He has been named a Distinguished Professor for his outstanding contribution to student learning and serves on the Board of Advisers in the Master’s in Counseling Psychology Program (MACP) at Argosy University.
He is also the founder of multiple successful organizations including the Norooz Clinic Foundation, a non-profit community mental health clinic; Therapy Impasse Exploration & Resolution Institute (TIERI), a specialty training and research institute to help therapists improve their clinical skills; AlumniSuccess, a private practice startup organization for emerging pre-licensed and newly licensed psychotherapists; Couples & Sex Therapists of Orange County (CASTOC), a local Orange County, CA, based training institute for couple and sex therapy; TherapyCable.com, the #1 online therapy video hub, aimed at providing all inclusive, open access to therapy to anyone, at anytime, and anywhere.; and Elite Care Treatment Center, an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Dr. G is also on the part-time faculty of multiple OC-based private universities including Argosy University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Phoenix. Furthermore, Dr. G serves on the editorial board of Who Is Who, Inc. Health + Medicine magazine, and on the Board of Advisors at the MACP program at Argosy University, as well as a member of Orange County Mental Health Board.