Dr. Réka Vicsacsán-Nagy, Founder & President

Born and raised in a Hungarian family in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), Romania, Réka was raised with appreciating multiple cultures and knowing the importance of preserving her own in an environment, where Hungarians were considered a minority group. She is now living in Arizona, where she is passing on this knowledge and helping local Hungarians learn and preserve their heritage. Being a full time instructor of Communication Studies at Grand Canyon University and teaching Intercultural Communication among others, her vision is to build the interest of people in each other’s culture. Her goal is to help individuals progress by making an effort to understand each other, to understand those who are different.

Anikó Haasz, Director

Born and raised in Hungary, Anikó was educated in Budapest.  She spent a year in the USA as an exchange student during high school, and a year as an intern during college.  As a young adult, she immigrated and settled in Phoenix, AZ. She has always had an interest in cultures and history, and during a year spent in Charlotte, NC, she led a multicultural group that focused on getting to know different cultures and cuisines.  Since she has become a mother, preserving and sharing her Hungarian heritage has become a priority. She believes in the preservation of her Hungarian roots, and enjoys helping others – Hungarians and non-Hungarians alike – learn about Hungary, its colorful history, culture and language.

Emese András-Letanovszky, Founder & VP

As a Hungarian who lived in different countries and experienced different cultures and life-styles, Emese likes to volunteer her time to help build and sustain a Hungarian culture oriented community in Phoenix. She would like to preserve and share Hungarian culture and traditions with Hungarians and non-Hungarians, who have interest to learn about other cultures.

Edit Vasadi Denning, Director

Edit was born and raised in Novi Sad, Serbia, which was previously Hungarian territory. She later immigrated to Hungary with her family, where she lived the majority of her life. As a young adult, she later moved to Italy for two years to study design. Edit is now living in Phoenix, Arizona with her American husband and their two daughters. Moving countless times taught her to cherish the moments spent with her family. She enjoyed documenting her stories to share with those who couldn’t be there, so she started her wedding photography business to inspire others to show what really matters in life. Her business is now predominantly serving multicultural couples and families. Edit’s passion and goal is to build a community of intercultural families and support those who struggle with cultural differences.

Julie Pek, Committee Chair

Julie Pek is a realtor in Arizona. Having grown up in Cleveland as a first generation Hungarian, she’s learned the language and culture and traveled to Hungary many times. She is dedicated to help the Hungarian Cultural Association of Phoenix to grow and carry out its mission.