Overview

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

        • Haidar Assi
          Haidar AssiBoard Member
          • Fadi Dimassi
            Fadi DimassiVice President
            • Wadih Elhajj
              Wadih ElhajjBoard Member
              • Sam Masri
                Sam MasriMember at Large
                • Rita Sahioun
                  Rita SahiounTreasurer
                  • Lydia Noshie
                    Lydia NoshieBoard Member
                    • Ali Daher
                      Ali DaherTreasurer
                      • Samih Baaklini
                        Samih BaakliniMember at Large
                        • Pierre Sahyoun
                          Pierre SahyounBoard Member
                          • Lili Bejjani
                            Lili BejjaniChair of Founding Board
                            • Bill Haidamous
                              Bill HaidamousBoard Member

                              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.

                                • Michel Chammas
                                  Michel ChammasPresident

                                  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.

                                  • Fadi Dimassi
                                    Fadi DimassiVice President

                                    Fadi Dimassi is the CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur and is behind FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL, one of the finest authentic Middle Eastern Restaurants in Texas.  Fadi and his restaurants have earned numerous awards!

                                    • Munia Chehayeb
                                      Munia ChehayebMember at Large

                                      Munia is a pharmacist in Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston’s College of Pharmacy. Munia works as compounding pharmacist with Piney Point and serves many philanthropic organizations.

                                      • Lauren Rouhana
                                        Lauren RouhanaParliamentarian

                                        Lauren Rouhana is an attorney with Quan Law Group in Houston and is a graduate of South Texas College of Law. She received the 2013 Hortense Ward Appreciation Award for Human Rights Achievement.

                                        • Ali Daher
                                          Ali DaherTreasurer

                                          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.

                                            • Sam Masri
                                              Sam MasriMember at Large

                                              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!

                                              • Salim Najjar
                                                Salim NajjarSecretary

                                                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.

                                                • Samih Baaklini
                                                  Samih BaakliniMember at Large

                                                  Samih Baaklini is the President of his own company McKinney Construction, Inc. in Houston, Texas. He immigrated to the United States in 1976. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in 1983 and moved to Houston, Texas during the same year.

                                                  • Hiba Elroz
                                                    Hiba ElrozBoard Member

                                                    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.

                                                    • Bill Haidamous
                                                      Bill HaidamousBoard Member

                                                      Bill graduated from University of Central Oklahoma in 1977 with a Bachelor Degree in in Business Administration with a Major emphasis of the curriculum focused on management. He worked for Texas Instrument from 1980 to 1993 and is a founder of multiple Tire & Automotive companies.

                                                      • Mazen Abdallah
                                                        Mazen AbdallahBoard Member

                                                        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.

                                                        • Leena Ajjour
                                                          Leena AjjourBoard Member

                                                          Leena Ajjour is a resident of Katy, Texas. She’s a senior at the University of Houston and the president of the Lebanese Student Association. She majors in public health with a minor in biology. She will be attending the University of Houston College of Optometry in Fall 2017.

                                                          • Majed Bazzi
                                                            Majed BazziBoard Member

                                                            In 1979, Majed immigrated to the USA from Lebanon. In 1992, he founded Matrix Inspection & Engineering, which merged with IRISNDT in 2004. He is currently President of IRISNDT USA, the largest privately held company in N. America. IRISNDT is a technology leader in NDE and Engineering Services.

                                                            • Maroun Sawma
                                                              Maroun SawmaBoard Member

                                                              Born in Tanbourit, Lebanon & moved to the US in 2006 to attend Methuen High School in Boston MA. He moved to Houston to pursue a Global Energy Management degree at the University of Houston in 2008, where he became the president of the Lebanese Student Association 2011-2012.

                                                              • Wadih Elhajj
                                                                Wadih ElhajjBoard Member

                                                                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.

                                                                • 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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