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

Founding Board

  • Samih Baaklini
    Samih Baaklini FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors)
  • Lili Bejjani FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Audit, Fundraising/Sponsors, Vendors)
  • Ali Daher FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance)
  • Fadi Dimassi FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR (Entrance, Media & Marketing, St. Jude, Vendors)
  • Wadih ELhajj FOUNDING / VICE PRESIDENT / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Finance, Raffle)
  • Bill Haidamous
    Bill Haidamous
  • Saadallah Masri
    Saadallah Masri FOUNDING
  • Lydia Noshie FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Educational Tent, Youth)
  • Rita Sahioun
    Rita Sahioun FOUNDING / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)
  • Pierre Sahyoun
    Pierre Sahyoun FOUNDING

Current Board

  • 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 organizations and has skills in managing event committees and knowledge of IT systems… See more

  • 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 an Associate Broker at the Houston Real Estate Group… See more

  • Rabih Suki
    Rabih Suki TREASURER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR (Entrance, Logistics, St. Jude)
  • Mark Nawafal PARLIAMENTARIAN / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Entrance)
  • Mazen Abdallah EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    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… See more

  • 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. The company is a worldwide leader in downhole pipe cutting devices… See more

  • Hiba Elroz EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (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 at the University of St. Thomas… See more

  • 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. Founded M&R Liquors Inc., a retail liquor store chain in Houston… See more

  • 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. Lili has worked at Yale Hospital. In 1991, she created Café Lili. … See more

  • 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 and planning, as well as business start-up reporting and analysis… See more

  • Nabil Kareh CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Finance)
  • Sam Masri FOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)

    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!… See more

  • Kamil Ward CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Merchandise & Inventory)
  • Caren Abousaab NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entrance, Volunteer)
  • Alex Hamdan NEW BOARD MEMBER /
    FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
    (Logistics)
  • Zeinab Kachmar
    Zeinab Kachmar NEW BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Contracts, Raffle)
  • 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 is a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Medical Center… See more

  • Hala Ghoson CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (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… See more

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