Oya Bain

Secretary General

She is a graduate of American College for Girls -currently Robert College- of Istanbul, Turkey. She came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar to do post graduate work in Biochemistry. In her professional career she has worked as a clinical chemist and laboratory director in the clinical pathology laboratories of several medical centers in Canada and U.S. In 1999 she retired from her position as the Director of Department of Laboratory Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.

She has been involved in the Turkish American community since 1970. As the board member of American Turkish Association of Washington DC (ATA-DC), she held positions, at various times, as the chair of ATA-DC Membership, Lecture and Turkish Radio committees and ATANews editor. She was the Capitol Region Vice President, Secretary and Trustee of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) at various times. In the 1990s she chaired the ATAA Turkish Heritage Month activities and later was closely involved in the planning of ATAA Annual conferences.She served on the boards of Atatürk Society of America (ASA) , Maryland American Turkish Association.(MATA) and Washington Turkish Women’s Association. (WTWA) She is also a member of The Hospitality and Information Service (THIS) in Washington DC, a service organization for the diplomatic community. She received numerous awards from ATAA, ATA-DC, American Turkish Council and Daughters of Ataturk, including the ATAA Turkish American of the Year award. In 2018 she received the TURYAK Distinguished Citizen Award in Turkey. Currently she is the Secretary of the Turkish American Steering Committee (TASC) and a board member of the American Friends of Turkey. She has many years of experience in organizing cultural programs, political rallies and fundraisers.

She looks for every opportunity to strengthen the friendship and the alliance between U.S. and Turkey. She supports TASC’s mission of empowering the Turkish American community in the political/civic areas and grassroots activities. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband Ralph Bain, a chemist and educator, retired from the National Institutes of Health. Bains have one daughter, Tuvana, a physician in New York and two grandchildren.

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