Board of Trustees

Ali Abbess Alley in his band uniform
ADF Board Member Dr. Ali Abbess Alley in band

The American Druze Foundation’s Board of Directors oversees the work of the Foundation.  The Board shapes the Foundation’s direction through its mission, strategy, budget, and programs. It ensures that the resources and investments support the Foundation’s mission and objectives.

Fadi Zuhayri, Chair

Fadi Zuhayri, Chairman

Fadi Zuhayri is a director for strategic technologies at Intel Corporation. Fadi has broad knowledge of the computing industry, spanning many technologies across all market segments, which he developed through various roles and leadership positions in engineering research & development, and product management & marketing, during his 28-year career at Intel Corporation. He is currently responsible for strategic planning and marketing for key software technologies in Intel’s Software & Services Group. Fadi joined Intel in 1989 and is recipient of numerous Intel departmental, divisional and corporate awards for outstanding accomplishments – including the Intel Achievement Award (IAA) – company’s highest honor for personal accomplishment. Fadi holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. Fadi is passionate about volunteer work and community service. He is very active with Intel/industry’s initiatives to promote and advance technology education, research and development with major universities in the Middle East region (including Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey). In addition to his professional volunteer work, Fadi is proud active member in the community. He served as the American Druze Society (ADS) National President from 2001 through 2003, and he has been a member of the American Druze Foundation (ADF) Board of Trustees since 2006 and was elected as the ADF Chairman in 2016.

James (Jim) K. Sams, Vice Chair

James (Jim) K. Sams, Vice Chair

Mr. Sams is an International Corporate Tax principal with KPMG LLP in Washington D.C., and works on US-inbound and US-outbound federal tax issues for a wide range of clients in terms of both industry and size. Jim began his tax career as a law clerk for the Honorable B. John Williams, Jr. of the United States Tax Court, following which he joined the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). At the IRS, Mr. Sams assisted in the drafting of regulations, rulings, notices, internal technical memoranda and other forms of internal and external guidance. He joined KPMG in 1993 and has worked in their D.C., San Francisco, and London offices. He has written various tax articles, spoken at internal and external tax conferences, and has also taught portions of courses in the graduate tax law programs at the Georgetown University Law Center and the London School of Economics.Jim received his B.A. from Brown University, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. In addition to participating on the board of ADF, he is a member of the board of ANERA, which focuses on relief and development in Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their two children.

Lillian Fahr, Treasurer


Jamil Aboulhosn, Secretary

Trustees

Ali A. Alley


Rabih Aridi


Riad S. Al-Awar

Riad S. Al.Awar

Riad S. Al.Awar

 

Riad Al-Awar is a civil engineer by trade who has held various positions in the USA and overseas. Several years before joining the Saurabia Construction Contracting Company in Saudi Arabia, where he partnered on many projects, Riad worked for Hill Consultants, a consulting engineering firm based in Brighton, Michigan. During Riad’s career with Saurabia, he managed construction of several high elevation long-span bridges, roads, multi-story buildings, main pumping stations, and general infrastructure projects. After Riad’s accomplishments with Saurabia, he moved back to the USA where he became involved in several investment ventures. Riad is a graduate of Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon, the National College of Choueifat, Lebanon. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he received both his bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering. In 1992, Riad was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Village of Barton Hills in Michigan where he continues to hold this position. In addition to being a lifetime member of the American Druze Society, Riad was on the national board in 1973 and 1995. He was a two-term president for the Michigan Chapter of the American Druze Society and chaired the 1996 ADS Jubilee Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Riad was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Druze Foundation in 2001. He continues to be involved with the Detroit Area Arab American Community. Riad and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan; they have four adult children.

Ramona Ataya-Dakour


Peter Hamady

Peter Hamady

Peter Hamady

 

Peter Hamady is a product developer with a passion for the health and fitness sector. He was awarded a NASA research grant for work on the International Space Station and is the holder of numerous U.S. patents. He previously worked as an environmental risk analyst at the American International Group. He is active in the Angel Investing Community in the San Francisco Bay Area and manages real estate projects in D.C., California, and Michigan. American-born, Mr. Hamady has been a lifetime member of the American Druze Society since 1997 and has served on the ADF board since 2000, occupying the positions of Treasurer since 2001 and Vice Chairman since 2009. Mr. Hamady received a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Vassar College (1990), an MBA from Columbia University (1997), and an MS Engineering (Product Design) degree from Stanford University (2006). He served as an officer and board member for the largest aviation club/flight school in the country, West Valley Flying Club (Palo Alto, CA) and was a volunteer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NYC for several years.

Walid Harb

Mr. Walid Harb is a Managing Director with 1859 Historic Hotels, Ltd. From 1996 to present, he has been responsible for the Virginia branch. Mr. Harb is an active member of the Skull Club International and the Hotel and Motel Association, and serves as a board member of their East Region. He also serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Red Cross Association. Mr. Harb’s involvement with the Druze community dates back to the early 70’s when he held the position of Chapter President in Virginia for two terms. He served on the National Board of Directors from 1980 to 1983, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Druze Foundation since 2000. Mr. Harb has studied two years of Psychology at Syrian University and has a college certificate in Hotel National Service from Northern Virginia College. He resides in Virginia with his family.

Ghassan M. Saab

Ghassan M. Saab

Ghassan M. Saab

 

Mr. Ghassan M. Saab currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sorensen Gross Construction Services, the largest full line construction services organization in Flint, Michigan, specializing in industrial, commercial, and institutional projects. Mr. Saab is also President of SGT, Ltd., a real estate development firm in Flint, Michigan and Treasurer of Sorensen Gross, Inc., a general contracting firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Saab co-founded a manufacturing company WGS Global Services (2003), and formed the Uptown Development Group with some of his friends and business associates in order to rejuvenate and rebuild the neglected and deteriorated downtown area of Flint, Michigan (2008). Mr. Saab is board member and past Chairman of the American Druze Foundation; a trustee and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University; a board member of the American Arab Heritage Council, Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Hundred Club of Flint, as well as McLaren Regional Medical Center; board member of the American Task Force for Lebanon; and board member of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan-Flint, and is a founding member of the Board of Teach for Lebanon – USA. Mr. Saab is a lifetime member of the American Druze Society and a member of the Rotary Club of Flint. His past professional and civic affiliations include the Flint Institute of Music (Chairperson and Board Member), Junior Achievement (President and Chairman), The Associated General Contractors of America, Michigan Chapter (President and Board member), Flint Contractors and Builders Association (President), Urban League of Flint (Board Member), National Association of Arab Americans (Board Member), Focus Council, Inc. (Board Member), Flint Area Conference (Board Member), and American Arbitration Association (Member).Mr. Saab was the recipient of the Man of the Year Award by the American Druze Society in 2002 and was also awarded The Americanism Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1991. In 1978, he was the recipient of the Civic Leader of the Year Award from the American Syrian Lebanese Clubs of America. He was the fifth person named to the honorary title of Emeritus Trustee of the Flint Institute of Music since its inception 90 years ago. Along with his wife Manal, Mr. Saab received the prestigious Russel G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy 2010 for the State of Michigan. His latest award was in November of 2011, the Lebanese American Foundation’s Pride of Heritage Award.Mr. Saab is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and the National College of Choueifat in Lebanon.

Kamal H. Shouhayib

Kamal H. Shouhayib

Kamal H. Shouhayib

 

Kamal H. Shouhayib is the Founder and CEO of the Choice Group. Mr. Shouhayib has invested in the growth and development of over a dozen residential sub-divisions in Troy, MI and surrounding cities. Mr. Shouhayib is the sponsor of the Troy School District’s annual middle school writing contest for the past 27 years. Former Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Mr. Shouhayib in 1993 to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission. Mr. Shouhayib also served on the Troy Boys and Girls Club Board as well as on the board of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shouhayib is one of the co-founders of the American Druze Foundation and is a former National President of the American Druze Society. He was chosen as the National Man of the Year of the American Druze Society in 2005, and was bestowed the 2003 Troy Distinguished Citizens Award at the Leadership 35th Annual Troy Community Banquet. Mr. Shouhayib holds a civil engineer degree from Michigan Tech University, and he resides in Troy, MI with his wife and four grown children.

Dima Suki

Dima Suki

Dima Suki

 

Dr. Dima Suki is a Professor at a leading healthcare and academic institution in Houston, Texas. She has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and a number of book chapters. She serves on a number of institutional and advisory committees, is a member of several professional organizations, and is the recipient of several grants. She is recognized in the Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Dr. Suki was elected to the American Druze Foundation (ADF) Board of Trustees in 2008 and served as the Chair of the Communication and Publishing Committee. She also served on the American Druze Society (ADS) Houston Chapter board and a number of local and national ADS committees. She is the creator of the Druze Exhibit of Heritage and Culture which she donated to the American Druze Society Houston Chapter in 2008 and a co-author of the ADF book Druze in America. In addition to her service to the Druze community, Dr. Suki served on the board of the American Lebanese Medical Association Houston Chapter board and had a long tenure on the American University of Beirut Alumni Association – Houston Chapter board, first as member then as vice-president. Dr. Suki holds a Bachelor and a Masters from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Texas. Born in Lebanon, she currently resides with her family in Houston, Texas.


Muneer Zaineldeen

Muneer

Muneer Zaineldeen

 

Mr. Muneer Zaineldeen joined Gal–Tex Hotel Corporation in 1972 and managed the Hotel Washington for over 27 years. In 1998, when Moody Garden Hotel in Galveston, Texas had its grand opening, Muneer was asked to supervise and manage the outset and formative of the hotel.As a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Muneer was on the board of directors and served as president for three years.  He was also on the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Rotary Club of Washington D.C. Additionally, Muneer served as the President of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives.A philanthropist and recognized and honored community member, Mr. Zaineldeen is the recipient of numerous national accolades and awards. By the Mayor of Washington, February 2, 1990 was declared Muneer Zaineldeen Day in recognition of his contributions to the hotel and tourism industry. On August 31, 1982, the United States flag was flown over the United States Capitol in Muneer’s honor.A founding member of the American Druze Foundation, Muneer served as its first secretary for several years.  In 2003, he was esteemed as the American Druze Society Man of the Year.  Furthermore, Mr. Zaineldeen has been a life member of the American Druze Society for over forty years; he served for five years as a board member, convention chairman, and president of the Washington Chapter. Muneer served three terms as President of the American Druze Society; he is also one of the founders of the American Druze Public Affairs Committee, at one point serving as chairman. Moreover, Mr. Zaineldeen was a member of the National Association of Arab Americans, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and board member of the Council of Presidents of Arab Organizations.Muneer attended Georgetown University and received his hotel training at Cornell University.  In addition to many other Masonic affiliations, Muneer was a member of the Blue Lodge, Royal Order of Jesters, and the Scottish Rite.Mr. Zaineldeen resides in Houston, Texas with his beloved wife.  He has four stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and three nieces.

Trustees Emeritus


Salim Israwi


Abdallah Najjar

Dr. Abdallah Najjar

Dr. Abdallah Najjar

 

Dr. Abdallah Najjar is a retired U.S. Public Service Officer and a disabled U.S. veteran of World War II. He spent 31 years in disease control and prevention in many countries around the world. Dr. Najjar served in the U.S. Army 3rd and 9th divisions in France and Germany until his honorable discharge in the fall of 1946. Dr. Najjar partnered with many offices and held many appointments while serving his country in America and overseas; some of Dr. Najjar’s partnerships and appointments were with the Office of International Health of the United States Public Health Service in Washington D.C.; Foreign Service Institute; Office of the Surgeon General; The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.A published author and a renowned speaker, Dr. Najjar is the recipient of many honors, including the Honor Award of the Republic of Egypt, Outstanding Kiwanian of the Year, and The American Druze Society, Man of the Year. He served as the first treasurer of the American Druze Foundation, and continues to serve as Emeritus Board member. Dr. Najjar resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife. Though officially retired, he continues working with Arab-Americans, the Druze community, and several other social and charitable organizations.

Anis Obeid

Dr. Anis Obeid is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and is an Echocardiography Clinical Professor of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He was Chief of Cardiology at The Veteran Affairs Medical Center from 1972 to 1979 and holds the position of Director of Echocardiography and Stress Testing at Crouse Hospital since 1980. A graduate of the American University of Beirut in 1957, Dr. Obeid authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed cardiology journals and a cardiology text book (Echocardiography in Clinical Practice J.P. Lippincott 1993). He established the New York Heart Center in 1983 and presided over it for 12 years.Dr. Obeid is involved in many social and cultural organizations as he was past President of the Social Welfare League (Lebanon), past Chair of the American Druze Foundation and is a lifetime members in the American Druze Society. Dr. Obeid is the recipient of many awards, including the distinguished service award by the Crouse Hospital Auxilliary, community service award by the Onondaga County Medical Society, the Life Time Achievement Award by Crouse Hospital, and The American Druze Society Man of the Year Award.Dr. Obeid published two books of poetry in Arabic. In 2006, he published a book on The Druze and Their Faith in Tawhid (Syracuse University Press).

Dr. Obeid resides in Syracuse, New York with his wife and two sons.


Melhem Salman