Board of Directors
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.
Current Board Members:
The Board of Directors has fourteen members elected for a three-year term, The Board Terms run 3 years from September 1 to August 31st.
Ms. Maha KashaniPresident
Mrs. Lamees MubaslatVice President
Mr. Munther ShtayyehTreasurer/Past-President
Dr. Bassam NakfourAt-large
Mr. Tony W AntounAt-large
Mr. Tony MassoudSecretary
Mr. Tom ShoemakerAt-large
Mr. Mohammed AqrabawiAt-large
Mr. Mohsen KhaniAt-large
Ms. Angy El-KhatibAt-large
Mr. Zaher HidmiAt-large
Ms. Kandice Abdul-KaderAt-large
Mr. Jad MubaslatWebmaster
Ms. Maha Kashani
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.
Mrs. Lamees Mubaslat
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.
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.
Dr. Bassam Nakfour
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.
Mr. Tony W Antoun
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.
Mr. Tony Massoud
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.
Mr. Tom Shoemaker
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.
Mr. Mohammed Aqrabawi
Mr. Mohsen Khani
Ms. Angy El-Khatib
Mr. Zaher Hidmi
Material Engineer from Wright State University
Ms. Kandice Abdul-Kader
Jad Mubaslat is an entrepreneur and software developer who has been passionate about Bitcoin and blockchain technologies for several years. He founded BitQuick.co, the first Ohio-based cryptocurrency company, while attending The Ohio State University during 2013. The Bitcoin trading platform was accepted into leading Bitcoin accelerator, Boost.VC in 2014, and simultaneously received investment from Tim Draper. BitQuick.co was later acquired by Athena Bitcoin Inc, a Chicago Bitcoin ATM company, in 2016 after growing to transact over $1.6M in trades each month.
He is also a Dayton-native, born and raised in Miamisburg, Ohio. He is also a recipient of Dayton Biz Journal’s 2018 40 under 40 award. Jad received his BS in Biomedical Engineering in May, 2015. He completed his masters dissertation in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering in 2018 at Wright State studying blockchain applications.
Term Expiring August 31, 2018
Term Expiring August 31, 2019
Term Expiring August 31, 2020