It was more than two decades ago that Nasser and Afsoon Mirzai met in Silicon Valley, working at one of the many tech companies occupying the area. Their spark was immediate and a year after first meeting, they began their life together as husband and wife.
Afsoon holds multiple degrees and certifications. She has earned degrees in the arts and sciences and is both a licensed esthetician and licensed Resident Care Facilitator for the Elderly. Until very recently, Afsoon owned and managed an elderly care home in San Ramon.
Nasser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Communication and Robotics from Fresno State University. He later earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Phoenix University. He wrote a book called Robotics Vision and is the author of numerous technical articles in the field of Infrastructure Architecture, Cloud Hosting, Business Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing and Internet of things (IoT). He is the president and owner of a technology consulting company called Ambrosia Technology and has consulted for some of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech companies and many Venture Capitalists across the country.
With three boys in the house, the Mirzai family is always doing something. Each son has their own interests, friends, passions, and with those varied activities comes a lot of time spent out and about.
Sina, 16, is a Junior at San Ramon Valley High School. He is an avid swimmer at the high school and is also in the marching band. Like all high schoolers in our area, Sina has been staying home more than ever before. This unexpected time at home has allowed Sina to discover a new interest – streaming video games! He’s found a solid community online and has amassed a couple thousand followers. Check him out on twitch.tv at @Sinajune
Soheil, 14, exercises his creativity in video production and editing. He also has a passion for acting and singing. He has been making short videos and practicing creative filmmaking and editing with his many types of camera and video recorders.
Suren, 12, stays active with basketball and soccer. He is also the family chef and loves to make breakfast for everyone! Suren just completed building his own PC from scratch.
All three boys are involved on the youth teams, Rock and Wildside, at CPC. Any parent would agree that watching your kids get along and support one another is the greatest gift. Last year Soheil and Suren joined forces with another friend and made a short movie about the harmfulness of bullying. They made a strong impact and won first place for their work.
The last six household members bring their own sort of flair to the Mirzai home – Sina, Soheil, and Suren each have two chickens that they’re raising. Everyone, including the chickens of course, loves rooting for the local Bay Area teams, the 49ers and the Warriors, as well as the SRVHS Wolves.
Staying involved in their kids’ activities is important to Nasser and Afsoon. As a PTA member for over a decade in the SRVUSD, Nasser was always in and out of the boys’ different schools, helping where needed. Of Afsoon’s dedication to her family, Nasser says, “My wife goes above and beyond taking care of our kids and she works so hard to make sure they are [the best members of our community].” They love their neighborhood near the Livery: Afsoon and the kids have always had friends and playmates nearby.
Living on the south side of downtown Danville allows the Mirzai family to walk to wherever they’d like downtown. On the weekends they often leave their cars parked and do all of their shopping on foot or by bikes. They love going on family bike rides and seeing other friends also enjoying the town while they’re out and about. “We moved to Danville over ten years ago for all the best things that Danville is known for, including small-town charm, safety, schools, parks and many other great attributes. We have made Danville our home.” Nasser even recently took his passion for making Danville the best place to live by getting involved in local politics.
The Mirzai family gets their strength and grace from their religious upbringing and continued relationship with God. As active members of Community Presbyterian Church, they work everyday to keep faith in the foreground of their lives. Nasser reflects on the advice his own father gave him the day he left home, “He said, when you fall, you get up, shake it [off] and ask God to help you out. He is the only one that will always be there for you. I have lived by those words all my life.”
Although 2020 prevented Nasser and Afsoon from bringing the family on their yearly summer vacations to France, Germany, Mexico and other states, and to Tahoe over the holidays, they are looking forward to the next time they can all pack up and head out on another adventure. Until then, they are enjoying getting to know Danville and the surrounding areas even better.
By Alexandra Sullivan, Resident since 2017
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