The delegates of the 103rd Baha’i National Convention in the United States have elected the new members of the National Spiritual Assembly (in descending order of votes):
Kenneth E. Bowers
Jacqueline Left Hand Bull
David F. Young
S. Valerie Dana
Robert C. Henderson
Juana C. Conrad
The new member is Dr. Fariba Aghdasi (elected with the least number of votes among the nine) who replaced William L.H. Roberts (acting as Treasurer last year) who also had the lowest votes among the previous NSA members. All other members of the NSA were re-elected as we’ve come to expect from the effect of incumbency.
For why such tiny incremental changes in membership really amount to no changes at all, please see the “Fable of the 5 Monkeys”.
I couldn’t find much information about the new NSA member except this short biography from a Baha’i site:
Dr. Fariba Aghdasi has served as the Deputy Secretary of the Regional Bah??’? Council of the Southwestern States since the formation of that institution. She is also the Director of the Regional Teaching Office, an office of the Regional Bah??’? Council serving the advancement of the clusters in the region. She has been a long term pioneer to South Africa and to Zimbabwe and has served on its National Spiritual Assembly. She has also served as the Regional Coordinator for the Regional Training Institute in the Western States in its formative years. She is a professional engineer holding a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering and was previously professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Zimbabwe. She is married with two children and currently lives in Central California.
Here is a short video of Dr. Fariba Aghdasi speaking at the Grand Canyon conference held during the Christmas holidays last year in Arizona. Taking part in such a high profile event just months before voting couldn’t have hurt her chances to be elected to the NSA.