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 & Secretary

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.

Board Emeritus

ANTHONY J. MANSOUR

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.

Advisory Council

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.

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