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Turlock resident elected president of Assyrian National Council
Youbert Valadio

After years of service to the national Assyrian community, Turlock resident Youbert Valadio was unanimously elected as president of The Assyrian National Council of Stanislaus County.


There are 18 various churches, political and social organizations that make up The Assyrian National Council of Stanislaus County, which serves the nearly 35,000 Assyrians in the county. The council helps local Assyrians with issues such as immigration, education, citizenship and involvement in American Society.


“One of my goals in life has always been to help the Assyrian community,” said Valadio. “As president, I will try to help them by all means.”


Valadio’s impressive resume prior to his election includes years of experience as both an Operations Analyst for the NASA Space Agency and a national engineering manager for Intel Corporation. After serving as National Chairman of Convention for the Assyrian American National Federation in 1986, Valadio was invited to the White House where he met then-president Ronald Reagan. Before being elected, Valadio served as the interim president for the council.  Valadio brings with him planning, organizing and supervising skills that led to his unanimous election as president.


It is one of Valadio’s long-term goals to help unite various Assyrian organizations throughout the country under one umbrella, leading to a bigger impact not only on the Assyrian community, but on the country as a whole. Valadio also hopes to shine a light on persecution in the Middle East and to make a difference by serving as a voice for those who are suffering


“I want the Assyrian-Americans to recognize their potential and to help this country,” said Valadio in a released statement. “Many of the Assyrian people come from oppressive governments in the Middle East. This country provides many freedoms and many opportunities for those that are willing to put in the work and get involved.”