Board of Directors
Ahlan wa Sahlan! Thank you for visiting the Dayton Arab-American Forum (DAAF) website. Our organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of passionate Arab leaders from around our community. These Directors manage all activities related to DAAF and bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our organization.
Current Board Members:
Directors are elected for a three-year term. All terms run September 1 to August 31.
Mrs. Lamees MubaslatPresident
Ms. Angy El-KhatibVice President
Ms. Maha KashaniFormer President
Mr. Munther ShtayyehTreasurer/Past-President
Dr. Bassam NakfourAt-large
Mr. Tony W AntounAt-large
Mr. Tony MassoudSecretary
Ms. Kandice Abdul-KaderAt-large
Mr. Jad MubaslatWebmaster
Wasfi A. SamaanAt-Large
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.
Ms. Angy El-Khatib
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.
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.
Ms. Kandice Abdul-Kader
I am Palestinian/American and have lived in Ohio most of my life. My parents are originally from Beit Hanina, Palestine and have lived in America for over 40 years. Currently I am studying my Bachelors in Sociology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and plan on graduating in 2020. After, I plan on using my knowledge and skills to make a difference in the inequalities and societal conditions that people face. I am passionate about Human Rights, freedom and equality, and my soul’s purpose is to help oppressed people and to advocate for love and peace because I truly believe that is the only answer.
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.
Wasfi A. Samaan
Wasfi Samaan is an entrepreneur, born in Jordan, who has written and published hundreds of articles on topics related to social media. He owns JD Legends, which has hosted the top legends of music such as George Jones, Clint Black , Bret Michaels and more. In addition, he owns a Digital Marketing agency that specializes in helping small business owners market themselves better online.
Wasfi has a Degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky with a minor in Marketing.