MEET THE MOE123 BOARD
"Nobody owes nobody nothin'. You owe yourself"
— Rocky Balboa
MARTY MASSIH SARIM
Founder and Chairman
Massih, also known as Marty, is one year younger than Mostafa and came to the United States alongside him in 1982 from Kabul, Afghanistan as a refugee. He grew up in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and went to Park Center Senior High. He began his career in business at the young age of 18 and quickly moved up the ranks of leadership at a local call center. After a dozen years in the business, he grew and sold a mid-size company. He then moved to Jacksonville, Florida to help build a global contact center where he served as President and CEO. Today Massih runs his own venture fund and is involved in a stealth start up. Additionally, he founded Sarim Properties in Jacksonville and loves to participates in charities as well as serves on boards in Minnesota, Florida and California. As a resident of Jacksonville Beach, Massih likes to spend his free time outdoors. He enjoys running, fishing, hunting, golfing and traveling the world. He is the proud father of Kali Sarim, his daughter, and fellow board member. Massih lives the fast life and is always on the move. He loves to work hard but play even harder. His never-give-up attitude and fiercely competitive nature is addicting and rubs off on everyone around him. Massih is truly honored to be able to be part of this charity and to keep his older brother’s legacy alive for years to come
Seraj Sarim was born and raised in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and is Mostafa’s youngest brother. He ignites those around him with his adventurous spirit and unending enthusiasm. He graduated from Park Center Senior High School in 2002 and went on to earn his degree in television production. During college, he worked as a paraprofessional with local schools and discovered his passion for working with young people. An artist and photographer, his travels have brought him around the world to places like Alaska, Tanzania, and Kathmandu, Nepal where he studied at a Buddhist monastery and volunteered with an orphanage in the city, an experience that has shaped his worldview. As a photojournalist and bartender, Seraj has worked across the country. Living in seven states, he has a unique and up-close view of America, a country that he loves and appreciates. From his first news story about how to keep your cows warm, in Williston, ND to standing in hurricanes on the east coast, Seraj has enjoyed every minute of his career. His eye for detail and the story behind the lens influence his role as a photojournalist daily and as a student of the world, he aims to bring that inspiration with him to Moe123 to help students in their endeavors and honor Mostafa’s legacy each and every day.
Danielle Sarim grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and is Mostafa’s sister-in-law. She is a 2008 graduate of Park Center Senior High School. Like Mostafa, Danielle has always gravitated toward school and is passionate about education. Insatiably curious, Danielle asks questions to dig, discover, and learn daily. She honed her love for writing and languages during college and graduated with her B.A. in English, professional writing, and communication studies from Concordia University, St. Paul. She returned to complete her MFA in Creative Writing in 2021. She has found success as a professional writer, communicator, and storyteller with experience spanning industries like higher education, construction, and consumer services. As an educator, she has volunteered as an ELL teaching assistant and tutor and led an internship program comprised of up and coming writers and marketers during her time in higher ed. She is a writer, poet, voracious reader, cat-lady, pilates/yoga enthusiast, and is enamored with history and travel - especially the mountains. She is honored to serve as a Moe123 board member where she will strive to lift our community’s scholars through their dedication to education and keep Mostafa’s memory alive through each step.
Kali Sarim was born in New Hope, Minnesota and is Mostafa’s only niece. Kali grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and graduated from Osseo Senior High in 2017 where she was a varsity captain of her soccer team. From there she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to study Business Marketing at Grand Canyon University. After college Kali was working in Jacksonville, Florida as the Director of Client Solutions for a global contact center. She currently resides in Minnesota with her dog Mia and is continuing her sales career for one of the top start up AI companies. She is honored to be serving as a board member for her uncle and volunteering her time to turn this tragedy into a great cause.
Marjan Samadi joined the Moe123 board in 2020 but has been a part of the Moe123 journey since its inception. A cousin of Mostafa, Marjan helped design the Moe123 logo and brand and has been involved with design elements, photography, and support along the way. She graduated from Champlin Park High School in 2001 and went on to study at the Art Institute and Brown College where she earned her bachelor's in visual communications. Since then, she has worked in the graphic design industry for seven years. In addition to her keen eye for design, Marjan is a passionate athlete and plays dodgeball for Team USA. In fact, she represented Team USA at the World Dodgeball Federation 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. She has helped launch Twin Cities Dodgeball, a local dodgeball group that offers pickup matches, hosts tournaments, and is part of USA Dodgeball. She is also a scout for USA Dodgeball's north region to help recognize and develop the next generation of players to represent Team USA. Marjan is thrilled to be a part of Moe123 to help the next generation of scholars find the path to their own passions and future endeavors.