Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Rooha Haghar

When Rooha Haghar was 12, her family—fleeing religious persecution in Iran—boarded a bus and left everything behind. On Tuesday night, December 19, come hear Rooha’s eye-opening tale of coming to America with only dreams and grit.

High school junior Rooha Haghar is a Vickery Meadow EAGLE Scholar who hopes to one day attend the University of California, Berkeley. An active artist and photographer, Rooha was instrumental in seeing Dallas’ #EducationIsNotACrime public mural become a reality—and her “Humans of Vickery Meadow” project was recently featured at Love Field Airport.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Maya Modi

Maya Modi loved her job as a high school art teacher. But when a doctored video from her classroom went viral—everything changed. On Tuesday, December 19, we’ll join Maya as she relives the roller coaster ride that became her life. 

Maya Modi is an entrepreneur, artist, and dedicated animal advocate. When she is not painting in watercolor, she works with Dallas Pets Alive! to foster kittens and make the city a no-kill haven for animals. Maya shares her stories in order to educate the public on issues that are often not thought about.

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Tereze Gruntmane

From age 18 until now, Tereze Gruntmane has learned much, including how to save a marriage and start an internationally successful clothing line. On Friday night, November 3, with a story that spans decades and embraces all emotions, Tereze will take us on her own “Jump Off A Cliff” journey.

Tereze Gruntmane came to the US from Latvia in 1996 with her husband and daughter. In addition to having two more children—each nine years apart—she is the founder/designer of ZAZA couture, a boutique children’s apparel line. Currently writing a book about being present in relationships and avoiding affairs, Tereze speaks her mind, even when unpopular.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Basil Sideris

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After surviving the war, Basil Sideris decided to visit America for a couple months. This week, he’ll take the Oral Fixation in “Destination America” to talk about why he decided to stay for good.

Basil Sideris is a spirited Greek from Tripoli, who moved to Dallas in 1955, where he went from cleaning tables to becoming a real estate entrepreneur in the city. Basil and his wife, Ann, are devoted residents of the Park Cities area of Dallas. They have two grown sons.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Belma Islamovic

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Belma Islamovic, lover of the smell of fresh air & flowers, will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage in “Lost in Translation” Friday night!

Belma Islamovic was born in Mostar, Bosnia in 1974 and has two younger sisters.  Her formal education was paused in her junior year of high school by the civil war in her nation.  At age 18, she became a Medivac’d refugee in Abilene, Texas.  She now lives with her mother and father in Richardson. 

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jean Congera

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Jean Congera is set to make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Lost in Translation.”

Jean Congera was born in exile in Rwanda.  His parents fled from Burundi in 1972.  He has been in the United States since 2006 thanks to the International Rescue Committee.  He is a Christian and evangelist.  He is happily married with one beautiful daughter.  Jean’s calling is to help people in need, especially refugees. 

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