Board of Directors

We have assembled a talented group of individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the quality of attention and resources that children receive while growing up.

Jaleh Niazi, M.S., M.D.

Jaleh is an established community pediatrician, who has served the San Francisco Bay Area community, primarily the underserved, for the past twenty years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley in 1987, master’s degree in Health and Medical Science from UC Berkeley in 1990 and her medical degree from UCSF in 1992. She received her pediatric training at Children’s Hospital  Oakland, now UCSF –Benioff CHO Hospital. As a pediatrician, she has experienced firsthand the structural challenges families and society, as a whole, face in supporting children to fulfill their fullest potential. She founded New Child Fundamentals with the vision of coordinating and mobilizing support for every child’s optimal growth and development. She lives with her husband, Esfandiar, and younger daughters, Parisa and Kianna, in Berkeley.

Nanette Rooke, Ph.D

Nanette is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer for New Child Fundamentals. She did several years of cancer and vaccine research after obtaining her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA in 2003. Subsequent and more recent interest in youth health and education has led her to involvement in non-profit groups that have worked to improve the lives of young people. She is excited to help New Child Fundamentals create positive paths forward for those children who may not have access to health, nurturing and educational environments..

Shiva Niazi M.S., M.L.A

Shiva Niazi, M.S., M.L.A. Shiva grew up in Berkeley and received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley (1997) and UT Austin (2000), respectively.  She also obtained a master’s degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley in 2007 with an emphasis in environmental planning.  She has worked in environmental consulting primarily in the fields of water modeling and climate change analysis, and in environmental education.  She believes by providing children a way to skillfully interact with their environment, through play, gardening and exploration, they will develop a healthy awareness of the surrounding ecosystem while emotionally and physically thriving. Additionally, she has studied alternative healing modalities. She lives in Kensington, CA with her husband, John and daughter, Anahita.

Janice Scott, CPA

Janice is a self-employed tax advisor and accountant with more  than 30 years of experience in tax planning and compliance, accounting and auditing, working with a variety of clients, including 9 years working with a large San Francisco CPA firm doing tax planning and compliance for wealthy individual clients, including many real estate investors, trusts, estates, and businesses, as well as some non-profit compliance work. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1977 and later completed additional courses in their Masters in Taxation program. She currently lives and practices in the Concord area with a wide variety of individual and business clients and non-profit organizations. Janice has also studied several alternative health modalities, and is passionate about helping people with the use of concentrated nutrition and nutraceuticals to build up both physical and psychological health.  She is also certified in the Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics which specializes in clearing dense energy in the body's energy field for more optimal flow of Chi Energy which in turn helps achieve greater physical and psychological health. She has enjoyed doing this work professionally for individuals and sports teams on a part-time basis for more than 10 years.

Anahita Bakhtiary, M.A

Anahita grew up in Iran and moved to the United States in 1995. She has worked with many agencies both in Iran and the United States doing public relations and media reports. Specifically, Anahita worked for the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Iran for 8 years as a Reporter and Director of Public Relations in the Theater Department.   She has been a board member for several organizations including the Hemophilia Organization in Iran and Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. Anahita loves working with children and has worked in the children's theater field for many years, writing and directing plays for children and young adults. She has also enjoyed being a teacher for more than 15 years and is currently teaching at Growing Light Montessori School in Kensington, CA. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Farzad and her son, Sena.

Ziba Taghipour, M.S., M.F.T.

Ziba is a marriage and family therapist, who has served children, families, couples, and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. At EMQFamilies First, a nonprofit mental health agency in Santa Clara county, she provided Psychological treatment, crisis intervention, case management, and skills training to children struggling with sexual abuse, displacement, and other mental health issues. She received her BS in psychology and MS in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University. Working with underserved children, she became certain that children’s mental health issues are contextual in nature. Therefore, the treatment plan must address the contextual factors that potentially maintain or contribute to the symptoms. The plan must include Parenting education, children’s social skills training, Accessible physical health, diet and fitness training, and tutoring and school advocacy. She is currently in private practice in the South Bay.

Partow Imani, B.S.

Partow is a student at UC Berkeley pursuing a graduate degree in biostatistics within the school of public health. Partow grew up in Berkeley and acquired her bachelors in mathematics with an emphasis in medical and life sciences from UCLA in 2014. In addition to working in a pediatric office, Partow has volunteered in service projects such as UNICEF as well as working as an academic and piano tutor. Based on her experience working with children, as well as her experience in the public health field, Partow believes that creating a robust support system for children is fundamental to public health and is excited to provide such a system to her local community.