Board of Directors of the Arab Center of Washington
The board is composed of a president, one treasurer, one secretary and directors at large. If you are interested in becoming a board member please fill out our ACW Board Member Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015-2017 Board Members
Oussama Alkhalili, also known as Sam, was born and raised in Beirut Lebanon. He came to USA as an international student in 1981 where he entered Cal State LA, as an electrical engineering major. The civil war in Lebanon has forced Oussama to drop out the university and work in private sector until 1989. He entered a community college where he received an AS degree in Math/Science, has a minor in Mathematics from Cal State University of Fresno, BS in Computer Information Science from Strayer University, and master degree in Information Technology.
During that time, Oussama was a program director at College of the Sequoias for 9 years, and then 3 years at CSU Fresno. Oussama has been teaching all aspects computer technologies since 2000 until he landed a tenure position at Highline College where he is a professor and department coordinator for Business Technology department.
Oussama has served as the President for Arab Alliance Chamber of Commerce in Washington State for 5 years, was an executive board member at the Islamic Center of Kent for 1.5 years. Oussama now volunteer at United Muslims of Washington, serve as the treasurer for AACCWA, and volunteer as club advisor for a table tennis club at the college. Oussama has also been volunteering many times with ACW until he elected to be the treasurer of the organization.
Oussama loves teaching and help Arab businesses to flourish. Oussama also enjoy Arab communities as he is consulted by many local Arab non-profit organizations. Oussama drives to promote the richness of Arab culture and the beauty of Arab values.
Hakeem Basheer, Vice President
Hakeem Basheer is a Palestinian American finishing his doctorate degree in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University, where he works to raise awareness of Arabic and Islamic culture. Hakeem is a co-founder of “Volunteers Without Borders”, a Palestinian organization active in the Gaza Strip. He served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Arab Festival in 2011. This year, he is the Programming Chair and he succeeded in his goal of bringing authentic Arab culture to the local community.
Tasha Duberstein, Secretary
Born in a suburb of Boston, Tasha is the only child of a Lebanese mother and a Jewish father. She was raised in a tight-knit Lebanese family, where she developed a passion for Arabic culture, history, and her grandmother’s kibbeh. In 2005, Tasha received her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations with a Middle East concentration, and she is currently applying to Middle East Studies graduate programs. Tasha moved to Seattle in 2010, and became involved with the Arab Center of Washington in 2012 through the biennial Arab Festival. She is deeply honored to be a member of the Board of Directors, and looks forward to establishing strong relationships within the community.
Hiba Yamani, Treasurer
Hiba doesn’t like to answer the question “where are you from?” – she’d much rather answer “where are you now and what are you up to there?”
Ever since she was a kid living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, she liked to help organize social events. At 14, she dressed up as Santa for her neighbor’s kids, put up a magic show for her little sister’s birthday party, and helped organize a huge Eid party for kids in the compound where she lived. This trend hasn’t changed much as she grew up and moved from one place to another.
Shortly after her family moved to Montreal, Canada, she found herself organizing a prom and fundraising for the yearbook at her new high school. While studying software engineering at McGill University, she organized lots of different events including fundraisers, Halloween/Christmas parties, Ramadan iftars, Eid celebrations and end-of-year banquets. In 2011, she became an active member of the Arab Development Initiative and helped organize the 2012 Envision Arabia Summit which took place in New York.
Hiba is relatively new to Washington; she moved to Seattle in late 2012 to join Microsoft. Shortly after she arrived, she heard about the Arab Festival and signed herself up to help.
I’ve been in Washington for a little more than two years now and I love it! I came all the way from Beirut, first to California and then here. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I’ve been blessed with a great network of friends, a charming city, and breathtaking nature. It’s starting to feel so quickly, like a second home!
As part of ACW I feel I can give back to this community, I love planning social events, activities, and getting people togather! I look forward for an exciting year ahead of us, getting the community connected and everyone involved, and exposing the beauty of the Arab cultures!
Noor Ahmed is originally from Baghdad, Iraq; she and her family moved from Iraq to Qatar during adolescence and remained there for her high school and college education. After earning her Diploma degree in Business Administration from The College of the North Atlantic in Doha, Noor went on to work first as an office manager for Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Company and then as an Office Manager for the prestigious Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Noor and her family moved to the United State in 2013, staying one year in Texas, then finally settling in Washington State. Noor has always been proud of her Arab heritage and she also found that she loved Washington’s Arab American community; these passions led her to join the Arab Center of Washington in March 2015, whereupon she rapidly became involved with the organization. Noor passion for the local Arab American community has driven her to take on many responsibilities within the Arab Center of Washington and she’s focused on organizing great events geared towards connecting the community. Outside of her time spent on the ACW Board and organizing ACW events, Noor is also pursuing a second degree and career in the field of chemical engineering.
Board of Directors Contact Information:
President Oussama Alkhalili: email@example.com
Treasurer Hiba Yamani: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Tasha Duberstein: email@example.com
Hala Karaki: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiba Yamani: email@example.com
Tasha Duberstein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hakeem Basheer: email@example.com
Noor Ahmed: firstname.lastname@example.org