One of the things that make Lebanon great is its diverse population and we pride ourselves here at the American Lebanese Cultural Center on maintaining that diverse makeup in our Board Members. As a 501(c)(3), the ALCC has 21 voting members and all activities and affairs of the ALCC shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board Members.

In addition, the ALCC is adamant that its Board will in NO WAY attempt to influence legislation or intervene in any type of political campaign, nor will it publicize or distribute any kind of political statements.

ALCC recognizes the Honorary Board, which is the highest degree that can be conferred on an individual by the American Lebanese Cultural Center. Those individuals who have been appointed as members of the Board have received this distinction due to the continued support of the ALCC Houston or to their generous charitable contributions.

No member of the Board will be paid for their time as it is strictly a volunteer effort.

Meet Our Board

Honorary Board

  • Dr. Issam I. Raad
    Dr. Issam I. RaadHonorary Member
    • Mr. Mac Haik
      Mr. Mac HaikHonorary Member
      • Dr. Philip A. Salem
        Dr. Philip A. SalemHonorary Member

        Founding Board

        • Pierre Sahyoun
          Pierre SahyounBoard Member
          • Ali Daher
            Ali DaherBoard Member
            • Haidar Assi
              Haidar AssiBoard Member
              • Sam Masri
                Sam MasriBoard Member
                • Rita Sahioun
                  Rita SahiounTreasurer
                  • Lili Bejjani
                    Lili BejjaniChair of Founding Board
                    • Lydia Noshie
                      Lydia NoshieBoard Member
                      • Wadih Elhajj
                        Wadih ElhajjVice President

                        Current Board

                        • Lili Bejjani
                          Lili BejjaniChair of Founding Board

                          Born in Achrafieh, Lili studied dietary management at Aldine Bender College and completed the culinary course at the “Le Cordon Bleu” in France. Lili has worked at Yale Hospital. In 1991, she created Café Lili.

                          • Salim Najjar
                            Salim NajjarPresident

                            Salim is a Senior Project Manager – Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Group with several years of experience serving on various non-profit organizations and has skills in managing event committees and knowledge of IT systems. He has held a variety of executive roles.

                            • Wadih Elhajj
                              Wadih ElhajjVice President

                              Wadih has a Business Administration degree in Accounting and is certified as a Real Estate Broker. He is a Partner and CFO of Avanti Transportation and an Associate Broker at the Houston Real Estate Group. He has experience in nonprofit organizations and expertise in a range of businesses including leadership positions in several associations.

                              • Michel Chammas
                                Michel ChammasMember At Large

                                A native of Chekka in North Lebanon, Michel oversees one of the most prominent pipe cutting companies in the oil and gas industry – Chammas Cutters, Inc. The company is a worldwide leader in downhole pipe cutting devices.

                                • Ali Daher
                                  Ali DaherBoard Member

                                  Ali is the Founder and CEO of Daher & Associates Inc. Reliable Business & Tax Services, with experience in Corporate and Personal tax preparation and planning, as well as business start-up reporting and analysis.

                                  • Marcel Najjar
                                    Marcel NajjarMember at Large

                                    Was born in Lebanon and emigrated to the United States in 1972. He Graduated from Northeast Institute in Boston, owned an import/export company. Founded M&R Liquors Inc., a retail liquor store chain in Houston.

                                    • Mazen Abdallah
                                      Mazen AbdallahMember At Large

                                      Dr. Abdallah has a degree in Biology and Medicine from the American University of Beirut. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center. He currently serves on the scholarship committee and is involved in all ALCC functions.

                                      • Sam Masri
                                        Sam MasriBoard Member

                                        Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, and made his trip to the U.S.A as a foreign student. Sam wound up in Houston, Texas in 1979 and obtained a degree in Business Administration specializing in Real Estate Finance. 35 years later, He is still a Texan!

                                        • Hiba Elroz
                                          Hiba ElrozMember At Large

                                          Hiba Elroz has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. She works as an International Student Advisor at the University of St. Thomas. Hiba is a member of the Lebanon Times Magazine family and she speaks 4 languages.

                                          • Lydia Noshie
                                            Lydia NoshieBoard Member

                                            Lydia spent 18 years at Jardinieres de la Mission Culturelle Francaise in her native Beirut. She moved to the United States in 1993. Lydia has a degree from at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She has been running a family’s jewelry store with her husband, ”Almaza Jewelers” for the past 21 years.


                                            • Zeina Gebara
                                              Zeina GebaraBoard Member

                                              Zeina Gebara is a foreign language teacher that has been teaching Arabic and French since 1994. She obtained her teaching degree from Lebanon in 1993. In 2003, she moved to United States to start a new family. In Lebanon, she was an active member of the Lebanese Directorate of Youth and Sports and the Association of Handicap and Friends in need.

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