BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ALEXANDRA NASSAR | PRESIDENT
Born and raised in the Greater Flint area, Alexandra is dedicated to serving the Arab community. Alexandra’s parents came to the United States from Palestine in the early 1970s, and she is a first generation Arab-American.
Alexandra is licensed to practice law in Michigan and specializes in estate planning & business transactions at the Shaheen Law Firm in Flint. She sits on various boards and committees, including the State Bar of Michigan, where she serves as a Young Lawyers Section executive council member, and the American Inns of Court – Centennial Chapter, where she serves as membership chair.
DR. ABD ALGHANEM | VICE PRESIDENT
Born in Damascus, Syria, Abd graduated from Damascus University Medical Center. He did his general surgery residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center and was assigned chief resident of general surgery. He later went on to specialize in plastic surgery at the University of Texas.
Abd is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and has been in private practice in Flint, Michigan since 1989. An activist in the Arab-American community in Flint, he serves on the boards of many nonprofit organizations and is past president of the Arab-American Heritage Council.
SAID FARAH | TREASURER
Said is a founding member and partner of West Second Street Associates (WSSA), established in 1993. WSSA specializes in real estate development and long-term management of high-quality government buildings leased back to the General Services Administration (GSA) throughout the United States. Said is also involved in several downtown Flint redevelopment projects, including the historical Capitol Theatre Building.
KATRINA KHOURI GAGNE | SECRETARY
Katrina was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She graduated in 2007 from The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management. Katrina coordinates the implementation of GLHC solutions in Genesee County, and is committed to creating a care connected community in Flint through quality health insurance. An active community member, Katrina has served on several civic and charitable boards and committees throughout Genesee County, including: The Community Foundations’ Women and Girls Fund Committee, The Genesee Regional Young Professionals Advisory Board, Christmas in Action of Genesee County, The Pink Night Committee, and committees for the Fenton, Grand Blanc and Swartz Creek Regional Chambers of Commerce.
ROBERT HOUBECK | BOARD MEMBER
Since 1991, Bob has served as the director of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Frances Wilson Thompson Library. Prior to that, he worked from 1975-1991 in UM-Ann Arbor’s University Library, most recently as head of its Serials and Book Acquisitions divisions. At UM-Flint, Bob chaired the Chancellor’s Advisory & Budget Priorities Committee, co-chaired its 2005-2010 campus strategic planning initiative, and currently serves on the campus All Hazards Emergency Response Team. He teaches in the UM-Flint American Culture and Honors programs, and, in 2011, taught American history as visiting professor at the University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal), Germany.
Bob is a past chair of the Michigan Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and speaks regularly for Right to Life of Michigan. From 1992 through 2006, Bob was a member of the Rotary Club of Flint and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Bob lives in Flint with his bride of 41 years, Rae Ann. They have six children: Christopher, Anneke, Megan, David, Elizabeth, and Patricia.
HONORABLE JUDGE ANTHONY J. MANSOUR | BOARD MEMBER
Anthony was born in Nazareth, Palestine and immigrated to the U.S. in 1927. He attended Flint schools and colleges, including the Detroit College of Law, now part of Michigan State University, where he was awarded a doctorate of law in 1950. Anthony was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and began his practice in January of 1951.
Always aware of the importance of his heritage, Anthony has been an active leader in the Arab-American community from his early school years to the present day. He has given lectures and had some of his written work published. Anthony co-founded the Arab-American Heritage Council in 1980, and he continues to serve the organization on various levels.
LUBNA BATHISH JONES | Advisory Council Member
Lubna was born in Nazareth, Palestine and moved to the United States with her family in the early 1970s. She attended schools in Flint, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Lubna began her career in finance in 1987 and is currently First Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services Inc. in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Lubna is former president of the Arab American Heritage Council and is a former chair of the Parish Council of St. George Orthodox Church. She has also served as a board member of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation.
DR. HESHAM GAYAR | Advisory Council Member
Dr. Hesham Gayar is a board certified radiation oncologist and is the Medical Director for the McLaren Proton Therapy Center. Dr. Gayar earned his medical degree from the Alexandria School of Science in his home country of Egypt. He came to the United States and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York as well as a fellowship at Ohio State University. Dr. Gayar is a former president of the Genesee County Medical Society.
IMAD ISAAC | Advisory Council Member
Imad was born in Beit Sahour, Palestine. He moved to the United States in 1969 at the age of 20. He graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. Imad has been a realtor for over 30 years and is currently a broker and owner of Remax Select on Hill Rd in Flint. He also owns and manages over 125 investment properties. Imad is an active member of the Arab community, including St. George Orthodox Church, and has frequently helped new immigrants from Palestine when they come to the United States.
JEANETTE MANSOUR | Advisory Council Member
Jeanette is a retired program officer and consultant at the C.S. Mott Foundation. She directed international grants, special projects, and reviewed and processed proposals related to the development of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.
She holds bachelor and master degrees and has completed postgraduate work at the University of Michigan and the American University of Beirut. She serves on non-profit boards in both her home community of Flint, Michigan as well as national boards. Currently, she is a consultant to ACCESS (Dearborn), providing technical assistance to the Center for Arab-American Philanthropy.
GHASSAN SAAB | Advisory Council Member
Ghassan Saab was born in Choueifat, Lebanon and first came to the United States for a summer job while he was a civil engineering major at the American University in Beruit. After graduation, Ghassan immigrated to the United States to work for the same company, Sorensen Gross Construction Services. He currently serves as CEO of Sorensen Gross. A lifelong philanthropist, Ghassan contributes to many community organizations in and around Flint including, the Flint Institute of Music, the Urban League, the Flint Institute of Arts, the American Arbitration Association, and has been heavily involved in the redevelopment of downtown Flint. Ghassan was a co-founder of the AAHC and has been a community leader in the Arab American community since the 1980s.
KHALIL SAAB | Advisory Council Member
Khalil Saab was born in Choueifat, Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. He is a 1969 graduate of The American University of Beirut with a major in physics. Khalil is Vice-President of Sorensen Gross Construction Co., Inc. directing the company’s overseas operations since 1978. He is also President of Corlin Builders, developers of subdivisions for single-family housing in Genesee County, Michigan,
Khalil is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Internet Solutions Group (GenTech), and a managing partner of G&K Associates, owners and developers of land, office, and retail buildings in Michigan, North Carolina and Florida. He and his wife, Ann, have been long-time supporters of the Arab American and greater Flint community, particularly the Flint Institute of Music.
DEVIN BATHISH | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Devin Bathish is a Flint area native and a Palestinian citizen of Israel. Devin has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Studies, specializing in Middle Eastern history/politics and Arab & Muslim American identity, from the University of Michigan. While at university he held positions on the executive boards of several Arab cultural and human rights organizations and served on Central Student Government working to create better representation for Middle Eastern students on campus. Devin is fluent in English and Arabic.
Devin returned to the Heritage council after a short break, as he was an active youth volunteer with the Council from 2005 through 2015 and was an AAHC scholarship recipient in 2011.
MOHAMMED ALHAMMADI | IMMIGRATION DIRECTOR
Mohammed Alhammadi, an immigrant from Qatif, Saudi Arabia, graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with his Bachelors in Business Management and Administration. While a student, Mohammed was an active member of the Saudi Club at SVSU and a participant in numerous community events focusing on uniting Arabs and non-Arabs alike. With a passion to help others, Mohammed is excited to use his education skills, cultural background, and personal immigration experiences to help serve others seeking guidance through the immigration process. Mohammed is fluent in English and Arabic and is accredited by the Department of Justice to assist with immigration clients.
LUCINE JARRAH | MARKETING & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Lucine Jarrah is a senior at the University of Michigan – Flint and resident of Grand Blanc. She is currently majoring in Political Science and intends to pursue a law degree after graduation. She is the founder and previous president of the student organization “Cinemas Finest,” a club dedicated to youth empowerment through the arts, which won the “Outstanding Student Organization” award for 2019. Additionally, Lucine formerly served as Vice President of Student Government at the University of Michigan – Flint. Lucine’s goals as Marketing & Outreach Coordinator include encouraging Arab American participation in the 2020 Census and working to provide youth with more opportunities for educational success.
AUSTIN OGLE | IT & PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Austin Ogle is a senior at the University of Michigan – Flint and a resident of Fenton. He is currently majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy and intends to pursue a law degree after graduation. Austin is a former Senator and Director of Student Government at the University of Michigan – Flint and currently serves as President of Cinema’s Finest. Austin’s goal as IT & Program Coordinator is to improve the technological and operations capacity of local community organizations.
Deena Ahmed | NNAAC Fellow
Deena Ahmed is a senior at the University of Michigan – Flint and a resident of Grand Blanc. She is majoring in Psychology and intends on pursuing a medical degree after graduation. She is the co-founder of the Sudanese American Youth Association, which unites young Sudanese Americans across mid-Michigan through their shared experiences. With a passion for learning, Deena enjoys traveling and is fluent in English and Arabic. As a NNAAC Fellow, Deena wants to highlight the diverse identities of Arab Americans and unite the community through their shared cultural heritage.