Ahlan wa Sahlan! Thank you for visiting www.DAAF.org. The Dayton Arab-American Forum (DAAF) is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors whom are elected by the general membership. The officers of the DAAF are nominated and elected by the Board of Directors at a special meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting.
The Board of Directors governs all activities related to DAAF and meets on the second Wednesday of odd months. The duties of the board and the officers are defined in the DAAF Constitution.
Take a moment to learn more about our amazing board of directors by reading our bios below.
The Board of Directors has fourteen members elected for a three-year term, The Board Terms run from September 1 to August 31st of the following year.
Maha Kashani was born in Tehran, Iran to Arab and Persian parents. Her mother, Ferdous, is Iraqi and her father, Reza, is Iranian. She is a proud and passionate Persian-Arab-American residing in downtown Dayton and believes in all things Ohio!
Maha is a Senior Account Manager at IGS Energy and works with Ohio’s largest commercial and industrial energy users as a strategic partner to develop custom-tailored energy procurement strategies to fuel their organizations.
Maha stays very active in her community. In addition to being the President of DAAF, Maha is the Founder and Chair of the Dayton ENCORE! program cultivating the next generation of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance patrons, serves as Chairwoman on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Business and Consumer Ethics. Maha also takes an active interest in helping develop, attract and retain young talent with her involvement in the Ohio Young Professionals Network.
Maha is a proud 2005 graduate of the University of Dayton, a Leadership Dayton Class of 2010 graduate, 2013 AES National Spirit of Service Award Winner, 2012 Recipient of the Toastmasters International District 40 “Leadership and Communication Award”, 2011 recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s “40 under 40” Award, 2011 Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Quarter” and 2010 recipient of the Women in Business Networking’s “Top 25 Women to Watch” Award.
Munther Shtayyeh was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Kuwait where he graduated high school. Munther attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Manufacturing Engineering. Munther worked in the manufacturing industry for many years beginning at the old Dayton tire & Rubber Co, Hobart Corporation, Cooper Industries and Hyco International where he served as Executive VP & COO. He currently owns a small business that operates convenience stores in the Dayton area. In good weather and sometimes so-so weather, you can normally find Munther at Country Club of the North, CCN, enjoying the outdoors and chasing a little white ball. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/munther-shtayyeh/13/270/602
Tony Antoun, an Entrepeneur, Tony was born in Italy and is Egyptian, he moved to Egypt where he lived as a teenager. He owned 5 restaurants in the New York City - New Jersey area, also a limousine company and other businesses and moved to Dayton with his wife Kate Langeman 3 years ago. Today, Tony is the DAAF Treasurer, a member of the Civitan Club of Dayton http://www.spiritsgifts.com/civitan.htm and the Great Discussions Group in Dayton.
Anthony G. Massoud is the Past Secretary, Dayton Arab American Forum and married to Lelia Massoud. Tony is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and retired in 2002 from the Reynolds & Reynolds Company after 30 years. He now is owner of Massoud Associates, Inc., a sales consulting company with organizations to help others reduce their costs especially with non profits. He is a United Rehabilitation Services Board Member, URS; Board Member, Gorman Hewitt Ayars Foundation; Past President, ADA Dayton Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association; Past Immediate Chair Prevent Blindness Ohio, Past President and current VP, Presidents Club of Dayton; Past President, Dayton Civitan Club, Founder and Past President Cincinnati-Columbus-Dayton Pitt Club, CCD Pitt Club, Board Member Justice and Peace in The Holy Land Forum.
Wassim Hamdan. Wes was born in Lebanon, obtained his Masters degree in Business at the American University of Beirut, and has lived in Dayton since 1973. He is previous owner of All World Travel Service where he served as Chairman & CEO; his daughter Tina Hamdan is now a consultant at All Tour Travel, one of the largest tarvel agencies worldwide.
Wes is married to Winny Hamdan who had also been with All World since 1979. Wes has served on the Board of DAAF for many years and is very active with the local Arab community. He has also served as Chairman, President or Board member on various national organizations such as: Skal International, ASTA, CBTG, Rotary, Optimist Club etc. Wes was also Entrapenuer of the Year
Bassam Nakfour. Born in Lebanon, he graduated in 1972 from the American University of Beirut Medical School. Upon completion of his residency training in Obstetrics - Gynecology at Case Western Reserve in 1976, he moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he established a private practice. He retired in 2003. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. For six years, he was chairman of the OB-GYN department at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He is past president of Montgomery County’s OB-GYN society. He is married to Randa Slim and has one daughter, Aleese. He is co-founder of DAAF, was its second board president and is now a board member.
Lamees Mubaslat is an Architect and Sustainability Director for Montgomery County Planning and Construction department. Designed, directed, and administered over 100 capital improvement projects ranging from large multiple use projects to small tenant improvements. Currently works with the Dayton Regional Green 3 task force to promote greener government, businesses, and personal practices throughout Montgomery County and the Dayton region. Palestinian; born in Kuwait and raised in Jordan. Graduated from the University of Jordan with B.S in Architecture and moved to Dayton Ohio in 1989 to join husband Saed Mubaslat. They have two boys: Jad, a biomedical engineering (pre-med) student at OSU, and Rahmey, a student in Miamisburg high school.
Kandice Abdul Kader Born and raised in the Dayton area, Kandice is a Lebanese Hungarian American, her mother Hungarian and her father Lebanese. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Wright State University, Kandice is currently a graduate student in the International and Comparative Politics Master's program at WSU with a concentration in US foreign policy and the Middle East and plans to attend law school after earning her degree. Additionally, Kandice is a member of the Graduate Assembly at WSU and the president of the Middle East Culture and Politics Organization, working to get students exposed to Middle Eastern culture while also raising awareness about current political events. Along with being a full time student, Kandice is currently an intern for the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts and works as a part time front desk coordinator for Square One Salon and Spa.
Dr. Patricia Abboud is a graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Her undergraduate degree is in Nursing where she worked as a critical care nurse at University Hospitals of Cleveland before starting medical school. She completed her residency at Dayton children's Hospital in pediatrics and her fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Cincinnati children's hospital.
She has been at Dayton Children’s since completion of her Pediatric Critical Care fellowship in 2006. She is currently an associate professor in pediatrics, division head for the department of critical care medicine and medical director of transport services at Dayton children's hospital. Dr. Abboud serves on several committees within Dayton Children’s Hospital. Her publications and clinical interest include pediatric head injury, sepsis and bronchiolitis.
She has been active for the past 4 years with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helping raise funds and awareness of all blood cancers. She has been the Dayton chair person and co chair person for their annual Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, raising over $800,000 in the 2015 campaign.
She is the mother of 3 children (George, Joseph and Sophia) and spouse to George who is a Structural Engineer and real estate investor. She visits Lebanon annually with her family. Her parents immigrated from Aitaneet Lebanon to the USA in the late 1960s looking for a better life and settled in Cleveland Ohio where they raised their 5 children. Although she was born and raised in Cleveland, she speaks Arabic fluently and is very proud of her Lebanese heritage.
Dr. Fahmi Abboushi works at Central State University as the Director of the Center for Global Education. Previously he worked as the Associate Dean of graduate programs at the school of education at Felician College in New Jersey. He received his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. Dr. Abboushi is married to Rawand Jarrar-Abboushi and they have a ten years old daughter, Janean. Dr. Abboushi was born in the city of Jenen in the West Bank, Palestine.
Dr. Kindy Ghussin, graduated from SUNY Buffalo 2002 with a Doctorate in Pharmacy, a BS in Biology and a BS in Biological Pharmacology and a Minor in Philosophy and Sociology. His brother, Detective Fred Ghussin, was one of the victims of 9/11. He lost his life after investigating the site which was miles from where he worked in the dept of criminal justice in Manhattan.
Tom Shoemaker serves DAAF in the capacity of board member-at-large as chairperson of the Programs Committee. He was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio area. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Polk, Louisiana and in West Germany after completing a stint as a Drill Sergeant.
Being an adventurous soul, Tom drove a semi across the United States after his honorable discharge from the service, visiting all but 2 of the 48 contiguous states. Tom drawed on his experiences during his foray into acting and took the lead role in a few plays at different community theaters, locally produced movies, and was cast in various management training films and commercials.
Tom attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting while professionally he worked as a sales manager and later as branch manager for Heartland Industries and Bullock Garages, specializing in opening new branches in new markets for both companies. In addition to his professional management career, Tom also worked as an on-air radio personality for radio stations in both the Cincinnati and Dayton markets, as well as working as DJ for local clubs.
As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded a mobile pet grooming business in Central Ohio and served as it's president for 3 years before selling the business. He went on to break into the real estate business as an investor, Realtor, mortgage loan officer, and finally as a state certified appraiser. He has been in the industry for over 20 years and is currently employed with Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Tom is founder of American Support Network for Palestine, a regional (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Dayton, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington) umbrella support group that cooperates, coordinates, and collaborates with local activist groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Group, Al Awda, Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslim Association, Friends of Sabeel North America, If Americans Knew, and United Methodist Kairos Response. Tom is married to a beautiful woman, Riham Rayyan, whose family is from Lifta, Palestine.
Term Expiring August 31, 2017
Term Expiring August 31, 2018
Dr Patricia Abboud
Dr Fahmi Abboushi
Dr Kindy Ghussin
Term Expiring August 31, 2019
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