2019 FESTIVAL CHAIR & CO-CHAIRS
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)
  • Michel Chammas EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Audit, Entrance, Fundraising/Sponsors)
  • Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Finance, Logistics, St. Jude, Vendors)
  • Rabih Suki
    Rabih Suki TREASURER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Entrance, Logistics, St. Jude)
AUDIT COMMITTEE
  • Wadih ELhajj FOUNDING / VICE PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance, Raffle)

    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…

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  • Samih Baaklini FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors)
  • Michel Chammas EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Audit, Entrance, Fundraising/Sponsors)

    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…

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  • Marcel Najjar EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Beverages)

    Was born in Lebanon and emigrated to the United States in 1972. He Graduated from Northeast Institute in Boston, owned an import/export company…

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  • Lili Bejjani FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors, Vendors)

    Born in Achrafieh, Lili studied dietary management at Aldine Bender College and completed the culinary course at the “Le Cordon Bleu” in France…

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  • Doria Mehyo Hamdan FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit)

    Doria Mehyo Hamdan was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with an MBA in Finance…

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BEVERAGES COMMITTEE
CONTRACTS COMMITTEE
  • George Bashier Murr FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts)

    George Bashier Murr is a life-long Houstonian and a Founding Partner of the national and international law firm of Murr Yanochik, P.L.L.C… See more

  • Mark Nawafal PARLIAMENTARIAN / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Entrance)
  • Zeinab Kachmar NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Raffle)
CULINARY YOUTH COMMITTEE
  • Darine Mahdi NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Darine Mahdi is a mother of two high schoolers. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston and…

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  • Hadi Ghoson FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Hadi is 12 years old and is in the 7th grade at Victory Lakes Intermediate. Hadi’s hobbies include playing basketball and the trombone…

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  • Jamal Lotfi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Jamal is 16 years old and is in the 10th grade at Cinco Ranch High School. He is a football player as he has been playing football for 10 years…

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  • Jessica Moghnieh
    Jessica Moghnieh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Jessica is 14 years old and in the 9th grade at Foster High School. She wants to be a lawyer or physical therapist when she grows up…

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  • Karla Najjar FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Karla is 15 years old and is in the 10th grade at Cypress Ranch High School. She is in multiple clubs such as Model UN, Science and Math UIL, Choir, and…

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  • Khadija Hilgert Darian FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Khadija is 17 years old and in the 10th grade at Seven Lakes High School. Her hobbies include reading and theatre.

  • Nawal Ibrahim FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Nawal is 13 years old and she is in the 8th grade at Cinco Ranch Junior High. Nawal plays the cello in the orchestra and competitive volleyball…

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  • Rawya Lotfi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Rawya is in the 9th grade at Cinco Ranch High School. She loves to play basketball as she is a part of the Cinco Ranch basketball team. She is also involved…

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  • Sabah Najjar FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Sabah is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade at Smith Middle School. When he completes high school, he plans on attending Baylor University…

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  • Zeena Hamdan FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Culinary Youth)

    Zeena is a freshman at Foster High School. She enjoys playing soccer and playing the flute. She would like to be in the medical field and hopefully become…

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CULTURAL COMMITTEE
DREAM WALL COMMITTEE
EDUCATIONAL TENT COMMITTEE
  • Hala Ghoson CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Educational Tent, Fort Bend/Educational)

    Hala Ghoson is a licensed Pharmacist in the state of Texas. She works for the University of Texas Medical Branch. Hala is an active member of the community…

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  • Lydia Noshie FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Educational Tent, Youth)

    Lydia spent 18 years at Jardinieres de la Mission Culturelle Francaise in her native Beirut. She moved to the United States in 1993…

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ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE
  • Akram Dagher FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, St. Jude)
  • Dr. Pierre Khoury FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Eman Elhaj
    Eman Elhaj FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)

    FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur Mr. Fadi Dimassi. From humble beginnings, he has become one of the pioneers in the industry…

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  • Fred Davis FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Media & Marketing)
  • Hiba Elroz EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, Volunteers)

    Hiba Elroz has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. She works as an International Student Advisor…

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  • Lauren Rouhana
    Lauren Rouhana FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Lina Jazi
    Lina Jazi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Maroun Sawma FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Nidal Abou Diab FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Rita Sahioun FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Sahar Khatib FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Youth)

    Sahar Khatib really wants her kids and all kids to learn about our very rich heritage. Through music and dancing, she is confident that…

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  • Saleem A. Jaoude FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Made in Lebanon)

    Born in Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. over 30 years ago. Having worked first in the health care distribution industry for over 20 years, for the last…

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  • Simon Sarkis FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
ENTRANCE COMMITTEE
  • Adam Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance)
  • Caren Abousaab NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Volunteer)
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)

    FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur Mr. Fadi Dimassi. From humble beginnings, he has become one of the pioneers in the industry…

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  • Hiba Elroz EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, Volunteers)

    Hiba Elroz has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. She works as an International Student Advisor…

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  • Mark Nawafal PARLIAMENTARIAN / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Entrance)
  • Maya Daou FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance)

    Maya is an Information Technology Financial Analyst working for Chevron. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting…

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  • Michel Chammas EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Audit, Entrance, Fundraising/Sponsors)

    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…

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  • Mike Bazzi
    Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance)
  • Mikhael Elkareh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance)
  • Nabil Kareh CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance)
  • Rabih Suki
    Rabih Suki TREASURER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Entrance, Logistics, St. Jude)

    30 years of experience from several sub-sectors of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, physician groups, insurers, benefits department of…

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  • Salim Najjar PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude)

    Salim is a Senior Project Manager – Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Group with several years of experience serving on various non-profit…

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FINANCE COMMITTEE
  • Ali Daher FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance)

    Ali is the Founder and CEO of Daher & Associates Inc. Reliable Business & Tax Services, with experience in Corporate and Personal tax preparation…

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  • Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Finance, Logistics, St. Jude, Vendors)

    Mike Bazzi, P.E., has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and he is the President of IRISNDT. He is a husband and father of 2 children as well…

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  • Mohammed Shebaclo FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance)
  • Nabil Kareh CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance)
  • Salim Najjar PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude)

    Salim is a Senior Project Manager – Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Group with several years of experience serving on various non-profit…

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  • Wadih ELhajj FOUNDING / VICE PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance, Raffle)

    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…

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FORT BEND / EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE
  • Ali Ghoson FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational)

    Ali Ghoson is a Senior Mechanical Engineer, employed by Locheed Martin to support NASA’s Space program.  His hobbies are traveling, fishing…

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  • Hala Ghoson CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Educational Tent, Fort Bend/Educational)

    Hala Ghoson is a licensed Pharmacist in the state of Texas. She works for the University of Texas Medical Branch. Hala is an active member of the community…

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  • Hilda Najjar FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational, St. Jude)

    Hilda is a high school science teacher. Hilda enjoys teaching, volunteering, and giving back to the community. She has been a volunteer…

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  • Melanie Tannous FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational)
  • Zeina Gebara CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational, Youth)

    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… See more

FUNDRAISING / SPONSORS COMMITTEE
  • Dr. Mazen Abdallah FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fundraising/Sponsors, Volunteers)
  • Lili Bejjani FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors, Vendors)

    Born in Achrafieh, Lili studied dietary management at Aldine Bender College and completed the culinary course at the “Le Cordon Bleu” in France…

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  • Michel Chammas EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Audit, Entrance, Fundraising/Sponsors)

    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…

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  • Samih Baaklini FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors)
LOGISTICS COMMITTEE
  • Alex Hamdan NEW BOARD MEMBER /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Logistics)
  • Edgard Sadek FESTIVAL COMMITTEE ( Logistics)

    Edgard Sadek was born in Lebanon in 1970 to a Lebanese father and French mother. He completed his university education at the Lebanese-American University…

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  • Michael Issa FESTIVAL COMMITTEE ( Logistics)
  • Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Finance, Logistics, St. Jude, Vendors)

    Mike Bazzi, P.E., has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and he is the President of IRISNDT. He is a husband and father of 2 children as well…

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MADE IN LEBANON COMMITTEE
  • Hachem Domloj FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon)
  • Hala Charafeddine FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon)

    Hala Musallam Charafeddine is an alumnus of the American University of Beirut. She taught Freshman and Sophomore English courses at the American University…

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  • Maha El Hamoui Barake FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon)
  • Maya El Hariri FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon, Merchandise & Inventory)
  • Rasha Domloj FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon)
  • Rim Waly FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon)
  • Saleem A. Jaoude FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Made in Lebanon)

    Born in Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. over 30 years ago. Having worked first in the health care distribution industry for over 20 years, for the last…

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MEDIA & MARKETING COMMITTEE
  • Ayman El-Ali FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Media & Marketing)
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)

    FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur Mr. Fadi Dimassi. From humble beginnings, he has become one of the pioneers in the industry…

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  • Fred Davis FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Media & Marketing)
  • Hadi Elhage FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Media & Marketing)
  • Hiba Elroz EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, Volunteers)

    Hiba Elroz has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. She works as an International Student Advisor…

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  • Jad El Saghir
    Jad El Saghir FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Media & Marketing)

    Graphic Designer, Photographer, Editor at Cyclops Studios.

  • Salim Najjar PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude)

    Salim is a Senior Project Manager – Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Group with several years of experience serving on various non-profit…

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  • Vanessa Elkareh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Media & Marketing)
MERCHANDISE & INVENTORY COMMITTEE
  • Kamil Ward CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Merchandise & Inventory)
  • Maya El Hariri FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Made in Lebanon, Merchandise & Inventory)
RAFFLE COMMITTEE
  • Wadih ELhajj FOUNDING / VICE PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance, Raffle)

    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…

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  • Zeinab Kachmar NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Raffle)
SECURITY COMMITTEE
  • Bill Haidamous CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Security)

    Graduated from University of Central Oklahoma in 1977 with a Bachelor Degree in in Business Administration with a Major emphasis of curriculum focused on management…

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  • Rami Moghnieh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Security)
ST. JUDE COMMITTEE
  • Akram Dagher FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, St. Jude)
  • Amal Zakhem Nassar FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (St. Jude)

    Amal was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1979. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Pharmacy in 1992…

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  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)

    FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur Mr. Fadi Dimassi. From humble beginnings, he has become one of the pioneers in the industry…

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  • Hilda Najjar FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational, St. Jude)

    Hilda is a high school science teacher. Hilda enjoys teaching, volunteering, and giving back to the community. She has been a volunteer…

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  • Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Finance, Logistics, St. Jude, Vendors)

    Mike Bazzi, P.E., has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and he is the President of IRISNDT. He is a husband and father of 2 children as well…

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  • Mirna Nehme Chammas FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (St. Jude)

    Mirna is from Chekka, Lebanon and has an Associate’s degree in Commercial Science. She is blessed with 3 wonderful children…

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  • Monica Vaca Elhajj FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (St. Jude)
  • Nina Abdulbaki FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (St. Jude)

    Nina was born in Africa and is the mother of 3 wonderful boys and a grandmother of 3. Nina has a degree in Business and has volunteered with St. Jude for 4 years…

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  • Rabih Suki
    Rabih Suki TREASURER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Entrance, Logistics, St. Jude)

    30 years of experience from several sub-sectors of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, physician groups, insurers, benefits department of…

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  • Salim Najjar PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude)

    Salim is a Senior Project Manager – Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Group with several years of experience serving on various non-profit…

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  • Soraya Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (St. Jude)
VENDORS COMMITTEE
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)

    FADI’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL CEO, Chef, and Entrepreneur Mr. Fadi Dimassi. From humble beginnings, he has become one of the pioneers in the industry…

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  • Lili Bejjani FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors, Vendors)

    Born in Achrafieh, Lili studied dietary management at Aldine Bender College and completed the culinary course at the “Le Cordon Bleu” in France…

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  • Mazen Darwiche FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Vendors)
  • Mike Bazzi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Finance, Logistics, St. Jude, Vendors)

    Mike Bazzi, P.E., has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and he is the President of IRISNDT. He is a husband and father of 2 children as well…

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  • Sean Ghaoui FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Vendors)

    “Sean” is an entrepreneur in the fine jewelry business; he is the founder and owner of Gawee Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Houston, Texas with over 28 years…

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  • Tony Okde FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Vendors)
VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE
  • Caren Abousaab NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Volunteer)
  • Dr. Mazen Abdallah FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fundraising/Sponsors, Volunteers)
  • Hiba Elroz EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Entertainment, Entrance, Media & Marketing, Volunteers)

    Hiba Elroz has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. She works as an International Student Advisor…

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  • Huda Jabri FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Volunteers)
YOUTH COMMITTEE
  • Abdallah Al-Ali FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)
  • Amal Saleh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)
  • Fadwa Saleh FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)

    Fadwa was a child of war. As a teenager, her family escaped to the States in 1984. She never saw Lebanon in the eyes of her parents (beautiful, peaceful, and…

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  • Fida Moukaddam FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)

    Fida Moukaddam is a mother of 2 and a small business owner. She is Lebanese by birth, Texan by choice. She grew up in Beirut with southern roots and…

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  • Kareem Hassan Gebara FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)

    Kareem Hassan Gebara is 15 years old and is in the 10th grade. He goes to Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas. His hobby is soccer and…

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  • Layal Assi Afifi FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)

    Layal Assi Afifi has 2 children that are participating in the Lebanese Festival this year, Rami and Dana Afifi. She is a mother of 3 and runs…

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  • Lydia Noshie FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Educational Tent, Youth)

    Lydia spent 18 years at Jardinieres de la Mission Culturelle Francaise in her native Beirut. She moved to the United States in 1993…

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  • Manal Farhat FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)
  • Mirna Al-Ali FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)
  • Omar Darwiche FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Youth)
  • Sahar Khatib FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment, Youth)

    Sahar Khatib really wants her kids and all kids to learn about our very rich heritage. Through music and dancing, she is confident that…

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  • Zeina Gebara CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Fort Bend/Educational, Youth)

    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… See more

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