The Advisory Board of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) provides oversight on all CAAP activities, reviews and approves CAAP’s competitive grantmaking rounds, and remains very active through board committees, CAAP events, and any special projects that we undertake.


Executive Committee

Hussien Y. Shousher

Board Chair, Toledo, OH

Hussien is the CEO of GEM, Inc., an industrial engineering firm and a division of the Rudolph/Libbe Group. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. Hussien and his family are very active in many initiatives, including Propel, that serve people abroad and in their local community.

Noha Elshareif-Taha

San Juan, PR
Noha is the Chief Strategy Officer & Partner at SAGE Private Wealth Group. Over the years she has served on the board and been involved with the YWCA and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival in various capacities. She is currently Chairman of SAGE Private Wealth Group Foundation. Noha has a B.A. in Economics and Statistical Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Walid Demashkieh

Port Huron, MI

Walid has been a practicing General Surgeon for more than 30 years, and is an active member of several medical and financial boards. He received his degree from Damascus University Medical School in 1973, and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Walid, and his wife Rasha, have three daughters and several grandchildren.

Jeanette Mansour

Flint, MI

Jeanette Mansour retired from the C.S. Mott Foundation after more than 30 years as the Director of Program Planning and Senior Program Officer. In June 2001, Jeanette received the Peacemaker/Peacebuilder award from the National Peace Foundation for her work in supporting conflict resolution/peacebuilding programs. She earned degrees in history, political science, international law and international relations from Marygrove College in Detroit, the Catholic University of America, the University of Michigan and the American University of Beirut. Jeanette currently serves as Board President of the Arab American Heritage Council in Flint.


Board Members

Thomas Abraham

Miami, FL

Thomas Abraham is a nationally recognized business entrepreneur and civic leader. He is the son of the late Genevieve and Anthony R. Abraham who was the last living member of the founding members of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He serves as a member of the boards of the following organizations: Camillus Health and House Concern, CityYear, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Lebanese American University, APEAL, SEAL, the Rene Moawad Foundation and the Beirut Marathon Association. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation.

Rasha Demashkieh

Port Huron, MI

Rasha received her formal education in Damascus, Syria. She moved to Detroit with her husband Walid in 1975 and received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Wayne State University. Rasha works at CVS Pharmacy and is very involved with the boards of several organizations including the Port Huron Area School District Board of Education, the Saint Clair County Community Foundation, and ACCESS.

Dr. Samer Dirani

Bloomfield Hills, MI.

A practicing dentist since 1983, Samer is an expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, having published several papers on the subject. He received his D.D.S degree from Damascus University in 1983, and his Master’s in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan in 1986. Samer is married to Lina Alshikh Dirani, and is very active in many charitable initiatives. The Diranis have three boys and reside in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Peter Omar Farah

Cleveland, OH.

Peter is currently the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary of The J. M. Smucker Company, where he has primary responsibility within the Legal Department for mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, and corporate governance. Peter received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2001, and his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College in 1997. Peter is a first generation Arab American, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Jerusalem shortly before he was born.

Reyad Fezzani

San Francisco, CA

Reyad is currently the Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects. Reyad has more than 20 years experience in energy and finance, previously serving as CEO of BP Solar and Chairman of Tata-BP Solar. In addition, Mr. Fezzani has served as Chairman of the Board of Bay Area Arabic School (BAAS) since May 2015. Mr. Fezzani was born in Libya and holds an ME in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College, London.

Basem Hishmeh

Montvale, NJ

Originally from Jerusalem, Basem has a degree in mechanical engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1962. He also holds an MBA from Western Reserve University. Basem has served as chairman of manufacturing companies AERCO International and Sigma-Netics, as well as the Association of Manufacturing Excellence. Basem and his wife, Muna, are very involved in arts, culture, and education initiatives, both domestically and in Palestine.

Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher

Toledo, OH

Randa Mansour-Shousher has been a practicing audiologist for more than 30 years. Randa earned degrees from the University of Toledo and the University of Michigan, and in 2005 received her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Still University. Randa is a certified member of several audiology groups, including the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She serves on several boards and works with HearCare Connection to bring hearing aids to disadvantaged children in the Middle East.

Ghassan Saab

Flint, MI

Ghassan Saab is the CEO of contracting firm Sorensen Gross Construction Co., and is also President of SGT. Ltd. Ghassan received a B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1966. He is very active on several professional and cultural boards, including the American Druze Foundation. Ghassan, a native of Lebanon, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2012.

Maher Touma

Houston, TX

Maher Touma is the Chairman and CEO of CECA Supply & Services Inc, an oil and energy company located in Houston, Texas. He has served in this role since 2002. Prior to this, he was manager of NBD Bank for 12 years. He is a supporter of several health and refugee-related causes, both in his community of Houston, and abroad.

Honorary Member

Richard A. Abdoo

Milwaukee, WI