AP Team

Steve

Co-Founder & Co-Host (Bay Area, California)

Steve was born in Turlock, California, of Assyrian parents. Steve started the Assyrian podcast as an effort to inspire and encourage Assyrians and all ethnic minorities around the world. Steve is interested in helping people share their story and the greatness they carry. When Steve isn’t podcasting, he loves educational technology, chess, the New Orleans Saints, and spiral dynamics.

Follow him @stevenetniss on Twitter or @stevenetniss on Instagram.

Adessa

Co-Founder & Co-Host (Canada)

In San Jose, California, born and raised, on the playground is where Adessa spent most of her days. Joining the Assyrian Podcast as the co-founder has been one of her favorite Assyrian initiatives to get involved with! Helping share people’s stories, she believes, makes us better and closer as a diasporic people. She currently resides in Hamilton, Canada. When Adessa isn’t podcasting, she loves to be around music, dance, travel, and do anything cultural; particularly Assyrian.

You can follow Adessa on Instagram @adessak.

Roda

Co-Host (Michigan, USA)

Roda was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to California when she was set to begin high school. After finishing her studies in Turlock and spending 7 glorious years in San Francisco, she moved to the metro-Detroit area in 2017 when she married her husband, Tony. Her love for people and their stories stems from her love for books, which she developed as a young child, thanks to a family that revered books and read regularly. This same love for stories led her to join the Assyrian Podcast team. She views life as one big adventure and loves cooking, reading, traveling, and photographing things, places, and people.

You can follow Roda on Instagram @rodadankha

John

Co-Host (Illinois, USA)

John was born in, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Having worked on-air for three Chicago area radio stations, contributing to the Assyrian Podcast came as a natural fit. John’s desire is to always give Assyrians a platform to tell their stories, and teach people about what Assyrians have accomplished. Unlike most long-time Chicago traditions such as loan-sharking, extortion, fraud, and day-drinking, John spends his time reading a good book, playing arm-chair quarterback for his favorite sports teams, and planning his next trip.

You can follow John and see pictures of mostly food @johnjenzeh

Ninorta

Co-Host (Phoenix, Arizona)

Ninorta was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to Chicago with her family. She grew up volunteering in the Assyrian Church committees and youth groups. Her professional career background is in hospitality management, organizational behavior, and leadership. She has always been involved in the Assyrian cause and since moving to Arizona, Ninorta joined the Assyrian Podcast team to bring light to all of the stories and hidden gems within our community.

You can follow Ninorta on Instagram @ninortak116.

Peter

Co-Host (California)

Peter was born in Modesto, California to Assyrian parents, and delivered by an Assyrian doctor. His work background is in local government, grantmaking and urban planning. In spring 2018, Peter went on the Gishru homeland trip and life has never been the same. He hopes and works to preserve the Assyrian language, culture and identity. In his spare time, Peter sings and volunteers for Assyrian charitable causes.

Follow him @peteribrahim on Instagram.

Jessy

Co-Host (Germany)

Jessy was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Her family’s roots are from Tur Abdin/Turkey and Syria. Through her job as a Media Designer she built connections with many different movements and organizations in our nation, which has been important to making her an open-minded person. In her free time, she loves to travel to our ancestral countries or Assyrian communities in the diaspora. Jessy also loves to get lost in completely different cultures in foreign countries like India, because she believes that awareness of others and taking a break from your own people is healthy.

You can follow her travel photography and stories on Instagram: @jessybethzabday

Ninus

Co-Host (Sydney, Australia)

Ninus was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and has been involved with the Assyrian community from a very young age. His love of music manifested into DJing, and led Ninus to host musical programmes on Deephousepage.com and Bondi Beach Radio, as well as co-produce the Naqoosha d'Haymanoota (Bell of Faith) show on 2GLF. Inspired by the interesting stories aired on the Assyrian Podcast, Ninus will use his hostship to seek more sources of inspiration among Sydney's relatively large Assyrian community, learning from them in the process. Ninus works in finance and enjoys cycling, fishing and aviation.


Miriam

Co-Host (Iraq)

Miriam was six months old when her family moved from Baghdad to Kuwait, and eight years old when they moved to Montreal, Canada. She moved another five times after that, never living anywhere near an Assyrian community. While her family kept the Assyrian culture alive in her household, and had a few Assyrian acquaintances, she grew up feeling like an outsider to her own heritage and culture. As an adult, she traveled back to Iraq to unearth her roots, and has since then moved back to rediscover who we - Assyrians - are.

Miriam has a passion for travel and exploration, understanding other cultures, and capturing stories through photography, writing, and now also through the Assyrian Podcast.


Tania

Head of Partnerships

Tania was born in Urmi, Iran and immigrated to California as a young child. Having two very omtanayeh parents, every weekend growing up was filled with Assyrian activities – Assyrian language class, Assyrian dance class, Assyrian church mass, various lectures at Shotapoota, and so on. Beside our beautiful culture, Tania has always been interested in the behavioral sciences (psychology and sociology). People watching with a cup of sweet black tea is one of her favorite past times – even better if she is in a foreign country. Tania loves to travel, read, go on hikes, and relax in the sun.

Follow her @taniamia on Instagram.


Steven

Social Media Guru

Steven was born in Frechen, Germany and moved to Turlock, California as a toddler. His parents grew him up in church and always would have him involved within the Assyrian community. He joined the Assyrian Podcast team to help reach our amazing stories to as many Assyrians as possible through social media marketing. When Steven isn’t working on the podcast, he loves photography, the Chicago Bears, and coffee.

You can follow him on Twitter @itsmestevenl or on Instagram @slelham.