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Egypt Nonprofit Organization President

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Mr. Yehia Omar, E.I.T., serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Society. Yehia graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management Certification, from Texas A&M University, in December of 2010. He is currently enrolled to start his Professional MBA at Rice University in the Fall of 2015. Having been awarded the Outstanding Senior Engineer Award in his final year in Aggieland, Yehia was hired by Bray International, Inc. in Houston as part of a Management Development Program, currently serving as a Sales Engineer. Yehia grew up in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., prior to moving to College Station in 2006. Yehia is married to Salma Taher, who he met within weeks of moving to Houston, as the Egyptian Revolution sprung to action, and Houstonians demonstrated on the Consulate's front lawn. They both got involved with the Egyptian American Society shortly afterwards, and Co-Chaired the Celebrating Freedom Event at Discovery Green. “Seeing Egyptians unite so far away from home truly keeps our motherland in our hearts and minds. I am extremely excited to work with the board and community members to spring the society into an organized and involved role in our community. Just like the pyramids, we shall build a strong base, and work our way up as we engage and form a successful Egyptian synergy in Houston.”

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Dr. Sherif Zaafaran has lived in Houston since 1982, and has always been a part of the Egyptian community since its inception. He went to High School in Clements in Sugar Land, moved to Austin where he spent several years at UT Austin, and then moved back to Houston where he started Medical School at UT Houston. After completing his medical residency in Anesthesiology, he joined Greater Houston Anesthesiology now known as US Anesthesia Partners. Sherif currently is the President of the Southwest Division of his group and Chairs the USAP Legislative Committee. Within the Memorial Hermann Hospital system, Sherif Chairs the Perioperative Committee as well as the Joint Council on the Perioperative Surgical Home. He also serves on the Physician Advisory Council to the MH System Board. At the Texas Society of Anesthesiology, he chairs the Government Affairs Committee, and at the Texas Medical Association he serves as Chair to the Council on Health Promotion. At the State level, Sherif serves on the Texas Medical Disclosure Panel, which is a State appointed agency. Sherif is married to Tara, and has 3 kids. They love to travel as well as stay active in the community through a variety of charitable organizations. Sherif is a former President of the Egyptian American Society, and strives for our community to grow and prosper, and to have a place for all of us to gather in friendship that is ever lasting.

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Dr. Waleed Gaber is a scientist and teacher, currently serving as the co-director of the Feigin Center Small Animal Imaging Facility and associate professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from The University of Tennessee at Memphis, and earned a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from The University College of London, UK. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications, and serves on the review board of Cytokines, International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, and Physics, and Brain Research. He has served as a mentor for several graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Dr. Gaber is one of the Nora’s Home co-founders and has served on the board of directors since its inception. He has been married to wife Dr. Omaima Sabek for 26 years, and is father to two children, Yassin and Isis.

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Paulette Kirolos, serves as the Egyptian American Society's Marketing Chair. 

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Omar Abou-Sayed’s fondest memories of his childhood in Houston involve the EAS, which provided his family an anchor point and instant community when they moved here in 1989. As his own family grows, he hopes a revitalized EAS can do the same for his children. Omar is currently the CEO of Advantek Waste Management Services, a company founded by his father and EAS member, Dr. Ahmed Abou-Sayed. He is also on the board of the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation (www.tokc.org), and Job Sync (www.jobsync.com). He graduated from Clements High School and holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Omar is married to Mikhal and together they have two boys, Adan and Joaquin.

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Nabil Ahmed, MD, MPH is Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital. Nabil is a proud 1995 Cairo University graduate and a former fellow of the National Cancer Institute-Cairo. He obtained US board certification in Pediatrics (2004) and Pediatric Hematology Oncology (2007). He is a physician scientist at The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy and The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he develops FDA approved first-in-man novel immune therapies for cancer. Nabil served as the Vice-President of The Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer (FECC) for several years. He currently serves as the leader of the Houston chapter and scientific advisory for Egypt Cancer Network (ECN); the North America supporting network for The Children’s Cancer Hospital of Egypt-57357. In the EAS, Nabil is the Networking and Development Chair and will be “delighted to further the careers of members of our community”.

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Mr. Ramy M. Saleh, P.E., serves as the Media Chair of the board of directors of the Egyptian American Society in Houston. A licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, he is the Services and Aftermarket Engineer at Onesubsea LLC. During his career as an Engineer, he has held different roles in the Aviation, the Fast Moving and Consumer Goods Manufacturing, and the Energy industries. In 2007, Ramy graduated with the BS Engineering degree with honors from the Institute of Aviation Engineering and Technology in Cairo, Egypt. In 2013 he received the MS Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and was funded by the ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholarship award. He is a Maadian referring to his home town Maadi the quiet Cairo Suburb. Ramy is married to Ms. Marwa Abdou and he plays volleyball weekly on both hard and sand courts. “EAS has got your back”  Saleh said. “we are a community that is as strong as the common values that unites us”.

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Mrs. Marwa M.Abdou, serves as the Editor in Chief of the Egyptian American Society in Houston. She is currently pursuing the Masters of Business Administration/Masters of Science in Accounting degrees at the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston since 2013. Marwa started her media career as a TV anchor and a Journalist. She has 32 published articles in Egypt, over 20 published stories at the University of St. Thomas. Marwa got the BA Mass Communication degree from Cairo University in 2008. She held several roles in the media field then moved to Retail Bank Marketing at Banque Du Caire in Egypt. She is currently a member of the Women Energy Network (WEN), and the Graduate Student Association at UST. Marwa is married to Mr. Ramy Saleh and she moved with him to Houston in 2013. “Being a new member of the Houston community, I have had many questions” Abdou said. “EAS helped me with services, advice, and support “.

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Mrs. Salma H Taher, Ph.D., CPC, CASCC, serves as the Events Chair of the board of directors of the Egyptian American Society in Houston. A licensed Medical Coder, working for MD Anderson Cancer Center, Salma earned her Ph.D. from Texas Women University in Nutritional Science. In 2008 Salma graduated with the BS in Biology, Nutrition, and Political Science with Honors from the University of Houston. Salma moved with her family to Sugar Land when she was 13, having lived in Cairo and Fresno, California prior to that. Salma is married to Yehia Omar, having met him during the Houston Egyptian Revolution demonstrations. Salma has been a member of the EAS board since 2011. “What I love about the EAS is that it creates a home away from home and I get to meet a lot of fellow Egyptians through it.”

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Mr. Hany Khalil, serves as the Education & Civic Engagement Chair of the Egyptian American Society. He is an educator and a long-time organizer in the civil rights, peace, and labor movements. He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University.

For the last eight years he has taught college level and high school level social studies courses at predominantly immigrant public schools in southwest Houston. Recognized by HISD as a top teacher, he has co-authored curriculum for HISD and also served as a college counselor. He has also taught at New York University.

Hany is a co-founder of Community Voices for Public Education (CVPE), an organization of parents, educators, students, and community members working to strengthen Houston’s public school system so that all children have access to a high quality public education. He also sits on the Executive Council of the Houston Federation of Teachers and is a recently graduated Fellow of the New Leaders Council- Houston.

After working in Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, and New York for many years, in 2007 Hany moved back to Houston, his hometown, to be closer to his family and to help build the organizational infrastructure necessary to turn promising demographic trends in Texas into progressive political power. He speaks Egyptian colloquial Arabic (though his mother might disagree) and Spanish and frequently performs a Latin American salsa dance called rueda de casino at venues throughout Houston.

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Dr. Samia Khalil is a Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. She was born in Asuit, a city in Upper Egypt and grew up in Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo in a loving, caring and progressive family. Since she was a little girl, she learned that she has to excel in school and other endeavors to achieve equality and equal writes in Upper Egypt dominated male society. She and her husband, Dr. Kamal Khalil met in Cairo University Medical School, and married in Egypt. Her ambitious husband needed an opportunity to advance his academic career and to teach in a medical school, so he decided to immigrate to the States. In 1998, they arrived in NY City where they spent their first year. For training they moved to Syracuse, NY and Columbus, Ohio. Then they moved to Houston in 1974. At that time there was few Egyptian families in Houston. However, Egyptian list in Houston stated to grow and they found great happiness and support from each other. Then, Dr. Khalil established the Egyptian American Society, and was elected to be the first President of the Society. The society met monthly for different social activities. She recognized that there was a great need that Houstonians know something about Egypt, its culture and civilization. Thus, she and her friends started the annual Egyptian Festival. It was a great avenue for Egyptians to work together and have a great time. Dr. Khalil is a member of several none profit organizations including AACC and FECC. She isalso active at Saint Mark Coptic Church. She and her husband have been married for 50 yrs., and blessed with four sons; Hany a high School teacher in HISD; Sherif, an ophthalmologist at Memorial City, Samy, a Lawyer in Houston and Ramy, an activist living in Seattle and is behind $15/h minimal pay. Sherif is married to Dr. Elaine Khalil and Samy to Molly Khalil. Each has three lovely children. She is proud of all our sons; they extend their hands to the needy in the community, work hard for peace, justice and equally for all.


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Mrs. Azza Elshorbagy serves as the Membership Chair of the board of directors of the Egyptian American Society in Houston. She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Houston. M.Ed. She also has a BS in English from Ain Shams University in Cairo. Azza moved with her husband from Egypt to Tunisia to the United States. She worked at Egypt Air, the American Cooperative School of Tunis, and Katy Independent School District. Azza enjoys photography and volunteering. She was Girl Scout leader, a volunteer in the Egypt Cancer Network, and the Texas Children’s Hospital. She is married to Omar Ahmed and moved with him to Houston in 2001. They have two adult children, a son and a daughter. Azza is from Heliopolis, City of the Sun, a picturesque suburb in Cairo. “The EAS is where we met our first Egyptian friend in Houston.”

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Sandra Yacoub serves as the Treasurer/Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Society in Houston. She has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Sandra moved to Houston in 2008 and currently work as an International Patient Liaison at the Texas Children’s Hospital. There she coordinates and interprets for Middle Eastern families seeking medical care for their children. Sandra loves reading, gatherings and travelling, especially to the mother land, Egypt. “Being a part of the EAS gives me a sense of community. I made many great friends through the EAS. I have a large family in Houston, I believe in Unity, Equality and Egypt will always be my home”

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