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.

Shukran,
Maha Kashani
President

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.

Mrs. Lamees Mubaslat

Mrs. Lamees Mubaslat

President

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.

Ms. Angy El-Khatib

Ms. Angy El-Khatib

Vice President

Angy El-Khatib is a first generation Arab American. Her mother immigrated from Lebanon and her father immigrated from Egypt; they eventually settled in West Virginia. She comes to Dayton, OH from southern West Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Marshall University in 2012 and aMaster of Public Health from West Virginia University in 2015. She currently works as the Manager of the Injury Prevention Center at Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center.

In addition to serving on the DAAF Board of Directors, she also serves as the Chair of Technology for the Ohio Society for Public Health Educators (Ohio SOPHE) and as a Steering Committee Member for Public Health Awakened – a network of public health professionals organizing to advance health, equity, and justice. Angy is passionate about the intersections of health equity and social justice. She is active in epidemiologic research to address systems of institutionalized racism and implicit bias and their relationship to health inequities.

Angy aims to honor her Arab-American heritage through community-building and by celebrating the cultural diversity in the Dayton area.

Ms. Maha Kashani

Ms. Maha Kashani

Former President

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.

Mr. Munther Shtayyeh

Mr. Munther Shtayyeh

Treasurer/Past-President

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

Dr. Bassam Nakfour

At-large

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

Mr. Tony W Antoun

At-large

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

Mr. Tony Massoud

Secretary

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. Mohammed Aqrabawi

Mr. Mohammed Aqrabawi

At-large
Mr. Mohsen Khani

Mr. Mohsen Khani

At-large
Ms. Kandice Abdul-Kader

Ms. Kandice Abdul-Kader

At-large
Kandice Abdul Kader was born in Dayton, Ohio to a Lebanese father and Hungarian mother. Despite growing up in less than diverse rural Ohio, Kandice has nevertheless embodied a passion for Arab-related humanitarian causes, combatting discrimination against Arabs, and uniting the Arab community in activism.
Kandice received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science with a focus on International and Middle Eastern Studies from Wright State University. She is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at the University of Dayton School of Law where she will receive her law degree in May 2019. She is also a judicial clerk at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Kandice intends to practice immigration and human rights law.  .
Additionally, Kandice is a very passionate advocate for community engagement and humanitarian causes. In addition to her efforts as a DAAF board member, Kandice is the regional director for American Support Network for Palestine where she works with Ohio-based human rights groups in creating platforms for Palestinian human rights awareness and education. Kandice is also an advocate within the Free Speech Coalition of Ohio and Freedom to Boycott where she works with legal professionals and human rights organizations in Ohio to inform and lobby both legislators and citizens on impending legislation threatening the First Amendment. Moreover, Kandice is an active member of Dayton Indivisible for All, working with community leaders to combat racism, create political awareness, and increase local voter registration.
Mr. Jad Mubaslat

Mr. Jad Mubaslat

Webmaster

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
Shtayyeh, Munther
Mubaslat, Lamees
Hidmi, Zaher
El-Khatib, Angy
Shoemaker, Tom
Kashani, Maha

Term  Expiring August 31, 2019
Antoun, Tony
Massoud, Tony
Khani, Mohsen

Term  Expiring August 31, 2020
Nakfour, Bassam
Abdul-Kader, Kandice
Aqrabawi, Mohammed
Mubaslat, Jad