Speaker Biography

Weekly Guest Speakers

Mr. Jamshid A. Afnan

Speaker Biography: Jamshíd Afnán is a Bahá’í author and historian. He was born in Shiraz to a Bahá’í family as a fifth generation Bahá’í. To further his education, he moved to the United States in the mid-1970s, where he studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He has been married to his wife Názly for 33 […] Read More

Sepideh Eskandari, Esquire

Speaker Biography: Ms. Sepideh Eskandari, Born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the US at age nine. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Tampa, and JD from Stetson College of Law.  She has been an Immigration Law practitioner from 1996 to the present.  She served as a Florida Bar Investigative member […] Read More

Mr. Kamran Hakim

Speaker Biography: He has been married for 37 years. He has three children (two daughters and one son), and four grandchildren. Mr. Hakim currently lives in Northborough Massachusetts. Kamran Hakim and his wife are members of the Worcester Bahá’í Community.Mr. Hakim was born into a Bahá’í family. Mr. Hakim’s religious ancestry is from Jewish descent […] Read More

Mr. Norbert DuBois

 Speaker Biography:  Mr. Norbert DuBois, in reference to Bahá’í service, including having recently returned from Peoples Rep. of China, has worked as a professional actor, and being multilingual, enjoys sharing what he has garnered during five decades of Bahá’í experience, locally and internationally.Raised in Baltimore, Md., of two school teachers of mixed ethnic origins, including […] Read More

Mr. William Varner

Speaker Biography: Mr. William Varner is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, a husband of 48 years, a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He has been a Baha’i for 57 years, serving as an international pioneer to Zambia and Canada, and in various administrative capacities. While in Canada he facilitated workshops on diversity and overcoming racism […] Read More

Ms. Bahji Varner

Speaker Biography: Ms. Bahji Varner is a Bahá’í middle school teacher and mother of three from Atlanta. She has been involved in Bahá’í community-building activities and serves on the Community Engagement Committee for the National Race Amity Institute. She has been leading diversity efforts at her school, which serves the culturally transitioning neighborhood of the […] Read More

Ms. Monique Stevens

Speaker Biography: Ms. Monique Stevens is a local teacher and mother who has been involved for decades in activities promoting the principals of racial equality and the oneness of mankind. Monique speaks frequently at public meetings addressing these and other issues from her perspective as a member of the Bahá’í Faith. Most recently, Monique has […] Read More

Rainn Dietrich Wilson

Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. According to, “looktothestars.org,” Rainn supports 10 charities, 18 causes, and […] Read More

Dr. Lameh Fananapazir

Dr. Lameh Fananapazir was born in Iran and spent his youth in Africa. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Medical School. He trained in Cardiology and further specialized in Electrophysiology at Duke Medical Center. He worked for 15 years as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland studying causes of […] Read More

Professor Emeritus – John S. Hatcher, PhD.

Speaker Biography: John S. Hatcher received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Georgia. He is Professor Emeritus in English literature at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he taught for forty years. He has published twenty-five books and […] Read More