Board of Directors

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 info@arabcenterwa.org.

2017-2019 Board Members

 

Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi

Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi

Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi, President

Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi is a Libyan American paper artist who was brought to the United States as a child. She lived in several states before settling in the Emerald City in the early 90s, moving here after seeing its beauty in a postcard while on the search for graduate schools. She had previously received her Bachelors from Oklahoma State University and that got her accepted into the University of Washington, where she received a Masters of Arts.  Kay was Board Director for the Arab Center of Washington from 2007-2009 and is thrilled to be returning to serve her community again.  She currently owns A Crafty Arab, a company that creates children’s educational products promoting the Arab culture. Kay is also a Docent Laureate at the Seattle Art Museum, an Art Docent for the Lake Washington School District, an Artist in Resident for the Seattle School District and an Arabic Storyteller for the King Country Library System. In her spare time, she manages Girl Scouts cookie sales for her three daughters and is helping her husband build a tiny house in the shadows of Mt. Rainer.

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Zaki Barak Hamid

Zaki Barak Hamid

Zaki Barak Hamid, Vice President

Zaki Barak Hamid is a Palestinian immigrant who was born and raised in Jordan. In the US since 1994, He received his bachelor’s degree in theater from the University at Albany, and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Delaware. He is a program director at Humanities Washington, where he produces hundreds of Humanities themed lectures and discussion programs throughout the state. Zaki is also a contributor to KUOW’S Week in Review, and teaches Film, Mass Media, and other topics Everett Community College, the Creative Retirement Institute, and OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at UW. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, watching endless movies, and cheering on his beloved Seattle Sounders.

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Cyndi J. Landsrud

Cyndi J. Landsrud

, Secretary

Cyndi was born and raised on an Indian Reservation in NE Montana (Fort Peck Indian Reservation at the time, now Assiniboine Sioux Tribes), where she was exposed to racial issues throughout childhood.
After obtaining a degree in Microbiology in 1986, Cyndi moved to Washington, DC for one more year of specialized training. During time spent in DC (~ 12 years), a bigger picture of racial issues arose. The complex issue of Israel and Palestine was taught to me by colleagues and friends. There are many similarities between Native Americans and the Palestinians.
In late summer 1998, I moved to Seattle. My first supervisor was Palestinian and I learned a lot about the Arab community by asking a gazillion questions. By 2009, I volunteered with the Arab Center and have been involved as a volunteer for several festivals.
It’s an honor to be part of the board. I look forward to working with the Arab Community and contributing in any way I can.

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Oussama Alkhalili

Oussama Alkhalili

Oussama Alkhalili, Treasurer

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.

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Mohamed (Moh) Kilani, Member at Large

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Aida Benani, Member at Large

 

 

 

Board of Directors Contact Information:

President Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi: kay.t@arabcenterwa.org

Vice President Zaki Hamid: zaki.h@arabcenterwa.org

Treasurer Oussama Alkhalili: treasurer@arabcenterwa.org

Secretary Cyndi J. Landsrud: cyndi.l@arabcenterwa.org

Aida Benani: aida.b@arabcenterwa.org

Mohamed (Moh) Kilani: moh.k@arabcenterwa.org