Jonty Yamisha is the founder and Executive Director of the Nassip Foundation. Born in the United States to parents from Syria, Jonty previously served as Council Chairman of the Circassian Benevolent Association, the largest and oldest xace in the United States. He is an active member of the community and counts many of the xace’s founding members as direct family relatives. Jonty is also a direct descendent of Bechmirza Pascha, one of the most celebrated and well-known Circassian poets and someone who is widely considered the father of Kabardian literature. Jonty earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Vassar College, and holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Sami Yamisha is considered one of the “founding fathers” of the Circassian Benevolent Association (established c.1952) of Wayne, New Jersey. The organization serves a community of about 5,000 Circassians in the United States. Sami served on the construction and supervisory board when the Association first broke ground on its $5M campus in 1984 and went on to serve as Secretary of the Association for the better part of a decade.
Nart Arislanouk has lived in both the California and New Jersey Circassian communities and has served as an executive officer at the Circassian Benevolent Association. Among his many volunteer initiatives, Nart previously served as the Circassian Benevolent Association’s Vice President and Treasurer. Nart lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.