Board of Directors
2019-2020 Al-Bireh Society (ABS) Board
Dr. Reema Wahdan
Dr. Wahdan is serving as the 2019-20 ABS Board Co-President. Dr. Wahdan has been active with the Al-Bireh Society for more than 20 years, serving as Vice President (2005) of the Washington DC chapter, Youth President (2004-2006), and has served on the National Board since 2014. She is the daughter of Said and Urayb Wahdan, wife of Mazen Alaswad and mother to Lamya Alaswad. She currently is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus working in the Department of Pathology. “I am dedicated to the success of the Al-Bireh Society. Coming together as a community is the beginning but working together for our homeland is success. I am humbled to be apart of this trajectory.”
Maref Arafat Quraan
Maref is currently serving as the 2019-20 ABS Board Co-President, and has been involved with ABS since 1988. He served on the national board since 2013. He is the son of Arafat and Tamam Quran (لروحيهما الرحمة). Maref was born and raised in Al-Bireh, and is a 1986 graduate of Birzeit University. He was an educator at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, VA for ten years. Now he is an entrepreneur who splits his time between Al-Bireh and Memphis, TN. Maref’s vision is to reach every Birawi in the U.S.A, establish chapters in our various communities, and strengthen our relationship with the motherland. He believes the future lies with the next generations, and hopes ABS can help encourage our youth to become leaders in our society and beyond.
Summer Hamad Hamdan
Summer is serving as the 2019-2021 ABS Board Vice President and has been actively on the Board since 2016.. She is the daughter of Awni Hamad and Thuraia Treish. Summer has been a Sales Manager and Marketing Consultant for Eastern Carolina with Spectrum, formerly Time Warner for 16 years. Summer is honored to serve on the board for a second term. InshAllah, we can grow the local chapters and strengthen the bond between the Birawi in the United States and Palestine.
Sana Kahook Itayem
Sana is serving as the 2019-20 ABS Board Treasurer. She is the daughter of Dakhalallah and Fawzieh Kahook. “I ran for the ABS Board to continue the legacy of Al-Bireh and this Society for generations to come. I am honored to serve on this board and I hope to add value to the continuous growth and success of this society”
Maha is serving as the 2019-20 ABS Board Secretary. She is the daughter of Abed Karim and Hurieh Muhsen. “I ran for the ABS Board because I wanted to honor my parents and this community. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to give back, as I have enjoyed attending all the conventions in the past.”
Basel is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board as a Member-at-Large. He is the son of Faysal and Ruqayya Bahhour. He is serving his second consecutive term on the ABS National Board. He has also been actively involved in the Al-Bireh California Chapter and numerous other Arab and Palestinian non-profit organizations for the past 20 years. He earned his MBA degree from UC-Berkeley, and Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees from UCLA. Basel is currently Vice President of Strategic Operations at QSC. He is honored to serve on the ABS National Board again with the goal to continue to grow the society for future generations.
Anas is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board Member-at-Large. He is the son of Bilal Mustafa Tahboub Amireh and Seham Abdallah AlShaker Ali. Anas has founded, co-founded and served as an officer for several non-profit groups for Palestine. He states, “I believe in our mission as a society. It’s our responsibility to continue our tradition of service, outreach and education, and mentorship for our people. I am excited and motivated to work with the new board in achieving the goals that our prior board set forth to accomplish, as well as contribute new ideas moving forward.”
Murad is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board Member-at-Large. He is the son of Khaldon and Tagreen Ottallah. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Management. He has worked in management positions at multiple companies and is currently and Instock and Operations Manager at Amazon.com. In his spare time he likes to read, game, explore the world, workout, and coach CrossFit classes. He is honored to serve on the board and hopes his contributions will aid in the preservation of our values, culture, and history.
Nader Salem Abed
Nader is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board Member-at Large. He is the son of Fawzi Abed And Afaf Suleiman. He is the former Vice President of Al-Bireh Society in Palestine and a social activist in the City of Al-Bireh while having served on several boards for non profit organizations. “I am honored and excited to work as a member of the ABS Board to help improve and promote the city of Al-Bireh and its citizens in the homeland and abroad.”
Dr. Ahmad Farah
Dr. Ahmad R. Farah (Daar Taweel) is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board Member-at-Large. He is the son of Dr. Rafeek and Fatmah Farah. “I am excited to serve as a board member in hopes to reignite the passion of our beloved city of Al-Bireh to our youth, to reunite those who are not active, to keep active those who are, and to honor our families.” Dr. Ahmad Farah attended the University of Michigan and obtained his doctorate degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida. He currently is a practicing Podiatrist in Trenton, Michigan.
Vivian is serving as a 2019-20 ABS Board Member-at-Large. She is the daughter of Dr. Rasem and Nawal Khalaf. She is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago Kent College of Law and has been a practicing immigration attorney in Chicago, Illinois for over 25 years. Although she serves on multiple not-for-profit boards, “serving on the board of the Al-Bireh Society has special meaning to me. Al-Bireh and it’s community have a permanent place in my heart and I am excited to be a part of our continued collective success!”