Our Team

Farzin Hatami, CEO & Co-Founder

Mr. Hatami is a retired executive who has worked for a number of fortune five hundred and startup companies throughout his 30+ year career. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Minnesota State University and an MBA/Engineering Management degree from City University of Seattle.

Some of the highlights of his career include; serving as the President & CEO of MediaPhy Corporation. He worked as the Vice President of engineering for GoDigital Networks. He was a resident General Manager for StrataCom’s division in Santa Barbara, California and moved to Cisco Systems after the M&A completion in 1996 time frame. He also worked for Nortel Networks and Underwriters Laboratories as a senior engineer.

Mr. Hatami is a licensed college instructor in the State of California, bilingual in English, Farsi, and some Swedish. He has served Boy Scouts of America as the Committee Chairman for troops 149 and 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2011. He is currently a board member for the Pacific Skyline Council.

Julie A. Hatami, Secretary & Co-Founder

Mrs. Hatami has been a nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for 30 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Communication disorders at San Jose State University in 1990 and has held an active California license as a Speech pathologist for the same period. Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mrs. Hatami has served the veteran patient population for 20 years including 10 years as the lead SLP for the Polytrauma Network Site in Palo Alto, California. Her interim work through the years has included employment with skilled nursing facilities, contractual and the public school system. Her areas of specialty are medical speech pathology, traumatic brain injury, head/neck cancer, speech/language, cognitive & swallowing deficits associated with stroke and CNS disorders.

Mrs. Hatami is the mother of three children for which they have been the center of her world for 30 years. Her second child, Ariana passed away in December 2016 and her work as a mother, caregiver and advocate was tragically disrupted by a violent offender. A mother’s labor of love can never stop for the sake of the living and now through the AMHF foundation; she is determined to help others in similar circumstances.

Board of Directors

Joseph Goethals, Attorney at Law

Mr. Goethals is currently an attorney in private practice and formerly the Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo County working on the Homicide Unit. He is also a Council Member and former Mayor of San Mateo. He was born and raised in San Mateo where he lives with his wife and three daughters. Joe graduated from Santa Clara University majoring in Microbiology. He received a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. He attended Santa Clara University School of Law and served as the President of the SCU Alumni Association. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department JPA. Joe worked for 10 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He enjoys coaching his daughters’ AYSO teams and serving his community.

Cliff McManis, Ph.D

Dr. McManis is a local church pastor, a college professor, and an educator in Cupertino, California. He has served in various nonprofit organizations for three decades. Currently, he serves on the board of an organization that helps orphans, widows, the sick and elderly in southern India where he travels annually to help oversee the projects’ implementation. Cliff is married to Debbie and they have four grown children and one grandson.  

Captain Ron W. Mussman (Ret.) Daly City Police Dept.

Mr. Mussman was a police captain with the Daly City Police Department and has been employed by the City of Daly City for the past 25 years. Prior to Daly City, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He is currently the Commander of Investigations Division and as such he is intimately involved in all serious cases brought before him.

As a result of my position, I met the Hatami’s during the investigation of Ariana’s homicide. Although our connection was initially professional, I feel as if I have a personal connection with both Julie and Farzin and look forward to building a friendship. Although I never met Ariana, I’m very excited and honored to be a part of helping this family to create something good from their tragedy as well as building a lasting legacy for Ariana.

Hank Scherf, Ret. Pilot, U.S. Navy

Mr. Scherf is a Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor with MassMutual and has been a financial advisor for over 15 years. Prior to that, he was a high tech executive for nearly 25 years serving as vice president of sales in several startup companies, mostly in the telecommunications field. He served ten years of active duty with the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator and an additional 20 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring at the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, North Carolina State University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He is very active with several non-profit and community organizations including the Pacific Skyline Council, Boy Scouts of America as past president and a current board member; Western Region, Boy Scouts of America, executive board member; Vice Chair of the Executive Board of the Hiller Aviation Museum; the Redwood City Child Development Program as a past president and current executive board member; and Chair of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission.

Kathleen E. Schneider, Treasurer

Mrs. Schneider joined the AMHF board in June of 2017. Her career as a working mother has led her to serve on advisory boards for youth-based organizations for decades. This includes twelve years on the parent advisory board and finance committee at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Redwood City, California. She has been an active leader and executive committee member for two local Boy Scout units in the bay area for nearly twenty years.

Mrs. Schneider has served on the parent advisory board for a local pre-school, Sequoia Children’s Center where she now works as the accountant and office administrator. She has previously worked for Lockheed Martin as a corporate auditor and an independent sole practitioner. Kathy is a CPA and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.