Since our founding in 2000, Turkish American Cultural Society of Rhode Island has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.

Onat

ONAT

President

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Onat is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to work together every single day.

Pelin

PELIN

Vice President

With us since our founding, Pelin is one of our veteran team members. She brings her years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

Onur

ONUR

Treasurer

Onur joined Turkish American Cultural Society of Rhode Island with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

Mert

H. MERT

Secretary

Friendly, reliable, and a great cook! These are just a few ways we describe this great addition to the Turkish American Society! Mert is very outgoing and a joy to be around.

Melih

MELIH

Director

Melih Bektas was born in Istanbul/Turkey.
He graduated from Yildiz Technical University majored in Mechanical Engineering.
He attended and received his MBA degree from Johnson and Wales back in 2007.
After finishing his degree he had worked in Monarch Industries as an mechanical engineer and then he started his own company.
He is a business owner and an investor. He has a pizza restaurant and construction company. Also he is a registered contractor and specializes in deck building.
He is currently involved with local politics and trying to engage the members of Turkish-American community with them. 
He had served as TACSRI President between 2019-2021. He has been a member of the TACSRI board since 2017.
Currently he is the Representative of Turkish American Steering Committee of Rhode Island and working on projects that bring communities together.

Gokhan

GOKHAN

Board Member

Gokhan joined Turkish American Cultural Society of Rhode Island with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

Leyla

LEYLA

Board Member

Ismail

ISMAIL

Board Member

Koray

KORAY

Board Member

Koray Ozpolat is a father, husband, professor, and avid traveler. After living in many countries/states around the world, he has settled down in the beautiful state of RI since 2011.